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Employment Opportunity: Museum Collections Assistant

The Collections Assistant works with the Collections Manager/Exhibits Curator in acquiring, cataloguing, researching and processing artifacts, as well as in exhibit creation. The hiring wage range is $12 - $13.50 for 18 hours per week.  There are no benefits and no paid time off for this position.  Closing date is February 10, 2017. See below for a list of complete job duties or select job description.


Please forward a resume with cover letter to the Executive Director, JoAnne Coombe at, or contact the Director to answer any questions at 218.733.7581. Applicants may also drop off a resume and cover letter at the Society’s offices in the Depot, 506 West Michigan Street, Duluth.


St. Louis County Historical Society

Job Description

Position Title:   SLCHS Museum Collections Assistant

Reports To:  Collections Manager/Exhibits Curator


Valid as of: February, 2017

    ¨   Full-Time       X Part-Time (18 hrs/week)                    Salary: $12-13.50/hour  


The purpose of this position is to assist the Collections Manager and Exhibits Curator.

• Accession collections through collections software (PastPerfect v. 5)
• Catalog and process collections
• Conduct artifact inventories
• Assist with exhibit creation and renovation, which includes the ability to use and identify basic tools
• Produce item condition reports
• Perform research
• Work with the public
• Set appointments
• Assist in environmental monitoring for preservation
• Perform other related duties as assigned or requested.

• Basic Abilities
   •  Follows directions in keeping with the policies and procedures set forth involving the preservation and curation of collections.
   •  Follows Museum Standards and Best Practices.
   •  Familiarity with NAGPRA.
• Self-Management
   • Sets well-defined and realistic job specific goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; works with minimal supervision; is motivated to achieve; demonstrates professional and ethical behavior.
• Adaptability and Teamwork
  •  Small non-profits routinely work together in times of need. Candidate will be able to self-manage, as described above, but also be able and willing to assist co-workers in different areas as needed without losing focus of primary duties.
• Problem Solving
  •  Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
• Technical Competence
   •  Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform the job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.
        •  PastPerfect, Eloquent Systems, GIS, etc.
        •  PEM/PEM2 Systems, onset HOBO, etc.
        •  MS Word, Excel, Adobe, etc.

While performing the duties of the job, an employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and sit for extended periods. There is a moderate amount of walking and physical activity required. Use of hands to feel and manipulate items, and reach with hands and arms also are needed. Employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds with staff assistance.


Education Requirement: Bachelor’s Degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, Art, Art History, History, Library Science, or Museum Studies.

Experience Requirement: Six months - one year in a museum, archival, or library setting performing the basic functions of this position.

Experience Preferred: One - three years in a museum, archival, or library setting performing the basic functions of this position.

Education/Experience Equivalency:
• Additional job related education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirement.
• Additional job related experience may be substituted for the minimum education requirement.

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