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Archivist - Anthropology

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Archivist-Anthropology manages the day to day activities of a project to organize, rehouse, describe, and digitize the Earl H. Morris Archive. 

Who We Are

The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History has outstanding Southwest and Plains archaeological collections in addition to over 6,000 ethnographic objects. Our strengths are in Southwestern material culture research and publication, NAGPRA implementation, collaborative research with Native North American communities, and advances in contemporary archaeological and museological theory. 

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

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Develop workflows and protocols for archives rehousing, descriptions and data entry, and digitization.
  • Supervise graduate assistant and volunteer positions.
  • Manage archival file and photograph rehousing into archival materials.
  • Manage storage furniture movement and setup.
  • Describe archival items using Re:discovery archives database.
  • Ensure data records, finding aids and other products meet national standards.
  • Collaborate with University Libraries to export records to ArchivesSpace.
  • Publish finding aids and upload MARC records to online utilities.

What We Can Offer

This appointment is funded for 1 year, full-time (40 hours/week). Annual salary $55,000. Position is eligible for benefits.


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.

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What We Require

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science with a focus or concentration in archives management; Master’s degree in Archival Studies; or a Master’s degree in Public History with a focus or concentration in archives management.
  • Minimum of 1 year experience in accessioning, arrangement, processing, description, and preservation of archives, manuscripts, and multi-format collections, including paper and photographic materials.

What You Will Need

  • Demonstrated understanding of and experience with archival theory and practice, national standards, relevant legal and ethical regulations, and best practices that govern the arrangement, description, and use of archival materials, including DACS, MPLP, and EAD.
  • Demonstrated experience using archival descriptive systems (such as ArchivesSpace).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging practices for preserving archival materials in all formats.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of confidentiality, copyright, and other policy, legal, and ethical aspects of managing and providing access to archival materials.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Supervisory and mentoring experience.
  • Experience in museum archives.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of 3 references
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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