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    Whether you are new to the Federal Government or an experienced professional seeking a career change, you can make history at the National Archives. Our dedicated staff works across a variety of career fields to safeguard the records of the Federal Government - more than 10 billion of them.

    As an Archives Technician at the Archival Operations office in Washington D. C. or College Park you will perform non-professional, quasi-professional, and technical work that supports access to the archival holdings and physical and intellectual control over records.

    Visit our Employee Gallery at www.archives.gov/careers to see the kinds of dynamic projects our staff are undertaking. If you want a career where you can see the difference your work makes, then join the National Archives!

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    As an Archives Technician, typical work assignments include:

    • Providing written or oral "first-line" reference assistance and consultation, responding to all forms of inquiry concerning NARA's archival holdings.
    • Carrying out tasks in support of providing and managing reproduction services in all formats.
    • Assisting researchers in navigating progressively more complex finding aid systems and establishing connections between related archival sources.
    • Evaluating the physical condition of records in the course of other duties and alerting supervisor or other designated staff to condition problems that limit access or threaten the safety of records; determining and/or carrying out the appropriate preservation and/or holding maintenance actions for all record formats.
    • Assisting in monitoring of temperature and relative humidity control devices within the archives storage and records areas; gathering and uploading environmental data, alerting supervisor or other responsible authority to record and storage condition problems; supporting disaster recovery operations; creating or updating needs assessment forms for entries in the official physical control system to reflect preservation and/or holding maintenance needs or actions completed.
    • Completing moderate to complex reformatting projects under the direction of an Archivist.
    • Preparing online catalog descriptions of holdings at all levels according to NARA's lifecycle standards and Research Services policies and procedures; developing and implementing moderately complex archival description projects and developing finding aids for complex records under the direction of an Archivist.
    • Assisting in the accessioning and disposal of all record types under the guidance of an Archives Specialist or Archivist.
    • Coordinating, monitoring or carrying out the physical relocation and shelving of holdings.
    • Greeting visitors, assisting with registration and directing to appropriate NARA resources; anticipating, identifying, and resolving customer service problems pertaining to reference and associated records handling and security issues.
    • Physical Demands / Work Environment: You must be physically able to perform the duties of this position which include climbing ladders and lifting boxes of records stored up to 14 feet above the floor and typically weighing 30 pounds, occasionally more, maneuvering on cat-walks, and considerable standing, walking, stooping, bending, and lifting. Work is performed in office areas, research rooms, records storage area, processing areas, and loading docks. Some environmental extremes such as heat and cold, higher than normal humidity, dust, and occasional chemical fumes and vapors may be encountered.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    United States Citizens

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    1421 Archives Technician

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