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Curator

Job Summary

Responsible for preserving important documents, artifacts, and objects, including paintings, photographs, stamps, sculptures, coins, and other objects of historic worth.

Primary responsibilities

  • Arrange, catalogue, and exhibit collections at various places, including museums, universities, governments, and zoos.
  • Maintain collections with conservators.
  • Acquire important documents for storage or display.
  • Clean and maintain documents and objects using special techniques.
  • Catalogue and analyze valuable objects for researchers.
  • Coordinate educational and public outreach programs, including workshops, lectures, and tours.
  • Research topics surrounding the collection.
  • Handle records and documents of potential value.
  • Handle objects with cultural, biological, and historical significance.
  • Administer museums, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, nature centers, and historic sites.
  • Direct the acquisition of collections.
  • Negotiate and authorize the purchase, sale, exchange, or loan of collections.
  • Authenticate, evaluate, and categorize specimens.
  • Oversee research projects and educational programs.
  • Become an active participant in fundraising and public relations.
  • Write and edit grant proposals and journal articles.
  • Attend meetings, conventions, and civic events.
  • Work in a specialty field such as botany, paleontology, art, or history.
  • Direct and oversee museum events.

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