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Floyd County Historical Society and Museum, Collections Assistant

09 Nov 2021 11:30 AM | Jennifer Thiele

Floyd County Historical Society and Museum

500 Gilbert St.,

Charles City, IA 50616

641-228-1099

fcmiowa@gmail.com 


Collections Assistant Reports to: Collections Technician and Director

Job Type: Part-time,

Contract Hours: 30 hrs/wk

Pay: $15/hr

Organization Description: The mission of the Floyd County Historical Society is to keep alive an active interest in Floyd County history by collecting, preserving, and interpreting materials relating to Floyd County. From the Floyd County Historical Society By-Laws. Approved by the Floyd County Historical Society Board of Directors in 1954. Last updated and approved October 15, 2020. The Floyd County Museum is one of the largest county museums in the Midwest; only one of three in Iowa that employs paid staff and is open year round. The Floyd County Historical Society was organized by the Floyd County Federation of Women’s Clubs and officially founded on October 29, 1953. The next year the Society adopted their Constitution, Bylaws, and Articles of Incorporation. The Floyd County Museum opened in the old Legel’s Drug Store in 1963. In 1979, the Society acquired and relocated to the original Dr. Salsbury Laboratory Administration and Laboratory Building. In 1999, a new climate controlled exhibit area was added to the building to make room for the display of historic tractors, implements, and tools. In 2020, a new Director and Collections Technician were hired. Under the new administration the Museum is expanding their community outreach through educational programs, events, and guest speakers. The new administration is also focused on bringing the Museum up to code with museum best practices and standards.

Job Description: This is a one year contract position with the possibility of extending another one to two years. The Collections Assistant will work with the Director and Collections Technician to implement an extensive overhaul of the collections storage areas. The individual will carry out the necessary processes to improve the Museum’s collections storage, document all artifacts in the collections, and create a location system. The Collections Assistant’s main duties will revolve around the Basement Collections Stewardship Project, but may help with other collections duties as needed.

Responsibilities:

  • Basic cleaning of artifacts 
  • Implementing location system 
  • Supervising volunteers working with collections 
  • Assessing the condition of artifacts 
  • Documenting and updating object records 
  • Installing storage units 
  • Updating environmental conditions of storage areas 
Qualifications: 
  • Bachelor in Museum Studies, Public History, History, or related field with at least two year museum experience 
  • OR Masters in Museums Studies, Public History, History, or related field with at least one year museum experience 
  • OR commensurate skills, education, and experience 
  • Experience working with collections management system, preferably PastPerfect 
  •  Efficient with time while working independent 
  •  Works well in a small team

How to apply:

Please send a Resume and Cover letter to the

Floyd County Museum, 500 Gilbert St., Charles City, IA 50616

OR fcmiowa@gmail.com. 

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