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Monday, April 25, 2011

P/T (temporary) - Archives Technician - National Park Service (Staten Isl)

(Temporary, Half-Time)

Position Description:  This project entails work with archival materials in the custody of the National Park Service, a Federal government agency, funded under a cooperative agreement with the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy. The collections consist of textual records, oversize drawings and maps, photographs, books and other printed material.   The project is located primarily at Ft. Wadsworth on Staten Island; some work in Manhattan and Westchester County may also be assigned (all locations are accessible by public transportation).   The expected completion date of the project is December 2012.

Duties:   Reporting directly to the Project Archivist and indirectly to the Lead Archivist, the Archives Technician will be responsible for scanning of historical records; creation of metadata for digital objects; assistance with record-keeping; and routine arrangement, rehousing, description and preservation of historical records.

Schedule: Twenty hours per week, within 9:00-5:00, M-F.  Hours are flexible.

Qualifications:  Bachelors degree required.  Experience in the use of flatbed scanner and metadata systems required.  Strong preference will be given to candidates who have completed or are currently enrolled in graduate coursework in archives and in digitization of archival and library materials.  Consideration will be given to candidates with comparable combination of education and experience in archives and digitization.  Excellent organizational skills and competence in Word, Excel and Adobe Photoshop required.  Knowledge of American history highly desirable.  Working knowledge of preservation management standards and procedures desirable.  Must be able to work efficiently and independently.  Must be able to lift record cartons weighing up to 40 pounds

Compensation:  $18.60/hour. 

Deadline:   Position available immediately.  Applications must be received by April 29, 2011.

Contact:  Tobi Adler, Project Archivist, National Park Service Manhattan Sites Archives Project.  Email cover letter and resume or any inquiries to     No phone calls or postal mail, please.  Responses will be sent only to individuals who are chosen for interviews.