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Date:  Mar 15, 2023
Req ID:  27713

Little Rock, AR, US, 72201

Anticipated Starting Salary:  $37,000

Museum Registrar


Req Id:          27713

Position #:       22134014

Grade:             GS06

Min. Salary:     $37,000

Location:         DAH – Historic Arkansas Museum

Closing date:   03/31/2023



Job DutiesPrepares and maintains manual and digital catalog and inventory records for donated and purchased items. This includes cataloging objects, as well as taking documentary images using a digital camera or scanner, and updating all object data (measurements, descriptions, history, value, photographic record, provenance, etc.) in the collection management software.  Helps oversee the management and maintenance of the museum’s collections, storage spaces, galleries, and historic structures.  Processes loaned object requests to and from the museum, maintains both manual and digital loan records, contacts lenders regarding updates, extensions, delinquencies, etc.

Maintains manual object research files, individual object catalog files, as well as donor and purchase files.  Properly stores museum objects and archival materials.  Responsible for the insurance of the collection.  Maintains manual object registration books.  Oversees the physical movement of museum objects to and from storage, exhibit galleries, historic houses, as well as to and from off-site locations for exhibit or storage purposes.  Assists curators in the installation and takedown of scheduled exhibits, both within the galleries and the historic houses.  Monitors and maintains a computerized record of the museum's temperature and humidity recording instruments in the galleries and storage.  Maintains pest logs as well.  Maintains photographic records of objects in the collection, exhibitions, historic houses, and incidents on the historic grounds involving the houses and objects inside.  Assists in the training and supervision of interns and volunteers.  Produces reports for inventory and insurance purposes.



Applicants must meet or exceed these qualifications:  The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in museum studies, history, art or a related field.


Preferred Qualifications: Experience using PastPerfect software.


Position is eligible for full benefits package including health and life insurance, retirement, paid holidays, and annual and sick leave.


EOE/AA/ADA.  Minorities and women encouraged to apply.

The Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism has three major divisions: Arkansas State Parks, Arkansas Heritage and Arkansas Tourism. Arkansas State Parks manages 52 state parks and promotes Arkansas as a tourist destination for people around the country. Arkansas Heritage preserves and promotes Arkansas’s natural and cultural history and heritage through four historic museums and four cultural preservation agencies. Arkansas Tourism improves the state’s economy by generating travel and enhancing the image of the state.

Position Information

Class Code: P047C

Grade: GS06


Salary Range: $36,155.00 - $52,425.00


The Museum Registrar is responsible for accessing, cataloging, insuring, storing, and caring for the collections in the museum. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.


Accesses and catalogs artifacts that are donated, purchased, or loaned to the museum according to proper museum practices. Measures and photographs each object and provides written formal analysis reflecting style, ornament, technique, materials, provenance, condition, and estimate of insurance/fair market value of object. Stores, transports, prepares, and cares for historical items. Researches and applies modern conservation techniques and methods. Assists curator with exhibit installation and inspects storage and exhibit areas to prevent damage to articles due to temperature or humidity levels, lighting, insects, and/or visitors. Maintains all files associated with the collection, including the museum's computerized database, quarterly insurance reports, and other relevant reports. Assists with annual inventory of all collections. Performs other duties as assigned.



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of museum collections policies and procedures. Knowledge of historical research methods and techniques. Knowledge of national, state, and local history. Knowledge of photography and digital imaging procedures and practices. Ability to operate computerized museum cataloging system. Ability to operate digital camera equipment. Ability to organize records, files, and collections. Ability to handle fragile objects/artifacts.

Minimum Qualifications

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in museum studies, history, art, or related field. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.



The State of Arkansas is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Little Rock