Submitted: 25 August 2022
Department: Osteology
Institution: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology/Harvard University
Job type: Full time
Apply by: 3 October 2022
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The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology seeks an individual to fill a Collections Steward position in the Osteology and Paleoanthropology Department. This position will work with sensitive collections and content which requires attentiveness to university and cultural protocols. A primary responsibility is to forward the Museum’s commitment to ethical stewardship with improved documentation and collections care of human remains; this may include contributing to the Museum’s implementation of federally mandated Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act regulations. This position will assist with providing teaching and research access to osteological and paleoanthropological collections and is responsible for records management of teaching and research requests. Reports to the Museum Curator of Osteology and Paleoanthropology.

To apply Position 59531BR

Job-Specific Responsibilities

• Evaluates human remains and records and verifies documentation in accordance with museum standards.

• Completes all tasks necessary to undertake cataloguing, inventory, rehousing, and data verification of assigned osteological and paleoanthropological collections at the Peabody Museum.

• Supports access to osteological and paleoanthropological collections for teaching and research.

• Responsible for records management of teaching and research requests pertaining to osteological and paleoanthropological collections.

• May conduct three-dimensional imaging capture and analysis on collections. May utilize computer assisted tomography and imaging software programs.

• May be responsible for the organization and maintenance of specified collections in the Museum; assists with other collections as assigned.

• May attend professional conferences to build subject knowledge of Museum collections.

• Contributes to policies and standards for collections use and access at the museum.

• May be assigned other duties as required.

Basic Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in biological anthropology, bioarchaeology, or a related field. Two or more years of experience with osteological collections including identification and analysis.

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

• Demonstrated understanding of ethical care considerations for human remains. • Detailed knowledge of human skeletal biology and experience identifying fragmentary human remains. • Familiarity with cataloguing and inventory procedures for osteological and/or paleoanthropological collections preferred. • Experience with 3D imaging techniques and analysis preferred. • Facility with digital photography and image processing software preferred. • Excellent computer skills; knowledge of relational database software such as TMS (The Museum System) preferred. • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team as well as independently. • Strong analytical writing skills and excellent interpersonal skills. • Ability to set and adjust priorities and manage multiple tasks. • Attention to detail and accuracy in recording data required.

About the Peabody Museum The Peabody Museum is situated on the ancestral and traditional land of the Massachusett people. It cares for over 1.2 million items from across the world, including cultural, archaeological, and osteological collections as well as extensive photographic and archival materials. The Museum is committed to the ethical stewardship of its collections through implementation of collaborative and culturally responsive care, interpretation, and engagement.

We strive for a diverse, inclusive and equitable working environment and to act in ways that address the global challenges of climate change and environmental sustainability.

Additional Information:

We will begin reviewing applications on Oct. 3, 2022 All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources

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