Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology

Employment

The Haffenreffer Museum is currently hiring for 4 open positions.

Collection Assistant 

Brown University’s Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology is accepting applications for a full-time, grant-funded Collection Assistant position. The Collection Assistant will provide direct care of the museum’s archaeological and ethnographic collections during a phased relocation to a new facility. Collection Assistants will join a project team consisting of a registrar, curators, collection assistants, photographer, conservator, and contracted art handlers to inventory, document, rehouse, and move the collection.

This is a limited-term, full-time position with benefits, funded through the end of 2022 with a possibility of extension.  

Qualifications

Education: 

  • The successful candidate will have at least one year’s post-internship experience in a collection management or registration setting, together with a Master’s degree in Museum Studies, Anthropology, Fine Arts, or related field, or 3-5 years of post-internship experience in a collection management or registration setting, together with a B.A. or B.S. in Museum Studies, Anthropology, Fine Arts, or a related field.

Experience:

  • Basic knowledge of preventive conservation strategies for cultural property in storage, on exhibit, in transit, or in use.
  • Experience using a collection management system required. Knowledge of MuseumPlus preferred.

Job Competencies: 

  • Ability to handle works of art, use simple hand tools, meet deadlines.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills, and attention to detail.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

The Museum seeks candidates able to start immediately. Applications must be submitted through Brown University’s online hiring system by May 20, 2021 and must include a current resume, cover letter, and the names of three professional references.

Museum Object Photographer 

The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology (Brown University) will hire two photographers with demonstrated skill in photographing archaeological and ethnographic collections for archival purposes to work on two projects funded through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation documenting and rehousing the museum’s collections prior to their move to a new location. Due to the number of objects to be documented, we are prioritizing the ability to develop strategies for photographing and uploading large numbers of objects individually, quickly, and accurately rather than the ability to stage objects for reproduction in catalogs or exhibitions.

These are full-time, hourly positions (up to 37.5 hrs per week) with university benefits but are term-limited by the end dates of the grants. The work will be done at the museum’s Collection Research Center in Bristol, Rhode Island, collaborating with a team including collection assistants, conservators, and curatorial staff. Photographers will be responsible for photographing objects, assigning identification codes to images based on existing naming protocols, and uploading them to the museum’s collection management system, MuseumPlus.

We seek candidates able to start as soon as possible, with applications accepted until the positions are filled. Successful candidates will hold a BA, BFA or B.Sc. (or equivalent combination of education and experience) in a field related to the museum’s collections (anthropology, archaeology) and/or in Photography with training in documenting archaeological and ethnographic objects. At least two years of experience digitally documenting such collections and entering them into a Collection Management System (especially MuseumPlus) in a museum, archive, or library setting is required. Some background in anthropological or archaeological perspectives on material culture is preferred. Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment.

Applications will only be accepted through Brown University’s online hiring system and will not be considered without a current CV, a Cover Letter with the names of three referees, and will not be reviewed without a short portfolio of 6-8 original images documenting a clear knowledge of the skills required for archivally photographing archaeological and/or ethnographic objects in museum contexts. Multiple documents, not exceeding 5 MB (total) can be attached to your application by clicking the "upload" button at the bottom of the "My Experience" page of the application.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown University.

  • Salary Range: Grade 7
  • Worker Type: Employee
  • Worker Sub-type: Fixed Term
  • Time Type: Full Time
  • Scheduled Weekly Hours: 37.5

Conservator

The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology at Brown University seeks a Conservator to participate in a major project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to perform a condition survey and prepare the collections for a move to a new museum setting.

The Conservator will report to the Deputy Director/Chief Curator and work with a team including the Museum’s Registrar, Curator, Photographer, and project-funded Collection Assistants to undertake a collection assessment for preservation planning in preparation for a move of 125,000 archeological and ethnographic objects to a new location in Providence, RI. As a member of the Museum’s Collection Committee, the Conservator will advise on preventive conservation needs, implementing best practices and supporting team training needs following a risk management framework. The Conservator will assess current collection needs in relation to the move plan, undertake occasional treatment to stabilize objects too fragile to move, develop a prioritized plan for future conservation needs, and document conservation priorities in the collection management database, MuseumPlusRIA. The Conservator will help to identify sources of funding and contribute to grant proposals that will expand the Museum's capacity to undertake future conservation projects.

This is a full-time, Grade 9 (exempt), grant-funded position with full university benefits. The current grant is funded at least through the end of December 2022. Work will be done primarily at the museum’s Collection Research Center in Bristol, Rhode Island.

Qualifications

  • Required: Master’s degree (or certificate) in Conservation, expertise in ethnographic and archaeological conservation, and at least 2-3 years of experience as a Conservator in a museum with similar collections.
  • Experience using Articheck and a collection management system is required, with knowledge of MuseumPlusRia preferred.
  • Candidates with BA/BSc degrees in fields related to anthropology, archaeology or museum studies, experience using pXRF in conservation, and experience in grant-writing are preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment.

Applications will only be accepted through Brown University’s online hiring system and will not be considered without a current CV, a Cover Letter, and the names of three references. Multiple documents, not exceeding 5 MB (total) can be attached to your application by clicking the "upload" button at the bottom of the "My Experience" page of the application. All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown University. 

  • Salary Range: Grade 9
  • Worker Type: Employee
  • Worker Sub-type: Fixed Term
  • Time Type: Full Time
  • Scheduled Weekly Hours: 37.5

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.