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Founded in 1887, the Penn Museum has always been one of the world’s great archaeology and anthropology research museums, and the largest university museum in the United States. With roughly one million objects in our care, the Penn Museum encapsulates and illustrates the human story: who we are and where we came from. As a dynamic research institution with many ongoing research projects, the Museum is a vibrant and engaging place of continual discovery, with the mandate of research, teaching, collections stewardship, and public engagement—the four “pillars” of what we do.

Conservation Technician

Responsibilities: Technicians will be working under the supervision of the Project Conservators to conserve monumental Egyptian sculpture and architecture. The treatments may include documentation, cleaning, stabilization, mending, and preparation for mounting. Familiarity with working on large materials will be an asset although training in basic rigging, forklift use, elevated platforms, and other equipment can be provided. The technician will be working at our off-site lab, located approximately 50 minutes from the Penn Museum. This facility is not accessible by public transport and candidates must be able to provide their own transportation. Technicians are also responsible for positive and helpful interactions with visitors when at the Museum, acting as the Museum’s host, answering questions and providing assistance as needed to ensure our guests encounter a welcoming atmosphere. Perform additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Familiarity with digital photography and photo processing is a requirement and knowledge of special photographic techniques such as Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and multimodal imaging (MMI) will be useful although these can be acquired through training. Knowledge of Axiell EMu or a similar collections management database will be helpful. Experience in laser cleaning may also be an asset. Candidates should be able to lift 25 pounds regularly and up to 40 lbs on occasion.

Posted November 25, 2019

Exhibitions and Special Programs Coordinator

Reporting to the Director of Exhibitions and Special Programs, the Exhibitions and Special Programs Coordinator assists in planning and implementing changing exhibitions and special program projects. This administrative position supports project teams by coordinating meetings, taking meeting minutes and notes, tracking expenses, maintaining schedules and sharing project information with team members. The Coordinator facilitates project collaboration and communication with other Museum Staff, as needed, and works closely with the Director of Exhibitions and Special Programs and key staff members to build and maintain relationships with external university and community stakeholders. The Coordinator must be able and willing to join the team in implementing a variety of programs for the Museum’s adult, young professional, child, and family audiences as well as to aid the Museum’s exhibitions and preparations teams in exhibition installations. This is a two-year, term funded position with renewal subject to available funding and Museum needs.


  • Logistical coordination of project meetings, confirming attendance, minuting, and communicating outcomes with project team and other necessary parties.
  • Logistical coordination of project schedules for exhibitions and special programs.
  • Logistical coordination of project budgets including updating project expense reports, invoices, and payment communications.
  • General administrative support for the Director of Exhibitions and Special Programs.
  • Note taker for departmental and project planning meetings.
  • Scheduling and communication for select project meetings with the Director of Exhibitions and Special Programs.
  • Assist in the facilitation of public programs for a wide array of audiences.
  • Assist during exhibition installations and de-installations.
  • Responsible for positive and helpful interactions with Museum visitors, acting as the Museum’s host, answering questions and providing assistance as needed to ensure our guests encounter a welcoming atmosphere.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications: High school education and three to five years in an administrative setting, or equivalent combination of education and experience, required; BA/BS and experience in a cultural institution preferred. Ability to establish objectives, set performance standards, and organize a successful approach to achieving results; demonstrated ability to work with significant autonomy, and collaboratively, as part of a goal-oriented team; excellent organizational, interpersonal, and impeccable communication skills, both oral and written. Strong computer literacy including mail merge, spreadsheet management, and high proficiency in database entry and reporting required, including proficiency with the Microsoft Suite. Understanding of the Adobe Suite and CAD Programs a plus, with ability to understand architectural drawing packages a plus. Occasional evening and weekend work, travel, and valid driver’s license required.

Posted October 31, 2019

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