The Concord Museum seeks a dedicated Collections Assistant for a newly created position within the Collections Department. The Collections Assistant, reporting to the Collections Manager, supports all aspects of museum collections management and registrar duties, including assisting with exhibition installation and loans, and carries out day-to-day work with the collection. The Concord Museum encourages applicants from diverse cultural backgrounds.
- Under the direction of the Collections Manager, provide support to the collections, curatorial, and exhibitions team by completing work associated with object handling as well as exhibition preparation and installation.
- Perform all tasks necessary to undertake the cataloging, physical inventory, and photographic documentation of collections.
- Retrieve objects from storage for research visits, classes, photography, programs, special projects, and exhibitions.
- Use the Museum’s collections management system database and other technologies to track and record object locations.
- Assist with incoming and outgoing loan activities.
- Re-house collections objects using approved methods and materials.
- Assist with accessioning objects into the collection, creating database records and paper files, as well as numbering objects.
- Participate in ongoing maintenance of collections records including database records, object and accession files.
- Work with Collections Manager to resolve loans, found-in-collection objects, and inventory discrepancies.
- Assist with light cleaning of objects, Period Rooms, and exhibition cases.
- Occasionally travel to transport objects to/from conservation labs, donor residences, etc.
- May work with temporary staff, interns, or students on special projects.
- Performs other collections duties as required.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, Experience
- B.A. in museum studies, anthropology, history, art history, archaeology or a related field; M.A. preferred.
- Two or more years of demonstrated collections experience required.
- Understanding of current standards in collections stewardship.
- Understanding of and commitment to the ethical stewardship of museum collections in partnership with stakeholder communities.
- Excellent writing and verbal skills.
- Excellent computer skills and familiarity with collections management databases; knowledge of Re:Discovery preferred.
- Excellent attention to detail.
- Ability to manage multiple projects to successful completion on time.
- Sitting, standing for prolonged periods indoors.
- Ability to stand on a ladder.
- Ability to lift to 30 pounds.
About the Concord Museum
The Concord Museum connects people to Concord’s multi-faceted history and its continuing influence on American cultural, political, environmental, and literary life. The Museum houses a nationally significant collection includes over 45,000 objects that span the history of Concord from Indigenous presence in the region (starting around 12,000 years ago) to the history of the town of Concord (starting in the seventeenth century), including American icons such as the desk on which Henry David Thoreau composed Walden and Civil Disobedience; the only known surviving signal lantern hung in the steeple of the Old North Church on the night of Paul Revere’s ride; as well as objects of everyday life in the Concord area, including exceptionally well-documented furniture, clocks, silver, ceramics, pewter, and textiles.
This full-time position requires 35 hours/week and includes benefits. Salary $40,000-$45,000/year. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the successful candidate has been selected. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and résumé to [email protected]. Please include “Collections Assistant position” in the subject line.
To learn more about the Concord Museum, visit concordmuseum.org.