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Curatorial/Museum Assistant Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Assists in any aspect of museum operations as required such as preparation of exhibits, collections, processing and performance of security surveillance, preparation of objects for storage and conducting research.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is first in a series of three classifications and is distinguished from the curatorial/museum specialist in that specialists assist in the planning and management for public programs, collections preservation and/or storage. Incumbents in this classification will be required to perform unique duties coinciding with their area of assignment. It is distinguished from the Exhibit Specialist series in that the primary purpose of this series is research, cataloging and preservation as opposed to exhibit design and preparation.

Examples of Duties:

  • Assists with processing collections including registering, accessioning, cataloging, packing, unpacking, maintaining inventory, and documentation.
  • Assists in setup and assembly of storage areas for collection according to curatorial standards; cleans collection and storage area as needed.
  • Prepares various reports regarding collection activities and condition of objects as requested.
  • Conducts research in identification and interpretation of museum collections.
  • Responds to inquiries regarding collection from museum visitors; acts as museum receptionist.
  • Performs specific tasks that are components of exhibit planning, installation, and maintenance; prepares graphics, illustrations, labels, and artifact mounts and construction of exhibit cases.
  • Monitors security by surveying museum patrons and activation of alarm systems.
  • Assists in the maintaining of museum collection database through data entry and editing.
  • Assists in organization of and implementation of public programs such as workshops, education programs and special events; may assist in preparation of educational materials, promotional materials, and mailing lists.
  • Organizes special viewing of collection; arranges showings and selects exhibits based on audience; prepares displays.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of documentation practices and procedures pertaining to museum objects, storage, and preparation of exhibits.
  • Knowledge of security procedures.
  • Skill in verbal and written communication and following instructions.
  • Skill in documentation of museum objects, storage and exhibit preparations.

Minimum Qualifications:

Two years of general museum activities experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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