Curatorial Assistant I

Tucson, AZ
Apr 25, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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School of Information

Department Website Link:


Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

As a Project Archivist (Curatorial/Museum Specialist) with the School of Information, the qualified applicant will work as a Curatorial Assistant I (Curatorial/Museum Specialist) for the National Park Service (NPS) Intermountain Region Museum Services Program in the Archives and Records Management Division, located in Tucson, AZ. The ability to demonstrate flexibility in work flows and to tackle a variety of record and collection types is required.

The primary responsibility of the Curatorial Assistant I is to process, arrange and catalog resource management based records from a variety of park units in the Intermountain Region and to prepare finding aids to facilitate research of collections. Resource management records include natural and cultural resource project records, programmatic records, and records documenting daily administrative activities of various park units.

The Curatorial Assistant I will conduct archival tasks in accordance with records management policies set forth by the Federal Government and the NPS as well as standards set forth by the Society of American Archivists. Experience with properly identifying and completing necessary storage upgrade requirements for archival preservation of all material types (photographs, maps/drawings, textual records) is also required. In addition, the Curatorial Assistant I should have familiarity with cataloging software particularly with the use of the NPS Integrated Collections Management System (ICMS).

This position is duty-stationed at the Western Archeological and Conservation Center(WACC) in Tucson, AZ but requires the ability to travel, either by flying or driving, to IMR park units to complete a variety of tasks on-site for a one to two week period. Travel maybe in remote areas, with minimal amenities. The qualified applicant should be able to demonstrate ability to work closely in a team setting to complete projects in a specific timeframe and adapt to the necessary work and travel conditions.

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:

  • Identifying park service materials that have permanent value
  • Properly processing, arranging, and cataloging park service archival records into the NPS Integrated Collections Management System (ICMS)
  • Handling rare and fragile photographic-based materials and oversize maps and drawings
  • Properly identifying preservation needs of paper-based and digitally-based archival records

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to travel to various NPS sites to complete archival work on-site as needed
  • Ability to work as part of a team in completing assignments both at WACC as well as at selected NPS units
  • Familiarity with National Park Service policies and procedures including Director’s Order 19 (Records Management), the National Park Service’s Museum Handbook, NPS-28 (Cultural Resources Guidelines) and NPS-77 (Natural Resources Guidelines)
  • Knowledge of the National Park Service’s Integrated Cataloging Management Software (ICMS)
  • Knowledge of Voyager library program and Library of Congress cataloging principles
  • Knowledge of archival principles set forth by the Society of American Archivist sand other leading institutions

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent, or equivalent learning attained through experience may be required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Anthropology, Art History, Museum Studies or related field AND one year museum curatorial and/or registration experience; OR, Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, Art History, Museum Studies or related field AND two years museum curatorial and/or registration experience.



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Full Time

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Job Category:

Cultural Institutions

Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

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hourly rate



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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:

Amy Gordon
[email protected]

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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 and a Native American/Alaska Native-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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