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  1. 1.

    Are you efficient with your time?

  2. 2.

    Tell me about a time where you resolved a difficult problem.

  3. 3.

    What keeps you motivated?

  4. 4.

    How do you handle stressful situations?

  5. 5.

    What is your greatest strength?

      User-Submitted Answers

      1. Adaptability (related to flexibility) I showed up for my Geocorps internship in Hagerman ready to hike the Monument and map the park's volcanic ash layers, yet discovered a whole new apprecibility and interest in archival techniques and procedures. I turned what could have been a let down of a situation into an opportunity to learn something new, gain new skills, and developed a brand new interest! Flexibility/adaptability. Project postponed during summer internship, became a better opportunity to learn new skills and a more diverse array of experiences for my future employment options.
      2. Flexibility/adaptability. Project postponed during summer internship, became a better opportunity to learn new skills and a more diverse array of experiences for my future employment options.
      3. Communiaction interpersonal passion and drive.
  6. 6.

    Why are museums and the preserving and displaying of artifacts important for society?

      User-Submitted Answers

      1. All people can benefit from an understanding of the natural world, and the natural world and environment can only be benefitted by humans if WE understand IT. Museums bring experiences and knowledge and first hand encounters from all over the world to people who may never have otherwise had the chance to see it (ex. CalAcademy probably hosts some people who have spent most of their lives in a cityscape, including children) May encourage children to get out and explore the world.
      2. It's important to recognize the past and learning from previous mistakes to ensure that future generations will have access to even more information than we have now.
  7. 7.

    Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

      User-Submitted Answers

      1. CalAcademy of course! Or in the NPS! A geo job at an organization I feel proud to be a part of.
  8. 8.

    What is your proudest achievement so far?

      User-Submitted Answers

      1. Achieving my BS in Geology, I didn't go straight into college after HS, and I was part time and working mostly when I did decide to go back, so it is a very proud achievement for me, and I'm toying with the idea of Grad School, but again, not right away, as I'd like to take a 'break' from school and gain work experience.
      2. My proudest achievement was serving in the US Army.
      3. Completing my Bachelors degree. I didn't go to college right after HS, and then when I finally did, I was mostly part time school, and working. The last 2 years were the most difficult for me, (upper level geology classes) but that made it even more rewarding when I finally graduated in December 2015.
  9. 9.

    How do you ensure you maintain good relationships with colleagues?

      User-Submitted Answers

      1. I strive to be polite and friendly, offer help, and generally follow the golden rule. Take responsibility for my actions, no one wants a colleague who shirks their workload, because that puts more on them. I don't take sides or argue politics with colleagues, because no ones mind is going to be changed and you'll still have to see each other everyday, so better to just leave that at home!
  10. 10.

    What skills are essential for this job?

  11. 11.

    How would your former employer describe?

  12. 12.

    Do you work better individually, or on a team?

  13. 13.

    What kind of work environment do you thrive in?

  14. 14.

    Do you work well under pressure?

  15. 15.

    Do you manage your time well?

      User-Submitted Answers

      1. I always make a plan of action for tasks I want/need to accomplish during my shift/day.
  16. 16.

    Why did you apply at our museum?

      User-Submitted Answers

      1. Working at the CalAcademy would be a dream come true for me. I visited San Francisco/GG Park last December, and while I didn't get to visit the Academy, I absolutely loved the park with all the rock outcrops and gorgeous greenery. It is the perfect gem in the middle of the City. And the ideal location for scientific teaching of the public, and it just seems like a wonderful educational experience for families visiting the park to go to a science museum at the same time. I would be honored and proud to be able to imporove people's lives and contribute to the CalAcademy's mission of Exploring, Explaining, and Sustaining Life.
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    What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?

      User-Submitted Answers

      1. Perfection in attention to details. I prefer to check the sequence of numbers 2-3 times. I realize that this can become a lengthy process when dealing with a large database. This is why I plan out my day's tasks first, and estimate how long each task should take, so I can remind myself to look at the larger picture of the day, so I do not get lost in the small but important details of the task. Writing everything down to keep things in perspective.
  18. 18.

    What are your career goals?

      User-Submitted Answers

      1. I want to be part of an organization I can be proud of, that aligns with my personal goals of scientific advancement and sharing my passions for geoscience by encouraging people to look further, and dig deeper, into any interest they may find. CalAcademy aligns with all of my goals educating and engaging the public, preservation/conservation, encouraging scientific literacy. (also NPS)
      2. I want to be part of an organization I can be proud of, that aligns with my personal goals of scientific advancement and sharing my passions for geoscience by encouraging people to look further, and dig deeper, into any interest they may find. CalAcademy aligns with all of my goals educating and engaging the public, preservation/conservation, encouraging scientific literacy. (also NPS)
      3. I would like to eventually become a Museum Curator.
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    Why are you the best candidate for us?

