Photographic Collection Cataloger

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Oakland Museum of California


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Oakland, CA 94607

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Oakland Museum of California

Req No 2019-1304
Category Registration
Type Project Full-Time
Closing Date
Targeted Job Start Date 7/1/2019


The Photographic Collection Cataloger assumes processing and stewardship responsibilities of OMCA's Dorothea Lange collection of photographs, photographic prints, archives, and ephemera for a year-long, grant funded project to process and rehouse the collection. Stewardship responsibilities include knowledge of ethical standards and best practices in the museum field; documentation of artifacts such as cataloging, location tracking, inventories and condition reporting; information access for staff; photography; documentation related to collections care. The position will be responsible for safe handling, storage, display and transport of artifacts. We have 2 positions available; they are full-time project assignments for one year.



The following reflects OMCA's definition of essential functions for this position, but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned. OMCA may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.


  • Support the Museum's mission, values, vision, and core commitment to the visitor experience, community engagement, and institutional relevancy for the future
  • Contribute to and support the OMCA strategic plan, annual priorities, and institutional initiatives such as diversity advancement
  • Contribute to a positive organizational culture based on mutual respect, a spirit of collegiality, cooperation, and openness to many perspectives
  • Participate in a culture of ongoing learning, collaboration, innovation, creativity, and community engagement


  • Process and catalog items from the Dorothea Lange collection under direction of the Registrar (position 1)
  • Process and track archives from the Dorothea Lange collection under direction of the archival Program Manager (position 2)
  • Perform data clean-up and update collections records
  • Perform rehousing of photographic collections and archives
  • Monitor conditions for optimal collections care, storage, transportation, and exhibition
  • Maintains records in Collection Management System
  • Assist in the maintenance of Museum collections to ensure safe handling and storage of artifacts, specimens and artworks
  • Provide information from collection records as needed
  • Image objects under the direction of the Intellectual Property and Imaging Coordinator



  • Ability to display and encourage visitor and internal customer service, take and share responsibility and treat others with respect
  • B.A. degree in Museum Studies, Art, History, or a related field required
  • M.A. degree in Museum Studies or a related field preferred
  • 1-2 years related experience required
  • English language proficiency in both spoken and written form
  • Understanding of photo documentation
  • General knowledge of preventive conservation standards for artifact handling, storage, and packing
  • Experience with museum databases required with specific knowledge of Collection Space preferred
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Ability to work on many tasks simultaneously
  • Understanding of the accession process for artifacts
  • Understanding of basic archives organization
  • Strong cataloging and data entry skills
  • Strong written and communication skills
  • Ability to commute between multiple museum locations


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The environment may include:

  • Noise, such as groups of people working in enclosed areas
  • Typical office environment
  • Ability to travel to off-site museum location
  • Ability to lift up to 35 pounds


The Oakland Museum of California is dedicated to diversity, inclusion, accessibility and equity. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ability/disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We highly encourage our diverse community to apply for available employment, internship, fellowship and volunteer positions at the Museum, as we aim to ensure our staff reflects the diversity of our visitors and surrounding community. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, OMCA will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities.


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