Curator/Archivist I - Job Number: 203660

Posted on 01/13/2021

Curator/Archivist I -  Job Number: 203660
Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History – Application Deadline: Open until filled

Job Location: Oklahoma-Norman-Norman Campus
Schedule: Full-time
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8-5
Salary Range: $15.35/hr
Benefits Provided: Yes 
Required Attachments: Resume, Cover Letter 

Job Description:
The Molly Shi Boren Ethnology Collection at the Sam Noble Museum, University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus is seeking a full-time Collection Manager to be responsible for the daily operations and management of the museum’s ethnology, classical archaeology, and Native American and natural history fine art collections. The Collection Manager also supports the research and exhibition program of the Curator of Ethnology and is responsible for interfacing with the public, supervising and training students, interns and volunteers, and helping visitors make use of the collections.


  • Performing databasing and image and records management, including processing existing accessions (reformatting, metadata, data management, writing finding aids, etc.)
  • Preparing objects and documentation of incoming and outgoing loans
  • Preparing new collections for accessioning, including providing institutional metadata, securing permissions, and working with the museum registrar to complete accession paperwork
  • Assisting and supporting the research program of the Curator of Ethnology
  • Assisting with development and implementation of exhibitions based on Ethnology collection
  • Meeting with visitors to the collection, filling patron requests (remotely and in-person) and giving tours to the public
  • Training and supervising student, volunteers, and interns in collection management tasks
  • Working with external tribal and non-tribal entities regarding objects, records, loans/acquisitions, exhibitions, etc.
  • Assisting the Exhibit Department with installation/strike/maintenance and condition reporting of temporary and permanent exhibitions
  • Supporting public service programs and educational and outreach activities as appropriate

Job Requirements
Required Education:

  • Bachelor's Degree in anthropology, folklore, museum studies, art history, conservation, or related field AND:
  • 0-24 months of collections-related experience


  • Knowledge of best practices for the preservation and exhibition of physical objects and their data (e.g., metadata standards, data management, etc.)
  • Familiarity with and adherence to ethical conduct with respect to Native peoples and materials
  • Interpersonal skills commensurate with representing the collection in one-on-one and group settings
  • Excellent skills in organization
  • Ability to work comfortably independently


  • None

Advertised Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to move archival boxes between shelves and collection areas (up to 15lbs each)

Departmental Preferences:

  • M.A./M.S. degree in anthropology, folklore, museum studies, art history, conservation, or related field
  • Prior supervisory and photographic/multi-media experience

Special Instructions:
If you are selected as a final candidate for this position, you will be subject to The University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Tuberculosis Testing policy.  To view the policy, visit

Hiring contingent upon a Background Check?- Yes

Special Indications: Hiring contingent upon police records check

Applications must be submitted using the on-line application process. To apply, go to and search for requisition (job) number 203660.