Job Code
Palm Springs
Average Hours per Week
Work Schedule
Job Type
Full Time
Travel Involved
Tribal Government
Starting Rate

Cultural Museum Collections Manager

Job Description:


Following Museum Standards and Best Practices, Collections Manager is responsible for the management and maintenance of the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum’s collections in assistance to the Museum Curator.


  • Develops and organizes operational procedures and policies including collection maintenance

    records, updating, accessioning and deaccessioning objects

  • Creates and maintains legal documents, histories of use, and physical histories of permanent

    collections objects

  • Enters, researches, and maintains data in the Collections database
  • Supervises Collections interns and volunteers
  • Assists in facilitating the deaccession of objects as directed
  • Researches existing artifact histories and updates object files accordingly
  • Prepares condition reports
  • Monitors environmental conditions within the museum galleries and collections

    storages and retains information in a both a digital and hard-copy log

  • Monitors objects for damage and/or deterioration, evaluating the necessity for conservation, and prepares proposals for conservation
  • Develops and implements inventory/cataloging projects
  • Implements housekeeping policy of artifacts
  • Gives tours, lectures and informal classes on discipline or collections-related topics
  • Actively participates in exhibit preparation, public education, or other museum programs
  • Assists the Museum Curator in the following areas:
    • Monitoring legal and ethical implication and care standards
    • Facilitating care and control of collections
    • Initiating, developing, and implementing collections policies
    • Overseeing object movement, internal and external
    • Designing and controlling storage areas
    • Collections Policy Manual
    • Incoming/Outgoing Loans, including correspondence and invoices, permits, or other forms
    • Assists in and conducts collection-related research as directed by Museum Curator
    •  Assists in grant proposal preparation
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements:



  • Minimum BA (MA preferred) in History, Art History, Museum Studies, or related field
  • Two years experience in a curatorial museum setting, or graduate schooling within the

    museum field with emphasis on collections management

  • Experience in digital registration software systems
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs.
  • Ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail