Anchorage, AK: Collections Specialist – NPS Regional Curatorial Center (term), The Great Basin Institute

Job Opening Title:

Name of Employer:
The Great Basin Institute

Job Site Location (City, State) :
Anchorage, Alaska

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Minimum Degree Requirement:
Educational experience with a bachelor’s degree in library and information science, archival studies, museum studies, anthropology, history, or closely related field – applicants currently enrolled in a program leading to a master’s degree in information science or museum studies are strongly encouraged to apply

Years of experience required:
2-4 years

Salary Range:
$24.00 an hour

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Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Include instructions for how to apply.:
The Great Basin Institute, founded at the University of Nevada Reno in 1998, is a mission-driven non-profit organization headquartered in the eastern foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. GBI has been a leader in the conservation stewardship field for over two decades, supporting thousands of individuals pursuing a career in public land management and advancing their academic standing. An interdisciplinary field studies organization, GBI promotes environmental research, education, and conservation throughout the West. The Institute advances ecological literacy, professional development, and natural/cultural/recreation resource management through educational outreach and direct service programs. Partnering with federal, state and local governments, as well as other NGOs and researchers, GBI supports projects in eleven western states ranging from Alaska and Hawaii to New Mexico, and southern California to northwestern Wyoming.
Working in collaboration with the National Park Service Alaska Regional Curatorial Center (ARCC), we seek to hire a Collections Specialist to join our Research Associate (RA) Program and have an opportunity to learn and participate in activities that support the preservation of museum collections, as outlined in NPS Director’s Order 28, Cultural Resource Management. Project work will address preventative conservation needs of NPS museum collections stored at the ARCC, the primary repository for ten Alaska park units. Project work will focus especially on object rehousing and conducting condition status updates for natural history and archaeology collections. The Collections Specialist will also participate in planning and implement a collections move within the facility. More specifically, the Specialist’s duties will include, but may not be limited to:

Collection condition review and assessment of storage needs for natural history and archaeology collections from various parks;
Rehousing (e.g. creating custom mounts and boxes, labeling, re-bagging and organizing, and topping off wet specimens with low levels of preservative) and basic object stabilization (e.g. eliminating storage envelopes or support made from non-archival materials);
Collections storage reorganization;
Interior Collections Management System (ICMS) database updates;
Museum housekeeping: routine cleaning of collections areas, implementation of pest management strategies, and environmental control monitoring; and
Offering technical assistance by responding to collections management requests from park units around the Alaska Region.

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