The Cincinnati Observatory seeks a Museum Consultant.

The Cincinnati Observatory, the country’s oldest public Observatory and a National Historic Landmark, is looking for a Museum Consultant to assess, evaluate, and catalog the Observatory’s collection and archives. This full-time position will be funded for two years and will report to the Observatory’s Executive Director.

Position Description

The role of the Museum Consultant will be to accomplish three main objectives:

  1. Review and update as needed the proper processes and policies for curating the collection moving forward, i.e. Accession Policy, Exhibition and Display Policy, and for continuing to manage the Observatorys collection.
  2. Inventory and organize the Observatorys collection, complete cataloging of all items in the collection.
  3. Identify the resources needed to preserve items in our collection, as well as assess how and where to effectively store these items. Additionally, work with Observatory staff to review items in our collection that have exhibit value to ultimately enhance our museum space and visitor experience.


Education and Work Experience

  • Bachelors or Master’s degree in Museum Studies, History, or related field.
  • Experience working in a historic organization and in organizing and cataloguing a collection.
  • Experience creating and utilizing policies that guide the management of a collection.
  • Experience using PastPerfect collections management database.
  • Emerging museum professionals are welcome to apply.

Skills and Abilities

  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Ability to identify when additional expertise is needed in assessing collection or conservation care.
  • Ability to lift and move items up to 40 pounds
  • Comfort working in a basement setting where the majority of collection is held.
  • Valid driver’s license

Additional Information: The position will work onsite at the Cincinnati Observatory in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Observatory requires all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. As stated, this is a full time position, funded for two years.

Salary range: $35-$40K

Job classification: Full-time, salary, temporary

To apply: Please apply with a resume and cover letter by November 1st to Observatory Executive Director Anna Hehman at [email protected]. No phone calls, please. For more information, visit

Posted: September 30, 2021
Deadline: November 1, 2021

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