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Anthropology Assistant Collections Manager

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Full Time
Posted January 6, 2022

Anthropology Assistant Collections Manager

Position Status: Full time
Pay Range: $23.00 – $25.00/hour
Close Date: 1/21/22

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Job Description:

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science seeks an Assistant Collections Manager in the Integrative Collections Branch to support the Anthropology Collections. The Anthropology Collections currently hold approximately 500,000 artifacts in the areas of Archaeology and Ethnology; the collections are largely from North America, but represent cultures from around the world. This position supports the efforts to preserve and protect the collections on a long-term basis, increase access and grow scientific output, to manage and expand collections, and to help inspire diverse communities’ understanding of, and involvement in, anthropology and the natural world.

This position supports the collections and research activities of the Department of Anthropology as it aspires to curate the best understood and most ethically held anthropology collection in North America. The Department seeks to document and understand the human communities of the Rocky Mountain region and beyond through study of their material cultures while adhering to the guiding principles of reciprocity, justice, dialogue and respect. DMNS is especially interested in candidates whose background and experience have prepared them to contribute to our commitments to co-create a museum-wide DEAI strategy, and to find ways for culturally diverse communities to engage with the Museum in meaningful ways.

This position reports to the Anthropology Collections Manager.


Essential duties: 

  • Assists with professional collections management for all collections.
  • Assists with the accession, deaccession, documentation, registration, and preparation of collections as assigned.
  • Implements training, monitoring, and daily supervision of interns and volunteers as assigned.
  • Responds to internal and external queries and requests, and facilitates use of collections.
  • Assists in maintaining collections metadata, including digital records and associated multimedia files.
  • Implements and ensures adherence to all safety protocols in collections.
  • Supports and delivers internal and external outreach programs as appropriate or required.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum qualifications/Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology or related field required.
  • 1 year museum collections management experience required.
  • 1 year relational database experience required.
  • Occasional local and out of state travel required.
  • Evening and weekend shifts as needed required.
  • Ability to handle culturally sensitive items and human ancestral remains according to cultural and departmental protocols required.
  • The Museum loves science. As a science institution, the Museum believes in the science behind vaccines. Effective September 1, 2021, all persons offered a position will be required to provide valid proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 prior to starting employment.


Physical Requirements of job:

  • Ability to sit and/or stand for up to 8 hours at a time.
  • Moderate physical activity required by handling objects up to 50 pounds occasionally, up to 30 pounds frequently, and up to 100 pounds rarely.


Ideal candidate will have:

  • Master’s degree in Anthropology or related field.
  • Experience working with ethnology and material culture of indigenous peoples of North America.
  • Experience with archival mountmaking of custom boxes for objects.
  • Experience moving and reorganizing collections.
  • Supervisory experience with interns and volunteers.
  • Advanced collections management database experience, including data imports and large dataset proofing and cleanup.
  • Experience managing multiple projects at once, including the ability to create and implement both short-term and long-term plans.
  • Experience engaging with descendant communities on collections-based collaborations.
  • Proven record of being a highly motivated, proactive team player.


Core values:

  • We love science.
  • We are curious, creative and playful.
  • We cultivate relationships with each other, diverse communities, the environment and for our future.
  • We think critically and act with empathy.


Perks of working at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science include:

  • Position offers a full benefits package: medical, dental, vision, life
  • Paid Vacation & Sick Time
  • 10 Paid Holidays per year
  • 1 Paid Volunteer Day per year
  • Free RTD EcoPass
  • Free Family Plus DMNS Membership (free admission to IMAX, Planetarium and Special Exhibits)
  • Dayforce Wallet: Get your pay as soon as you earn it, at no cost to you. Request up to 50% of your net earnings without waiting for the standard payday, through the Dayforce Wallet mobile app.
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Application Instructions:

Please submit your cover letter and resume by January 21, 2022.  Resumes will not be accepted after this time.

Applications will only be accepted electronically via the Museum’s website www.dmns.org.

Due to the high volume of people who apply, we are not able to respond to specific inquiries regarding your application status.

The Museum is committed to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff to serve the needs of our visitors. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

Compensation: $23.00 - $25.00/hour

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