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Repatriation Specialist

Field Museum
Chicago, Illinois
Closing date
Jun 15, 2024

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Full Time
Museum Studies
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Our Mission: Since the 1893 World Columbian Exposition, our organization has aimed to connect people to the natural environment and human history.

The Repatriation Specialist assists the NAGPRA Director in maintaining compliance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and the Field Museum's Repatriation Policy. This two-year term position is responsible for conducting research, engaging in consultation, and processing repatriation requests. Additionally, the Repatriation Specialist will contribute to the structural development of the newly established Center for Repatriation.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Consults with Native American Tribes and other Indigenous communities regarding repatriation and information requests
  • Conducts collections-based research, including examination of archives, investigation into provenience and provenance, and consultation with community experts
  • Maintains accurate records of all activities, including collections research, correspondence, consultations, notices, inventories, summaries, and determinations regarding collections and repatriation
  • Drafts and submits NAGPRA documents, including summaries, inventories, and Notices
  • Presents requests and updates to the Museum's Repatriation Subcommittee

  • Master's degree or equivalent in Anthropology or a related field; museum or related research experience
  • Demonstrated understanding of Indigenous cultural concerns and the ability to work in collaboration with Indigenous peoples successfully on issues related to repatriation
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to develop and maintain respectful working relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality when working with sensitive information
  • Exceptional organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities, tasks, and deadlines
  • Excellent research and writing skills, with the ability to synthesize and clearly present complex information

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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