Exhibit Specialist

Tucson, AZ
Nov 20, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Gem and Mineral Museum

Department Website Link:



Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The Gem & Mineral Museum at the University of Arizona is in search of an Exhibit Specialist. The Exhibit Specialist Position will create and implement all of the exhibit functions and museum displays. The incumbent will interact directly with potential loaners and donors as well as will help with museum outreach, including remote exhibits. This position will collaborate with other museums on exhibit exchanges and the Exhibit Specialist interfaces with the Assistant Curator, Freeport-McMoRan. The ideal candidate will be creative, innovate, and have keen attention to detail.

The Alfie Norville Gem & Mineral Museum is dedicated to providing public education, the preservation of minerals and meteorites while also serving the research needs of professionals, students and collectors. The collection is world-wide in scope, but with specific emphasis on minerals from Arizona and Mexico. The University of Arizona Gem & Mineral Museum has set its sights on expansion for decades, this dream is now becoming a reality. We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to call the stunning Pima County Courthouse our new home. We are set to expand our scope and presence with a state-of-the-art University of Arizona Alfie Norville Gem & Mineral Museum.

Outstanding UA benefits include health,dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs;paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for theemployee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans;access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Create and install museum exhibits. Selecting specimens for display, lighting, accompanying text, creation of associated graphics.
  • Exhibit interpretation for docents, volunteers and staff to provide detailed information to share with visitors.
  • Creation of video content (to display on monitors in museum) to accompany and reinforce visitor interpretation of exhibits.
  • Interfacing with loaners and donors for potential new exhibit materials as well as developing long-term relationships that can lead to material and monetary donations.
  • External relations - Interfacing with other museums in and out of state as well as Lowell Institute of Mining Resources for school and rural area outreach.
  • Additional duties may be assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required.
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in a relevant field.
  • GIA-GG Gemological Inst of America - Graduate Gemologist.
  • FGA Fellow of Gemological Associate of Great Britain.
  • Studies in: Museum studies, geology, graphic arts.



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

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Job Category:

Cultural Institutions

Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:

DOE starting at $45,000

Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



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Job Function:

Cultural Institutions

Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

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Contact Information for Candidates:

Eric Fritz
[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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