Assistant Project Archivist - Yellowstone NP

The Great Basin Institute

Gardiner, Montana

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details 23.49/Hour
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

The Great Basin Institute (GBI) seeks to hire an Assistant Project Archivist to join the Research Associate (RA) Program and work cooperatively with the National Park Service’s Yellowstone National Park (YELL) staff in support of the Park’s museum and archives program. The primary role of the Assistant Project Archivist position is assisting in the processing, digitization, and access of archives and manuscript collections. The primary duties of the position will be to assist with the arrangement, description, preservation, processing, and access of the archival and manuscript collections. This position will also perform preservation reformatting of legacy media and electronic records and the digitization for access of selected materials. Additional archives work may include implementing preventative preservation; assisting with onsite and distance reference requests; and participating in outreach activities.

Specific position duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Implement processing plans to arrange materials in logical groupings or incorporate addenda into existing series, revise and update descriptions, and create container lists following professional standards, agency guidelines, and institutional best practices.
  • Conduct basic preservation such as such as rehousing, humidification, and encapsulation.
  • Input descriptive data in Interior Collection Management System (ICMS) and update narrative findings aids.
  • Perform in-house digitization including, preparation, scanning, editing, and metadata development.
  • Assist with onsite and distance reference requests, including staffing reference desk and monitoring researchers, researching and answering specific queries, and assisting researchers to locate relevant materials.
  • Assist with outreach activities such as leading public tours and writing social media posts.
  • Participate in team meetings, provide status updates and project data, as needed.

Contract Timeline:

  • 52-week appointment beginning early August 2024
  • Possibility of extension pending performance and funding availability
  • Full time, 40 hours/week


Yellowstone National Park (YELL), the world’s first national park, is located in the Rocky Mountains, where temperatures vary from an average of 75 degrees in the summer to below freezing at other times, and features unique geologic wonders, iconic wildlife, and exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities. This position will be duty stationed at Gardiner, Montana, which is situated at the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park, and offers many community facilities, such as grocery stores, K-12 school and day care, a drugstore, motels, and restaurants, and is just 5 miles north of park headquarters at Mammoth Hot Springs, WY. All other services are available within 55 to 75 miles from Mammoth. Medical clinics are available in Mammoth (year-round) and seasonally (summer) at Lake and Old Faithful. For more information, visit https://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Wage: $23.49/hour
  • Paid personal leave and federal holidays
  • Fully paid monthly health insurance premiums (medical, dental, vision)
  • Housing stipend: $150.00/week
  • Eligible to enroll in company 401K plan with matching contributions

Job Qualifications:


  • Knowledge of archival arrangement and description practices.
  • Knowledge of archival standards such as Describing Archives: a Content Standard (DACS), Library of Congress Subject Authorities, and/or Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative (FADGI).
  • Experience applying basic preservation techniques such as archival rehousing, humidification, and/or encapsulation.
  • Knowledge of archival digitization processes and metadata development.
  • Skill in conducting bibliographic research and locating relevant primary resource materials.
  • Experience working with diverse researchers or customers.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to stand, walk, bend, lift and move heavy materials on a routine basis.


  • Knowledge of using More Product, Less Process (MPLP) and/or Extensible Archives techniques.
  • Experience assisting with the arrangement and description of large collections.
  • Experience working with government or institutional records.

The successful applicant must complete a Department of Interior Background Investigation or submit paperwork to NPS human resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning this position.


Apply through our website:


When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category General / Stewardship
Tags Cultural Resources