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Collections Assistant

Responsibilities Summary

The Collections Assistant position offers critical support to advance the museum’s mission and growth.

  • Supports all practical aspects of collections management
  • Works in the database to catalog objects, track loans and exhibitions, create condition reports, and assist with acquisition processing
  • Manages collections space, including moving, tracking, labeling, and storing boxes
  • Retrieves and prepares artwork, artifacts, and archival materials for digitization
  • Assists with training and supervising Collections Interns
  • Supports exhibition research, preparation, and install/de-install
  • Facilitates use of the collection across departments, including social media and group tour requests
  • Acts as first point of contact for researchers, including coordinating research requests and visits
  • Scans collection items following institutional standards
  • Supports with acquisition, curatorial, programming, and other research and special projects
  • Assists with administrative office tasks, including maintaining inventory of supplies

Part-time position, 24 hours per week, flexible scheduling Monday – Friday, with occasional evenings and weekends
Pay Rate: $19/hr
Position is available: July 2020
Deadline to apply: July 17, 2020

Recognizing that this is an ongoing process, the Wende Museum is committed to continually increasing diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and sustainability. People of color, LGBTQIA+ people, people without formal education, and others who may have been marginalized by conventional hiring practices are strongly encouraged to apply.

Questions: email Head of Collections, Christine Rank, at crank@wendemuseum.org
To apply: submit resume and brief cover letter to Christine Rank at crank@wendemuseum.org

Full Job Description

Collections Internship Program

Due to the continuing precautions in Los Angeles County regarding COVID-19, we are not offering Collections Internships for Summer 2020.

The Wende Museum is pleased to offer Collections Internships for currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students, as well as recent graduates. Positions are part-time, unpaid, and available for course credit. For more information, please see our flyer.

Interns are accepted year-round on a rolling basis, with internships typically beginning in January, June, and September. To apply, please send cover letter and resume to internships@wendemuseum.org.

Internship Program

The Wende offers internship opportunities for college and graduate students interested in careers in museums. Based upon their academic training, interests and language skills, as well as the availability of projects, interns work in one of the Wende’s departments. While some projects require reading knowledge of German, Russian, or another East Bloc language, these skills are not necesssary for a successful internship. Applicants of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

We have hosted interns from Bard College, Boston College, California Institute of the Arts, California State University, Dominguez Hills, CSU Long Beach, CSU Los Angeles, Claremont Graduate University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Europa-Universität Viadrina, Freie Universität Berlin, Goteborgs Universitet, Grinnell College, Hampshire College, Loyola Marymount University, Macalester College, Manhattanville College, Occidental College, Otis College of Art and Design, University of California Davis, UCLA, UC Riverside, UC Santa Cruz, University of Michigan, University of New Hampshire, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, Utrecht University, VU University Amsterdam, and Wesleyan University, among others.