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Archivist job description

An Archivist is a professional who appraises and researches documents in order to determine the importance or potential value of different items.

Use this Archivist job description to advertise your vacancies and find qualified candidates. Feel free to modify responsibilities and requirements based on your needs.

Archivist responsibilities include:

  • Facilitating acquisition, preservation, arrangement, description, and access to born-digital materials
  • Creating heritage research files relevant to business objectives
  • Assisting staff, researchers, and interns interested in accessing the Archives

Job brief

We are looking for an Archivist to join our team and help our organization research different records to determine the value of various items.

An Archivist’s responsibilities include working with documents, videos, and photographs to determine the historical importance and value of items found.

Ultimately, you will work with a team of historical experts to determine the significance of historical items in our organization.


  • Appraise the materials, determine preservation and conservation issues, and elect best practices for resolving issues
  • Complete organization, preservation, and description of the collection
  • Teach archival instruction sessions, create exhibits, and engage in other outreach activities
  • Maintain and update archival database

Requirements and skills

  • Proven work experience as an Archivist or similar role
  • Knowledge of various types of documents to determine the historical importance of an item
  • Experience researching items and determining potential value
  • Relevant training and/or certifications as an Archivist

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