Founded in 1887, the Penn Museum has always been one of the world’s great archaeology and anthropology research museums, and the largest university museum in the United States. With roughly one million objects in our care, the Penn Museum encapsulates and illustrates the human story: who we are and where we came from. As a dynamic research institution with many ongoing research projects, the Museum is a vibrant and engaging place of continual discovery, with the mandate of research, teaching, collections stewardship, and public engagement—the four “pillars” of what we do.
The Project Conservator is responsible for carrying out conservation work associated with the Middle Eastern Galleries project. The primary duties include providing a treatment proposal, environmental recommendations, and mount information for more than 1,000 objects; carrying out necessary treatments; keeping written, photographic, and electronic records of work; assisting with the supervision of interns working for the Middle East Galleries project; and keeping current with developments in the field through readings, conferences, online discussions, and personal contacts.
The candidate must be a graduate of a recognized Masters-level conservation training program with at least three years of professional experience after graduation, preferably in a similar institution or equivalent combination of education and experience; organizational skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, along with the ability to undertake moderate to heavy lifting are essential.
Posted July 15, 2016
Collections Assistant, Part Time
The Collections Assistant reports to the Museum’s Office of the Deputy Director, specifically to the Mellon Curricular Facilitator, and is responsible for supporting University use of the Museum’s collections. The position will regularly interact with Collections Staff (archivists, conservators, keepers, and registrars) and University faculty and students. Specific duties may include, but are not limited to: scheduling university class visits to study rooms and galleries, coordinating object movements between study rooms and storage with collections staff, and facilitating the use of collections during visits by students, faculty, and researchers. The position is expected to average 20 hours per week, but the schedule is flexible depending on departmental needs, and will include some evening hours.
BA/BS required, with an MA/MS in a field related to the Museum’s collections and/or an MA in Museum Studies (Collections Management) preferred, 0-1 year of experience required, or equivalent combination of education and work experience; broad knowledge of material culture, including archaeological and ethnographic materials required; experience in collections stewardship (handling, rehousing, cataloging, photography) preferred. Experience with collections management databases (e.g. KE Emu, TMS, PastPerfect) preferred. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail required. Ability to multi-task required. Art handling experience preferred. Ability to lift up to 50 lbs required.
Posted July 12, 2016