Collections (Museum) Specialist – NPS Regional Curatorial Center

The Great Basin Institute
Anchorage, Alaska
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$24 an hour
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The Great Basin Institute, founded at the University of Nevada Reno in 1998, is a mission-driven non-profit organization headquartered in the eastern foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. GBI has been a leader in the conservation stewardship field for over two decades, supporting thousands of individuals pursuing a career in public land management and advancing their academic standing. An interdisciplinary field studies organization, GBI promotes environmental research, education, and conservation throughout the West. The Institute advances ecological literacy, professional development, and natural/cultural/recreation resource management through educational outreach and direct service programs. Partnering with federal, state and local governments, as well as other NGOs and researchers, GBI supports projects in eleven western states ranging from Alaska and Hawaii to New Mexico, and southern California to northwestern Wyoming. Working in collaboration with the National Park Service Alaska Regional Curatorial Center (ARCC), we seek to hire a Collections Specialist to join our Research Associate (RA) Program and have an opportunity to learn and participate in activities that support the preservation of museum collections, as outlined in NPS Director’s Order 28, Cultural Resource Management. Project work will address preventative conservation needs of NPS museum collections stored at the ARCC, the primary repository for ten Alaska park units. Project work will focus especially on object rehousing and conducting condition status updates for natural history and archaeology collections. The Collections Specialist will also participate in planning and implement a collections move within the facility. More specifically, the Specialist’s duties will include, but may not be limited to: Collection condition review and assessment of storage needs for natural history and archaeology collections from various parks; Rehousing (e.g. creating custom mounts and boxes, labeling, re-bagging and organizing, and topping off wet specimens with low levels of preservative) and basic object stabilization (e.g. eliminating storage envelopes or support made from non-archival materials); Collections storage reorganization; Interior Collections Management System (ICMS) database updates; Museum housekeeping: routine cleaning of collections areas, implementation of pest management strategies, and environmental control monitoring; and Offering technical assistance by responding to collections management requests from park units around the Alaska Region.
Educational experience with a bachelor’s degree in library and information science, archival studies, museum studies, anthropology, history, or closely related field – applicants currently enrolled in a program leading to a master’s degree in information science or museum studies are strongly encouraged to apply; Previous experience working in a museum setting, including arranging and describing, processing, cataloging, researching, preserving, and housing of collections; Ability to work with minimal direct supervision; Self-motivated and detail-oriented, possessing strong organizational skills to effectively plan and complete assigned workload within defined timelines; Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with a diverse audience including co-workers, members of the public, and agency personnel; Intermediate or advanced skill using Microsoft Word, Access, and Excel, with ability to manually enter, manage, manipulate, and graphically display data; Flexibility to handle competing and changing priorities with a positive attitude; Ability to work productively, consistently, and cooperatively either independently or as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals; Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license; and Ability to complete activities including prolonged periods of deskwork, lifting and moving of heavy items weighing 25 pounds or more.
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James Arriola
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