Fairbanks, AK: Project Assistant (Term), University of Alaska Fairbanks

This position is term funded through June 30, 2014 and subject to contract renewal at the discretion of the University.

The Project Assistant will be primarily responsible for assisting in the arrangement, description, preservation and outreach of the Ted Stevens Papers Collection. Responsibilities include rehousing and basic preservation, data input and maintenance, creation of standard metadata and tracking of materials.

The Alaska & Polar Regions Collections (APR) houses the world’s largest collection of Alaskana and is a leader in Polar research materials, with an emphasis on the Arctic. APR serves a local, national, and international research community with 150,000 monograph and serial volumes; 11,000 rare books and maps; approximately 15,000 linear feet of archives and manuscripts; more than 1,000,000 photographs, approx. 1 million feet of historical moving image footage, and over 10,000 hours of oral history recordings. The department consists of ten units and special projects: archives and manuscripts, oral history (including the Jukebox project), Alaskana and rare books, the Alaska Film
Archives, the Alaska & Polar Periodical Index, Alaska’s Digital Archives, the digital photo lab, micrographics, the ANSCA project, and the Rasmuson Translation Series project. APR is staffed by 28.25 FTE, including 4 faculty members.

Founded in 1917, UAF is a land-sea-space grant institution and the flagship campus of the University of Alaska system. The on-campus population of approximately 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students includes a high percentage of Alaska Native, Native American, and international students along with a wide variety of other ethnic backgrounds, and a substantial number of non-traditional students, making UAF a richly diverse academic setting. UAF is also home to award-winning affiliates of the Public Broadcasting System and National Public Radio, and the Museum of the North natural history, cultural, and fine arts museum.

Knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position.
– Knowledge of computer applications and database information systems, descriptive schema, and bibliographic tools.
– Ability to work independently and to exercise judgment in applying standards and rules relating to archival processing.
– Ability to follow written and oral directions.
– Excellent communication skills.
– Ability to lift 35 pounds and climb ladders.
– Typical education or training required for this position (including licenses).     High school graduation or equivalent. Two years college coursework in Library Science, Alaskan History, History, Political Science, Archival Studies, Anthropology, Northern Studies or related field.

Length of time and type of experience required for this position.
– One year experience arranging and describing archival materials or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Preferred knowledge, skills or abilities for this position.
– Advanced knowledge of contemporary Alaska politics and 20th century American history.

Describe any other special skills/knowledge required for this position (e.g. additional training, heavy lifting or traveling).
-Prefer a BA degree in History, Political Science, Anthropology, Northern Studies or a related field.

Read the entire announcement and apply at the University of Alaska Career Page, under Job ID 0068368