The Mellon Project Curatorial Assistant provides support to the Haffenreffer Museum's Curatorial team (Chief Curator, Curator, Registrar) on a dedicated, Mellon Foundation grant-funded project to document, rehouse, and relocate (in new storage cabinets) the Haffenreffer Museum's Native American archaeological and ethnographic collections. The Mellon Project Curatorial Assistant also assists the Curatorial team in coordinating work with a project-funded photographer and project-contracted conservator to document and stabilize the Museum's core Native American ethnographic and archaeological collections.
Plays an integral role in the inventory process for collections to be rehoused and documented through the Mellon Foundation-funded "Engaging the Americas" project. This will include making updates to the Museumâ™s collection management system, MuseumPlusRiaÂ , labeling objects, and verifying records
Adds new information to the Museum's collection management system, verifies records, labels objects, and verifies the locations of objects in their storage locations to ensure that the collections management system and the Museum's inventory of its collections are accurate and incorporate information of use for management of the collection and for its use.
Enhances the safety and accessibility of the Museum's collections covered within the "Engaging the Americas" project by creating appropriate enclosures to support and protect objects in new and/or existing storage units.
Rehouses items inÂ prefabricated enclosures and simple custom-fit enclosures
Assists the Curatorial team by moving ethnographic and archaeological objects between their current storage locations and work-spaces for the Mellon Foundation's project-funded photographer and conservator, ensuring that a steady workflow is maintained for the photographer and conservator(s), and tracking the movement of these objects to ensure their safety and safe return to their assigned storage locations within the Collections Research Center.
Moves objects safely between their assigned storage locations and the conservator(s) and photographer's work stations, and helps to manage records so that the objects' movements and new locations are tracked accurately and entered in to the Museum's collections management system.
Education: Â Â
The successful candidate will have relevant experience in a collection management or registration setting, together with a B.A/B.S. degree (or higher) in Anthropology, Archaeology, Museum Studies, Art History, or related fields.Â Â
Basic knowledge of preventive conservation strategies for cultural property in storage, on exhibit, in transit, or in use.Â
Experience using a collection management system, MuseumPlusRiaÂ preferred.
Ability to handle works of art, use simple hand tools, meet deadlines.
Excellent organizational and communication skills, and attention to detail.
Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
Good interpersonal skills are required.
Willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive environment.
This position is based at the Haffenreffer Museum's Collections Research Center in Bristol, RI. The Mellon Project Curatorial Assistant must be able to arrange or have his/her own transportation to arrive at the Collections Research Center on schedule and to be able to leave on time, regardless of the season.
This position's work-day routines will follow protocols and procedures appropriate to that will be in the process of development when the project starts but will become more routine with repetition, as protocols are established.
This is a part-time position on a grant-funded project with delimited functions and scope within the Museum's staff. The position is therefore term-limited but of intermediate duration. Funding for this project extends through March 31, 2022.
All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal and education records check satisfactory to Brown.
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Mellon Project Curatorial Assistant
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