Collection Assistant

Full Time
Cambridge, MA 02139
Posted 4 days ago
Job description

Information on MIT’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement can be found at the bottom of this posting.

COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT (MOVE), MIT Museum (MITM)-Collections Team (multiple openings) (part-time, 30 hrs/wk.), to pack and move museum collections as part of MITM’s efforts to move to its new location and later relocate most if its collections to a new off-campus facility. Will use knowledge of accepted museum standards and work with conventional collections information management systems to assure the long-term care and preservation of a broad range of diverse objects and materials. Will report to the collections manager.

The MIT Museum embraces the Institute’s broad mandate to maximize public access to knowledge and to make research and innovation accessible to all.

The MITM posts full descriptions of its openings on its website.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: high school diploma or its equivalent; two years’ experience as preparator or in a similar position in a museum, gallery, or arts organization; knowledge of and experience with museum standards and best practices in the care, safe handling, packing, and crating of 2-D and 3-D artifacts; basic woodworking skills related to crate and custom pallet fabrication; knowledge of archival materials and fine art packing techniques, including proficiency with custom box-making, soft-packing, and cavity packs; experience with shop equipment, power and manual woodworking tools, scissor lift, forklift, and other specialized warehouse equipment; basic computer skills and experience using museum and/or collections databases; valid MA driver’s license; excellent interpersonal skills; and ability to work collaboratively within the collections team and with Museum staff. PREFERRED: experience with matting and framing of works on paper; familiarity with cameras, photography, and image editing software (e.g., Photoshop and Lightroom); and familiarity with the Mimsy XG collections information management system and database. Job #21539-3

Working conditions: ascending ladders of ten feet or more; and lifting, pushing, pulling, and supporting heavy objects, crates, and other items weighing up to 70 pounds.

Hourly rate: $21.72 (with benefits)

Schedule to be determined.

The MIT Museum reopens to the public in October 2022 in a new location in Kendall Square.

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