Collections Technician

Requisition # 2018-8349
Department Art Museum
Category Arts and Museum Administration
Date Posted 13 hours ago
Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time
Application Deadline 1/16/2018


With collecting origins dating to the 1750s, the Princeton University Art Museum is one of the finest art museums in the country. Formally established in 1882, its collections feature about 100,000 works of art ranging from ancient to contemporary art and spanning the globe. Its collections of Chinese painting, the art of the ancient Americas, and photography are widely regarded as being among the world's richest. A private institution serving the public good, the Museum is committed to serving the University, local and regional communities, and beyond through a dynamic program of temporary exhibitions, new scholarship, and innovative programming. By collaborating with experts across many disciplines, fostering sustained study of original works of art, and uniting scholarship with broad accessibility, the Museum contributes to the development of critical thinking and visual literacy at Princeton University and enhances the civic fabric of our nation.

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The Princeton University Art Museum, one of the nation's preeminent cultural institutions in an academic setting, seeks applications for the position of full-time Collections Technician for a 15-month term position to join a team dedicated to improving access to the Museum's drawing collections. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work within the context of an art museum that is intimate in scale yet expansive in scope, supporting one of the most dynamic exhibition programs on any college campus and a program of educational activities and events that continues to grow in energy and impact each year.


The primary responsibility of the Collections Technician is to fulfill collections re-housing assignments by strictly adhering to professional practices and ethics for object care, movement, and storage. As a part of the Museum's Collections and Exhibitions department, the Technician will report to the Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings. S/he will be trained in best practices and will be expected to mat, hinge, and house drawings by artists of all nationalities, from the 16th to the 20th centuries. The Technician must be able to communicate clearly, accurately record new locations of drawings, and understand fully the responsibilities associated with the handling of rare works of art on paper.

Job duties include:
  • Create approximately 1,200 new mats for drawings, safely hinge the drawings into new mats according to accepted archival museum standards, and properly label each new mat, working in close cooperation with the Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings.
  • Assist with the reorganization of storage needs arising from the proper housing of the newly matted drawings.
  • Accurately record new locations of drawings in the Museum's collection information system, The Museum System (TMS)


  • Bachelor's degree is required, M.A. or MFA with a general knowledge of art history highly preferred
  • One to three years' experience in a museum or gallery setting as a fine art or conservation technician, preferably working with works of art on paper and with experience cutting mats to archival standards
  • Demonstrated experience handling works of art on paper responsibly in a museum environment
  • Familiarity with artists' drawing methods, materials, and techniques
  • Excellent communication and problem solving skills
  • The ability to follow instructions and work collaboratively and in an academic environment
  • Experience with collections information systems with TMS preferred
  • Detail oriented, self-motivated, and a keen sense of mission

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary Grade

LTT, 050

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Estimated Appointment End Date


Comments Related to End Date

15-month term position

Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver's License Required


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