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Temporary Archivist


Archives of the American Field Service and AFS Intercultural Programs 

Job Announcement- Temporary Archivist 

New York, NY

4 ½ month part-time position (February- June 2011)

20 hours a week (flexible schedule from 9:00-5:00, Monday-Friday)

Position Overview:

The AFS Archives is currently seeking a part-time, temporary Archivist to minimally arrange, describe, and preserve its archival World War I collections.   The temporary Archivist will be working with collections under the scope of a grant-funded project and will report to the current Project Archivist of the AFS Archives.  The temporary Archivist will also be responsible for encoding legacy finding aids in EAD, creating MARC records, answering research requests, and other duties as assigned.


·         Master's degree in library science or an advanced degree in a relevant field of study

·         2-3 years of experience processing archival collections

·         Familiarity with current metadata standards and experience in the use of Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and the application of Describing Archives: A Content System (DACS) to create archival finding-aids

·         Familiarity with archival content management systems

·         Knowledge of basic preservation issues, particularly those related to fragile photographic material

·         Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel

·         Excellent communication, interpersonal, and prioritization skills

·         Reliable and responsible, flexible in changing situations, and have the ability to work independently

·         Ability to lift boxes of up to 40-pounds repeatedly over the course of a day.

·         Degree in or knowledge of American history preferred, particularly related to World War I or the history of the American Field Service

·         Reading knowledge of French preferred, though not required

To Apply:

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume, sample finding aid, and contact information for three references to Nicole Milano at by February 1st, 2011.  Review of applications will begin immediately. 


$23.00/hour at 20 hours/week.

There are no benefits associated with this position.

AFS Intercultural Programs, Inc.:

The American Field Service was founded by American-born A. Piatt Andrew, who secured an authorization from the French Army for American volunteer ambulance units to rescue wounded soldiers in battle during World War I.  Under Andrew’s leadership, AFS took part in every great battle in which French troops were engaged between 1915 and 1917, until the U.S. entered the war. Stephen Galatti reactivated AFS during World War II, and from 1940 until 1945 AFS volunteer drivers served in France, North Africa, the Middle East, Italy, France, Germany, and India and Burma.  Today, AFS Intercultural Programs, Inc. is an international nonprofit organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world.

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