Job Opening: Collections Manager / Museum Assistant

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(Currently open until March 20th)


HOURS:        Part-time, up to 28 hours per week, with primarily day shift hours on the weekdays. Regular weekend hours may be required. Evening and special event hours may be required on occasion.
An employee in this classification works under the direction of the Chief Curator or his/her designee. The employee in this classification assists with a variety of functions including administrative tasks, event planning, public programming, and volunteer management.

  • Conducts regular inventories of collections and performs reconciliation with artifact records. 
  • Manages and assures accuracy, security and integrity of collection records.
  • Oversees volunteers and interns working on Museum projects
  • Performs data entry of artifact information into Museum computer system using PastPerfect software and performs appropriate filing. 
  • Manages, maintains and procures supplies and insurance for collections. 
  • Performs simple cleaning of artifacts and seeks advice from professional conservator for all other conservation needs. 
  • Researches, develops and manages funding proposals for collections management. 
  • Responds to collection-related inquiries from museums, researchers and collectors.
  • Performs other tasks as assigned. 
  • Demonstrates regular and predictable attendance.


  • Working knowledge of general philosophy, principles and practices of history museums 
  • Considerable knowledge of collections management, care, documentation and classifications. 
  • Knowledgeable of local and regional history as it applies to the Museum Knowledgeable regarding evaluation, research and the use of references sources.
  • Ability to lift and carry items weighing up to approximately 25 lbs. 
  • Ability to climb and descend ladders and multiple flights of stairs in order to access materials 
  • Ability to work in the presence of dust and molds in a non-air-conditioned environment 
  • Must have basic keyboard and/or typing skills and ability to follow oral and written instructions. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with other employees and the general public and to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.


Some combination of experience related to office management, public programming, and volunteer management required. Must have minimum 1-3 years in museums or similar institutions.


  • Satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and a drug screen that tests for illegal drugs as defined by the Federal Drug Free Workplace Act but not those legalized under Michigan law prior to start date.

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