McHenry County Historical Society & Museum

Job Title: Collections Assistant

Job Type: Part-time, temporary funded 10 week position. The Collections Assistant will work 30 hours per week. Hours are flexible.

Salary: $14 per hour.


The McHenry County Historical Society in Union, Illinois seeks a qualified and motivated Collections Assistant to continue a comprehensive inventory and digitization of our 3-dimensional collections storage area. Under the supervision of the Exhibits Curator, the Collections Assistant will assist with collections management and care.


The Collections Assistant will also perform the following duties:


  • Catalog permanent and undocumented collections objects.
  • Research and supplement information in the collections database, PastPerfect.
  • Handle and relocate objects in the collection.
  • Complete basic housekeeping of collections objects.
  • Object photography.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • This position is appropriate for a current undergraduate student or recent graduate with a background in history, library science or museum studies.
  • Preference will be given to students who have completed course work in collections management and/or experience working or volunteering with a museum collection or archives. 
  • Familiarity with collections software with a preference for PastPerfect.

General Requirements

  • Must be able to lift 25 lbs.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Descriptive writing skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Photography experience.


How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two professional references to [email protected] with “Collections Assistant” written in subject line no later than September 1, 2019. No phone calls please.



Kira Stell

Exhibits Curator

McHenry County Historical Society & Museum

[email protected]