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Collections Technician

Johns Hopkins University
Maryland, United States
Not Specified
Posted Date
Jul 12, 2017
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The primary function of this position is to rehouse and photo document objects in the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum to increase access to the museum collection for the purposes of study, teaching, research and visitation by Johns Hopkins University faculty, students, staff and members of the general public.

Duties and Responsibilities
Rehousing Objects
  • Create archival housing containers using appropriate archival materials for objects to ensure the long-term preservation of the collection.
  • Maintain inventory of rehousing supplies and materials and order supplies and materials as needed
  • Consult with staff on procedures, design, and execution of storage mounts
  • Track progress of rehousing and location data using museum database
  • Research design of storage mounts and materials as needed
  • Verify objects accession numbers and assure proper labeling of housing
  • Assist with installation and de-installation of objects as needed

Photo-documentation of Objects
  • Refine and implement photography workflow
  • Appending metadata to images using Adobe Bridge to ensure images are organized and easily retrievable.
  • Maintain photography equipment
  • Maintain the organization of digital images on server
  • Provide images to researchers and the public
  • Track photography status of objects in database.

Documentation/Social Media/Outreach
  • Post on museum social media accounts including Facebook and museum website
  • Present work to museum visitors

Student Supervision
  • Supervise undergraduates on rehousing and photo-documentation of collection
  • Develop workflow and projects for students
  • Provide quality control of products developed by students
  • Ensure projects are completed in timely manner

Administrative Support
  • Communication closely with the Associate Director and Collections Manager about the status of various aspects of the project
  • Maintain log of rehoused and photo-documented objects
  • Prepare rehousing and photography to supervisory staff
  • Provide other administrative support as needed including occasional staffing of the museum during visiting hours
  • Assure museum space and workstation is kept clean and tidy


    Bachelor’s Degree in archaeology, art, art history, museum studies or a related field highly preferred. Requires two years of experience working with artifacts in a museum context. Experience in collections management or conservation preferred.

    Knowledge and Skill:
    • Knowledge of current archival housing practices
    • Basic skill in constructing housing for museum collections
    • Understanding of museum documentation and record keeping
    • Ability and willingness to learn new digital skills in programs including but not limited to Filemaker Pro, Adobe Photoshop and Bridge, Wordpress and Pages
    • Attention to detail is essential
    • Excellent communication skills required
    • Ability to work effectively with a variety of individuals, from faculty and researchers to undergraduate students.

      This is a six month position.

      NOTE: The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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