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03-26-2012, 08:14 AM
Job Description

Job Title:

Museum Photographer #13651

Job ID:


Main Campus-Berkeley

Full/Part Time:




PA Hearst Mus of Anthropology


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Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: March 30, 2012

Departmental Overview

The Museum was founded in 1901 by Phoebe Apperson Hearst, a visionary who saw the Hearst as the cultural cornerstone of one of the world’s leading research institutions.

Today, the Hearst Museum houses the oldest and largest anthropological collection in the Western U.S., preserving and interpreting a global record of material culture as represented by more than 3.8 million cataloged objects. The Museum aims to promote the history and diversity of human cultures through research, education, exhibitions and public programs.

The Phoebe Hearst Museum has received funds to relocate a substantial portion of its ethnographic and archaeological collections from campus to its off-site storage facility in Richmond. The Museum Photographer’s role is critical in visually documenting objects prior to their transfer to the new facility. Responsibilities include: working with the Assistant Project Manager and Senior Preparator, as well as permanent museum staff, select objects for photography: use appropriate lighting and photo techniques, process and name files and upload into Museum’s data base system as needed. The pace of the project requires production-level photography; based on input from the Project Manager, Staff Research Anthropologist and other staff, some objects will be tagged for future publication-quality photography.


- Produce high-quality digital images of Museum objects
- Set up and maintain photo area including camera, lights, props and object supports
- Work with Assistant Project Manager and regular staff to identify sequence of objects for photography
- Using experience and skills, determine appropriate equipment and materials needed to produce publication-quality digital photographs including use of camera, lights, props and object supports
- Process, label and organize images for linking
- Using bulk procedures, link all new images in database
- Supervise photography intern, work study students, interns and volunteers to assist in new photography as needed

Required Qualifications

- 2-4 years professional photographic experience
- Demonstrated knowledge of digital photography, scanning, imaging software
- Knowledge of lighting equipment and techniques, use of props and object supports
- Ability to work within deadlines
- Experience photographing complex and/or fragile ethnographic objects
- Ability to safely lift up to 30 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of Museum standards and practices and a background in Anthropology. Experience in a museum or university setting.

Salary & Benefits

Monthly: $3029 - $3304
Annual: $36,348 - $39,648

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Driving Required

A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

Other Information

This is a full-time, 18 month position which is not subject to career conversion under Article 31, Positions-Appointments in the UC-UPTE Agreement, Section 3c.

Criminal Background Check

This position has been designated as sensitive and may require a Criminal Background Check. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of a Criminal Background Check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.