Research Assistant
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
(New York NY)

The primary function of The Research Assistant (RA) is to be part of a team that provides essential support to The Costume Institute’s Capital Project and Assessment initiatives in an effort to prepare for the Collection’s return to renovated onsite and offsite facilities.  RA assists in processing of accessioned Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection holdings.  RA additionally supports daily operations and Collection maintenance.  The duration for this role will be through June 30, 2014.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:
•Retrieve, prepare, and sort objects for curatorial assessment
•Tag, sort, and pack objects for deaccession
•Assist in TMS database inventory and data input
•Move objects
•Object inventory and auditing
•Label boxes and mount objects for storage
•Object research for assessment meetings
•Labeling and processing of the accessioned Brooklyn Museum Collection objects
•Assist with Collection maintenance
•Other related duties

Requirements and Qualifications:
Experience and Skills:
•Knowledge of costume history
•Experience with object handling, packing, and storage
•Experience with TMS system or similar database
•Demonstrated organizational and planning skills
•Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
•Strong teamwork skills

Knowledge and Education:
•Graduate of a recognized costume program or equivalent experience
•Understanding of conservation guidelines for costume storage

Please send cover letter, resume, and salary history to with the position title in the subject line.