The Dubuque Museum of Art (DuMA) invites applications for the position of Collection Assistant. The Collection Assistant is a temporary, part-time position through August 2022p. Reporting to the Curator and Registrar, this position supports the operations of DuMA to digitize and make accessible over 2600 works of art through the implementation of a new collection management system. DuMA has been collecting and preserving artwork for over a century. This is an exciting and rare opportunity to play a key role in this new chapter of caring for the Museum’s historic collection.

$15 per hour, 20 hours per week.


  • Work in collaboration with the Curator and Registrar and project consultants to create written digitization and data entry guidelines.
  • Implement and document workflows for the capture and storage of digital assets and provide quality control.
  • Generate project reports and maintain project statistics.
  • Create an evaluation plan to track progress of the project.
  • Input new data, update and correct existing data, and ensure integrity and consistency of all data – both pre and post conversion.
  • Assist with the migration and testing of existing collections data from the current system to the new system.
  • Photograph objects, edit and upload images to the new database.
  • Coordinate integration of the new software system into museum operations including staff training on software features.
  • Coordinate testing, training, and launch of online portal.
  • Work with volunteers and interns on the project as needed.
  • Assist Curator and Registrar with other related duties as needed.


  • Exceptionally detail-oriented, meticulously organized, and committed to a high standard of work and object care.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds, climb a ladder, and maneuver dexterously through limited access spaces. Must be able to spend extended periods sitting, bending, kneeling, and balancing. Must have visual acuity to closely examine objects.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision or interaction with other staff and to work efficiently to meet project goals and deadlines.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • On-site attendance will be required to perform part of the duties of this position.


  • Database and file management experience.
  • Familiarity with digital photography and basic photo editing.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to info@dbqart.org. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.



Docents are tour guides who are specially trained to educate and interact with museum visitors about art through the Museum’s exhibitions and collections. Docents are an integral part of the Museum’s mission, which strives to stimulate visitors’ appreciation and understanding of the visual arts.

The ideal docent is a person with a passion for art and education and who enjoys having conversations with people from all walks of life. Prior teaching experience and knowledge of art history are helpful but not required. All interested adults ages 21 and older who are able to make the time commitment to serve as a docent are invited to apply.

The Museum provides opportunities for docents to participate as either weekday or weekend guides. Docents will receive continuing and exhibition specific training. They must make an initial commitment of one year, attend training sessions as offered, and participate in an evaluation process. Training sessions will be offered on weekend mornings and evenings.

Please contact the Museum’s Director of Education, Margaret Buhr, at (563) 557-1851 for further information or to request a docent application.


Share your time and talents by becoming a Museum volunteer. The Museum needs volunteers in the following areas:

  • Welcoming visitors and answering the telephone (Tuesday-Friday, once a week, shifts from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM or 1:00 to 5:00 PM).
  • Helping with the after-school art program, serving as a docent, and performing administrative tasks including typing, computer data entry, mailing, filing, and organizing.


Through its strong ties with area colleges and universities, the Dubuque Museum of Art offers internship opportunities in the fall and spring semesters to qualified undergraduate students in the areas of education, exhibition design and installation, and collections management.

For more information, please contact Margaret Buhr, Director of Education, at 563.557.1851