About Hanford Mills Museum

Collections Assistant

Brief Description: Hanford Mills Museum (HMM) operates an authentic water and steam-powered National Register-listed historic site in East Meredith, NY. The Museum seeks a summer Collections Assistant to work closely with staff on a variety of key collections projects. HMM is able to offer this position as part of a for-credit internship for students enrolled in relevant graduate or undergraduate programs.

Responsibilities: The Collections Assistant will assist the Collections Technician and other senior staff with collections care and management projects. These projects will include:  conducting a collections inventory in selected historic buildings; performing basic housekeeping on collections storage areas and objects; and recording object data and catalog information in HMM’s PastPerfect database.

Required Qualifications

  • Ability to perform tasks that require moderate physical exertion, stand/walk for long periods on varying surfaces, inside and outside, and in a variety of conditions
  • Effective organization and time management skills
  • Strong attention to detail

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Enrolled in or completed master’s degree program in museum studies, history, education, environmental studies, or a related field
  • Knowledge of basic collections care and management practices
  • Experience with collections management software


Duration: This position duration is expected to last 12 weeks; the assistant will work 37.5 hours per week.


Hiring to begin on a rolling basis on February 15, 2017.

To apply: Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Kajsa Harley at kajsah@hanfordmills.org.