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University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

Boulder, CO

Application Deadline

Apply By Sep 5th, 2023


$55,000.00 to $58,000.00 per Year   Calculate


Boulder, CO





Minimum Education

Master's Degree

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience


Type of Library


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Job Description

The Anthropology Section of the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History is seeking a full-time archivist to facilitate project activities on two successive grants, one from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) and one from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This appointment is a temporary position funded through the summer of 2025, with an annual salary range of between $55,000-58,000 per year, commensurate with experience and with the possibility of renewal. This position will remain open until filled with a 1st round review starting September 5, 2023.

The archivist will manage the day-to-day operations of these grant-funded projects to arrange, describe, rehouse, digitize, and publish collections. Responsibilities will include the following:

  • Manage grant schedules, monitor benchmarks, and meet deadlines for deliverables.
  • Arrange and rehouse unprocessed archival collections and describe them in the museum’s collections management software (Re:discovery) and through finding aids in ArchivesSpace.
  • Supervise the digitization of records in a variety of formats and migrate digital images onto a long-term storage platform applying principles of asset management.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in CU Libraries to publish digital images to the Digital Public Library of American (DPLA) while placing appropriate access restrictions and assigning copyright statements.
  • Supervise student workers and volunteers.
  • Respond to internal and external research requests related to the archives.
  • Publicize archival projects through campus media, social media, and professional newsletters.
  • Submit professional articles and conference proposals.
  • Coordinate with colleagues to manage the relocation of the archives to another room within its current building. Ensure safety and organization of materials throughout the move.
  • Manage a project to rehouse acetate and nitrate negatives in freezing and cold storage applying the latest preservation techniques.
  • Apply professional best practices and ethics in working with Native American archival materials.

The position is open until filled. The first round of applications will be reviewed 

Benefits & Additional Compensation Info

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Additional Info & Requirements

The successful applicant should have

  • Any of the following:
    • An ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, OR
    • A Master’s degree in Archival Studies, OR
    • A Master’s degree in Public History with a focus or concentration in archives management, OR
    • A Master's degree in Museum and Field Studies
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience in arrangement, description, and preservation of manuscripts and multi-format archival collections including paper and photographic materials.
  • Knowledge of best practices and workflows for digitization of archival materials.
  • Experience operating equipment and tools used in digitization such as flatbed scanners, cameras, and Adobe Photoshop.
  • Experience creating records in ArchivesSpace and authoring finding aids that meet minimum standards for DACS multilevel description.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex schedules and meet deadlines.

Additional qualifications may include

  • Experience processing born-digital materials and legacy electronic media.
  • Experience applying the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials in managing collections with culturally sensitive records.
  • Prior work with archaeological field notes and records.
  • Prior work in museum archives or museum collections management.
  • Authorship of protocol documents for archival processes such as processing and digitization.
  • Experience supervising students.
  • Experience creating and editing records using museum collections management software.

The Community

The University of Colorado Museum fosters exploration and appreciation of the natural environment and human cultures through research, teaching, and community outreach.  We provide academic training for graduate students in Museum and Field Studies; build, conserve, and interpret research collections; and offer exhibits and educational programs for the University and the public.

The Museum is located on the main campus of the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO, and houses the largest natural history collection in the Rocky Mountains. Currently, more than four million objects are categorized into five disciplines: Anthropology, Botany, Entomology, Paleontology, and Zoology. The museum's Anthropology Section manages more than 1.5 million archaeological and ethnographic objects, and nearly 50,000 photographic images relevant to the Anthropology collections.  For more information about our museum and collections, please see https://www.colorado.edu/cumuseum/research-collections/anthropology

HR Info

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

This position will remain open until filled with a 1st round review starting 9/5/23.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posted Aug 21, 2023