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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

F/T - Digital Project Archivist, Wildlife Cons'n Soc (NY)

Digital Project Archivist Job Description 
(Full time, temporary: 12 months, late-September 2016 - mid-September 2017)

The Wildlife Conservation Society [WCS] Archives is seeking a highly motivated and energetic individual for a full-time, 12-month Digital Project Archivist grant-funded position beginning September 2016.

Founded in 1895 as the New York Zoological Society [NYZS], WCS is committed to saving wildlife and wild places worldwide. This initiative is carried out through science, global conservation, education, and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Documenting the history of this work, the WCS Archives includes records related to the Bronx Zoo, the New York Aquarium, international fieldwork projects, and other WCS institutions and activities.

Under close supervision by WCS Archivists, the Digital Project Archivist will be responsible for accessioning and processing several hundred pieces of digital removable media containing archival materials.   The work will include developing forensically sound workflows for acquiring the content from this media.  Specific duties will include:
·         Transfering the digital content from the legacy storage media
·         Accessioning the content and processing it for long-term preservation in accordance with existing digital workflows
·         Troubleshooting workflow procedures and developing workarounds, including batch files or scripts, as needed
·         Performing quality control on acquired disk images and on any normalized versions of files created from those images
·         Describing processed collections in ArchivesSpace in accordance with DACS
·         Writing 6 posts highlighting the project work and collections for the WCS Archives blog, Wild Things

Required Qualifications
·         MLIS or similar degree with a concentration in archival studies from an ALA-accredited program, or equivalent graduate degree in Archives.
·         Minimum one year of professional experience with digital archival collections
·         Excellent verbal and written communication skills
·         Demonstrated ability to set priorities and meet strict deadlines
·         Knowledge of the technical requirements for digital preservation including hardware, software, metadata schema and file formats
·         A thorough and up-to-date understanding of format validation and conversion methods as well as data integrity techniques and technologies
·         Knowledge of forensic techniques utilized by the archival or cultural heritage communities for harvesting, managing, and preserving archival and manuscript material
·         Working knowledge of software systems related to library digital imaging, management, access and preservation, specifically, Archivists' Toolkit, ArchivesSpace, Archivematica, and BitCurator
·         Knowledge of standards for archival digital materials: DACS, EAD, MARC, PREMIS, METS, and OAIS

Salary and Benefits
The Digital Project Archivist will be paid $52,000.
WCS offers extensive benefits including 12 holidays, 15 vacation days, and 10 sick days on an annual basis, as well as life insurance, health/dental/vision coverage, and a retirement savings plan.

To apply, please visit and search for Job Title “Digital Project Archivist.”  Applications will be reviewed as they come in, with a final deadline of August 12th.