Class Code: 01330








Under general direction, performs technical duties associated with the preservation and restoration of furnishings, artifacts, manuscripts, and other museum exhibits; performs related work as required.


The Work Examples and Competencies listed are for illustrative purposes only and not intended to be the primary basis for position classification decisions.



Assists a supervisor in assuring that work assignments are carried out by performing, in accordance with procedures, policies, and standards specified by a supervisor, such duties as instructing employees about tasks, answering questions about procedures and policies, distributing and balancing the workload and accepting, modifying or rejecting work; may make occasional suggestions on appointments, promotions, and reassignments.

Designs, constructs, and mounts exhibits to effectively illustrate the historical significance of objects; determines which objects should be displayed or stored.

Restores objects to reflect their original condition by cleaning, reassembling, repairing, sanding, and painting; locates persons or firms and gets cost estimates for restoration that cannot be performed by staff.

Researches historical objects by utilizing library source material to acquire background information for presentation with objects on display.

Catalogs the complete collection, including photographs of all artifacts, furnishings, and archival processing of manuscripts.

Identifies objects to determine their historical value by applying a knowledge of archaeology, geology, paleontology, and antiques.

Provides educational services by conducting specialized tours, answering questions from visitors, and lecturing in schools, clubs, or other organizations.

Develops a training book on history, buildings, family, and collections, for in-service familiarization by guides.

Oversees the work of guides, security guards and maintenance workers to assure proper protection of exhibits and satisfactory appearance of the museum.



Knowledge of the general principles of exhibit design and layout.

Knowledge of the techniques of restoration and conservation of historical objects.

Knowledge of historical research techniques and where to research historical items.

Knowledge of English composition and grammar.

Ability to apply a knowledge of archaeology, paleontology, geology, and antiques to the identification of various objects and determination of their historical value.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, officials, special interest groups and the general public.

Ability to assume responsibility for the protection and maintenance of museum exhibits.

Skill in the use of carpentry tools and machinery in the construction and rejuvenation of exhibits.

Displays high standards of ethical conduct. Exhibits honesty and integrity. Refrains from theft-related, dishonest and unethical behavior.

Works and communicates with internal and external clients and customers to meet their needs in a polite, courteous, and cooperative manner. Committed to quality service.

Displays a high level of initiative, effort and commitment towards completing assignments efficiently. Works with minimal supervision. Demonstrates responsible behavior and attention to detail.

Responds appropriately to supervision. Makes an effort to follow policy and cooperate with supervisors.

Aligns behavior with the needs, priorities and goals of the organization.

Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust and group identity. Fosters commitment and team spirit.

Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information. Listens to others and responds appropriately.



Two years of experience involving the identification, preservation, restoration, design and/or construction of historical exhibits;


an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting one year of college coursework majoring in art, history, anthropology (or archaeology), architecture, curatorial-museum management or related subjects dealing with the identification, preservation, restoration, design, and/or construction of historical sites or facts for each year of the required experience.



For certain designated positions the appointing authority, with Iowa Department of Administrative Services Human Resources Enterprise approval, may selectively request those applicants possessing a minimum of twelve semester hours of education or six months of experience or a combination thereof in one of the following areas...


009 American architecture history

011 anthropology

012 archaeology

014 architecture

015 art

109 curator-museum management

277 history

401 museum conservation-set up and maintain exhibits and contents


Applicants desiring to be considered for these positions should be sure to list applicable coursework and experience on the application.


Effective Date: 9-15-80 BW