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Cultural Tourism

Collections & Research Apprentice

JOB STATEMENT/PURPOSE:
Under the direction of the Cultural Programs Manager, Coordinator, and program staff the apprentice position provides a variety of support functions to the Cultural Tourism operations at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Apprentices will be assigned to a variety of different positions across the organization including Research, Collections, Cultural Tourism, Business Operations, Marketing, and Evaluation. As part of the recruitment process, candidates will be able to express their preferences for any of the above positions. More details about each position will be provided as part of the interview process.
Apprentices may support COVID-19 mitigation efforts as listed in ANHC’s COVID-19 Mitigation Plan, including disinfecting high-touch areas regularly to ensure the safety of staff and guests.
 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Research & Collections Apprentice
• Review and learn the systems utilized to catalogue and curate collections materials.
• Analyze Collections Policies and engage with the process for upkeep and preservation of collections.
• Engage in meetings regarding research and curatorial operations.
• Execute backups and check on archival information regularly.
• Assist in seeking bids from contractors and maintain contract files.
• Research, analyze, and engage with process of accounting for the value of objects.
• Analyze cultural competency of collections and research.
• Engage with historical documents and cultural advisory committees. Analyze and input data as it relates to cultural tourism operations.
• Develop written memos summarizing research regarding items, historical data, and other primary sources.
• Other duties as assigned.
 

ESSENTIAL SKILLS:
• Individual will need good communication skills both verbal and written; must be able to lead and instruct a group in an effective manner.
• Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to take initiative, multi-task, be a team-player, be flexible, adapt to shifting priorities, and prioritizing work.
• Understand ANHC’s mission, direction, and history or be willing to receive training.
• Be willing to learn, work and be always enthusiastic and helpful.
• Have good attendance, be punctual and dependable.
• Individual must have the ability to work independently, multi-task and have the ability to use good judgment.
 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/WORKING CONDITIONS:
Weather:
• Indoors: Primarily in an environmentally controlled office;
• Outdoors: Ability to work outside in all weather conditions typical for Anchorage Alaska Summers.
Noise level:
• Quiet to moderate.
Physical requirements:
• Employee is required to lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.
• Frequently required to sit, stand, walk, use hands/fingers to handle or feel, climb, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, talk/hear, see, taste/smell, and carry weight/lift.
 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
• Passion for ANHC’s mission and values and a desire to learn more about Alaska Native Culture and history.
 

REQUIREMENTS (to be included as a part of the application packet):
1. Resume
2. Cover letter or a personal biography which includes information about: you, parents, grandparents, village(s) your family is from, town you were raised in, cultural affiliation, hobbies and school. (200 words or less)
3. (Optional) Copy or photo of Tribal ID Card or Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB)
4. (Optional) Photo of yourself