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Collections Move Technician – Historical Collections

25 Jan 2019 5:48 PM | Suzanne Savery

Position Description:

The Collections Move Technician – Historical Collections will play an integral role in the preparation and relocation of the State of Delaware’s historical collections from the existing curatorial repositories to a newly constructed State curation facility. The incumbent will assist the Curator of Collections Management and other members of the C.A.R.E Team in the inventorying, rehousing, barcoding, and management of the collections and database as it relates to the historical collections.

This contract position is not to exceed one year. The position will be based in Dover, Delaware for the duration of the term. The duty location within Dover will vary on a day-to-day basis as the move process will consolidate three existing repositories into a single new State curation facility.

The rate of pay is $20.00/hr. with the intent of working 37.5 hours per week. The contract vendor will be responsible for filing all tax requirements. There are no benefits offered with this contract position. The expected start date is March 4, 2019.

Reports To: All aspects of this position are under the supervision of the Curator of Collections Management, Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Inventory and Rehousing of Collections:

-Identify objects that need to be rehoused for safe transport and permanent housing

-Inventory and rehouse historical collections objects using archival materials

-Build custom housing for historical collections objects using archival materials

Collections Database and Barcoding:

-Use PastPerfect Collections Management Software to run reports, catalogue objects, and add photographs to database records

-Maintain accurate object locations in PastPerfect

-Apply barcodes to housing of historical collections objects

-Inventory historical collection objects using barcoding system

- Employ museum standards in the safe handling of historical collection objects

-Create condition reports for historical collection objects

-Perform collections research using PastPerfect, accession files, and catalogue cards

-Assist in physically moving collection objects and files to the new facility 

-Create documentary photography of collection objects

-Monitor moving contractors and bring contractor questions to HCA staff

-Assist in carrying out collections management tasks such as numbering objects, the reorganization of shelved objects, and general housekeeping of collections storage areas

Minimum Qualifications:

-Bachelor’s degree in Museum Studies, History, American history, or related field

-Knowledge of and experience with standard museum procedures for handling fine art and historical objects

-Knowledge of and experience with museum standards in collections management and registration

-Ability to safely work with fragile or delicate objects, including manual dexterity and attention to detail

-Previous experience building custom housing for museum objects

-Experience working with PastPerfect Collections Management Software including data entry and reporting

-Thorough knowledge of computer technology including programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel and skills like data entry, searching, and word processing

-Comfortable working with and monitoring volunteers

-Ability to work independently while maintaining personal and object safety

-Flexibility to work in a rapidly changing environment and

-Possess the ability to multitask

-Possess initiative with an attention to detail

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

-Master’s in Museum Studies, American history, or History

-Previous experience managing historical, archaeological, or art collections

-Previous museum collections registration experience

-Previous collections move and rehousing experience

Physical Requirements:

-Possess manual dexterity to safely handle objects and use sharp tools such as utility knife

-Ability to lift 50 lbs.

-Comfortable lifting, bending, stooping, and reaching

-Comfortable using ladders and step stools

-Ability to use a computer for long periods of time

How to Apply:

Interested applicants are required to send an electronic (PDF or Word document) version of their resume and cover letter to Vicki Macklin, Support Services Administrator, at Vicki.Macklin@state.de.us. Please include the position title, “Collections Move Technician – Historical” in the e-mail subject line. This vacancy will close on February 8, 2019.


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