Support the Collection Manager in the care, organization, preservation, cataloging and access to the Photography Collection of George Eastman House. Facilitate access to and provide information about the collection to GEH staff and visitors.


  1. Organize, catalog according to museum standards, house appropriately, and track the movements of all works in the care of the Department of Photography (DOP), including acquisitions, temporary loans, long-term loans, and related materials.
  2. Assist Collection Manager in monitoring and making recommendations for proper environmental conditions for the storage of materials in DOP’s care. Compile data using hygrothermographs,      dataloggers (PEM2) and eCimateNotebook and provide to appropriate staff. Make recommendations to other DOP staff.
  3. Assist Collection Manager in maintaining Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system in Department of     Photography, including compiling data and providing information and recommendations to appropriate staff.
  4. Maintain stock of and order supplies. Maintain list of common supplies used and vendors.
  5. Create and maintain records in TMS for all works in DOP’s care.
  6. Respond to internal and external requests for information about and access to the collection.
  7. Schedule and supervise visits to the Gannett Foundation Photography Study Center. Visitors include school and university students, academic researchers, and members of the public, as well as GEH staff, interns, students, and volunteers.
  8. Assist Collection Manager in presenting lectures and demonstrations about collection materials and their care.  These may occasionally fall outside of regular business hours.
  9. Assist Collection Manager and DOP curators in evaluating, refining, and enhancing the GEH Photography Collection.
  10. Work with the Museum Photographer to photograph works in the GEH Photography Collection. Manage the resulting digital images in the Digital Asset Management System (DAMS) and attach them to TMS.
  11. Collaborate with Conservation Department on the maintenance and preservation of the collection.
  12. Assist Collection Manager in overseeing and implementing the care, organization, and maintenance of the DOP storage areas.
  13. Offer assistance and training in the handling of collection materials to staff, interns, students and      volunteers as needed.
  14. Perform additional responsibilities/projects as assigned by Collection Manager and Curator-in-Charge, Department of Photography.

Job Requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Requires an Advanced degree in the history of photography, collections management, museum studies, or a related field.
  2. Must have knowledge of preservation protocols, history of photographs and proper handling of collection items.
  3. Must also have knowledge of standard Museum practices, protocols and ethics.
  4. Requires 1 – 2 years’ of related experience.

The duties of this position may require standing, walking, sitting, lifting/carrying (40 lbs), pushing/pulling (40 lbs), balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, speaking, hearing seeing, depth perception, color vision and repetitive motion.


Contact Person: Ross Knapper
Email Address: rknapper@geh.org