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Collections Assistant, Anthropology

Employer
Field Museum
Location
The Loop, Illinois
Closing date
Jul 31, 2021

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Position Type
Other
Specialty
Museum Studies
Organization Type
Business
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The Field Museum seeks a Collections Assistant to provide general support for Anthropology Collections Management. The individual in this position may handle, move, house, organize, inventory, photograph, and catalog objects within the Anthropology Collections. Hosts research and cultural heritage visits, tours, and special events; researches collections inquiries; supervises interns and volunteers; and maintains collections management equipment and storage furniture. This is a 3-4 month term position through the end of 2021. Duties and Responsibilities: * Houses, organizes, inventories, catalogs, moves, tracks, and stores the Anthropology collections as appropriate. Consults with Collections Managers and Conservators regarding safe handling and appropriate storage practices. * Monitors movement of objects at all stages and is responsible for keeping the inventory database up-to-date. Consults with Collections Managers and the Head Registrar regarding the database and the accuracy of its information including working with staff to solve cataloging problems in order to improve the veracity of data in the collections records and database. * Upgrades and maintains storage conditions for the Anthropology Collections utilizing preventive conservation methods. May assist with Facilities projects in collections work and storage areas. Facilities projects may occur during non-regular work hours. * Fields and responds to inquiries from curators, other Museum staff, research scholars, descendant communities, and the public. * Facilitates and assists with collections visits from researchers and community representatives including tribal groups. May assist with repatriation efforts. * May assist with heritage management and community engagement efforts, which may occur offsite and during non-regular work hours. * Supervises volunteers, interns, and visitors using the Anthropology Collections, as required. * Performs other collections-related tasks as assigned. Qualifications: * Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and/or Museum Studies is required. * Object handling experience is required. Computer skills are required. * At least one year of museum collections experience is required. * Community engagement experience is highly desirable. * Demonstrated superb organizational skills, impeccable attention to detail, ability to focus on tasks, ability to communicate effectively, negotiation and resolution of non-routine problems, professionalism and collegiality, and willingness to follow directions and procedures. * In-depth knowledge of accepted museum collections care practices and procedures is expected. * Demonstrated computer proficiency with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and collections management databases. Working knowledge of EMu is highly desirable. * Experience with artifact photography as well as the construction of complex storage mounts is highly desirable. Woodshop experience is a plus. * High frequency of strenuous activity lifting heavy objects, moving carts, using box cutters and hot melt glue guns to construct artifact storage trays, etc. * Ability to work alone or in a team situation is required. * Must be able to work with artifacts and records for long hours. The Field Museum is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. We strive to create a working environment that is free of sexual, racial, and ethnic discrimination, and one that promotes human dignity and mutual respect among all staff. As such, it is the policy of the Field Museum to hire without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. The Field Museum strives to ensure that our career website and recruiting process are accessible to all. If you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our online application, or if you require a reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to accessibility@fieldmuseum.org.

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