OVERVIEW:Installs, arranges, assembles, and prepares artifacts for exhibition, ensuring the artifacts' safety, reporting their status and condition.
The Conservation and Archaeology Lab Technician for The Children's Museum of Indianapolis (TCM) performs a variety of specialized tasks involving the care and documentation of the Museum's collections. The incumbent is responsible for the handling, preparing, installation, transportation, and storage of specimens according to accepted conservation principles as well as performing minor conservation treatments as determined by the Conservation Manager. The technician assists in maintaining proper environments in both exhibition and collection storage areas, as well as collecting and documenting environmental data in those spaces. In the Archaeology Lab, the technician engages visitors in demonstrations and explanations of conservation treatments and historical information of objects in the Treasures of the Earth Gallery (Treasures).
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Monitors environmental conditions of artifacts on display and cleans/repairs exhibition spaces as needed to meet preservation and housekeeping standards.
Documents the conditions of artifacts and measures, photographs, and catalogue artifacts according to museum guidelines established in Collections Management procedures. Creates custom housing and storage mounts for proper storage of artifacts.
Assists in the safe transport of artifacts, either from TCM collection, incoming and outgoing loans, or new donations.
Conducts or assists with tours in Collections storage.
Cleans and conducts minor stabilization of artifacts according to treatment plans provided by Conservator, especially on artifacts in the Archaeology Lab.
Maintains IT and scientific equipment in the Archaeology Lab.
Acts as a content expert resource for Treasures Interpretation colleagues, actors/interpreters, and other staff regarding conservation work and artifacts in the Archaeology lab.
Engages with visitors at the lab window of the Treasures gallery and facilitates demonstrations and explanations of research and conservation treatments that occur in an archaeology lab or wet lab.
Bachelor's degree in Art History, Anthropology. Archaeology, History, or Museum Studies from an accredited college or university or equivalent work experience. Field work experience in archaeology preferred.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills; experience in public presentations and interactions.
Appreciation of and demonstrated sensitivity to multi-cultural groups and their material cultures.
Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, evenings and some holidays.
The ability to interact with visitors and co-workers in a professional, supportive, positive, and friendly manner.
Must be able to demonstrate good judgment, tact and diplomacy in handling visitor questions and concerns through the proper resources.
The ability to communicate clearly with staff and visitors face-to-face, at the lab window, by phone, leading tours, and via radio. Must be able to project voice when speaking with small to medium sized groups.
Must be able to view computer monitor, reviewing documents, examining artifacts. Also, required to discern the interest and relative age of the visitor attending programs, and adapt their delivery to meet the needs of the visitor.
Must possess the dexterity and fine motor skills, to handle and manipulate objects of varying sizes and shapes in presentations and lab work.
Required to stand, walk and sit for extended periods, as well as, bend, kneel, climb and reach.Requires ability to lift 50 pounds.Required ability to tolerate disinfectant and cleaning materials as well as dust in the indoor work environment.
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