Topic ID #35048 - posted 2/23/2015 10:28 AM




The Collections Manager is under the direction of the Preservation Manager, and is responsible for the day to day management, supervision and Curation of tribally and federally owned collections, associated records, photographs and other archival materials received and held at the STI preservation’s repository.



For collections recovered in archaeological investigations or donated by enrolled members within the Reservation boundaries, the Collections Manager responsibility includes the following collections:


  • Archaeological artifacts and material culture
  • Associated cultural materials
  • Associated documentation associated with object collection
  • Museum objects/artifacts
  • Photographic collections
  • Audio/visual collections
  • Archival materials and documents


This position is charged with the stewardship of these collections in the following ways:


  • Protection and preservation of museum objects
  • Monitor and record environmental data (%RH, temperature, dust and gaseous pollution, and/or other inherent vice on a daily basis
  • Oversee/supervises of assistant Collections Manager
  • Inspecting and recording the conditions of the objects
  • Facilitate the annual physical inventory of all objects as per Bureau of Reclamation policies and procedures
  • Must have knowledge in Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, etc.
  • Participates in information gathering for the collection management report due at the end of the year, as one of the BPA/Reclamation management tasks (task number will change each year)
  • Administers loan and gift agreements and associated correspondence
  • Directs and tracks internal object movement and object handling for loaned collections and permanent collections
  • Assists/monitors researchers and contractors in the collection storage area
  • Plans and executes collections care, and minimal facility management for the collections building
  • Supervise and trains staff on collections procedures
  • Assist with background historical research for on/off reservation projects



  • Must have a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies
  • Must have valid driver’s license, good driving record and be Tribally insurable
  • In depth knowledge and at least three (3) year’s of experience in cultural/museum/archives collections management required
  • Knowledge of standard accepted museum collections cataloging, preservation, and storage procedures
  • Must be detail oriented, be willing to follow complex instructions
  • Ability and willingness to work cooperatively with other staff, as well as state and federal agencies
  • Must have knowledge in Washington State history, Pacific Northwest History and Native American History (Plateau preferred)
  • Must be computer literate (proficient in Microsoft Office applications, i.e. Word, Excel etc) 
  • Must be able to lift 40 pounds                                                                                                                                          


Must have the ability to work in various outdoor conditions, rain, wind, hot temperatures; indoor temperatures of 56°F.  The position may require standing for long periods of time, in various conditions.


Applications Are Available In The Tribal Human Resources Department

P.O. Box 206, Wellpinit, WA 99040

OR, can be downloaded from our website:

Contact: Regina Flett or Molly Abrahamson

(509) 458-6583 or (509) 458-6574 FAX: (509) 458-6556

E-mail: or

Applications Must Be Received In The Human Resources Department No Later Than 4:30 pm The Closing Date

The Spokane Tribe Reserves The Right To Hire According To Its Indian

Preference Policy

Applicants May Be Subject To A Pre-Employment Drug Test

Positions With The Spokane Tribe Are Subject To A 90-Day Orientation


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