View Full Version : Preparator position, Phoebe Hearst Museum

07-05-2012, 10:52 AM
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Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: July 12, 2012

Departmental Overview

The Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, formerly the Lowie Museum of Anthropology, was founded in 1901. Its major patron, Phoebe Apperson Hearst, supported systematic collecting efforts by both archaeologists and ethnographers to provide the University of California with the materials for a museum to support a department of anthropology. Hearst hoped that the anthropology program at the University of California, the first anthropology department and museum established west of the Mississippi, would become a center for the discipline.

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 Sr. Museum Preparator’s role is critical in the organization and maintenance of collections during this large scale collections move (including selecting, packing, unpacking and shelving objects in their new location at the museum’s off-site storage facility). Working with the move Project Managers, Principal Museum Preparator and permanent museum staff, the incumbent will serve as a working leader for several Museum Preparators and will help organize and prepare collections in anticipation of the move, assist in the physical move as needed and in re-shelving the objects in their new location.


Object Packing & Location Tracking
Under minimal supervision, select, evaluate, pack & stabilize objects and human remains for transport; based on knowledge & training determine safest, most efficient method to pack and palletize a variety of objects made of both organic and inorganic materials; may assist in the fabrication of travel and/or storage mounts; load boxed objects onto pallets paying careful attention to weight, fragility and size of each object; shrink-wrap packed pallets; label all packed boxes and generate pallet lists; assist in the design of and help build safe travel systems for bulky/oversized objects. Once in new location unpack, organize and shelve objects into predetermined storage locations & track new location.

Assist in cataloging archaeological and ethnographical specimens. Research and select items within the collection, on a limited basis, to assist in determining appropriate origin, placement, and handling of specimens.

Administrative Duties
Assist Project Managers and Registrars in labeling packed objects & pallets and tracking all location changes.

Maintenance Duties
Lead other Museum Preparators in the organization and maintenance of collection specimens.

Required Qualifications

• Previous museum collections handling experience, preferably in an ethnographic or archaeological museum
• Ability to assess artifact condition and determine the best approach for handling fragile objects
• Patience and attention to detail
• Ability to follow both written and verbal instructions
• Ability to be punctual and dependable
• Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
• Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
• Manual dexterity/ability to carefully carry and handle museum objects
• Ability to safely climb and descend stairs carrying museum objects
• Ability to climb and descend a step ladder to safely retrieve or place objects in storage units
• Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
• Must be able and willing to drive the museum’s van

Preferred Qualifications

• Completed an introductory archaeology course
• Completed upper division physical anthropology course focusing on human osteology

Salary & Benefits

$2,706 - $2887/month
$32,472 - $34,644/annum