Preservation officer (Wake County, NC, USA)

  • Job class title: Archivist supervisor
  • Position number: 60083389
  • Department: Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources
  • Division/section: Archives & Records / Collections Services/Collections Management
  • Salary range: $48,051.00 – $81,686.00 annually
  • Recruitment range: $48,051 – $58,033
  • Salary grade / salary grade equivalent: GN13
  • Competency level: Not applicable
  • Appointment type: Permanent full-time
  • Work location: Wake County
  • Opening date: 07/23/18
  • Closing date: 08/10/18 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time

The State of North Carolina invites applications for the position of: Preservation officer

“This is a repost and previous applicants must reapply to be considered”

  • Salary Grade:  GN13
  • Recruitment Range:  $48,051 – $58,033
  • Position location:  Downtown Raleigh, E. Jones Street

Department Information: The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources’ (DNCR) vision is to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Our mission is to improve quality of life by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature throughout North Carolina.  The Department works to stimulate learning, inspire creativity, preserve the state’s history, conserve the state’s natural heritage, encourage recreation and cultural tourism, and promote economic development.  Our goal is to promote equity and inclusion among our employees and our programming to reflect and celebrate our state’s diverse population, culture, and history by expanding engagement with diverse individuals and communities. We encourage you to apply to become a part of our team.

Division InformationThe vision of the Division of Archives and Records is to be a national leader in providing quality guidance on information stewardship in North Carolina and in creating simplified and integrated access to authentic information. The State Archives of North Carolina’s mission is to collect, preserve, manage and provide access to information that protects citizen rights, documents North Carolina history and culture, promotes transparency, and encourages stewardship of government records.

The Collections Management Branch of the Division of Archives and Records is responsible for a wide variety of conservation, preservation, imaging, micrographic, and photographic functions. Among its responsibilities are creation of security images of public records for state, local and municipal agencies; protection of the State Archives’ security microfilm holdings in its vaults; photographic and microfilm duplication services; conservation treatment of documentary material; preservation reformatting of collections; photography services; and preparation of original collections for exhibits.

Description of Work: Work will involve some travel, as well as occasional nights, weekends and Saturday work in the Search Room on a rotating basis. Duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Oversight of all activities of the branch, including the conservation lab, photography lab, and imaging unit.
  • Supervises branch employees, manages branch orders for supplies, equipment, and maintenance contracts.
  • Oversees all preservation programming within the division, including disaster response plan, environmental monitoring and policies regarding care, handling, and storage of records.
  • Works closely with division management on issues such as records management, electronic records preservation, and outreach, including division tours.
  • Works with other units of department and state government to protect cultural assets of state before and after a disaster.
  • Serves on division management team and provides input on development of policies, workflows and programs for records management, digitization of collections, preservation needs and outreach programming.

 KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES / COMPETENCIES: To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must provide the information on the application form. Any information omitted from the application form, listed as general statements, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit.

  1. Demonstrated experience in preservation and conservation of paper and non-textual media and must have knowledge of current developments and practices in archival preservation.
  2. Required knowledge of archival and records management principles.
  3. Knowledge of digital imaging, micrographics, and traditional photography including knowledge of records and information management principles as they relate to micrographic and digital reformatting, preservation and conservation, and application and use of imaging systems.
  4. Demonstrated experience in planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating projects; developing and administering budgets; and overseeing programs across division lines.
  5. Demonstrated experience in overseeing preservation projects, collection inventories, and collection surveys to determine conservation or preservation needs for collections.
  6. Demonstrated experience in using software packages, such as MS Word, Access, and Excel, and specialized preservation software for environmental monitoring.
  7. Must be able to lift at least 40 lbs. and can unpack, shelve, and shift large quantities of archival materials, unassisted. May be required to stand for long periods of time.
  8. Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to chemicals, dust, and mold is possible.

Management preferences:

  1. Preferred previous experience conducting treatment of special collections, including rare or valuable book and paper materials in a library/ archives setting or in a private conservation lab.
  2. Preferred coursework in library and archival studies specializing in preservation and care of historical materials

Master s degree in history, public history, public administration, library science, or a related social science from an appropriately accredited institution and four years of progressive experience in archives and records work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Contact Information:
The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) selects applicants for employment based on required education and experience and job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, political affiliation or political influence.

Please be sure to complete the application in full. Resumes may be uploaded with your application but will not be accepted in lieu of a fully completed application and will not be considered for qualifying credit.  “See Resume” or “See Attachment” will NOT be accepted.

Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.  Transcripts, and degree evaluations may be uploaded with your application. To obtain veterans preference, you must scan and upload a copy of your DD-214 or discharge orders.

Technical issues submitting your application, please call the NeoGov Help Line at 855-524-5627.

Applicants requesting and receiving an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are eligible to submit paper applications via mail or by fax.  Please call the human resources office for assistance.

Please refrain from submitting multiple applications, however; If multiple applications are submitted to an individual posting, only the most recent application received prior to the closing date will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the closing date.

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. To check the status of your application, please log in to your account.  Upon the closing date, applications are “Under Review” and will be screened by Human Resources for the qualified applicants. The hiring process may take an average of 6 – 8 weeks.

It is the policy of the State of North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources that all employees provide proof of employment eligibility (immigration and naturalization) on the first day of employment.   We participate in E-Verify (Employment Eligibility Verification System).

N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Division of Human Resources
4603 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4603
Phone:  919-807-7373


NOTE: Apply to the department listed on posting An Equal Opportunity Employer, NC State Government

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