Museum Technician - Ford House

Full-time, 40 hours/week

$15/hour, non-exempt

Position Description

As a member of Ford House’s Material Culture team, the Museum Technician ensures all historical buildings and their collections are cleaned and preserved using established preservation cleaning techniques. They will also provide assistance for larger scale conservation and preservation projects, as needed. This is an entry-level position and previous experience is not required, but preferred. Training for all essential duties and responsibilities will be taught. The list of responsibilities below is intended to describe the typical work a person would do in the position. It is not a checklist of skills or experience required before starting in the role. To ensure they are able to successfully complete the tasks and responsibilities listed below, the Museum Technician will work closely with their supervisor to identify training to supplement on-the-job learning. 


● Performs preservation cleaning and basic conservation treatments of historical buildings on a scheduled basis according to Ford House’s cleaning and preservation standards.
● Working with the Conservation Manager, supports the cleaning of the interior of the Main Residence and its contents according to established cleaning procedures and museum practices.
● Supports opening operations by ensuring the Main Residence and other assigned historical buildings are well-kept before and after public tours.
● Maintains the cleanliness of all exhibitions at the estate. 
● Cleans and prepares public spaces in the historical buildings using established preservation standards. Performs a variety of cleaning tasks including trash removal; vacuuming; window washing; mopping, buffing, and waxing floors; cleaning restrooms; and maintains cleanliness in other assigned areas.
● Follows instructions to make cleaning supplies used for collections objects and buildings, understanding cleaning best practices.
● Monitors and helps mitigate potential risks to collections from temperature, humidity, pests, light, security and theft, breakage, pollutants, etc.
● Records all changes to collections according to museum standards including documenting movement, condition, damage, and conservation information utilizing digital/computer and written reports and logs.
● Works with members of the Material Culture team as needed on large-scale projects that require more than one person.
● Participates in Ford House programs and events.
● Performs other duties as assigned.

Physical & Environmental Demands

Ability to walk up and down stairs while carrying objects weighing up to 55 pounds; to bend, stoop, and lift to move materials; to push/pull, lift, and carry up to 55 pounds on a regular basis; and to reach above and below shoulder height. Ability to stand and walk for long periods of time. Ability to sit at a computer terminal for long periods of time. Tolerance of dust and mildew (protective gear provided). The nature of the position requires the ability to work in both indoor and outdoor environments in varying temperatures and weather conditions. 

Uniform Requirements

This position requires maintaining a standard dress code of wearing all black and presenting a clean, professional appearance. Uniform shirts are provided but should be maintained by the individual.



● High School Diploma or equivalent.
● Successful completion of background and credit check.
● Must be able to work 40 hours, and must be available to work weekends. Schedule can be flexible, if needed.
● Ability to work some nights and holidays.
● A drive to learn new skills and potentially pursue a career in museums, historic preservation, arts, or a related field.
● Friendly, courteous, empathetic, and engaging presence with museum visitors and staff.
● Ability to take initiative, exercise good judgment, and follow instructions.
● Learn to handle multiple tasks and tight deadlines with efficiency and accuracy.
● Responsible, reliable, and flexible.
● Ability to work collaboratively with individuals from all sectors of the community and a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
● Must be discreet about Ford House’s collections and business.


● Associate’s degree in art, history, or related.
● Hands-on experience working in a museum or gallery with collections objects.
● Experience with Microsoft Office 365, web applications, and electronic equipment such as scanners, iPads, and digital cameras.
● Research, analytical, organizational, computer, and writing skills.
● Demonstrated ability for critical thinking, independent judgment, and creative problem solving.
● Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Email application and resume to . Indicate in subject line “Museum Technician.”

Please, no phone calls.

Ford House is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and will not discriminate against an applicant on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, veteran or military status, genetic information, or any other legally-recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances. Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and/or certain state or local laws.

Posted on 2/9/2021

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. 

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