Associate Digital Curator - Grand Rapids Public Museum

Posted on 5/21/24  

FLSA Status: Hourly, Non-exempt

Hours: Full-time - 40 hours per week, split shift, nights, weekends, and holidays (as required)

SALARY: $18.00/hr starting wage

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is the oldest and second-largest museum in Michigan. We are a place of never-ending learning and discovery, with programs and exhibits focusing on history, science, and culture. The employee culture of the GRPM is one of teamwork, excitement, and learning. As an integral part of the West Michigan community, the Museum is open daily to visitors and hosts after-hours public events, programs, private events, and weddings. The entire GRPM team works to create positive visitor experiences through engaging exhibits and programs, and a safe, clean, welcoming space.

SUMMARY: This position is a skilled technical job that creates digital content to support all facets of the Museum’s operations. The Associate Digital Curator is responsible for creating professional quality media in multiple formats including digital photography, document scanning, photo editing, 3D scanning, videography and video editing, as well as some computer coding and website development. This position primarily reports to the Chief Curator and/or their designee.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES including, but not limited to:

  • Creates digital photographs and visual media for artifacts in the Museum’s collection.
  • Photographs new acquisitions, research requests, and other collection objects as assigned.
  • Acts as a staff photographer for other GRPM departments and institutional projects.
  • Performs 3D scanning of objects in the museum’s collections to create high-quality models for educational purposes, printing for exhibits, or use in interactive digital projects.
  • Uses the best practices when handling, packing, or moving artifacts to ensure the proper care is given to the Museum’s collection.
  • Trains volunteers and interns working within the Collections on best practices for documenting artifacts and other relevant museum procedures.
  • Records and edits video footage for oral histories, museum presentations, public events, etc.
  • Creates and maintains onsite data backups of the Museum's online collection of media and metadata.
  • Develops new content including graphics and features for strategic digital projects
  • Participate in specialized training, conferences, or opportunities for professional development.


  • Strong people skills; work and communicate diplomatically and courteously with staff, other team members, volunteers, guests, departments, and key stakeholders to meet common objectives and desired outcomes. 
  • Must be organized, dependable, punctual, and possess a strong work ethic.
  • Must have strong interpersonal and conflict-resolution skills.
  • Must be proficient with various computer technology programs/systems.
  • Maintain a professional appearance and demeanor.
  • Familiarity with Google Workspace.
  • Technical expertise with computer systems, online data entry, and digital photography, scanning hardware and software, 3D scanning hardware and software, videography and video editing equipment and software.
  • Coding experience (Public OS) preferred.


  • Knowledge of basic museum conservation and cataloging practices, including artifact handling and storage methods.
  • Knowledge of digital photography, scanning, 3D scanning, videography, and coding practices.


  • Proven ability to multi-task between projects and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work diligently on a repetitive project.
  • Must possess digital photography competency including experience with Adobe Creative Suite or comparable software product.
  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to focus.
  • Ability to demonstrate critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
  • Proficient in managing time, work assignments, processes, and resources to produce desired outcomes.
  • Demonstrate strong written and organizational skills with attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to function effectively in a team environment, as well as work independently.
  • Ability to work tactfully, and effectively and follow both oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to be flexible, maintain a positive attitude, and lead by example.
  • Ability to operate with confidential sensitive information.
  • Must have a valid Michigan Driver’s License and personal means of transportation for routing multi-site work.


  • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent experience and education.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of professional relevant experience (preferred).


  • Must be able to move, bend, stoop, reach, and lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Manual dexterity to operate equipment, climb ladders, reach objects in high places, move objects, bend, twist, and stoop in the performance of job duties.
  • Repetitive motion. Substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.


  • Professional business setting with friendly interaction.
  • Work is primarily in a controlled climate environment with limited access.
  • Work is performed indoors and outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.
  • May have exposure to chemicals.

Interested applicants should submit a portfolio or an example of their photography work to

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