Senior Curator

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
24 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
22 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) is a research, education and service unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University (CSU). CEMML applies the latest and most appropriate science to promote the sustainable management of natural and cultural resources on Department of Defense (DoD) and other public lands. We provide technical support, conduct applied research, and offer career development and learning opportunities to support resource stewardship. We collaborate with our sponsors and within CSU to resolve complex environmental issues, leaving a legacy of science-based decisions that sustain our resources for future generations.
To learn more about CEMML’s contributions to land management, our mission, vision, and values, visit

Position Summary

A Senior Curator (Research Associate IV Special) position is available with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) to oversee curation services, including processing, cataloguing, photography, and housing/rehousing artifact collections for the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC). This position is located at the Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. The Senior Curator shall provide daily onsite supervision of curators and curation technicians, as well as providing onsite contract management for CEMML. This position shall perform and oversee digitization of existing collections and collections data processing. The Senior Curator is also responsible for weekly and monthly reporting requirements for the NHHC, US Army Corps of Engineers, and CEMML.

Required Job Qualifications

Master’s Degree in Museum Studies, Anthropology, Art History; or in an applicable subject-matter field, such as archaeological collections management, anthropological curator, etc., and ten or more years of progressively responsible experience in the management of museum or archaeological collections.
An in-depth knowledge of collections management practices and procedures is required. Must demonstrate knowledge of, and experience in, the management of museum or archaeological collections in accordance with Federal laws and regulations, such as 36 CFR Part 79, National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and the National Park Service “Museum Handbook,” and applying museum or archaeological curatorial methods and techniques in acquiring, cataloging, storing, and displaying archaeological collections.
Specific examples of past work experience in cataloging artifact collections using a collections management database is required.
Must have, or be able to obtain, a Department of Defense Common Access Card (CAC) or Defense Supply Center Richmond Identification (DSCR ID), and must be able to pass a Defense Logistics Agency background check.
Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license by the employment start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Ph.D. in Museum Studies, Anthropology, Art History; or in an applicable subject-matter field, such as archaeological collections management, anthropological curator, etc. and five or more years of experience managing museum or archaeological collections. Prior experience with military collections is definitely preferred. Experience in project management and/or contracts management is also a plus. Prior supervisory experience is preferred. Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and creatively with staff, contractors, and Navy personnel at the Defense Supply Center Richmond is also desirable.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties


Job Duty Category Project Management Duty/Responsibility

Provide daily onsite supervision of CEMML curation technician(s) performing data entry using the Navy collections management database.
Provide daily onsite project management for the work efforts of contract employee curators and curation technicians inventorying, cataloging, photographing, and rehousing artifacts in accordance with professional curation standards, 36 CFR Part 79, and the NHHC Object Processing Manual.
The Senior Curator will be responsible for preparing and providing weekly and monthly reports, and other correspondence as requested, throughout the period of performance according to professional museum standards and in accordance with U.S. Navy and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expectations.

Percentage Of Time 50% Job Duty Category Curatorial Collections Management Duty/Responsibility

Direct, conduct, and supervise curators and curation technicians in the processing, cataloging, photographing, and housing/rehousing artifacts within the Navy Headquarters Historic Artifact Collection. This collection contains over 300,000 artifacts. The cataloging process includes not only provenance documentation and research, but also condition assessment, cleaning, physical numbering of each artifact, and rehousing the artifact.
The incumbent shall provide a leadership role in conducting, managing, and overseeing the inventory and cataloging part of this collection in accordance with 36 CFR Part 79, NHHC policies and methodologies, as well as the NHHC Object Processing Manual.

Percentage Of Time 25% Job Duty Category Electronic museum collections management Duty/Responsibility

The incumbent shall analyze, summarize, and review data; independently report findings of data analysis and write professional reports; and ensure compliance with applicable federal laws, regulations, and/or U.S. Navy rules, standards, and guidelines.
The incumbent will also perform routine data entry, and provide oversight for curation technician(s) performing data entry using Navy collections management database.

Percentage Of Time 25% Application Details


Special Instructions to Applicants

Prospective candidates should apply online at Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the announcement to be considered for hire. Apply no later than December 11, 2016, for full consideration. Upload each of the items below individually as a Word Document (.doc), PDF (.pdf), or Rich Text Format (.rtf). Please note that incomplete applications cannot be considered. Please remove social security numbers and birthdates from application materials. A complete application consists of:

1) Statement of Qualifications (one page letter addressing each qualification described in announcement)
2) Resume
3) Transcripts (for each degree earned that is listed under qualifications)
4) Degree Conferral (copy of diploma if transcripts do not include confirmation that degree was awarded)
5) References (contact information for professional references including at least one supervisor, references will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates)

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires) Search Contact Sabrina Broderick, EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested


References Requested


Minimum Requested Maximum Requested Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * This position will be located at Defense Supply Center in Richmond, VA. Please affirm your knowledge that work will be performed at that work location.
    • Yes

Applicant Documents Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter
  2. List of Professional References
  3. Official Transcripts
  4. Resume or CV

Optional Documents

  1. Other