Job Listing: Collections Management Technician Gunston Hall

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Gunston Hall - Mason Neck, Virginia

Closes - Open until filled

Position Title – Collections Management Technician

Salary -$11.50/hr

Job Type - Part Time

Apply - send a cover letter and resume to Rebecca Martin, Director of Education and Guest Experiences at rebecca.martin@gunstonhall.org.

Collections Management Technician

Are you a detail-oriented, energetic emerging museum professional interested in collections work? Are you interested in building your collections care skills in a part-time position?

As a Collections Management Technician you use object handling skills to help preserve and make accessible both Gunston Hall collections and objects on loan to Gunston Hall. You will report to the Curator. To be successful, you will work well with others, be flexible, and be solutions-oriented.

As the Collections Management Technician you will

● Monitor temperature, humidity, pests, and light levels

● Assist with efforts to prevent theft of or damage to collections items, including historic buildings

● Assist with the transfer of objects from one location to another

● Conduct preservation-level cleaning

● Organize and monitor collections management supplies and equipment

● Contribute to exhibition installation and de-installation

● Conduct regular inventories of collections items

● Enter information into the collections management database.

Qualifications:

● Demonstrated interest in museums.

● At least one year of higher education, including college-level classes in history, American studies, material culture or a             related field. An Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree is preferred, but is not required. You may substitute professional or               volunteer experience for this educational requirement.

● Awareness of professional standards and practices relating to museum collections management.

● Ability to communicate and produce correspondence, spreadsheets, and reports using Microsoft Office and Google                 Workspace.

● Experience using databases to retrieve information or entering information into a database.

● Ability to climb stairs and ladders to perform preventative conservation on interiors and exteriors of a one and a half             story historic building. Ability to balance, and reach overhead to clean and install exhibition material. Ability to stoop,               kneel, and crouch, in order to clean and move artifacts and architectural elements low to the floor.

● Physical agility and strength required to lift and move artifacts and exhibit material up to 50 pounds.

● Ability to tolerate indoor and outdoor working conditions while moving between exhibition spaces, a historic mansion,           and several historic outbuildings.

The job schedule is flexible. It consists of 8-12 hours a week for an hourly wage of $11.50. The position does not have health insurance or paid leave.

The mission of Gunston Hall is to utilize fully its physical and scholarly resources to stimulate continuing public exploration of democratic ideals as first presented by George Mason in the 1776 Virginia Declaration of Rights. We are a National Historic Landmark located on scenic Mason Neck in Fairfax County, Virginia. The site includes the Gunston Hall mansion, reconstructed outbuildings, a visitor center, and 550 acres of diverse landscape situated along the Potomac River in Fairfax County, Virginia. Once a site of slavery, Gunston Hall is now a museum dedicated to telling the stories of all the people who lived on the 18th-century plantation, including enslaved women, men, and children, indentured workers, and George Mason, one of the leaders of the Revolution and new nation. Gunston Hall uses stories of the past to help visitors better understand the ideas and contradictions that formed our nation.For more information, please visit www.gunstonhall.org.

To apply please send a cover letter and resume to Rebecca Martin, Director of Education and Guest Experiences at rebecca.martin@gunstonhall.org.

Gunston Hall is an equal opportunity employer.