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The King of Dinosaurs

Seasonal Conservationist

Seasonal position
  • Opportunity typeCareer
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH), founded in 1920, is located in the heart of University Circle, five miles east of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Considered among the top 10 institutions of its kind in North America, the Museum offers an incredible visitor experience, attracting roughly 275,000 visitors a year. There are more than 140 public education programs and over 80,000 students served annually. The Museum employs about 160 people.
Building on its strong foundation of excellence in education and research, the Museum is poised to transform itself. CMNH will invite and engage a broader audience in the exploration of science and the natural world by revolutionizing the way it presents natural history. The Museum has launched a capital campaign to support a dramatic renovation and expansion of its facilities and exhibits. This ambitious plan will position the Museum to play a leading role in regional and national efforts to improve science education and increase scientific literacy.
CMNH is seeking a dynamic, creative and energetic individual who is passionate about the Museum and its mission; exhibits strong project management and organizational skills; is looking for new challenges; and enjoys working in an enthusiastic and fast paced environment.


The Conservation Seasonal will work with a team to maintain biodiversity on the Museum Preserve system, which encompasses over 49 natural areas totaling more than 7,000 acres of land in Northern Ohio. Work will also be conducted on lands maintained by the Museum in NW Pennsylvania.
CMNH Preserves are intended to function as “living extensions” of the Museum’s in-house exhibits focusing on natural environments and communities. As a Conservation Seasonal working for the Natural Areas division, you will be a part of a unique approach to stewardship and biodiversity protection.
  • Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with invasive plant management and eradication.
  • Assist the Natural Areas Land Steward with mapping of invasive plant populations and rare, threatened, or endangered plant species and communities.
  • Perform data collection and data entry.
  • Assist in the restoration and management of natural communities on Museum Preserves including Sand Barren, bog and fen communities.
  • Assist in plant identification using taxonomic field guides.
  • Education and/or Experience:
  • Currently enrolled in college with a concentration in Biology-or Natural Resource-related field.
  • Experience or familiarity with taxonomic keys and/or field identification guides for plants and animals.
  • Experience in field-work using a variety of hand tools, backpack sprayers, and garden tools.
  • Experience or familiarity with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Arc9.3

Other Qualifications:

  • A passion for science, nature and conservation.
  • A familiarity with the local, native flora of Northeast Ohio. 
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work with an interdisciplinary professional team.
  • Ability to exercise initiative and good judgment in anticipating problems before they arise.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, which may include evenings and weekends.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills.
  • A desire to learn a variety of invasive species management techniques.
  • Ability to lift 30lbs with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Be able to work in a team atmosphere.
  • Be able to provide your own transportation to work sites.
  • This position involves potentially strenuous field work in remote locations under a variety of conditions such as inclement weather, biting or stinging insects, and physically challenging terrain.


Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to:
Human Resources
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
One Wade Oval Drive, University Circle
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
No phone calls, please.

Job Announcement Number: 16A06
Posting Date: March 1, 2016
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History