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Colleen Carter

Pronouns:

She/Her/Hers

Availability:

Available

Full or Part-time

Position Type:

Castle Rock

Colorado

United States of America

Years in the field:

11 – 15 Years

Areas of Expertise

Administrative Support, After-School Programs, Camp Programs, Curatorial/Collections, Development/Sponsorship/Institutional Advancement, Distance/Digital Learning, Docent Programs, Education, Events, Explainer/guide, Grants/Foundational Giving, Intern Programs, Outreach and Public Engagement, Partnerships, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Volunteer Programs, Youth/Teen Programs

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Assistant Manager of Education Collections Department: 2007-2020

  • Maintain current understanding of best practices and use of 35,000+ objects and specimens in support of education curriculum for internal and external audiences in natural history subjects (Anthropology, Geology, Paleontology, Zoology, Human Health, and Space Sciences).
  • Led team providing access and use of 35,000+ teaching collections for 4,000+ programs/events and 1 million+ visitors annually.
  • Supervise 60+ volunteers in meeting department goals (exhibit carts, specimen selection/repair, training, database administration, external loan prep, etc).
  • Establish needs, interview, onboard, review, and mentor employees, interns, and volunteers.
  • Led departmental planning and coordination with departments representing 500+ employees.
  • Plan, support and execute events and exhibit activities for board members, household members, donors, and the community on an annual, quarterly, and ad-hoc basis.
  • Identify risks, develop and implement strategies to achieve department objectives while balancing conflicting priorities within budget and operational constraints.
  • Training of 400+ gallery volunteers in preparation of new, temporary exhibitions.
  • Present/facilitate/market the museum in community, membership, donor, and staff events on and off-site.
  • Represent and market the museum in official media requests ranging from research and print, to live television broadcasts.
  • Present to professional,/global audiences on topics relating to collections care and usage, best practices, community engagement at conferences.
  • Streamline and expand custom loan procedures for 100+ loans annually (before and during COVID) to meet the needs of educators and outside institutions.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Assistant Manager of Health Sciences Collection: 2009-2020

  • Led newly formed team in care and long-term preservation of collections for use in research, exhibits, education, and confirm best practices standards are met.
  • Ensure proper specimen storage, documentation, and support accessibility.
  • Maintain accurate specimen data in the Axiell/EMu database.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Additional Duties:

Assistant Manager of Space Science Collection: 2007-2020

  • Secure material from NASA GSAccess to support education and programming needs.
  • Led newly formed team in care and long-term preservation of collections for use in research, exhibits, education, and confirm best practices standards are met.
  • Ensure proper specimen storage, documentation, and support accessibility.
  • Maintain accurate object data in the Axiell/EMu database.

Interim Registrar/Assistant: October 2018-March 2019 and Q4 2016

  • Curate institutional documents in relation to accession, deaccession, internal/external loans, exhibits, and year-end data.
  • Led department support for exhibit material for Cuba! temporary exhibition and JPL Mars Lander full-scale model.

Conservation Assistant: December 2016-December 2019

  • Plan and execute divisional integrated pest management (IPM) plan
  • Led newly formed IPM Team.
  • Reevaluate and plan Quick Response, divisional emergency preparedness plan.

Archives Assistant: January 2014 – January 2015

  • See completion of final move of collections to the newly built facility.
  • Select material for accession and fully process (catalog and storage).

EDUCATION

Metropolitan State University of Denver

BA Integrated Liberal Arts for Museum Studies, summa cum laude.

  • Individualized Degree Program: Create and acquire university board approval for a degree that meets state and institutional standards in pursuing a career not supported by existing university programs.
  • Course work: Anthropology, Archaeology, History, Non-Profit and Business Administration, Grant-writing, Early Childhood Reading, Gifted and Talented Education.
  • Historic Denver: Write, submit and win general operating expenses grant for the Sacred Landmarks Program from the Anschutz Family Foundation through Metropolitan State University of Denver.📷
  • Four Mile Historic Park: Student Exhibit Consultant through the Metropolitan State University of Denver and the University of Colorado at Denver.
  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science: Intern and Volunteer.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • American Alliance of Museums (AAM)
  • Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC)
  • Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC)
  • Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums
  • Collections Management Group (CMG)
  • Skirts in Science
  • MuseumExpert.org

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (ABSTRACTS AVAILABLE)

  • Girls & Science – Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC)
  • Quick Disaster Response: DMNS Adds a Tool - Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC)
  • Object Based Inquiry: Collections and Critical Thinking – Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC)
  • Using Artifacts in the Classroom (As Primary Sources) - Colorado Council for the Social Studies (CCSS)

CERTIFICATION AND CONTINUING EDUCATION

  • Biosafety Level-2 Laboratory
  • Mini-Med School – University of Colorado
  • Poisons in Collections – SPNHC
  • Bloodborne Pathogens – American Red Cross
  • Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED – American Red Cross
  • Fossil Invertebrates – DMNS
  • Volunteer Interview Skills Seminar – DMNS
  • Vertebrate Specimen Preparation – DMNS
  • Non-Profit Management Foundations - LinkedIn Learning
  • Human Resources Foundations - LinkedIn Learning

TECHNICAL SKILLS

  • Knowledge of lawful collecting practices for anthropological, geological, paleontological, zoological and space science collections
  • Integrated pest management for collections
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • American Alliance of Museums (AAM) accreditation processes
  • Collections Management Software -KE/Axiell EMu and Argus
  • Collections packing and transportation
  • Preparation and Mount Making
  • Repair and Conservation
  • Microsoft Office Suite

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