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Museum Collections Manager
Wage: 20+ DOE
Shift: Full-time. Ability to work occasional evening and weekend hours.
Benefits: Medical, dental, vision, PTO, LTD, HSA, EAP, discounts, option for 401K with employer matched contributions, and more!
Summary: We are looking for a Collections Manager to work with our Mountain America Museum of Ancient Life’s (MAMAL) collection of artifacts and specimens including fossils, casts, and life-recreations. This role plays a vital part in supporting 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.
- Manage the collection activities at MAMAL including identification, classification, labeling, cataloging, photographing, condition reporting, inventory, cleaning, and preserving artifacts and specimens for research, exhibition, and education.
- Has a part in the management of acquisitions, accessions, deaccessions, and incoming and outgoing loans.
- Helps manage the collections management database (PastPerfect) by processing, entering, and correcting existing and new collection donations, creating or updating records as needed. Ensures users are trained to follow data entry procedures.
- Ensures proper care and preservation of the museum collections by implementing environmental monitoring activities, including temperature and humidity checks, integrated pest management (IPM), 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.
- 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.
- Routinely monitors collection storage areas and conducts tours as needed.
- Supports 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.
- 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, experience working with natural history collections is desired.
- Supervisory experience.
- Proven record of being a highly motivated, proactive team player who effectively communicates and cooperates with other museum staff.
- Must be able to assess priorities, self-direct, work independently, take directions, receive constructive feedback, and make corrections as needed.
- Experience in project management, meeting deadlines, and the ability to adapt strengths and experience to continue, change, or make new procedures.
- 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 artifacts and specimens and housing them in archival materials.
- Experience with temperature and relative humidity checks and integrated pest management (IPM).
- 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.
- Frequently required to stand, sit, walk, and reach. Regularly requires lifting heavy objects (must be able to lift up to 50 lbs) and working on ladders or lifts.
- Must pass a background check.
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Museum Collections Manager
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