Curatorial/Museum Assistant Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of Classification:
in any aspect of museum operations as required such as preparation
of exhibits, collections, processing and performance of security
surveillance, preparation of objects for storage and conducting
first in a series of three classifications and is distinguished from
the curatorial/museum specialist in that specialists assist in the
planning and management for public programs, collections
preservation and/or storage. Incumbents in this classification will
be required to perform unique duties coinciding with their area of
assignment. It is distinguished from the Exhibit Specialist series
in that the primary purpose of this series is research, cataloging
and preservation as opposed to exhibit design and preparation.
Examples of Duties:
- Assists with processing collections including registering,
accessioning, cataloging, packing, unpacking, maintaining
inventory, and documentation.
- Assists in setup and assembly of storage areas for
collection according to curatorial standards; cleans collection
and storage area as needed.
- Prepares various reports regarding collection activities and
condition of objects as requested.
- Conducts research in identification and interpretation of
- Responds to inquiries regarding collection from museum
visitors; acts as museum receptionist.
- Performs specific tasks that are components of exhibit
planning, installation, and maintenance; prepares graphics,
illustrations, labels, and artifact mounts and construction of
- Monitors security by surveying museum patrons and activation
of alarm systems.
- Assists in the maintaining of museum collection database
through data entry and editing.
- Assists in organization of and implementation of public
programs such as workshops, education programs and special
events; may assist in preparation of educational materials,
promotional materials, and mailing lists.
- Organizes special viewing of collection; arranges showings
and selects exhibits based on audience; prepares displays.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of documentation practices and procedures
pertaining to museum objects, storage, and preparation of
- Knowledge of security procedures.
- Skill in verbal and written communication and following
- Skill in documentation of museum objects, storage and
years of general museum activities experience; OR, Any equivalent
combination of experience and/or education from which comparable
knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.
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