Topic ID #42915 - posted 12/17/2020 5:16 AM

Temporary Research Assistant


Temporary Research Assistant: Job Specifications

Part-time through Oct. 31, 2021/Grant-funded

Research Assistant is needed to support project development for an upcoming archaeology exhibition at the New Jersey State Museum (Trenton) using artifacts from the State Museum’s collections, as well as from significant archaeological sites throughout Trenton. The weekly hours for this part-time position may vary dependent on project need but are expected to average to 8-10 hours/week; compensation is $20/hour.

Required Education/Skills

Candidates must be currently enrolled in a graduate program in archaeology, anthropology, history or museum studies or be a career professional with at least a master’s degree in one of the listed subjects.

 Research experience needed.

 Familiarity with basic museum registration standards and object handling practices preferred.

 Experience with cataloging and scanning artifacts and photographs preferred.

 Strong written, verbal, and organizational skills.

 Ability to lift up to forty pounds and climb a step ladder.

Job Responsibilities

Assist the exhibition curator in the research and implementation phase of the exhibition by:

 Conducting background research at locations throughout Trenton (e.g., libraries, historical sites, state agencies, archaeological sites); may include some travel to other locations within New Jersey. Must have own transportation, valid driver’s license and proof of current insurance.

 Administer exhibition documents including, but not limited to: exhibition checklists, loan agreements, receipts, condition reports, insurance reports.

Limitations and Disclaimer

This job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties or skills required for the position. This position is part-time and temporary. Position expected to begin in February 2021 and must conclude on Oct. 31, 2021. Term of employment may be adjusted based on performance and/or progress of the project.

Letters of interest, résumé or CV with three academic and/or professional references should be sent via email to by 5 pm (EST) on January 8, 2021. Phone calls will not be accepted.

The New Jersey State Museum Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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