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Posted: 09/23/2011

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

small fine arts museum located in the Western part of the State of Maryland. Over 7,000 works of art, including significant holdings of European and American art dating from the 16th century to the present, Asian and African Art, and decorative arts.

Collections Technical Assistant-Part-time, Temporary
Professional Opportunity
Hagerstown, MD


The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (WCMFA) seeks an enthusiastic and motivated individual to assist with the hands-on activities of a complete art collection inventory funded through a three year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Duties & Responsibilities

Working with the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts staff, the Collections Technical Assistant will assist with the hands-on activities of a complete art collection inventory, over a three year period, including art handling and moving, verifying and supplementing the information about the art objects as compared to the collections database, photographing objects, batch processing and uploading images, and batch data entry from inventory sheets.


• Bachelor’s Degree preferred in art history, studio art, museum studies, or other related field and/or a minimum of two (2) years experience conducting museum collection inventories

• Demonstrated, practical knowledge of collections management policies and procedures

• Knowledge of fine art photography

• Knowledge of museum registration methods, collections management practices, and object handling

• Ability to work harmoniously and effectively with others, independently as well as part of a team and to exercise discretion, initiative, and judgment;

• Familiarity with major word processing and database software packages, especially Microsoft ACCESS and Past Perfect Museum Software

• Attention to detail

• Ability to stand for prolonged periods, reach, step on step stools/ladders, push and pull shipping/packing crates, and carry artwork and artifacts weighing up to fifty (50) pounds.


Position is IMLS grant funded for three years. Position begins late-October 2011 and concludes July 2014. Hours are 24 hours/week and pay rate begins at $12/hour; this position is not eligible for benefits.

OPen until
none given

How to apply
Apply For consideration, please send a resume and contact information for three professional references with “Tech Assistant, Tracking #, your first and last name” written in the subject line to: info@wcmfa.org. The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug and Alcohol-Free Workplace. The Museum requires selected candidates to be subjected to an investigative background report.
Christine Shives
Phone: (301) 739-5727
Fax: (301) 745-3741
PO Box 423
Hagerstown, MD 21741

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