Job Posting: Danish Immigrant Museum Internship



INTERNSHIP:  Inventory Assistant



The Inventory Assistant will assist with the cataloging and inventory of the framed collections held by The Danish Immigrant Museum in Elk Horn, Iowa.  This project is part of the larger complete inventory of approximately 40,000 artifacts.  Collections are tracked through PastPerfect 4.0.  Once the inventory is completed, all information about our collections will be electronically accessible and searchable both in house and via our online collection browser, “View Our Collection.” 


Position Description:

Stage One:  Recording the artifact’s identification number and location.  Condition reports are made and photos taken.  Measurements and any other pertinent information such as maker’s marks, inscriptions, and design details are also recorded at this time.


Stage Two:  Inputting written information into PastPerfect.  The paper files for the corresponding artifacts will be pulled and used to supplement the information and photographs obtained during the first stage.  Once a record is finished, all known information will be searchable electronically.


Stage Three:  Creating a master inventory list.  Each artifact in the collections will be recorded on an Excel spreadsheet by its identification number and home location.


Stage Four:  Recording the identification numbers of artifacts that should be considered for deaccessioning.  Pieces that do not fit the Mission of the Museum, have little provenance, are heavily deteriorated, or pose health or safety concerns will be evaluated throughout the inventory.  


Position Details and Benefits:  

Duration/Hours:  One-year, 40 hours per week

Pay:                  $8.00 hourly

Benefits:           Free fully-furnished house and free utilities; costs are covered by the Museum

Start Date:        June 1 or later (can be flexible depending upon availability of accepted candidate)


Position Requirements: 

Masters degree or intended graduation from a Museum Studies program, though candidates with a degree in History or a related field may be considered; excellent writing skills; strong attention to detail; ability to handle large work loads and meet deadlines; and ability to work well alone and in a group.  Optional, but highly preferred:  museum registration and/or inventory experience, and familiarity with PastPerfect software.


Application Deadline:  March 11, 2011.  Notification will be made by April 1.


Application Details:   Send hard copy of a letter of interest and resume to:

The Danish Immigrant Museum

Attn:  Angela Stanford

2212 Washington Street

Elk Horn, IA  51531

Questions about the position may be directed to: registrar [at]

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