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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 260J
Category: Education


Functions as a fully qualified assistant.  Assists in the identification, evaluation, and protection of properties in the State inventory of cultural resources; or prepares museum/gallery exhibits for display constructing, installing and lighting exhibitions.  Some positions research, develop and implement site interpretive master plans and programs. Positions identify, preserve, catalogue and make recommendations for restoration of specimens, art objects or records. Some positions are responsible for day-to-day operations of a museum branch or section.  Positions work independently and exercise judgment and discretion in determining the scope or level of service. Work is typically reviewed on a spot check basis after decisions have been made.  Unusual problems that may occur are brought to a higher level manager with probable outcomes and solutions.  May supervise lower level positions.

Typical Work

Provided written and oral reports to board, staff and outside groups; gives addresses and lectures to students and/or visiting groups;

Assists with the Statewide inventory of historic places as required by existing statues; catalogues, keeps current, and maintains the State inventory of cultural resources;

Negotiates for and appraises artifacts for historical value and accession for museum retention;

Reviews inventory nomination forms for content and accuracy prior to submission to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation;

Construct, install and dismantle museum or gallery exhibits or displays;

Advise curators or administrator as to best means of accomplishing design;

Estimate and order installation materials such as plexiglass, sheetrock, plasterboard, framing materials, ink, solvents, and adhesives;

May supervise lower level staff.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: subject matter related to historical preservation including some knowledge of architecture; State and national history, archaeology, geography; research methods and administrative procedures.

Ability to: identify, classify, and describe historic properties; establish and maintain effective relationships with public and private individuals and organizations; express ideas clearly and concisely orally and in writing; coordinate acquisition and restoration projects.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification.  It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Positions typically require a Bachelor’s degree in history, anthropology, archaeology, museum studies, fine arts, education or closely related field


two years experience as a museum curator or equivalent. 

Some positions require a Bachelor’s degree related to an assigned collection specialty.  Some positions allow experience in historic preservation, or in historic or natural science research or interpretation, to be substituted, year for year, for education.

Class Specification History

New class, consolidates 95900 Historical Preservation Specialist 1; adopted January 1, 2006.
Revise class. Revises distinguishing characteristics; adopted May 12, 2006.
Revise class. General revision, consolidates 4360 Preparator, revises definition, distinguishing characteristics; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.