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Early Career Fellows for North American Anthropology

Field Museum
The Loop, Illinois
Closing date
Jul 2, 2023

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Position Type
Full Time
Area Studies, North American Studies, Museum Studies
Organization Type
The Field Museum is a not-for-profit organization located on the Museum Campus of Chicago. Since the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, we have conducted research across all seven continents and accumulated a collection of over 40 million specimens and artifacts.

The Field Museum is searching for two Native American Early Career Fellows for North American Anthropology to join our team! Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until positions are filled, with the expectation to start in early 2023.

This paid, one-year Fellowship is designed specifically for Native American recent graduates with lived cultural experience who are interested in careers in museum collections management, registration, conservation, or curation. Fellows will have the opportunity to work directly with the Native North American collections at the Field Museum. Fellows will also be provided mentorship by staff on pursuing a career with a focus of their choosing in the museum field and will be introduced to other museum professionals.

The Fellows will be working on-site at the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois, and will spend time working on the following topics in collaboration with Native community members, the Field's Conservation Cultural Liaison and Collections Managers, and other staff in the Conservation, Registration, Curation, and Repatriation sections.

Fellows will gain experience in managing and preserving items in museum collections. Particular focus of the Fellowships will be connecting descendant communities, scholars, and members of the public to the collections. These connections may be made in visits and tours (both virtual and in-person), online outreach, and special events, both in the Museum's collections areas and in public. Successful candidates will gain both practical and theoretical knowledge of current museum practice and will help improve the Museum's cultural competence in the care of Native American collections. Support will be provided for relocation expenses, conference travel expenses, and for moving forward in a museum career after the Fellowship has ended. They may participate in other duties outlined below.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Researching item provenience
  • Identifying and documenting item construction methods and materials
  • Written and photographic documentation
  • Providing guidance, or obtaining guidance where applicable, on culturally appropriate descriptions of items, their materials, and their provenience
  • Assisting with research into and responding to inquiries about the collections
  • Collection management, housing, and storage
  • Preventive conservation
  • Testing of display case and item materials
  • Exhibitions and loans
  • Use of Collections Management database systems
  • Participation in training workshops

  • Enrolled members or direct descendants of federally- and state-recognized Native American tribes and Alaska Native groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants should be recent graduates (Associates, BA/BSc, or MA/MSc) with lived Indigenous experience, demonstrable cultural competencies, an interest in a career in museums, and the ability to work with diverse Native American communities
  • High frequency of strenuous activity lifting heavy items, moving carts, using box cutters, hot melt glue guns, and sewing machines to construct collections storage trays, etc. Ability to work alone or in a team situation required. Must be able to work with collections and records for long hours
  • Successful candidates will have excellent verbal and written communication skills

Important Note: In order to protect the health and safety of our employees, guests and their families, the Field Museum is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Requests for exemptions from the vaccine will not be considered as given the nature of this position, we are unable to provide an accommodation for anyone who has not been vaccinated.

The Field Museum is an equal opportunity workplace and employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, Veteran status, or any other protected class. We strive to create a working environment that is free of all forms of discrimination and one that promotes human dignity and mutual respect among all staff. We believe every member of our organization enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, to identify challenges, and to discover, design, and deliver solutions.

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 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

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