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Posting Number: req3234

Department: Gem and Mineral Museum

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The Gem & Mineral Museum at the University of Arizona is in search of a Assistant Curator, Freeport-McMoRan. The Assistant Curator, Freeport-McMoRan is responsible for inventorying and documenting all museum artifacts and specimens. This position also develops and maintains an effective database. This position is responsible for photographing and identifying specimens that belong to display and research collections and will work closely to identify specimens that may not have previously been properly identified. The ideal candidate will be driven and have the ability to work independently as well as have keen attention to detail.

The Alfie Norville Gem & Mineral Museum is dedicated to providing public education, the preservation of minerals and meteorites while also serving the research needs of professionals, students and collectors. The collection is world-wide in scope, but with specific emphasis on minerals from Arizona and Mexico. The University of Arizona Gem & Mineral Museum has set its sights on expansion for decades, this dream is now becoming a reality. We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to call the stunning Pima County Courthouse our new home. We are set to expand our scope and presence with a state-of-the-art University of Arizona Alfie Norville Gem & Mineral Museum.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Implement and maintain a database of all museum specimens. Tasks include entering object descriptions, characteristics and acquisition details, as well as photographs, documenting historical significance and other documents and information as relevant. Assists with accessioning and de-accessioning specimens/artifacts.
  • Ensuring all specimens/artifacts are photographed. Tasks include taking the photographs and uploading images to the database. Utilize photoshop or equivalent photo editing software to prepare images for uploading.
  • Coordinates with the Exhibits Specialist on any development and implementation of exhibits. Recommends and selects specimens/artifacts, responsible for cleaning and preservation of the objects, and for rotating specimens/artifacts in and out of exhibits as needed.
  • Responsible for packing and transporting any donations and loans. Ensuring safety and following risk management fine arts guidelines. Travel may be required in order to deliver or pickup artifacts.
  • Assist with public outreach as needed. Possibly interact with public during museum hours and at special events to inform on specimens/artifacts. Plans work for museum volunteers and possibly Docents.
  • Additional duties may be assigned. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required. 
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field preferred.
  • GIA-GG Gemological Inst of America – Graduate Gemologist
  • FGA Fellow of Gemological Associate of Great Britain
  • Studies in: Geosciences, MIS, database management

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Cultural Institutions

Benefits Eligible: Yes – Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $37,506 – $45,000

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Collections Mgmt

Job Function

Cultural Institutions

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Eric Fritz

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

The University of Arizona is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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