Job Openings




Organizational Background:

Hennepin History Museum brings the diverse history of people in Hennepin County to life. We help people understand their world through an exploration of local history with exhibits, public programs, a magazine, and a public research library.

Located across from Washburn-Fair Oaks Park and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, we are housed in a 100- year old building that started as a private home. It now has three exhibition galleries, a multi-use great room used for programs, presentations and performances, object collections storage, and a research library with a reading room, archival storage, and reference materials.

We recognize that Hennepin County’s past, present and future have always been shaped by people from all backgrounds, and our organization embraces the values of inclusive, innovative, intimate, relevant and responsible stewardship for all that is entrusted to us.


Title: Processing Archivist

Salary: $15 per hour

Hours: 16 to 30 hours per week, February – May, 2020

Scheduling: Flexible, Monday-Fridays. Potential for limited weekend hours.

Location: Hennepin History Museum, 2303 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN, 55404


Hennepin History Museum is looking for two to three Processing Archivists to complete a grant-funded project. Position is part-time, temporary position; there is a possibility for extension if additional grant funds are secured. Job focus is on properly processing, describing and arranging collections that have been determined to be historically significant and valuable to the Museum’s archival collection.

Processing Archivists will be responsible for processing, describing and arranging designated archival collections in accordance with a work plan developed with the supervising Archivist.

General Expectations:

  • Adheres to Museum’s policies and procedures.
  • Performs duties as workload necessitates.
  • Maintains a positive and respectful attitude.
  • Communicates regularly with supervisor and other staff members as needed.
  • Demonstrates flexible and efficient time management and ability to prioritize workload.
  • Supports and follows the Museum’s vision and values.

Main Responsibilities

  • Develops an archival processing plan for designated collections that are currently not processed and arranged.
  • Assesses physical conditions of collections, identifies conservation concerns and informs the Archivist.
  • Creates finding aids with appropriate levels of description and composes biographical/historical notes.
  • Follows Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) for creation of finding aids.
  • Contributes to the development of strategies for streamlining workflow.
  • Discusses any questions or concerns about arrangement and description with Archivist.
  • Submits written or verbal reports on status of processing projects as requested.

Required Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Professional archival standards established by the Society of American Archivists and International Council of Archives.
  • Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS).
  • Professional best practices and norms, including both legal and ethical guidelines related to archives.
  • How to handle and maintain archival materials.
  • Proper archival arrangement and description processes.

Ability to:

  • Work under pressure and deadlines.
  • Communicate effectively via writing and in person.
  • Lift boxes and other objects up to 40 lbs.
  • Work in sometimes dusty and dirty conditions.
  • Climb stairs and ladders (the Hennepin History Museum building requires the use of stairs at this time.)

Desired Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience in Library and Information Science with additional training in archives or enrolled in an MLIS program. Prior experience working in an archives or with archival collections may be substituted for MLIS degree.
  • Familiarity with PastPerfect software or similar.
  • Experience using Office365, Word, Excel.
  • Knowledge and interest in history, some awareness of local and Hennepin County history is beneficial.

Application Process:

Please submit a resume with a cover letter that includes your availability to:


Hennepin History Museum

Attn: Michele Hagen

2303 Third Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55404

Hennepin History Museum is an equal opportunity employer.