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Join the team of history keepers

WHS seeks part-time Collections Manager to oversee acquisitions and digital archives.


The Waterbury Historical Society is accepting applications for a part-time collections manager to catalog and maintain its collection of artifacts, photographs, historical documents, and other items.  


The Collections Manager is a contracted employee of the Town of Waterbury at a rate of $20.00 per hour, for a maximum of 20 hours per week.  


PRIMARY DUTIES 

  • Oversee the codification, cataloging, and storage of all current and new items in the collection according to best practices in digital archiving and museum collections management, under the guidance of the Board of Directors. 

  • Supervise cataloguers and general volunteers in the record-keeping,  organization, and care of the collection.  

  • Provide research support and answer inquiries from the public and researchers about Waterbury history.

  • Collaborate with the Collections Acquisition Committee regarding the assessment and care of the collections, including recommending to the Board of Directors items to be accepted or removed from the collection, in keeping with the society’s approved collections scope and policies.  

  • Develop and maintain documentation for deeds of gift, loans of collection items, and hosting of temporary exhibits. 

  • Recommend topics for committee events and programs that leverage the collection and provide research support in the planning of programs.

  • Support the curator with collections research for refreshing exhibits.

  • Attend monthly board meetings and report to the Board of Directors. 


ADDITIONAL DUTIES may include 

  • Give guided tours on an appointment basis to members of the public.


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

  • Strong research, interpretive, and writing skills.  

  • Knowledge of and comfort with computer technology for online searches, the Google suite of document creation and management applications, photographing, scanning, and uploading.

  • Willingness to learn. 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Experience in using PastPerfect or similar digital archival industry standard platform.  

  • Experience cataloging and familiarity with metadata standards.

  • Passion for history and enthusiasm for sharing that history with the community.

  • Knowledge of Vermont/Waterbury history. 


TO APPLY 

Submit a letter of interest and resume by email to Cheryl Casey, WHS President, at whspresidentvt@gmail.com. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. 




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