      User-Submitted Answers

      1. My academic background in geosciences and environmental science, my excitement and how I translate that into productivity and achievements, my personal goals are the CalAcademy's goals too. I will bring my passion everyday and use the 'shared fate' mentality I learned at WF to cooperate between departments and employees, go above and beyond to get things done.
      2. My academic background in geosciences and environmental science, my excitement and how I translate that into productivity and achievements, my personal goals are the CalAcademy's goals too. I will bring my passion everyday and use the 'shared fate' mentality I learned at WF to cooperate between departments and employees, go above and beyond to get things done.
      3. Because no one can match my experience and passion in the historical field.
  20. 20.

    Why did you choose a career as a technician at a museum?

      User-Submitted Answers

      1. My love for geology and the earth systems. I really believe in the importance of preserving fossils and other artifacts for scientific understanding of our world. To be a safeguarder/keeper of such immensely important tools of knowledge would be really special for me.
      2. Due to relevant experience and an interest in the musium.
      3. It's a great stepping stone for me to achieve my ultimate goal of becoming a curator.
  21. 21.

    How important is paying attention to details while working?

      User-Submitted Answers

      1. Incredibly important! I've found errors in the HAFO database where the intern/tech had accidentally transposed 2 digits in a catalog number, or skipped over a specimen entirely while catalogging, so that it had a label and cat number written on it, but wasn't in the database. By leafing back through the field forms and seeing who the tech was who entered them, I discovered that there were 2 techs catalogging on that day, and their 2 subsets of cat numbers met on this cat number, so evidently, each of them thought the other person had logged that one. This also demonstrates the importance of documentation and record keeping. My experience with checking numbers on UPCs while stocking (important experience that made double/triple checking catalog numbers a lot easier for me)
      2. It is vital to pay attention in this role foe the safety of anyone involved and also to prevent damage to any artifacts.
      3. When you're dealing with something such as a historical artifact paying attention to detail is important because it could make the difference between properly preserving or destroying.
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    Would you consider yourself highly organized?

      User-Submitted Answers

      1. I would consider myself highly organized. I keep my notebook calendar updated, I make a prioritized list of things I need to accomplish, because I understand the neccesity to think about details and efficiency during a plan's execution. At my current job, I'm always recalculating the most efficient way to complete my stock for that shift. Moving the ladder, or walking into the back stock room both require time and energy, so I plan out what all I need to accomplish before and after, so save time and energy.
      2. I would, when it comes to work I am always punctual and I try to be as clear and direct as I can be.
  23. 23.

    Are you a patient person?

      User-Submitted Answers

      1. Absolutely, working with the public helps. I've encountered such differences among customers, you have to adapt your style to each individual person. Some people just blurt out the point, while others want to tell you the whole story from the beginning before getting to their question. Similarly, some projects take longer than others, for example, during the Herbarium location update project, I had to ensure I was careful with each specimen, unloading the stacks and then reloading them in reverse order. Not having patience can lead to rushing and damaging specimens.
      2. I am when I comes to work, I understand that you have to allow for other problem to accure.
      3. Absolutely, working with the public helps. I've encountered such differences among customers, you have to adapt your style to each individual person. Some people just blurt out the point, while others want to tell you the whole story from the beginning before getting to their question. Similarly, some projects take longer than others, for example, during the Herbarium location update project, I had to ensure I was careful with each specimen, unloading the stacks and then reloading them in reverse order. Not having patience can lead to rushing and damaging specimens.
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    Tell me about your most difficult experience preserving or working on an artifact before.

      User-Submitted Answers

      1. While preliminary sorting 'microfauna' fossils, I found a 2 parts of a broken rib in a small unsorted mix. There was a second one that was not broken, but I wasn't sure if it was from a fish or a mammal, so I brought it into the park paleontologist's office, and asked her opinion. She turned on her microscope and in no time flat, said, "woops, I broke it". I felt bad that I didn't warn her that it must be fragile because I'd already seen a broken one in the non sorted mix. She continued to examine it, and ultimately decided it was fish, but non-diagnostic, and not worth catalogging anyway. It was collected during an 'easter egg hunt' style field crew was told to collect as many pieces as possible, without considering storage needs or whether or not it was diagnostic.
      2. While preliminary sorting 'microfauna' fossils, I found a 2 parts of a broken rib in a small unsorted mix. There was a second one that was not broken, but I wasn't sure if it was from a fish or a mammal, so I brought it into the park paleontologist's office, and asked her opinion. She turned on her microscope and in no time flat, said, "woops, I broke it". I felt bad that I didn't warn her that it must be fragile because I'd already seen a broken one in the non sorted mix. She continued to examine it, and ultimately decided it was fish, but non-diagnostic, and not worth catalogging anyway. It was collected during an 'easter egg hunt' style field crew was told to collect as many pieces as possible, without considering storage needs or whether or not it was diagnostic.
  25. 25.

    What do you know about our museum?