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Anthropology Rehousing Collections Assistant (18 month Term)

Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Glendale, Colorado
Closing date
Sep 27, 2022

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Full Time
Museum Studies
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The Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) seeks a motivated individual with a background in and passion for anthropology collections to build custom storage mounts and reorganize collections by region and culture group. The Anthropology Collections currently holds approximately 500,000 artifacts in the areas of Archaeology and Ethnology; the collections are largely from North America, but represent cultures from around the world. This position supports the efforts to preserve and protect the collections on a long-term basis, increase access and grow scientific output, to manage and expand collections, and to help inspire diverse communities' understanding of, and involvement in, anthropology and the natural world. This position works with collections managers, assistant collections managers, and curators to help with proper collection storage, documentation, and long-term preservation of collections for use in research, education, and exhibits, and to fulfill trust obligations of the museum for the preservation of collections.

This position will work with the Integrative Collections and Anthropology departments as we rehouse the collection by fabricating custom archival storage mounts for the collection. They will sort, inventory, and catalog specimens, and construct custom boxes for large, fragile items. They will bag and construct trays and boxes for bulk collections. They will create and update catalog records, and capture and catalog digital reference images when necessary. They will use the database to search for items cataloged from a particular culture group and then physically organize them in storage by geographic region and box size, and update the database using barcodes and scanners. They will oversee interns and volunteers assisting with the rehousing and organization of the collection.

This is a full-time, benefitted, term position, projected to last approximately 18 months from 11/1/2022 to 5/31/2024.

This position reports to the Anthropology Assistant Collections Manager.

Work Schedule: (onsite)

Supervises: none

Essential Duties:
  • Build archival custom mounts for three-dimensional ethnographic objects, implementing existing design and construction techniques
  • Create digital reference images for collections as needed, including saving images and cataloguing them in collections database using current standards
  • Update database records in EMu collections management system including updating locations and catalog records, and adding images
  • Serve as team leader/supervisor for collections interns and volunteers recruited to assist with object rehousing and movement
  • Ensure all preparation and move tasks follow established policies and procedures and meet required deadlines
  • Ensure 0% damage to objects and specimens during preparation and move
  • Ensure 100% human health and safety during preparation and move

Minimum qualifications/Requirements:
  • Bachelor's Degree in anthropology or closely related field required.
  • 6 months experience handling museum collections required.
  • 6 months experience with relational databases required.
  • Occasional local travel and out of state travel required.
  • Evening and weekend shifts as needed required.
  • The Museum loves science. As a science institution, the Museum believes in the science behind vaccines. As a condition of employment, employees must present proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on their first day of employment or receive an exemption or other reasonable accommodation due to circumstances protected under federal or state law that prevent the employee from being vaccinated. If you wish to apply for an exemption, please contact Human Resources for the necessary forms. You will be notified of the decision regarding your requested exemption.

Working Conditions:
  • Standing or sitting for extended periods of time may be necessary
  • Working on a computer for some amounts of time may be necessary
  • Knowledge of safely using or helping others climb ladders
  • Some items may weigh upwards of 30 pounds
  • Ability to safely work with sharp hand tools and implements
  • Handling culturally sensitive items and human ancestral remains may be necessary

Ideal candidate will have:
  • Graduate degree in anthropology, archaeology, museum studies, or related field
  • Previous experience working on a collections move project
  • Previous experience working in Southwestern archaeology

Core values:
  • We love science.
  • We are curious, creative and playful.
  • We cultivate relationships with each other, diverse communities, and the environment and for our future.
  • We think critically and act with empathy.

Perks and benefits of working at DMNS Include:

A comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision coverage. 100% paid life insurance and long-term disability insurance. Paid time-off for vacation, sickness and holidays. 403(b) Retirement Plan with immediate eligibility to contribute and, after one year of employment, an employer contribution and match. An RTD Eco pass and a free Family+ membership to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

Dayforce Wallet: Get your pay as soon as you earn it, at no cost to you. Request up to 50% of your net earnings without waiting for the standard payday, through the Dayforce Wallet mobile app.

The full range of perks and benefits can be found HERE.

Application Instructions:

Please submit your cover letter and resume by September 20, 2022. Resumes will not be accepted after this time.

Applications will only be accepted electronically via the Museum's website

Due to the high volume of people who apply, we are not able to respond to specific inquiries regarding your application status.

The Museum is committed to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff to serve the needs of our visitors. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.
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