Museum Collections Manager

Company Name: 

Thanksgiving Point


3003 N. Thanksgiving Way
Lehi, UT 84043

Job Description: 

It is a wonderful time to be a part of our Thanksgiving Point team! As a local Non-Profit, our mission is to bring to life the joy of learning, curiosity, and the wonders of the natural world through world-class experiences that engage, delight, and inspire. Our vision is to engage families and individuals of all ages and abilities. We accomplish this through a variety of offerings and world-class places to explore and visit. Team Members enjoy free venue admissions for themselves and their families, a 401K match incentive, work/life balance and wellness benefits, growth opportunities, Sundays always off, and so much more! We are a one-of-a-kind place, and we want Team Members who are too. Come on board and feel the tremendous reward of improving the lives of all those who enter our doors!  


Museum Collections Manager

Wage: $16.00-$18.00 DOE

Shift: Full-time

Benefits: Medical, dental, vision, LTD, PTO, paid Holidays, free membership, discounts, Employee Assistance Program, 401k (after one year)


Position Summary

Thanksgiving Point seeks a full-time Museum Collections Manager to work with the Mountain America Museum of Ancient Life’s collection of artifacts and specimens including fossils, casts, and life-recreations. This position is directly supervised by the Director of Collections.

As the museum’s collections manager, they will support the institution’s mission by providing for the care, preservation, safety, and accessibility of the museum’s collection and associated records. The position applies concepts, principles, and techniques of professional museum collections management and museum registration methods. Tasks include overseeing the physical collection storage, ensuring inventory of the collection is completed, and facilitating all aspects of collections processing.



  • Leads collection management activities including identification, classification, labeling, cataloging, condition reporting, inventory, and preserving artifacts and specimens for research, exhibition, and education.
  • Assists with the management of acquisitions, accessions, deaccessions, and incoming and outgoing loans.
  • Oversees the development, management, and data entry of the collections management database (PastPerfect) by processing, entering, and correcting existing and new collection donations, creating or updating records as needed. Ensures staff are trained to follow data entry procedures.
  • Ensures proper care and preservation of the museum collections by leading environmental monitoring activities, implementing an integrated pest management (IPM) program, and other preventative conservation methods.
  • Works with Director of Collections, Director of Paleontology, and other appropriate staff to identify acquisitions to be added to or deaccessioned from the permanent collection.
  • Works with the Collection Technician to expedite photographing the collection by identifying the most efficient workflow for digitizing artifacts and specimens safely, while also maintaining the highest standards of quality.
  • Evaluates and prepares artifacts and specimens for storage or exhibition by conducting inspections and inventories. Mitigates risk to safety and security of objects and creates a plan to address deficiencies in conditions, housing, and documentation.
  • Manages and routinely monitors collection storage areas and conducts tours as needed.
  • Support the development and implements collections policies, standards, and procedures.
  • Provides oversight and training to staff, volunteers, interns, and researchers working with the collection.
  • Work is frequently reviewed for accuracy and to ensure adherence to all institutional and departmental guidelines for the management of the museum’s collections.

Desired Skills

  • Proven record of being a proactive team player who effectively communicates and cooperates with other museum staff.
  • Must be able to assess priorities, take directions, receive constructive feedback and make corrections as needed.
  • Strong abilities to make decisions, be self-directing and work independently, and show motivation.
  • Experience in project management, meeting deadlines, and the ability to adapt strengths and experience to continue, change, or make new procedures.
  • Proven record of work with a variety of collection materials and types. Work with natural history collections is desired and experience with vertebrate and invertebrate fossils, minerals, and related geological objects is preferred.
  • Experience moving and reorganizing museum specimens and housing them in archival materials
  • Experience with temperature and relative humidity checks, integrated pest management (IPM), and measuring/adjusting light levels.
  • Strong computer literacy and experience working in collections management database systems. PastPerfect experience preferred.
  • Comfortable speaking with guests and presenting information and responding to questions in relation to the museum’s collection.

Required Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Advanced degree desired, in museum studies, natural science, anthropology, history, or other disciplines related to the mission of the Museum.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in collections management and/or registration in a museum setting.
  • Supervisory experience with staff (paid and unpaid).

Physical Demands and Other Requirements

  • Frequently required to stand, sit, walk, and reach. Sometimes requires lifting heavy objects (must be able to lift up to 50 lbs) and working on ladders.
  • Ability to work occasional evening and weekend hours.
  • Must pass a background check.

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  


Museum Collections Manager  




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