Franklin & Marshall College Franklin & Marshall College

Phillips Museum of Art

Curatorial & Collections Assistant
Main Purpose of the job

Assists museum staff in the day-to-day care and administration of the museum’s collections and exhibition planning. This is a pre-professional job in which students will receive in-depth training and experience in the museum profession.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Conduct research of objects

  • Photograph objects in the collection and edit the photographs using photo editing software

  • Assist staff with the inventory and documentation of objects in the museum collection

  • Catalog the collections using an online collections information system

  • Assist staff in maintaining the cleanliness and organization of the storage and curatorial area.

Additional Duties

  • Assists in preparing for class visits and handles and moves objects from the collection

  • Write blog posts and contribute to twitter and facebook feeds

  • Assist with special programs and events

Basic Qualifications

  • Must have at least 30 credit hours

  • Prefer art history, anthropology, history, American studies, women’s studies or related areas

  • Attention to detail, accuracy and quality--must be very organized and able to follow precise directions

  • Ability to independently conduct research and maintain confidentiality

Additional Information

  • Preference given to students interested in pursuing or learning about the museum profession

  • Students do not need previous museum experience but should demonstrate how this position relates to their academic or career goals

Gallery Attendant

Main Purpose of the job

Ensure the safety of the artwork and exhibited materials and create a welcoming environment for museum visitors.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide information to visitors about current exhibitions, and the permanent collection

  • Monitor visitors while viewing exhibitions to ensure the security of objects in the museum

  • Greet visitors upon entering the museum and answer any inquiries

  • Track visitor attendance

Additional Duties

  • Facilitate personal connections through conversation

  • Distribute interpretive materials

Basic Qualifications

  • Strong communication skills, ability to speak English clearly and fluently

  • General interest in art and willingness to speak to visitors about art

  • Good attention to detail, ability to stay alert and examine exhibits and collections

  • Mandatory attendance during all appointed shifts, as the security of the museum depends on this

*This position has a high level of responsibility to ensure that objects of value are safe guarded