Museum Assistant (PT) - Dearborn Historical Museum (3/20)

RATE OF PAY:             $13.00 – $14.00 per hour

HOURS:                       Part-time, up to 28 hours a week, with primarily day shift hours on the weekdays. Some evening, weekends and special event hours are required on occasion.


An employee in this classification works under the direction of the Chief Curator or his/her designee. The employee in this classification works with the Chief Curator to help set and update collection policy.  Employee is responsible for development, management and care of museum collections.

Employee interacts in a consistently pleasant and helpful manner to fellow employees, visitors, and citizens of the City of Dearborn and demonstrates the highest standards of internal and external customer service.


  • Conducts regular inventories of collections and performs reconciliation with artifact records.
  • Manages and assures accuracy, security and integrity of collection records.
  • Oversees volunteers and interns working on Museum projects
  • Performs data entry of artifact information into Museum computer system using PastPerfect software and performs appropriate filing.
  • Manages, maintains and procures supplies and insurance for collections.
  • Performs simple cleaning of artifacts and seeks advice from professional conservator for all other conservation needs.
  • Researches, develops and manages funding proposals for collections management.
  • Responds to collection-related inquiries from museums, researchers and collectors.
  • Performs other tasks as assigned.
  • Demonstrates regular and predictable attendance.


  • Working knowledge of general philosophy, principles and practices of history museums
  • Considerable knowledge of collections management, care, documentation and classifications.
  • Knowledgeable of local and regional history as it applies to the Museum
  • Knowledgeable regarding evaluation, research and the use of references sources.
  • Ability to lift and carry items weighing up to approximately 25 lbs.
  • Ability to climb and descend ladders and multiple flights of stairs in order to access materials
  • Ability to work in the presence of dust and molds in a non-air-conditioned environment
  • Must have basic keyboard and/or typing skills and ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with other employees and the general public and to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.


  • Must submit to a criminal history check and drug screen


Some combination of experience related to office management, public programming, and volunteer management required. Must have minimum 1-3 years in museums or similar institutions.

LAST DATE FOR FILING APPLICATIONS:   8:00 a.m., Monday, March 20, 2023

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Posted 3/15/23)

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