Public Services Assistant

Rhode Island Historical Society

Robinson Research Center

Application Deadline

Open Until Filled


$15.00 per Hour   Calculate


Providence, RI




Not Required

Minimum Education

Bachelor's Degree

Library Experience

Not Required

Supervisory Experience

Not Required

Type of Library


This job is more than 3 weeks old or the application deadline has passed.

Job Description

Do you love history? Do you love libraries? Come work for us!

The RIHS is seeking a customer service-oriented, positive and energetic person to work in the Mary Elizabeth Robinson Research Center (RRC). Reporting to the Research Services Manager, the Public Services Assistant is the first point of contact at the RRC—the place where the public may access our research collections—and provides support for the smooth operation of the reading room.

Duties include greeting and registering patrons (explaining policies and procedures), monitoring the lobby and reading room, giving patrons general assistance, answering and routing phone calls, re-shelving reference material (books, files, microfilm), and supporting the research staff. Primary administrative duties include maintaining registration records, recording and keeping statistics, collecting and distributing incoming mail, and performing other duties as assigned.


Part-time: 18 hours/week, Wednesday through Friday, 10am – 5pm.



Benefits: NONE

Additional Info & Requirements


BA/BS degree (preferred); Excellent oral communication skills, familiarity with basic office suite software (word processing, spreadsheets), good organizational skills, ability to work independently and as a team.

HR Info

EEO Statement:

The Rhode Island Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate in hiring or employment against any individual on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, ancestry, religion, physical or mental disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, citizenship, or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws.

To Apply:

Please e-mail a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to jobs@rihs.orgwith “Public Services Assistant” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin February 1, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

Posted Jan 27, 2020