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Museum Assistant - Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

West Virginia University
Job Location:
Morgantown, West Virginia
Arts and Museum Administration


Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resourcesat West Virginia University is seeking applications for a Museum Assistant.This position will assist in the operation of the Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum, including the management of the museum's collections, the planning and execution of museum programs and events, and the development of temporary exhibits.

To be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:

  • Oversee the care, conservation, handling, storage, transportation, and security of the museum's collection of artifacts, archival documents, photographs, and historical library in keeping with the highest professional standards for museum collections management. Manage the documentation, inventory, and cataloguing of museum artifacts, incoming artifact donations, and artifact loans.
  • Maintain a strong understanding of historical objects included in the museum's collections and related to the museum's mission statement; research, organize, and verify information pertaining to artifacts in the museum's permanent collection.
  • Assist curator with the planning and execution of museum exhibits, including research, writing, interpretation, logistics, design, installation, etc.
  • Conduct extensive and thorough historical research on exhibition themes, topics, and artifacts. Utilize a variety of scholarly sources to perform in-depth, original research for the purposes of exhibition development and promotion.
  • Research and write interpretative and informational text for museum object labels, panels, signage, articles, essays, and other written materials.
  • Assist curator with promotion of the museum by serving as a spokesperson for the museum, representing the museum to the public and the media to broaden support and raise the community profile of the museum.Assist curator with the planning and execution of museum events and programs.
  • Serve as museum attendant during museum's open hours (greet visitors, open/close the museum, clean museum space) when needed and assist curator with scheduling student workers to cover the museum's open hours.

This position is part-time, 20 hours per week.

Pay Grade 16

  • Master's Degree in History, Public History, Museum Studies, or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • At least six months in the following:
    • Professional training and appropriate experience in the museum field
    • Proven history of historical research, as well as superior writing and creative/design skills.
    • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office, graphic design software, and museum collections management software.
    • Active participation in the local museum community and familiarity with the trends and challenges affecting today's museums preferred.
  • Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of contacts.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to use various online research tools.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively with a various organization including museum associations, convention and visitors' bureaus, media, community organizations, and school systems.
  • Knowledge of American history with an emphasis on the Appalachian region, the 19th and 20th centuries, and the coal and petroleum industries.
  • Proven ability to research and interpret American industrial history through material culture.
  • Knowledge of curatorial and research practices, specifically the methodologies and resources used in the development of museum exhibits and museum management policies.
  • Knowledge and application of the highest standards for exhibit development, artifact research and interpretation, exhibit design and construction, and writing techniques for museum exhibit text and promotional materials.
  • Knowledge of museum collections management, including the care and preservation of museum objects, museum collections management software, archival processes and materials, and museum record-keeping procedures
  • Superior research and writing skills, particularly on complex topics pertaining to local industrial history and technological history. Ability to locate and utilize rare and obscure research materials.
  • Passion for research, history, and museum work; a strong appreciation of and commitment to the mission of the museum and its role as an academic and cultural resource for WVU and the surrounding community.
  • Commitment to excellence in all aspects of museum practice including museum ethics.


  • Resume
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs., use hand tools, and climb ladders.

About WVU

At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.

From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley - the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position.

Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new heights. After all, when you're a Mountaineer, impossible is just another mountain to climb.

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West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

Job Posting: Nov 21, 2021

Posting Classification: Classified

Exemption Status: Non-Exempt

Benefits Eligible: Yes
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