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Collections Assistant - Fairfax County Park Authority (Chantilly, VA)

26 Feb 2018 12:31 PM | Kathryn Blackwell

The Fairfax County Park Authority is seeking a Collections Assistant to assist the Museum Collections Manager with collections duties.

This position may not exceed 1560 hours per calendar year, resulting in a shortened weekly schedule averaging 30 hours per week, to provide for year-round employment. Individuals in these positions have the option to purchase county health benefits; no other county benefits are included. Appointment to this position is contingent upon satisfactory results on a criminal history record check.

Location: Museum Collections Office, Walney Visitor Center, Chantilly, VA 20151

Hourly Rate: $21

Closing Date: March 9th

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

        Assists with inventories of collections and reconciliation of artifact records

        Performs data entry and filing of donor recognition letters, gift/donation forms, catalog records, accession and deaccession forms, loan forms, and other artifact documentation

        Assists in the deaccession process, including documentation, movement of objects, and researching disposal options

        Classifies and physically numbers museum artifacts

        Assists with storage of collections

        Assists with simple, appropriate cleaning of artifacts and collections storage areas

        Assists with maintenance of collections database

        Retrieves and prepares artifacts and artifact information, conducts artifact-related research, and provides input regarding collection elements for exhibits, programs, website and social media content, and other instances where collections information is needed

·         Prepares exhibits and website and social media content

        Assists with Environmental Monitoring and Integrated Pest Management tasks

        Assists with installation and dismantling of exhibits as needed

        Occasionally responds to collection-related inquiries, surveys, etc., from museums, researchers, and collectors

        Occasionally assists with routine security and safety inspections

        Occasionally assists with collection and/or education tours

·         Occasionally trains and exercises direction over interns, and junior staff

        Performs other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited college or university with Bachelor’s degree in American history, museum studies, public history, liberal arts, or other museum-related field; Strong understanding of museum standards and accession procedures; Proficiency with database applications; 2 years’ experience working in a technical role at a museum.

Preferred Qualifications: MA in Museum Studies or related field of study; Experience with Proficio’s Re:discovery software; Ability to handle multiple projects and deadlines; Ability to use complex filing and research systems; Ability to multi-task and problem solve; Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; Familiarity with scanners and digital cameras.

Physical Requirements: This work requires the ability to lift up to 50 pounds, with frequent lifting and carrying of items up to 25 pounds. Requires on-site inspection of collections objects in historic homes and buildings, including attics, basements, and non-climate controlled areas.

How to Apply: Please email resume and cover letter by March 9, 2018 to

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