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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 260I
Category: Education


Assists in identification evaluation, protection, cataloging, cleaning, labeling, storing, and maintenance of properties, objects or collections.  Positions provide administrative support for professional staff in museums, and historical societies or arts programs.  Positions work under close supervision and typically receive training and instruction in grants preparation, organizing workshops, artifact or archival research, cataloging, conducting public tours and inventory.  Assignments are structured to encourage the development of professional judgment and learn the full range and scope of preservation or museum functions conducted by the employing agency.

Typical Work

Assists in the maintenance of museum collections and collection records;

Assists in the preparation of requests for grants;

Assists with public tours or other educational outreach programs;

Reviews work of professional staff to assure input/output is in conformance with rules, laws and policy which requires substantial knowledge of the agency and its programs;

Maintains interpretive facilities, exhibits and exhibit cases, interpretive trails, and audio-visual equipment;

Performs building and grounds maintenance work such as mowing lawns, polishing floors, washing windows, and cleaning restrooms;

Assists in providing training in proper museum techniques for staff and volunteer; leads volunteers.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  basic administrative procedures and practices; State and departmental policies; historical society/arts commission programs, policies and procedures. 

Ability to:  prepare coherent and meaningful reports; express himself/herself well orally and in writing; work effectively with others.

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 satisfactory completion of two years of college work in history, English, education, fine arts, art history, anthropology, archaeology, or museology


two years experience working with museum collections, exhibits, artifacts, preservation, acquisition or restoration.


Experience in historic preservation, or in historic or natural science research or interpretation, may be substituted, year for year, for education.

Class Specification History

New class, consolidates 25660 Arts Program Assistant, 25680 Museum Aide, 25691 Museum Assistant; adopted January 1, 2006.

Revise class.  General revision, revises distinguishing characteristics to definition; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.