Job title: CURATOR 1
Company: State of Louisiana
Job description: Supplemental Information
LOCATION & POSITION INFORMATION:
The mission of the Office of State Museum (OSM) is to collect, preserve and present, as an educational resource, objects of art, artifacts and the like that reflect the history, art and culture of Louisiana for citizens of and visitors to the State of Louisiana.
The Curator 1, 2 or 3 (registrar) of the Louisiana State Museum performs professional work in the Collections Department, which includes managing the Museum’s digital collections, overseeing the Museum’s collections management database (TMS), fulfilling image requests, performing inventories, processing and managing loans, and other general registration duties. This position works in conjunction with one other departmental registrar and collections curators. This position is supervised by the Curatorial Services Director.
Digital Collections Management and Image Request Services
-Coordinates and processes all incoming requests for images of the Museum collection. This includes, but is not limited to, requests for research, publication and private use. Responsible for maintaining records of request, payments and services rendered. Responsible for the security and appropriate handling of objects when moved for imaging. Scans and digitizes objects for the creation of digital collections. Oversees the storage of digital collections. Coordinates with other curatorial staff for usage of digital collections in museum exhibitions, online resources, and other projects.
Collections Database Management (TMS)
-Oversees the Museum’s collection database (TMS) and ensures it is functioning properly and can be utilized by relevant staff members. Works with Museum curatorial staff, Museum IT personnel, and Gallery Systems administrators to resolve issues with the database. Works with staff to create reports and other database procedures to increase workflow efficiency and productivity. Trains staff on using the database.
-Works with other registration staff and collections curators to catalogue and number new acquisitions. Creates object records and inputs data into the Museums’ collections database (TMS). Works with other registration staff and collections curators to process appropriate catalogue worksheets and to track locations of objects. In coordination with other registration staff, manages loans and coordinates with Museum curatorial staff on the receipt and return of loans.
Public/Professional Research Services
-Conducts research on the Museum’s collections in response to public information requests and staff inquiries. Assists Museum staff in the creation of object and/or image packages for exhibition and marketing purposes.
Other duties as assigned.
No Civil Service test score is required in order to be considered for this vacancy.
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For further information about this vacancy, contact:
Alyson Bauer, HR Specialist
Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism
PO Box 94361
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9361
The Office of the Lieutenant Governor and the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism are participants in the E-Verify system for identification and employment eligibility purposes.
Louisiana is a State as a Model Employer for People with Disabilities.
Any of the following will qualify (see note below regarding options):
1. Historic Site Option: A baccalaureate degree in American history, American studies, anthropology, archaeology, art history, geology, cultural geography, museology, history, or historical geography.
2. Museum Option: A baccalaureate degree in American history, American studies, anthropology, archaeology, art history, cultural geography, historic preservation, history, historical geography, museum studies, museology, or fine arts.
3. Preservation Area Option: A baccalaureate degree in forestry, wildlife or natural resource management, botany, biology, or ecology.
4. Historic Preservation Option: A baccalaureate degree in American history, American studies, anthropology, archaeology, art history, geology, cultural geography, museology, history, or historical geography.
All positions are of the Historic Site, Preservation Area, Historic Preservation or Museum type.
The minimum qualification option used to fill a vacancy is based upon the duties of the particular position and will be specified in the vacancy announcement when posted.
Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies: the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Commission of Higher Education; the Higher Learning Commission; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Function of Work:
To perform and supervise the curatorial activities for a museum or historic sites program.
Level of Work:
General from a Curator 2 or 3, Historic Site or Recreation Area Manager, Parks District Manager, Museum Division Director, Historic Preservation Director, Archives Assistant Administrator, Architectural Historian Manager, or other higher ranking agency administrator.
Functional over lower ranking museum or historic area personnel.
Location of Work:
Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism; Office of State Parks, Office of State Museum, Office of Cultural Development, Division of Historic Preservation; or Department of State or other agency responsible for operating a small museum (visitation of less than 50,000; less than 5 permanent employees).
Differs from Curator 2 by the absence of responsibility for a larger museum/program.
Examples of Work
Performs curatorial activities for a museum program at a state park Level I commemorative, preservation, or recreation area.
Plans, constructs, and displays exhibits both in the museum and on site.
Schedules and conducts tours; develops oral presentations for such tours.
Selects and assigns tour guides and maintenance staff.
Develops and implements conservation and preservation plans of historical artifacts and buildings.
Maintains records, prepares reports, and conducts correspondence regarding the museum or historic preservation program.
Performs research to develop interpretative items.
Performs accessing and cataloging activities of museum materials.
Catalogues site forms on historic buildings and places, checks and continually accessions additional site forms for inventory.
Develops projects to produce measured architectural drawings of landmark buildings, checks for quality and maintains archival collections.
Prepares and presents slide presentations and speeches to interested groups on and off site.
Louisiana State Government represents a wide variety of career options and offers an outstanding opportunity to “make a difference” through public service. With an array of career opportunities in every major metropolitan center and in many rural areas, state employment provides an outstanding option to begin or continue your career. As a state employee, you will earn competitive pay, choose from a variety of benefits and have access to a great professional development program.
Flexible Working Arrangements – The flexibility of our system allows agencies to implement flexible working arrangements through the use of alternative work schedules, telecommuting and other flexibilities. These arrangements vary between hiring agencies.
Professional Development – The Comprehensive Public Training Program (CPTP) is the state-funded training program for state employees. Through CPTP, agencies are offered management development and supervisory training, and general application classes on topics as diverse as writing skills and computer software usage.
Insurance Coverage – Employees can choose one of several health insurance programs ranging from an HMO to the State’s own Group Benefits Insurance program. The State of Louisiana pays a portion of the cost for group health and life insurance. Dental and vision coverage are also available. More information can be found at
Deferred Compensation – As a supplemental retirement savings plan for employees, the State offers a Deferred Compensation Plan for tax deferred savings.
Holidays and Leave – State employees receive the following paid holidays each year: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Mardi Gras, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Additional holidays may be proclaimed by the Governor. State employees earn sick and annual leave which can be accumulated and saved for future use. Your accrual rate increases as your years of service increase.
Retirement – State of Louisiana employees are eligible to participate in various retirement systems (based on the type of appointment and agency for which an employee works). These retirement systems provide retirement allowances and other benefits for state officers and employees and their beneficiaries. State retirement systems may include (but are not limited to): Louisiana State Employees Retirement System (