Job Summary: This position provides archival arrangement and description for collections, including but not limited to, documents, photographs, blueprints, and other archival materials. Working under the direction of the Head Librarian, the Archivist evaluates priorities based on content and condition of documents, performs research and analysis of materials, and creates original finding aids. As part of the Helen Fowler Library team, this position provides reference in gardening and horticulture, performs circulation duties, and maintains library services for all audiences. The Archivist is responsible for opening and closing the library, training and supervising volunteers, and working on other library or collections projects as assigned.
Schedule for this position is Thursday-Monday.
Career Type: Full-time
Other Education Credentials
Qualifications/ Experience: Prior knowledge and previous experience is required, including at least two years performing archival functions; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. The position requires demonstrated knowledge, skill and ability working with archival collections and consistent attention to detail. Demonstrated strong organizational, interpersonal and customer service skills are required. Must be able to maintain accurate records, files and schedules. Must be able to prioritize, multi-task, and work both independently and on teams. A degree in Library and Information Science or a related field is desirable. Previous experience and knowledge of horticulture, botany, and gardening is desirable, but not required.
Other Required/Preferred Skills & Experience
Essential Job Duties:
- Consistently and accurately performs archivist functions, including but not limited to arrangement and description, preservation, and reference.
- In coordination with and under the guidance of the Head Librarian, establish and maintain policies and procedures for the Archives.
- Receive, and when appropriate seek out, original historical documents, relevant donations, and reference material, following policy and procedures.
- Apply professional standards to archival tasks, including but not limited to collections processing, writing Finding Aids, and performing preservation or conservation tasks.
- Consistently follow procedures to abide by copyright laws.
- Promote awareness of the collections and archival resources to staff and public.
- Instruct patrons and explain proper use and care of archival materials.
- Provides library reference services to patrons in person, by telephone, and electronically.
- Records accurate reference statistics and performs circulation duties such as check-ins, check-outs, in-house check-ins, and some book shelving.
- Autonomously opens and closes the library in a punctual manner.
Other Job Duties:
- Attend professional and community meetings, workshops, and conferences as required; may act as library representative to professional organizations and community groups.
- Maintain and develop current working knowledge of conservation, preservation, and archival practices, through networking, personal study, workshops, and/or professional organizations.
- Assist with administrative duties such as maintaining office/library equipment, liaising with product and service vendors, ordering office supplies, etc.
- Assist with archives and general library development and operations, including security, planning, policy-making and procedural issues.
- Contribute to book reviews, blog posts, and other education/outreach efforts.
- May occasionally assist with special events such as the opening of new gardens and holiday events.
- May supervise and/or train staff, volunteers, and interns as needed.
- Work with all departments to assure highest quality experience for all Denver Botanic Gardens visitors.
- Maintain satisfactory working relationships with managers, co-workers and others.
- Maintain a positive, helpful and solution oriented demeanor when responding to or serving members and visitors.
- Perform any additional duties as assigned or required.
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Benefits: benefits include choice of medical plans, dental, vision and life insurance, medical and daycare Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Healthcare Spending Account (HSA) ; a generous retirement plan plus paid holidays, vacation, personal and sick time and access to personal lines of insurance. Additional benefits include short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), an ECO pass and a complimentary Denver Botanic Gardens membership, access to Gardens education classes and summer concert tickets.