two museum jobs (michigan)

July 29, 2008 § Leave a comment

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Position: NAGPRA Project Assistant

Type: Temporary grant-funded project position: 35 hour per week (90% F/T)

Period: August 2008 to February 2010 – 18 months

Compensation: $2,200 per month (no benefits)

Position Profile: Assist the Museum in its efforts to improve compliance with NAGPRA and in its work to find additional cultural affiliations or dispositions for unidentifiable human remains and associated funerary objects from Michigan in its collections. The assistant will work at the Museum’s off-site collection storage and research center under the direction of the museum’s Curator of Collections and Preservation to support the activities of the grant project, including: developing NAGPRA policies, procedures and protocols; updating inventory records, collection storage and NAGPRA files; disseminating information to tribes; preparation of federal register notices, and coordinating consultation visits.

Minimum BA in anthropology, history or museum studies with experience in NAGPRA implementation required, supplemented with knowledge of Great Lakes American Indian history and cultures, cross-cultural sensitivity, and a thorough understanding of museum ethics and best practices. Good organizational, interpersonal communication and written skills, computer proficiency, ability to climb ladder and lift up to 40 pounds also necessary.

If interested in this position, contact Marilyn Merdzinski, Curator of Collections and Preservation, Public Museum, 272 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504; mmerdzinski@grmuseum.org.

Closing Date: August 22, 2008

Position: NAGPRA Archeological Research Consultant

Type/Location: Professional services contract / not on museum premises

Period: Fall 2008

Compensation: $2,500 (estimated 5 days @ $500 per day)

Position Profile: Using NPS NAGPRA grant funds, seeking to hire a research consultant to assist the Museum in its efforts to find additional cultural affiliations or dispositions for currently unidentifiable human remains and associated funerary objects from 11 Michigan counties. The consultant will be provided copies of museum records and be expected to conduct literature searches and other relevant cultural affiliation research remotely. Five days has been budgeted for this work, estimating three days of research and two days for compiling data and writing a summary report that will include findings that will be shared with tribes and used by museum staff in analysis of evidence for additional affiliations or dispositions.

The consultant must have knowledge of North American archeology, ethnology and osteology research methods, and be knowledgeable of Michigan Indian history and current tribal governments, including descendant relationships with the Hopewell or Woodland era burial mounds in the western part of the State.

If interested in this research contract, contact Christian Carron, Director of Research and Interpretation, Public Museum, 272 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504; ccarron@grmuseum.org.

Closing Date: August 22, 2008

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