Pacific Battleship Center
Archives and Collections Assistant - Battleship IOWA Museum
Company: Pacific Battleship Center
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Location: Pacific Battleship Center / Battleship IOWA, 250 South Harbor Blvd. Berth 87, San Pedro, CA, 90731
Project Details

Job Description:

Pacific Battleship Center’s museum receives donated photographs, artifacts, and memorabilia, associated with battleship Iowa’s three Naval commissioning periods. Additional generic items related to the battleship or naval histories are also sometimes accepted. Donated items need to be researched, cataloged and stored for long term preservation. The museum’s collection is in a "startup" mode and procedures will no doubt evolve.

Artifacts will be identified, photographed or scanned as appropriate. Some research into the identification or history of an item might be required. The images, along with the required information, will be input into the cataloging collection software program Pastperfect. Some items such as photographs, will be place in acid free plastic holders, or protected in acid free boxes, tissues, etc. Once cataloged, the artifacts will be either filed, place in long term storage, or incorporated into an exhibit.

Minimum Requirements:

Basic computer skills are needed for cataloging artifacts. Volunteers will normally work in an office environment, but could be traveling down decks, up and down ladders, through the battleship to storage compartments. Prospective volunteers should be at least 18 and have some college, preferably in Museum Studies or related fields, but this is not required.


As a PBC volunteer, you are joining the crew of the Battleship IOWA, one of the fastest growing new museums in Los Angeles. We are a community that is sustained by the drive to preserve and interpret this iconic and unique piece of history for generations to come. You will work with a dedicated and highly motivated group of volunteers from multiple generations including veterans who served aboard the Battleship IOWA. We enjoy a host of social activities including potlucks, field trips, special lectures and behind the scenes tours of areas of the ship that are not currently (and may never be) open to the general public. Volunteers receive a discount in our ship’s store and in some area restaurants and businesses. Our volunteers are also recognized with a variety of awards and ceremonies that celebrate milestones of service and outstanding accomplishments. If you take the leap and join our crew, you are guaranteed to meet amazing people, have fun, and enjoy the satisfaction of being part of something important, something bigger than the sum of its parts. We strive for excellence in restoration, interpretation, education, and running this organization as a viable non-profit business that’s in it for the long haul. Come be a part of history today!

Processing and Training:

Prospective volunteers must complete the online application at the link listed below. Prospects may apply and interview for multiple opportunities, but acceptance is determined by each department head.

New volunteers are paired with a Sponsor on their first day and are expected to attend a one day orientation class offered each month. Departmental training is provided through one-on-one mentorship. Training will be provided in Salesforce data entry.

To start the process, please complete our online application at: and click on Sign Up Today!

For more information on the museum check out our website at or download our Battleship Iowa App for iPhone and Android from the Play Store or the App Store.

General requirements


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 16 hours / month
  • Familiarity with Past Perfect software or Museum Studies background
  • Category
    Arts & Culture
    Veterans & Military Families
    Skills Area
    Data Entry
    Database Administration