Collections Manager - Fruitlands Museum

Job Type

Full Time




United States


About The Trustees & Fruitlands Museum Collections:

The Trustees curatorial resources include archives, buildings, landscapes, ruins and artifacts covering hundreds of years of human history. In the historic houses, at the Archives & Research Center, and in the land itself, The Trustees preserves the landscapes and material culture of Massachusetts people. With its important collection of Hudson River landscape paintings and early American portraiture, along with a diverse compilation of Shaker materials, Transcendentalist personal artifacts, and Native American materials, the overall Fruitlands Museum collection (Harvard MA) represents an intact collection amassed by Clara Endicott Sears (1863-1960) in the early 20th century. The site sits atop a remarkable prospect across vast acres of conservation land, providing important opportunities to share and celebrate connections between the fine arts collection, historical collections, and the landscape. We are seeking a Collections Manager with a breadth of experience including extensive Fine Arts and Decorative Arts experience to work with this dynamic collection. This person may also engage with our other historical houses as he/she assists in the care of our dynamic state-wide collections.

Position Summary:

We are seeking a Collections Manager to join the organization’s state-wide curatorial team in the care and study of the collections. This position is based at the Fruitlands Museum, (Harvard MA) our 116th property, which includes renowned folk and landscape painting collections. A key component of this position will be conducting a property-wide inventory of the collection at Fruitlands Museum and assisting with strategies for care and focus of the collections. This person will be based at Fruitlands Museum 75% of his/her time, and will work on collections at other properties for approximately 25% of his/her time, joining a team of curators located across the state in this effort. This position will report to the Senior Curator.

Essential Functions:

  • Lead a property-wide inventory of the permanent collection at Fruitlands Museum, which includes cataloguing items in our Past Perfect database, producing brief condition reports, and conducting research on objects.
  • Refine existing object-care policies and oversee basic object conservation, following best museum practices.
  • Offer expertise and assistance to Curators at other Trustees historic properties and staff at the Archives and Research Center regarding the continued care of the state-wide collection, driving a long-term strategy of care.
  • Under direction of the Curator, assist with the installation and de-installation of exhibitions in the galleries and historic buildings. Assist with preparation of incoming and outgoing loans
  • Assist with accessioning and deaccessioning projects, as needed.
  • Provide information and access to the collection for researchers, the public, and other museum staff working with the collections for educational and public program purposes.
  • As needed, assist team with grant proposals regarding the care of the collection.
  • Support the planning, implementation and evaluation of care, security, access and management policies for the Museum’s collections, and historic building interiors.


  • Master’s degree in museum studies, material culture, collection management, or other curatorial-focused program.
  • Experience with 19th-century American art or material culture.
  • A minimum of 5 years in museum collection management or registrar positions.
  • Experience with Past Perfect or other collection management software systems.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team on multiple on-going projects
  • Experience working with multi-site organizations.
  • A strong understanding of curatorial and collection management best practices, including collection care, inventory work, and exhibit-related projects.
  • Experience working with colleagues to promote and excite visitors about the collections.

Other Requirements:

  • Satisfactory background (CORI) check will be required.
  • Position requires occasional travel across the state; access to a personal vehicle required.

Benefits and Salary:

The Trustees offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision insurance, life and disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, vacation, sick and personal time, as well as the option to participate in our 401(k) and 529 savings plans. We also offer the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across the Commonwealth who love the outdoors, who love the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever.

About The Trustees:

The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 26,000+ acres on 116 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 60,000 member households.

In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees aims to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of our team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts who are at the core of our mission.

We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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