ASU - Curatorial Specialist

10/21/2021 21:02 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

Curatorial Specialist

Rec. No. 72913BR

Campus: Tempe

Curatorial/Museum Spec

Close Date

Department Name

November 3, 2021



Salary Range


$42,889 per year

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Job Description

The School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University seeks to hire a qualified Curatorial Specialist to assist the Collections Manager in the Center for Archaeology and Society Repository. Duties include the review of records, summarization of collections recovery context and curation history, updating of collections information and inventories, assessment and enhancement of collections conditions, and the supervision of student interns and employees. Archaeological collections house at the Repository include materials collected by faculty of the former Department of Anthropology, materials donated to the Repository by private individuals, and materials collected during Federally sponsored cultural resource management projects. Repository collections include over 350,000 catalog numbers of Native American archaeological and ethnographic objects, primarily from Arizona.

Essential Duties

  • Assist with the inventorying, documentation, organization, and rehousing of Repository collections
  • Participate in the preparation of summary documentation and reports for collections detailing recovery information and curation history
  • Assist with the updating of information in Repository collection management software
  • Assist with the evaluation and documentation of the conditions of collections
  • Participate in the monitoring and reporting of environmental conditions and pests within Repository spaces
  • Assist with facilitating access to collections for students, researchers, descendant communities, and other stakeholders
  • Participate in the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) process as needed
  • Move and transport materials and objects that could weight up to 50 pounds, including the storage of items at heights that require the use of a ladder
  • Preform duties in both climate-controlled and external spaces

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, Museum Studies, Art, or related field AND one year of museum curatorial and/or registration experience; OR, five years museum curatorial and/or registration experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working with anthropological collections (3 years)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the archaeology and material culture, history, and ethnography of the American Southwest
  • Evidence of a Master’s degree in Southwestern archaeology, anthropology, or focused museum studies
  • Demonstrated knowledge with appropriate handling of curated archaeological collections
  • Supervisory experience with student workers
  • Experience in using organizational and project management skills
  • Evidence of effective communication skills
  • Experience working independently and collaboratively in a team

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