Aurora History Museum Curatorial Assistant
The only public, FREE museum in Aurora, Colorado, the Aurora History Museum is a community-based cultural center featuring changing history, natural history, culture, fine and decorative arts exhibits and programs.
The Aurora History Museum is an exciting place to work! Therefore, we are seeking a responsible Curatorial Assistant to assist the museum’s curatorial staff with duties related primarily to collections management and exhibit research and installation. This position requires the candidate to be able to work flexible hours including nights and weekends, as needed.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Assist Collections Curator
Catalog and photograph incoming artifacts
Enter data into the museum’s PastPerfect database
Prepare collections for exhibits
Organize collections storage and oversee proper tracking of education collection
Assist with condition reports and associated paperwork for loans
Maintain general collections policies including integrated pest management and temperature/RH readings
Identify future projects to improve the preservation of artifacts within limited storage space
Assist in the management of collections and archives volunteers
Assist with internal and external research requests
Assist Exhibits Curator
Conduct exhibit and artifact research
Write text panels and object labels for upcoming exhibits
Mount labels and build object mounts for exhibit installation
Develop themes, select objects, design text labels and install outreach exhibits
Work with the exhibits team on exhibit installation and design
Social Media Manager
Manage and write content for three museum social media sites, including interacting with individuals and other pages
Create and manage weekly collections and events posts to increase the museum’s social media presence
Regularly interact with the city’s Communications Department and other outside entities
Research and contribute to new developments for the museum’s Hands-on Room and exhibit-based education programs as needed
Assist with weekend and evening museum events, including set-up and clean-up, facilitating activities, coordinating volunteers and greeting visitors
Bachelor’s Degree in museum studies, history, education, public history, anthropology or related field
1 year of experience working in a museum setting
Education/Experience Equivalency: A combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the minimum education and experience requirements on a year for year basis.
Colorado’s Driver’s License with a good driving record
Knowledge: Familiarity with Aurora and Colorado history preferred; awareness of museum principles and practices; working knowledge of standard museum practices especially when related to collections management and exhibition.
Abilities: Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously; to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, citizens and other museum professionals; to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; to handle sensitive or stressful situations with tact and diplomacy; to make formal and informal presentations; to oversee and coordinate work of volunteers.
Skills: Strong organizational and time management, problem solving, communications and teamwork skills; strong interpersonal skills; program conceptualization and delivery skills; skills in the use of audio visual and computer equipment.
Primarily sedentary physical work requiring ability to lift a maximum of 10 pounds
Occasional lifting, carrying, walking and standing
Frequent hand/eye coordination for operation of office equipment
Vision for reading and interpreting reports and data analysis and preparation
Frequent speech communication, hearing and listening to maintain communication with employees and citizens
Works in a clean, comfortable environment
Standard business and professional tools and equipment
This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment.