Mellon Early Career Fellow

Department: Gantz Family Collections Center
Location: Chicago, IL

Our Mission: Since the 1893 World Columbian Exposition, our organization has aimed to connect people to the natural environment and human history.

This paid, one-year Fellowship, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is designed specifically for Native American recent graduates with lived cultural experience who are interested in careers in museum collections management, with opportunities for further study in registration and conservation. Fellows will be provided mentorship by staff on pursuing a career with a focus of their choosing in museums and will be introduced to other professionals in the field.

Applicants will be considered for a start date in early 2025. The Fellow will work directly with the Native North American collections on-site at the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois, and will spend time working on the following topics in collaboration with Native community members, the Field's Conservation Cultural Liaison and Collections Managers, and other staff in the Conservation, Registration, and Repatriation sections. Fellows will gain hands-on experience in managing and preserving items in museum collections. A particular focus of the Fellowships will be connecting descendant communities to the collections.These connections may be made through visits and tours (both virtual and in-person) in the museumís collections storage area, online outreach, and special events. Successful candidates will gain both practical and theoretical knowledge of current museum practice and will help improve the Museumís cultural competence in the care of Native American collections. Support will be provided for relocation expenses, conference travel expenses, and moving forward in a museum career after the Fellowship has ended. The Fellows may participate in other duties outlined below.

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Important Note: In order to protect the health and safety of our employees, guests and their families, the Field Museum is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Requests for exemptions from the vaccine will not be considered as given the nature of this position, we are unable to provide an accommodation for anyone who has not been vaccinated.

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