Museum Registrar Associate – University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached with your resume as one file.  The cover letter should summarize your specific interest in the position and outline relevant skills and experience that directly relate to this position. Finalists will be required to provide two letters of reference and contact information for references to be reached by phone.

Job Summary

As an integral part of the University of Michigan and College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA), the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History (UMMNH) is dynamic, evolving organization committed to promoting the understanding and appreciation of the natural world and our place in it.  We accomplish this through creative educational programs and exhibits for the benefit of the University community, school groups, and the general public. The Museum provides a window into the research in Natural Sciences conducted at the University of Michigan. Exhibits include displays on prehistoric life with the most extensive fossil exhibits in the state of Michigan, Michigan wildlife, anthropology, geology, and a digital Planetarium. The Museum is now preparing to move from its 90-year home in the Ruthven Museums Building next door to new space in the new Biological Science Building.  Under the direction of the Collections Move Consultant and Exhibit Developer, the Associate Registrar will assist with the move of collections from the existing museum to new building currently under construction. This will include conducting inventories, assessing collections, working with the database, packing, and working with movers, staff, interns and volunteers.

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The term-limited, full-time Associate Registrar will assist with the move of collections from the existing museum to the new building currently under construction. Working with existing staff and the move consultant, the Associate Registrar will conduct inventories of the collections, pack and oversee packing, and implement the move plan. S/he will oversee move staff and volunteers, assist with scheduling, and provide information for budgets, supplies, and equipment. The Registrar will also work with exhibition staff and assist in the installation of exhibitions. Working with Museum staff and consultant, the Associate Registrar will help devise a plan for the return of collections and specimens to U-M’s research collections.

This is a term-limited appointment, with work commencing November 2017 and terminating November 2019.

Required Qualifications*

Minimum Bachelor’s degree in appropriate field (biology, paleontology, museum studies, art history, anthropology) and two years collections management and preventative conservation collection care experience. Familiarity with conducting inventories, moving and tracking artifacts. Must be knowledgeable about using collections management systems such as FileMaker, TMS, or equivalent programs, as well as standard office software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Sheets, and Google Drive. Ability to plan, problem-solve and to work independently and collaboratively within and across departments. Must have excellent communications skills, and be able to move and transport file boxes, pedestals, etc. up to 50 pounds on a regular basis. Flexibility, tact, diplomacy and ability to interact well with Museum members, volunteers, staff, visitors and the public are required. The successful candidate will be organized and detail oriented.

Desired Qualifications*

Master’s degree in related field (biology, paleontology, museum studies, art history, anthropology) and 3-5 years collections management and preventative conservation collection care experience. Experience working on a collections move. Experience working on exhibitions installations.

Additional Information

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA. To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit learn more about LSA’s Guiding Principles visit

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Posted on the MMA Website 11/1.

 The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Michigan Museums Association       313-334-7643       PO Box 5246, Cheboygan, MI 49721

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