Jackson History Collections Intern - Ella Sharp Museum (8/16/2021)

Reports to: Curator of Collections, Director of Curatorial Affairs
Status: Part Time
Compensation: $12/hr
Schedule: TBD by intern and supervisor, M-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | September-December 2021, 20-37.5 hours/week

This is a temporary, grant-funded position and does not include PTO or benefits.

Purpose of Internship:

Assist the Curatorial Affairs Department with inventorying, research, cleaning, and rehousing of collections material as it prepares for redevelopment of the Lynne Loftis Jackson History Gallery.

This position will provide a qualified graduate-level candidate with the opportunity to engage in several aspects of collections care and gain hands-on experience in a small non-profit museum environment.


     Complete inventory of all items on exhibit in the Jackson History Gallery.
     Research and document the provenance and records of each object, utilizing museum records and other sources, as necessary.
     Photograph and document the condition of all objects currently on exhibit, and update records in the museum’s cataloging database.
     Assist with assessing the conservation and storage needs of the Jackson history collection.
     Assist with other collections management duties such as general collections care, preventative conservation, relocating artifacts, and preparing objects for exhibition.

Desired Qualifications:

     Current or recent graduate student with a focus on Museum Studies, Public History, Art Handling, Cultural Studies, or related field.
     Ability to work independently and in a team and goal-focused environment.
     Detail-oriented, able to follow instructions accurately, and able to use good judgement in executing proper handling of artifacts.
     Excellent research, writing, communication, and basic computer skills required.
     Experience with collections management software preferred, but not required.

This position requires the ability to do one or more of the following throughout the day: sit, stand, and walk, to lift up to 30 lbs. occasionally, do close work in an office environment using a computer monitor and perform repetitive hand movements. Employee must be able to communicate verbally. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. All job applicants receive equal consideration for employment.

About the Ella Sharp Museum

The Ella Sharp Museum (ESM) in Jackson, Michigan is a multi-acre, multi-disciplinary institution. Founded in 1965, it offers both in-person and virtual programs, exhibits, and experiences preserving community history, advancing art appreciation, and connecting Jacksonians with space science. The campus includes the Hadwin Center containing exhibit galleries, program, rental, and office spaces; the Merriman-Sharp farmhouse, several historic buildings situated along Historic Farm Lane, and the Hurst Planetarium. Operating under a Board of Trustees and professional staff, Ella Sharp Museum received American Alliance of Museums (AAM) accreditation in 1978 and has been reaccredited twice. Approximately four percent of museums nationally are accredited by AAM. One of the first small museums in the country to receive such distinction, the Ella Sharp Museum is one of only 25 accredited institutions in the state.

How to apply: Email cover letter and resume to Curator of Collections, Harrison Marcott, at HarrisonM@ellasharp.org by August 16, 2021

Posted on 7/12/2021

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