Thursday, October 6, 2016

Arkansas State Archives Job Openings

The Arkansas State Archives has a job opening for Conservator/Archival Assistant:


STATE JOB TITLE:         ARCHIVAL ASSISTANT
POSITION NUMBER:      22091311   
OPEN:   10/04/2016                CLOSE:  10/18/2016
SALARY:  $27,858             GRADE:  C114
CLASS CODE:  PO43C    
LOCATION:    Little Rock, Arkansas

Functional Job Title:  Archival Assistant (Conservator)

Class Summary:  The Archival Assistant reports to the Archival Manager and serves as the agency's only paper conservator, which is necessary to care for the agency's collections and monitoring of facility environmental conditions.  The position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.

Examples of Work:
1.    Monitoring archival facility environmental conditions and reporting issues of concern to State Historian.
2.    Supervising the work of the conservation lab, which includes the training and oversight of interns and volunteers.
3.    Performs condition assessments of new and existing archival materials for preservation issues (e.g., degrading film and/or unstable film, presence of active mold growth)
4.    Makes recommendations for/or mediating preservation concerns with new or existing archival materials.
5.    Conducting preservation, restoration and conservation tasks (e.g., repairs, cleaning, washing, encapsulation, mending, creating special enclosures, deacidification) according to archival best practices and standards.
6.    Consulting with other state agencies, museums, historical organizations, libraries and other entities on conservation/preservation issues.
7.    Providing preservation workshops for state agencies and the general public.
8.    Developing and maintaining agency's disaster preparedness plan.
9.    Advising and training agency staff on basic preservation methods and techniques.
10.    Performs related responsibilities as required or assigned.

Working Relationships:  The Archival Assistant has regular contact with staff, other state agencies, museums, historical organizations, libraries, volunteers and the general public.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of national, state and local history
Knowledge of archival best practices for arrangement and description
Familiarity with sources and methods of historical and genealogical research
Competent in the use of Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Access and Power Point
Familiarity with archival management softwares, such as ContentDM, Preservica, Past Perfect, and Archivists Toolkit
Ability to research, write and edit historical papers and other printed materials
Ability to communicate verbally and in writing
Ability to make public presentations
Ability to plan, organize and manage multiple projects
Customer-service oriented

Minimum Qualifications (Applicants must meet or exceed):  The formal equivalent of a high school diploma; plus two years of specialized training in library science, history or a related field. 
PREFERRED:  Bachelor's degree in history, art, humanities, or related field.

Special Requirements:  The formal equivalent of a high school diploma; plus two years of specialized training in library science, history or a related field. 
PREFERRED:  Bachelor's degree in history, art, humanities, or related field.

Applications are accepted online ONLY at www.arstatejobs.com

The Work History section of the application must be completed in its entirety.  Incomplete applications will not be processed.

This position offers a full benefit package including paid holidays, annual and sick leave, health and life insurance and retirement.

To find out more about the Arkansas State Archives division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, please visit www.ark-ives.com.


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