In cooperation with the National Park Service’s Death Valley National Park, the Great Basin Institute (GBI) is recruiting a Curation Technician to join the Research Associate (RA) Program. The Curation Technician Research Associate will assist DEVA Museum Curators staff with curation projects, specifically focused on working with metals and composite metal/wood objects. Historic firearms and historic wrought iron objects in the museum collections at Death Valley National Park require preservation maintenance and treatment. These collections are exhibited and stored in two locations within this very large National Park. Some components are particularly exposed to impacts ranging from abrasive dust and the outdoor environment to impacts from long term exhibit in a house museum context. Preservation maintenance is necessary to minimize impacts, improve and monitor condition, and target appropriate stabilization or upgrades.
Museum collections and archives work may include accessioning and cataloging of museum objects and archives, processing incoming and outgoing loans, scanning documents and historic photos, maintaining museum records, and other miscellaneous tasks associated with the museum collections.
Specific duties associated with museum, lab analysis, and data processing, include but are not limited to:
• Perform cyclic maintenance for historic firearms in storage based on condition survey and curator recommendations for these historic objects.
• Write condition and treatment reports.
• Perform cyclic maintenance/ upgrades for iron, copper, and metal/wood composite objects collections including cyclic cleaning and waxing (of some objects) on exhibit and in storage.
• Perform routine Integrated Pest Management (IPM) inspections, primarily for insects in collections storage spaces. Enter results into the DEVA IPM reporting software.
• Perform environmental monitoring of approximately 25 spaces using dataloggers and associated software. Analyze data and produce a short monthly report.
• Assist the Scotty’s Castle curator with research requests, volunteer staff and other duties as assigned.
The work is partially sedentary, with prolonged standing, walking on uneven surfaces, occasional work at heights of up to 15 feet, and bending often required, and lifting and moving of heavy items weighing 50 pounds or more.
Death Valley National Park is located in California and Nevada and boasts some of the hottest and driest climates, and lowest elevation in North America. The park includes a superlative desert of streaming sand dunes, snow-capped mountains, multicolored rock layers, water-fluted canyons and three million acres of wilderness. Death Valley is home to the Timbisha Shoshone people and to plants and animals unique to the harshest desert environment. The closest cities are Pahrump and Beatty, Nevada (both approximately 1 hour away). Las Vegas is a little over 2 hours away.
Resources of the region include threatened and/or endangered species habitat, big game habitats, abandoned mine lands, and historic and prehistoric cultural sites.
• One year appointment beginning in August 2021, or upon availability and completion of a Department of the Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI)
• Full time (40 hours/week)
Compensation and Benefits:
• Wage: $21.00 per hour
• Medical, dental, and vision insurance available at no cost
• Shared housing in the National Park may be available.
• Paid vacation and sick time
• Paid federal holidays
• Option to enroll in 401K plan with matching (following 90 day probation period)
• Training opportunities
• Educational experience with a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree focused on museum studies, materials conservation or a closely related field (history, museum studies, anthropology, historic preservation, etc.);
• Interest in working with metals and composite metal/wood objects,;
• Experience in collections management to include registration, cataloging, research, preservation, restoration, housing, and conservation of collections of diverse types of historic period museum material;
• Experience with ICMS or similar museum collections management software;
• Organizational skills to effectively plan and complete assigned workload within defined timelines;
• Ability to effectively communicate to a diverse audience including co-workers, members of the public, and agency personnel;
• Ability to work with minimal supervision;
• Intermediate or higher skill using Microsoft Word and Excel, with ability to manually enter, manage, manipulate and graphically display data;
• Self-motivated and detail-oriented, possessing strong organizational skills;
• Flexibility to handle competing and changing priorities with a positive attitude;
• Excellent manual dexterity and strong writing skills;
• Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license;
• Ability to complete activities including prolonged periods of deskwork, lifting and moving of heavy items weighing 50 pounds or more, work on scaffolding at heights of up to 15 ft, regularly walk and drive between curation and other facilities; and
• Other duties as assigned; occasional archeological or historic architectural fieldwork, basic vehicle maintenance, monitoring of contractors and other tasks may be assigned to qualified applicants.
Successful applicant must complete a Department of the Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to NPS human resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning position. If you already have a fully adjudicated BI, please let us know in your application.