Curatorial Registrar

Company Name: 

Idaho State Museum


610 Julia Davis Drive
Boise, ID 83702

Contact Name: 

Annette Polidori




Job Description: 


Be part of an organization that makes History every day! Join a highly motivated team in a fast-paced environment dedicated to inspiring, enriching and engaging all Idahoans by leading the state in preserving, sharing and using history and cultural resources relevant to today to inform and influence the future.


This Curatorial Registrar, with the working title of Registrar, is responsible for managing permanent museum collections, and participates in the exhibition process. This includes performing work related to acquiring, accessioning, cataloging, providing basic care and storage for historic artifacts. This position also researches, writes, and develops content for Idaho State Museum exhibits.



$51,521.60 - $54,121.60 Annually

  • In consultation with the Curator and other program area staff, implements policies, procedures, and forms for museum collections management, in alignment with the Agency's strategic plan and in accordance with professional standards set by the American Association of Museums.
  • Creates, manages, and maintains records of permanent collection including maintaining legal documents, artifact provenance, histories of use, inventories, loans, conservation, condition, and publication records of permanent collections objects, and reconciles these files in physical and digital locations.
  • As part of Museum Collections Committee, determines objects to be added to the permanent collection, and makes deaccessioning recommendations, with respect to the Museums policies and mission.  
  • Responds in a timely manner to public inquiries regarding collections donations procedures, gathers information from potential donors, and works directly with them to facilitate legal transfer of ownership of objects into the permanent collection. Verifies and collects pertinent information about historic artifacts for museum records.
  • Accessions and registers collection artifacts and ensure artifacts are labeled and marked for ease of identification and documents storage location.
  • Determines proper storage procedures for artifact preservation and stabilization, then appropriately prepares and documents each artifact for exhibition and storage.
  • Assists with public inquiries, visitors, and researchers; facilitates appropriate access to the collections and related information.
  • Facilitates care and control of collections including access, such as environmental monitoring of exhibition galleries and permanent collections storage areas.
  • Researches and provides information on artifacts relevant to exhibitions and gives guidance regarding physical exhibition requirements for permanent collections and loaned items.
  • Completes incoming and outgoing loan documentation, and manages packing, shipping, insurance, and other required documentation for loaned items and exhibitions.
  • Assists in researching archival materials such as photographs, film, and audio recordings for use in exhibitions, and secures proper permissions for use in Idaho State Museum exhibits.
  • Develops and performs public programs related to the museum collections, and the vision, mission, and goals of the Idaho State Historical Society.
  • Maintains knowledge of current museum practices and standards for the preservation and conservation of artifacts. 
  • Consults as a resource person regarding methods of collections management, preservation, and conservation.
  • Research and purchase collections management equipment and supplies.


Other Responsibilities 

  • Provide support to agency public programs and outreach efforts as assigned. 
  • Some weekend and/or evening hours may be scheduled.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications
The following knowledges and abilities, however acquired:
Good knowledge of: general museum classification, registration, and cataloging principles; Chenhall System for classifying historical objects; history research methods; artifact preservation methods.

Some knowledge of: supervisory methods.

Demonstrated ability to: collect, organize, and compile history research data into a logical order; communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree (or higher) with a major in Museum Studies, History, Anthropology, or related field of study and one year of experience in a position with similar responsibilities.
  • Experience working with computerized museum database systems.
  • Experience planning, assisting in layouts and installing museum or gallery exhibits.
  • Experience researching and writing interpretive text for exhibit.



Supplemental Information

To learn more about the Idaho State Historical Society, please visit our website at:

Working for the state offers the ability to easily balance work and life commitments, including benefits such as a flexible work schedule, PERSI retirement, medical/dental insurance, a wellness program and state-facilitated training.

The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.


The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email


Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.