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  • Employer: Arizona State Museum at Arizona State University, Tuscon, AZ
  • Salary: $16.695 per hour

Arizona State Museum at the University of Arizona is in search of an Assistant Museum Specialist (Cultural Institutions Compliance Professional I). The Assistant Museum Specialist (Cultural Institutions Compliance Professional I) is a 0.5-1.0 FTE (full-time-equivalent) position that functions within the Collections Division of the Arizona State Museum (ASM), University of Arizona (UA), reporting to the Archaeological Repository Manager.

The incumbent is primarily responsible for assisting the Archaeological Repository Manager in the following activities: administering and ensuring compliance with state and federal laws pertaining to antiquities and/or repatriation; participating in the curation of records related to all legally mandated programs; conducting research of records, collections, and photographs; maintaining databases. Key duties include participating in the intake of projects submitted under Repository Agreements, processing, and curation of archaeological collections.

Established in 1893, Arizona State Museum is the oldest and largest anthropological research museum in the U.S. Southwest, with expansive collections that are exceptional resources for the study, teaching, and appreciation of the region’s 13,000-year human history.

The Arizona State Museum and the University of Arizona are situated on land that has been home to Indigenous peoples for 13,000 years. Today, the Tucson area is home to the O’odham and the Pascua Yaqui. Currently, there are 22 federally recognized tribes with reservation lands in the state of Arizona.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Archaeological Repository Collections Processing:

  • Assists in the physical transfer of archaeological collections from cultural resource management contractors to the ASM including physical inspection of delivered materials and data entry into appropriate collections management databases.
  • Participates in the inspection and detailed check-in of newly deposited project material.
  • Participates in data entry into appropriate collections management databases.
  • Catalogs and prepares artifacts for storage.
  • Labels artifacts and photo-documents.
  • Assists in maintaining electronic inventories and digital workflows of project materials in process.
  • Participates in annual archaeological collections inventory and shelf checks for accreditation.

In-perpetuity Curation of Archaeological Repository Collections and Associated Records:

  • Participates in the regular evaluation and documentation of Archaeological Repository collections conditions.
  • Participates in upgrading the condition of Archaeological Repository collections and associated records to meet current professional standards.
  • Participates in generating and maintaining administrative and collections management records.

Repository Policy, Procedures, and Standards:

  • Participates in the implementation of policies and procedures that are consistent with state and federal laws and curation regulations, as well as Arizona
  • Board of Regents (ABOR) rules.
  • Provides general assistance (e.g., access to collections storage areas, answer questions related to repository policy and procedure) to student interns, and  volunteers.
  • Participates in the retrieval of requested materials for researchers, assists with research loan records, verifies returned collections and their condition prior to re-shelving in Archaeological Repository.

Repatriation and Collection Transfers:

  • Participates in the archival research required to identify objects as being subject to repatriation under federal and state burial laws.
  • Participates in locating and organizing objects identified as being subject to repatriation under federal and state burial laws.
  • Assists with the documentation of funerary objects to be repatriated.
  • Participates as needed in carrying out repatriation procedures.

State Mandated Programs:

  • Participates in the ASM’s State Mandated Programs time tracking systems.
  • Participates in the efficient review, processing, and collections transfer of ASM Repository projects.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Provides general assistance to the Archaeological Repository Manager, Head of the Collections Division, Archaeological Collections Curator, and the Museum Registrar.
  • Assists with other ASM functions as requested or appropriate.

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