Archivist – Colonial National Historical Park Yorktown, Virginia

The Great Basin Institute
Colonial National Historical Park Yorktown, Virginia
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• Wage: $33.52 hourly • Paid personal leave, sick leave, and federal holidays • Fully paid medical insurance premiums (health, dental, vision, prescription) • Enrollment in a 401K retirement plan that is fully vested on day 1 and offers up to a 4% employer matching contribution
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The Great Basin Institute, founded at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1998, is a mission-driven non-profit organization headquartered in the eastern foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. GBI has been a leader in the conservation stewardship field for over two decades, supporting thousands of individuals pursuing a career in public land management or seeking to advance their academic standing. In partnership with Colonial National Historical Park (COLO), GBI seeks to hire one Archivist. The Archivist will provide expertise in archival collections and records management. The archivist will survey, evaluate, and organize all resource management records, archeological, archival, and manuscript collections with the records management guideline. The archivist will address legacy issues in the archives including land records and photographs. The project will also consolidate and rehouse collections that are currently scattered in several locations. The archivist is intended to be able to work independently and be a team leader for the project. This position requires the incumbent to have expert knowledge of professional standards of archival and museum collections management, arranging collections, producing finding aids and preservation principles and techniques. The archivist will need exceptional research and problem-solving skills and be highly organized. Some examples of special experience needed are archival collection processing and arranging, registration, cataloging, accessioning, book and paper preservation, collections research and other related activities. Primary duties are outlined and include, but may not be limited to, the following: Collections care: Evaluates and surveys all park resource management, archival, archeological and manuscript collections. Writes collection-level survey descriptions. Conducts baseline condition survey of collections and prioritizes collections for treatment or reformatting. Prepares scope of work for treatment or reformatting and inspection criteria. Presents cost estimates to the park Conservator. Arranges the collection. Creates, edits and indexes folder lists, box/container lists, and updates edits and indexes the collection-level survey description as needed. Recommend deaccessions of inappropriate collections following the Scope of Collections Statement and NPS policies. Rehouses and oversees the rehousing of the park collections as needed. Presents appropriate supply list to the park Conservator for purchasing. Enters and/or updates the collection into the NPS collections management database. Produces finding aids and a repository-level guide. Research: Research collection provenance, original order, series components, dates, document formats, processes, creators, authenticity, topical content data, legal status, and legal validity of access restrictions and ownership history. Uses this information to update, correct, or add records into the NPS, Interior Collections Management Archives Module database. Communication: Communicates with park staff, local and regional staff using both electronic and telephone methods such as email, Teams, phone calls, to help solve accession and cataloging discrepancies. Communicates with the conservator any relevant project information in a timely manner. Communicates with vendors to obtain quotes for supplies and services. ​
Educational experience with a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree focused on library science, archival studies, records management or a closely related field; applicants with advanced degrees are highly encouraged to apply; Expert level experience in collections management to include registration, cataloging, accessioning, research, preservation, restoration, housing, and conservation of archival collections; Knowledge of archival theory and methodology; Experience with selection, appraisal and acquisition; Knowledge and experience with arrangement and description according to archival principles; Knowledge and experience with archival management and administration; Knowledge and experience with records, information management, and digital materials management; Knowledge of legal issues such as privacy rights, FOIA, copyright and intellectual property rights; Knowledge of the cultural resources and disciplines represented in the park collections of the Mid-Atlantic, such as history, archeology, cultural anthropology, historic and cultural landscape, biology, geology, legislation and administration; Experience with supervision and training of technicians, interns and/or volunteers; Ability to work with minimal direct supervision; Self-motivated and detail-oriented, possessing strong organizational skills to effectively plan and complete assigned workload within defined timelines; Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with a diverse audience including co-workers, members of the public, and agency personnel; Intermediate or higher skill using Microsoft and/or Google suite, with ability to manually enter, manage, manipulate, and graphically display data; Flexibility to handle competing and changing priorities with a positive attitude; Ability to work productively, consistently, and cooperatively independently or as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals; Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license; Ability to complete activities including prolonged periods of deskwork, lifting and moving of heavy items weighing 50 pounds or more, regularly walk and drive between curation and other facilities; and Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI and the goals of NPS. Successful applicant(s) must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to NPS human resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning position. If you already have a fully adjudicated BI, please let us know in your application.
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