Topic ID #38832 - posted 10/10/2017 9:00 AM

Museum Archives Research Associate


Working cooperatively with the National Park Service’s Death Valley National Park (DEVA), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting one Museum Archives Research Associate to join our program and assist DEVA Museum Curators staff with curation projects on a project basis. The range of duties will include archive processing, including arrangement and cataloging, as well as environmental monitoring and pest management at both Cow Creek and Scotty’s Castle.
Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
• Survey & cull archival collections;
• Process archival records according to park hierarchy & arrangement;
• Prepare collection-level overview of the records and full descriptions for each series;
• Prepare a container list, providing the title of each file unit and generate a printable electronic finding aid;
• Rehouse records in acid-free folders and boxes and photographic material in polyester sleeves;
• Identify fragile or unstable materials, such as newspaper clippings and create preservation photocopies;
• Label all boxes, folders, envelopes, and remove rubber bands, paper clips, staples, and other foreign objects;
• Download PEM & Hobo data loggers and manage environmental data; and
• Manage pest monitoring and keep records of all inspections including pest identification & counts.
o Rate of pay: $20.75/hour
o Medical benefits
o Six month appointment beginning October 2017, or upon completion of a Department of Interior background investigation
o Full time, 40+ hours per week, with the potential for some weekend work required
Death Valley National Park is located in Nevada and California and boasts some of the hottest and driest climates, and lowest elevation in North America. A superlative desert of streaming sand dunes, snow-capped mountains, multicolored rock layers, water-fluted canyons and 3 million acres of wilderness. Home to the Timbisha Shoshone people and to plants and animals unique to the harshest desert.
Shared housing in the park may be available (dorm style accommodations with shared bedroom/no pets) at an affordable rate, otherwise the closest available accommodations are in Pahrump or Beatty, Nevada (both approximately 1 hour away). 
Bachelor’s degree in museum studies or related field (history, etc.);
A solid understand of packing methodologies and object condition assessments for historic objects/furnishings; 
Experience conducting research;
Experience managing records;
Ability to perform data management tasks with attention to detail;
Ability to work productively and cooperatively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals and communicate effectively with a diverse public, both written and orally;
Self-motivated and self-directed individual who is capable of working independently or part of a team; 
Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record; and
Ability to live and work in a rural and remote field and office environment.
Successful applicant 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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