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Data Management Specialist

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The Field Museum
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Chicago, IL 60664
Job Description

The Senior Data Management Specialist is a 2-year term position with potential for renewal to help with the tasks of creating a data management plan and workflow and catching up with 20 years of data organization and archiving of biological and cultural data. Archiving tasks will primarily be conducted using the EMu collection management system. Strong attention to detail, ability to document and articulate work clearly and effectively, ability to work independently and collaboratively and experience working with spreadsheet software and relational databases are key for this position.

The Senior Data Management Specialist will be based at the Field Museum in Chicago and work within the Keller Science Action Center, together with a team of biologists and social scientists, and will collaborate with researchers in the Action, IT, Collections and Research Centers at the Field Museum.

This work will focus first on the Keller Science Action Center’s Andes-Amazon Program. The Program’s rapid inventory team conducts surveys of remote wilderness areas and provides social and biological information to decision-makers to help establish effective conservation areas. Based out of The Field Museum-one of the world’s largest natural history museums-a team of biologists and social scientists work in close collaboration with conservation organizations, indigenous and campesino peoples, universities and museums, and national and regional governments. Since launching the program in 1999 they have completed rapid inventories in 30 different locations -23 of them in the Andes-Amazon region of South America-and provided the Peruvian, Bolivian, and Ecuadorian governments with technical support for the creation of 18 new conservation areas.

The second phase of work will focus on the data collected by our Chicago Region Program teams. This interdisciplinary team brings skills from ecology, social science, community engagement, education, and mapmaking to bear on selected projects that combine our interests in environmental conservation and cultural heritage. The team develops partnerships with diverse stakeholders like Chicago Wilderness to drive toward solutions and actions that partners can take together. They work to understand local concerns and connect them to regional, national, and international conversations.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Establish data standards and help create a detailed data management plan for the Action Center
  • Create workflow, data standards and data templates for data collection
  • Archive data on EMu/DAMu
  • Perform quality control checks
  • Work with IT to publish data uploaded to EMu
  • Assume a leadership role in developing and coordinating training for staff and help establish roles for team members for all tasks required during all stages of project life-cycles
  • Document and refine the steps of the data management process


  • Minimum: Bachelor’s degree in a biological science, library or information science, or related field
  • Proficient in relational databases (e.g., Microsoft Access)
  • Experience managing large biological and/or cultural databases
  • Demonstrated mastery of database or spreadsheet software (e.g., Microsoft Excel, Google sheets)
  • Ability to write clear instructions and communicate effectively
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Basic understanding of image files
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively and with program teams, IT and other EMu users in the Museum
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Experience working in EMu or similar Digital Asset Management software
  • Working knowledge of R, SQL, and other related languages
  • Knowledge of Git/GitHub or other programming archive systems a plus
  • Familiarity with data privatization and/or Institutional Review Board guidelines
  • Understanding copyright issues

Applicants must include a resume and a cover letter highlighting their qualifications and experience that make them uniquely suited for this role.

The Keller Science Action Center is committed to a workforce that is diverse and inclusive and the Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Field Museum strives to create a working environment that is free of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation, and that promotes human dignity among all staff. Realizing that good relations between co-workers are an integral part of job satisfaction, The Field Museum strives to create a climate of mutual respect among all employees.

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