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Collections Move Technician – Archaeology

25 Jan 2019 5:54 PM | Suzanne Savery

Position Description:

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

Duties and Responsibilities:

Inventory and Rehousing of Collections:

  • ·         Generate inventories of collections that are not already in the collections database
  • ·         Identify objects and collections that need to be rehoused for long-term curation and immediate safe transport
  • ·         Rehouse archaeological collections and site files using established protocol and archival materials
  • ·         Assist in maintaining intellectual control of archaeological objects, collections, and site files before, during, and after transport

Collections Database and Barcoding:

  • ·         Maintain accurate object locations in PastPerfect Collections Management Software
  • ·         Use PastPerfect to run reports, catalog objects, and add photographs to records
  • ·         Apply barcodes to housing of archaeological objects and collections
  • ·         Inventory archaeological objects and collections using the barcoding system

Collections Management:

  • ·         Employ museum standards in the safe handling of archaeological objects and collections
  • ·         Create condition reports for archaeological objects
  • ·         Perform collections research as needed
  • ·         Assist in carrying out curatorial tasks such as numbering objects, the reorganization of shelved objects, collections, and files, and the general housekeeping of collections storage areas
  • ·         Assist in physically moving objects, collections, and files to the new facility 
  • ·         Monitor moving contractors and bring any questions or concerns to the attention of HCA staff

Minimum Qualifications and Skills:

·         Bachelor’s degree in Museum Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, History, American Studies, or related field

·         Knowledge or experience with museum standards for the handling of archaeological and museum objects

·         Knowledge or experience with museum standards in collections management and registration

·         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

·         Prior experience in working with volunteers

·         Knowledge or experience with collections management software, particularly PastPerfect

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

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

  • ·         Master’s degree in Museum Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, History, American Studies, or related field
  • ·         Prior experience with PastPerfect collections management software
  • ·         Prior experience in managing archaeological collections
  • ·         Prior experience in museum or collections registration
  • ·         Prior experience with rehousing and moving collections
  • ·         Prior experience in working with culturally sensitive materials

Physical requirements:

Ability to lift up to 40 lbs. and the manual dexterity to bend, stoop, and work on step-stools and high ladders, all while handling collections.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants are required to send an electronic (PDF or Word document) version of their cover letter and resume to Vicki Macklin, Support Services Administrator, at Vicki.Macklin@state.de.us.  Please include the position title, “Collections Move Technician – Archaeology” in the e-mail subject line.  This vacancy will close on February 1, 2019.


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