Curator / Collections Management / Conservator Positions

Curator of Natural History
City of Riverside
Riverside, California, USA

The City of Riverside is accepting applications for the position of CURATOR OF NATURAL HISTORY to fill one (1) vacancy in the MUSEUM DEPARTMENT. The eligibility list established may be used to fill the current and/or upcoming vacancies within this classification for up to six (6) months.

Under general supervision, Museum Curators perform a variety of technical and professional duties in the assembling and caring for museum collections in anthropology, history, or natural history; to plan and provide materials for museum exhibitions and educational programs; (when assigned to the Anthropology division) to provide interaction with Native American groups and university scholars to implement the Division's mission; (when assigned to the history division) to provide public access to archival collections and answer research inquiries; work closely with all facets of the community to preserve this region's legacy; and do related work as required.

Work Performed
Typical duties may include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:
  • Work effectively on teams to implement the Museum's mission.
  • Locate, acquire and house appropriate artifacts or specimens.
  • Conduct detailed analysis to identify items.
  • Prepare and maintain proper collection records.
  • Provide for necessary maintenance, preservation and restoration of collected materials.
  • Select artifacts and generally plan exhibitions within assigned field of responsibility.
  • Provide data for labels to emphasize exhibition features.
  • Present lectures or other programs to community groups, Museum audiences and professional organizations.
  • Contribute articles to the Museum newsletters and scholarly publications.
  • Conduct field research to gather data, specimens and photographic records.
  • Identify objects for the general public.
  • Confer and cooperate with other resource and Museum personnel regarding materials sources, object data, exhibition details, publications and programs.
  • Instruct interns and volunteers.
Recruitment Guidelines:

Education: Equivalent to a Master's Degree from an accredited college or university with major work in museology, history, anthropology, archaeology, geology, natural science, zoology, or a closely related field of specialization. Three years' experience in the field and evidence of the pursuit of graduate studies may substitute for the partial fulfillment of the Master's Degree requirement.

Experience: One year of experience in the collection, preservation, interpretation, presentation of materials for Museum exhibitions and provision of public access to collections.

Highly Desirable Qualifications:
  • Three years experience at the Museum Curator level.
  • Experience with interpretive planning and object-based teaching.
  • Experience in grant writing.
  • Experience in a collaborative team environment.


Please reference when applying for this job.
This job posted by MERC from July 20 through October 19.

Curatorial Assistant
Colgate University
Hamilton, New York, USA

The Picker Art Gallery and Longyear Museum of Anthropology at Colgate University are teaching and collecting museums that engage local and global communities through innovative exhibitions, interdisciplinary research, dynamic outreach, and meaningful experiences with art and material culture.

Position Accountabilities
Primarily accountable for providing key support in collections research and documentation, curricular use of collections, exhibition and program coordination, and publication production.

Accountable for conducting research on objects in the collections, including archival research, contacting galleries and museums, and corresponding with specialists.

Accountable for accurately inputting data into collections databases, maintaining consistency across records, and producing reports.

Accountable for significant oversight and assistance in the production of museum publications, including writing and editing content.

Accountable for providing substantive support for the coordination and preparation of class visits, including corresponding with faculty.

In collaboration with the curators, accountable for conceptualizing, developing, and implementing exhibitions and programs.

Works closely with team members, accountable for making progress in digitizing collections and for developing strategies for sharing collections online, including through the development of online exhibitions and other digital projects.

Accountable for overseeing the work of undergraduate student employees or interns.

Accountable for engaging audiences through marketing and/or social media and maintaining the effective management of social media presence for both museums.

Accountable for knowing and following standards for museum and curatorial practice and Code of Ethics as outlined by the AAM.

Accountable for performing other duties as assigned.
  • Bachelor's degree in related field (art history; anthropology; archaeology; museum studies; humanities) is required
  • Master's degree in related field (art history; anthropology; archaeology; museum studies; humanities) is strongly preferred
Professional Experience/Qualifications
  • Minimum one (1) year experience in a museum or other arts or cultural institution, or equivalent demonstrable experience
  • Familiarity working with databases and/or demonstration of understanding of database concepts; able to accurately input data, maintain consistency across records, and pull reports
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Experience conducting object-based research
  • Ability to work collegially with a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students on a daily basis
  • Flexibility and the ability to think creatively
  • Knowledge of relevant computer programs (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Google applications)
Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of contemporary debates in the field of art/anthropology curation
  • Previous experience working with graphic designers, editors, scholars, and other museum professionals
  • Previous supervisory experience such as overseeing undergraduate student employees or interns
  • Experience handling museum objects/artworks. Knowledge of safe handling and movement practices.
  • Experience with digital and multimedia projects, such as online exhibitions and collections
  • Experience working with The Museum System (TMS) and/or FileMaker Pro databases
  • Previous involvement in producing exhibitions
  • Experience producing publications
  • Experience engaging audiences through marketing and/or social media
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Please reference when applying for this job.
This job posted by MERC from June 15 through September 4.

The last update to this page was 7-31-18.