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Collections Specialist [Heritage Program of the Presidio Trust]

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 6, 1974 in job announcements |

Contributes to Heritage Program of the Presidio Trust; supports curatorial and exhibition operations; implements collections management policy, guidelines and procedures, including processing, documentation, preservation, monitoring, and physical care of the Presidio Trust’s Archaeological and Museum Collections, relying on professional museum and archaeological practice and familiarity with the material culture of the Spanish Colonial and early U.S. Army occupations of California or the American West; works with a team of professionals (curator, archaeologist, historian) to balance preserving the Trust’s collections while providing access to them through their use in exhibition, research, and educational endeavors at the Officers’ Club and other heritage sites; works closely with Curator ensuring a wide variety of program initiatives are carried out successfully; documents collections transactions, including accessions, incoming and outgoing loans in accordance with policy and guidelines; maintains insurance documentation, lender and shipper files, conservation treatments, artifact catalog and identification references; maintains collections database to facilitate access to the collections for research and exhibition; handles, cleans, catalogs, labels and stores objects in the collections; works with archaeological staff to provide laboratory support to archaeological field investigations, including artifact identification, cataloging, and conservation; participates in collections committee activities evaluating and reviewing plans for access, use and loan of collections items; assists with development of collections procedural manuals and annual collections management report; maintains environmental monitoring plan, integrated pest management (IPM) plan, and emergency preparedness and response plan and implements plans through ongoing temperature, relative humidity and light data collection and ongoing pest monitoring in exhibition, processing and storage locations; participates in the curatorial team, assisting in exhibition planning and development; negotiates rights management with objects and images used in exhibition, in accordance with the lender and/or owner’s permissions or usage rights policy; maintains Trust’s General Facility Report to provide comprehensive facility information for potential lenders to exhibitions at the Officers’ Club and other heritage sites; provides ongoing physical support of exhibitions, including curatorial cleaning and maintenance, environmental and IPM monitoring, and object handling and relocation.

 

Requires Master’s degree in museum studies, anthropology, history, or related discipline with specialized training in museology; three years professional experience comparable in scope and responsibility; knowledge of professional practice of museology acquired through education or experience and ability to apply that knowledge to a program involving a wide range of duties associated with ongoing Heritage Program; skill in oral and written communication in order to ensure that documentation is well written, easily understood, and pertinent information is shared effectively, and that oral presentations to the public are informative, clear, and convey intended message; ability to use various cross-platform relational database and digital media software currently used within the profession for collections management and exhibition development; ability to learn additional software used in the fields of archaeology and history; competency with Microsoft Office applications required.

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