The Newseum is seeking an enthusiastic permanent, full-time Collections Specialist to help the collections stewardship staff with the care and maintenance of the eclectic and growing collection.

The Collections Specialist helps support the work of the Registrar, Archivist and Curator of Collections, reporting directly to the Registrar. In particular the Collections Specialist is responsible for the daily monitoring and maintenance of the exhibited collections and leads the charge on processing accessions and loans at the Newseum.

Responsibilities, including but not limited to:

  • Monitor and record environmental conditions (temperature, relative humidity, lighting, etc.) in gallery spaces.
  • Coordinate maintenance of environmental monitoring equipment (Arten meters, hygrothermographs, Hobo, light meter, etc.).
  • Lead artifact processing (including condition reporting, photography and rehousing of all collection pieces and loans).
  • Assist with artifact cataloging in standard database environment.
  • Supervise the cleaning of exhibits and artifacts on display.
  • Train and oversee interns in the daily maintenance and monitoring of exhibited artifacts.
  • Coordinate collection inventory projects.
  • Aid in installation and de-installation of exhibited artifacts.
  • Help prepare artifacts and documents for exhibition.
  • Coordinate artifact movement within and outside the museum ensuring proper handling and care.
  • Facilitate the unpacking, handling and processing of incoming and outgoing artifacts.
  • Recognize and report conservation issues of exhibited and incoming artifacts.
  • Manage archival supply inventory.


  • Master’s degree in Museum Studies, History, Art History, American Studies or related field required.
  • 1-2 years formal museum experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of, or demonstrated interest in, conservation issues, artifact care/handling and museum environmental control best practices.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Capacity to work in a collaborative environment as well as ability to work independently.
  • Ability to lift 40 lbs.
  • Valid drivers license; clean driving record.
  • Willingness to receive AWP (lift) and forklift training.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including early mornings, weekends and some evenings and periodically off-site at the Newseum Support Center.
  • Must successfully pass pre-employment background screenings.

The Freedom Forum/Newseum offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits and is Metro accessible.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to:

Human Resources
555 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001

The Freedom Forum/Newseum is committed to Equal Opportunity Employment.