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Project Assistant (Intern), Somerville Archives, (Somerville, MA)

Statement of Duties:

Under the Supervision of the City Archivist and Assistant Archivist, the Project Assistant will perform routine archival tasks such as creating inventories, and rehousing records. The project assistant will be introduced to archives software such as Preservica and ArchivesSpace and will be taught description based on commonly used metadata standards and will be expected to apply those standards.

Essential Functions:

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various type of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

  • With guidance prepares descriptions in ArchivesSpace, and Preservica.
  • Creates inventories of records for accessions.
  • Sorts, collates, indexes, and shelves materials as needed.
  • Prepares records for shipment to offsite storage.
  • Under guidance from the City Archivist and Assistant Archivist, processes, rehouses and describes collections.

Recommended Minimum Qualifications:

  • Enrolled in an educational program such as an associate, bachelor’s or master’s Degree. 
  • Proficiency in personal computer operation and experience in working with Windows programs such as Excel, Power Point, and Word.
  • Interest in Library Science and/or the public sector.                  

Physical and Mental Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the position’s essential functions.

Physical Skills
Minimal physical demands are required to perform the work. Work effort principally involves sitting to perform work tasks, with intermittent periods of stooping, walking, and standing. Work requires some agility such as moving in or about storage sites. There may also be some occasional lifting of objects such as office equipment or photocopy paper (up to 30lbs.).  When working with records, physical effort will be needed to move records.

Motor Skills
Duties are largely mental rather than physical, but the job may occasionally require minimal motor skills for activities such as moving objects, operating a telephone, personal computer and/or most other office equipment including word processing, filing and sorting of papers.

Visual Skills
Visual demands require constantly reading documents for general understanding and analytical purposes.

Hours: Part-time up to 19 hours a week; not benefits eligible
Salary: $21 an hour
Union: Non-Union
Date Posted: May 26, 2023

This opening will be closed on June 2nd.

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