Job Openings


Title: Processing Archivist

Salary range: $15-18 per hour

Hours: 40 hours/week for 12 months – Flexible scheduling


HHM is looking for up to two Processing Archivists to support a grant-funded project for a 12-month period. The focus will be on properly processing, describing, and arranging collections that have been determined to be historically significant and valuable to HHM’s collection. The Processing Archivist(s) will be responsible for processing, describing and arrangement designated archive collections and will work with the Archivist to determine a work plan for processing and arrangement of designated collections. Depending on candidates and qualifications, the intent is to hire one processing archivist at full-time or two at half-time.

General Expectations

  • Adheres to museum’s policies and procedures
  • Performs duties as workload necessitates
  • Communicates regularly with supervisor and other staff as needed
  • Demonstrates flexible and efficient time management and ability to prioritize workload
  • Supports and follows the museum’s agreed-up values

Main Responsibilities

  1. Develops an archival processing plan for designed collections that are currently not processed and arranged
  2. Contributes to development of strategies for streamlining workflow
  3. Create finding aid with appropriate level of description and composes biographical/historical notes
  4. Follows DACS for creating of finding aids
  5. Assesses physical conditions of collections working with and identifies conservation concerns and informs the Archivist
  6. Discuss any questions or concerns about arrangement and description with Archivist
  7. Submits regular reports on processing of designated collections to the Archivist

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Bachelor of Arts or equivalent degree in library sciences, history, or related fields.
  • 1-3 years of experience working in an archival or library setting.
  • Knowledge on professional standards established by the Society of American Archivist and International Council of Archives
  • Knowledge of DACS
  • Knowledge of professional best practices and norms, including both legal and ethical guidelines related to the archives
  • Knowledge on how to handle and maintain archival material
  • Knowledge of proper archival arrangement and description processes
  • Ability to work under deadlines
  • Ability to communicate effectively via writing and in person
  • Ability to lift boxes and other objects up to 40lbs
  • Ability to work in sometimes dusty and dirty conditions
  • Ability to learn and use various software applications, and experience with the MS Office Suite and collections management software, especially PastPerfect or Collective Access.

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science with additional training in archives.
  • 3+ years of experience working in an archival or library setting.
  • Knowledge or awareness of Hennepin County, Minnesota, and United States history.

Application Process:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to:

Hennepin History Museum

Michele Pollard, Archivist

2303 Third Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55404

or via email to with “Processing Archivist Position” in the subject line.

Position will remain open until filled; review of applications will begin immediately.