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Posted: 01/04/2018

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

Established in 1931 and dedicated to collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting works of art for the people of Washington County and citizens from the four-state region, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (WCMFA) has been recognized as one of the finest small museums in the United States. The mission is implemented through the development, interpretation and care of art collections; creation of original and educational exhibitions; and presentation of interpretive lectures, concerts, films, studio art courses, art historical lectures, and other programs to ensure that visitors gain a better appreciation and understanding of the fine arts. The WCMFA is housed in an architecturally significant building designed by Hyde and Shepherd (1930, 1949); J. C. Burrey (1994); and Murphy and Dittenhafer (2011). The opportunity for the public to encounter significant works of art in a beautiful setting, in safety and security are important values of WCMFA. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM—formerly American Association of Museums) since 1976, admission to the Museum is free and its collection includes over 7,000 works of art. WCMFA has an enduring commitment to arts education and to the support of regional artists. The Museum actively collects works of art in the fields of American Art, international collections in keeping with the tastes of the founders, Anna (Brugh) and William Singer, Jr., world cultures, and art of the region. The museum recently commemorated its 85th year of service to the region.

Collections Assistant (Part-Time, Temporary)
Professional Opportunity
Hagerstown, MD
Open Until
Until Filled

Position Summary

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, MD is seeking a Collections Assistant to help with a collections move of approximately 1200 objects, including ethnographic objects, decorative glass and ceramic objects.  This project is being funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Duties & Responsibilities

Working with the WCMFA staff, the Collections Assistant will assist with art handling and packing for moving, updating object locations in the database, assembling storage containers and moving objects to the new storage area. Other related duties such as photography may be included.


Bachelors Degree in art history, studio art, museum studies or other related field. 

Demonstrated, practical knowledge of museum object handling.

Knowledge of museum registration methods.

Familiarity of word processing and database software, especially PastPerfect Museum Software.

Attention to detail.

Ability to work with others.

Ability to stand for prolonged periods, reach, climb ladders, and lift and carry up to 40 pounds.

Time frame

This position begins immediately and is part-time and temporary.  The position is not eligible for benefits.  This position is 12 hours/week for 24 weeks.  There will be interruptions in the schedule.  The project end date is September 2018. 


How to apply
Application process Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is an equal opportunity employer. Please submit applications by email including cover letter and résumé to kpalmateer@wcmfa.org. Successful candidate will be subject to background, drug, credit and reference checks. Application will be open until filled.
Kay Palmateer
Phone: 301-739-5727
Fax: 301-745-3741
PO Box 423
Hagerstown, MD 21740

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