Position Opening: Archivist – Yosemite National Park

Job Code: 2019-RAP-065

Location: Yosemite

State: California

Program: Research Associate Program

Contract Length: 12 Months

Job Description:

The Great Basin Institute seeks an Archivist to work cooperatively with Yosemite National Park (YOSE) staff to support the Park’s archives program. Activities include arranging, describing, rehousing, and cataloging archival material, following NPS museum and storage standards, and producing a finding aid to make the collections accessible. The focus of this work is the business and management records of a concession’s collection, which include 300 linear feet (LF) of records plus 16 LF of oversized materials. The GBI Archivist will appraise the 300 LF of material, with technical guidance from the USFS Archivist, and cull temporary, non-permanent materials, leaving about 70-100 LF for processing and cataloging. Final products will include rehoused collections, an accessible finding aid, and an Interior Collections Management System catalog record.

The work is partially sedentary with prolonged standing, walking, and bending often required, and lifting and moving of heavy items weighing 50 pounds or more.

Contract Timeline:

  • Annual appointment beginning October 2019, or upon availability and successful completion of a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI)
  • Full-time, 40 hours per week


Yosemite National Park, an iconic region of the west, is located in eastern California. “First protected in 1864, Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more.” (https://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm). Natural features, cultural resources, and recreation opportunities abound in this region.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Wage: $24.25/hour
  • Benefits: Paid personal leave and federal holidays; fully paid medical insurance premiums (health, dental, vision, prescription)

Job Qualifications:

  • Educational experience with a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree focused on archive studies or a closely related field – applicants with an advanced degree are encouraged to apply;
  • Experience in archives management, including appraisal, arranging and describing, processing, cataloging, research, preservation, and housing of collections;
  • Ability to work with minimal direct supervision;
  • Self-motivated and detail-oriented, possessing strong organizational skills to effectively plan and complete assigned workload within defined timelines;
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with a diverse audience including co-workers, members of the pubic, and agency personnel;
  • Intermediate or higher skill using Microsoft Word, Access, and Excel, with ability to manually enter, manage, manipulate, and graphically display data;
  • Flexibility to handle competing and changing priorities with a positive attitude;
  • Ability to work productively, consistently, and cooperatively independently or as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals;
  • Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license; and
  • Ability to complete activities including prolonged periods of deskwork, lifting and moving of heavy items weighing 50 pounds or more, regularly walk and drive between curation and other facilities.

Successful applicant(s) must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to NPS human resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning position. If you already have a fully adjudicated BI, please let us know in your application.

EEO Statement

We conform to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit Retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination.

To apply visit the official job posting on the Great Basin Institute website