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Photo Archivist


Idaho State Historical Society

Open for Recruitment: January 5, 2018 - January 22, 2018
Announcement # 02744087361
Salary Range: $19.00 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Boise

The Idaho State Historical Society is an extraordinary system of cultural and historic resources comprised of the Idaho State Museum, Idaho State Archives, State Historic Preservation Office, and Old Idaho Penitentiary and Historic Sites Program.  We seek to inspire, enrich and engage all Idahoans by leading the state in preserving, sharing, and using history and cultural resources relevant to today to inform and influence the future.

Join our team! The Idaho State Archives Photography Collection is a dynamic representation of Idaho history which consists of over 500,000 photographs in a variety of formats that mirror the history of photography. The Photo Archivist will appraise, process, and preserve photography collections and images, and will oversee reference inquiries related to the Idaho State Archives (ISA) photograph collections and images. 


  • Implements collection development policies, practices, and strategies to ensure that negatives, prints, slides, born-digital images and other historical photographic material are collected, preserved, and made available to the public.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of intellectual property and copyright issues for photographic materials including public domain.
  • Surveys and appraises donated materials to determine condition and historical value.
  • Applies archival management theories and methods to process and catalog collections, including the physical preparation of materials for long-term preservation by arranging, describing and housing them according to archival best practices and standards.
  • Oversees digitization projects of photograph collections in accordance with archival best practices and standards for agency, regional and national online public access repositories.
  • Creates access to photograph collections by maintaining the photograph repository in ArchivesSpace and providing patron access for the photograph collections on the Idaho State Historical Society (ISHS) web site.
  • Applies archival best practices and standards to create finding aides in accordance with national and agency standards.
  • Determines priority of photograph collections or images for processing based on knowledge of research needs, agency priorities, historical significance, and professional standards.
  • Responds to a wide variety of reference inquiries from a diverse research community.
  • Seeks grant funds for preservation, reproduction and digitization of photographic collections.
  • Provides support to agency public programs and fundraising events as assigned
  • May supervise volunteers and interns

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Good knowledge of archival reference and research methods.
  • Experience conducting historical research using primary source materials.
  • Good knowledge of principles and methods for appraisal, arrangement, and description of archival documents or manuscripts or photographic materials.
  • Experience preparing finding aids and descriptive guides for historical documents and/or collections.
  • Good knowledge of archival organization, services, practices, and terminology.
  • Experience with automated records systems.
  • Experience evaluating, organizing, and classifying historical documents and/or collections.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience interpreting and applying public records law as it pertains to confidential records. 
  • Experience applying digitization standards and practice.
  • Some knowledge of supervisory practices.
  • Some knowledge of intellectual property and/or copyright law.   


The examination is a rating of your education and experience. Enter your responses to the questions in the spaces provided in the examination. You must have the minimum level of experience or education described for each question addressing minimum requirements to qualify for this position. Scoring will be based on the information you provide. A minimum rating of 56 is needed to pass this examination. Notification of your test results will be available online when the review process is complete.

To preview the exam, click on the “Preview Exam” link at the bottom of this page (you will not be able to take the exam from this screen). If you wish to take the exam, click on any Apply Online button and follow the instructions provided.

How to Apply:

Click on any Apply Online button and follow the instructions provided to complete the Application Checklist and Exam for this position.

When updating your online application information, please select:

  • Idaho State Historical Society under "Agencies"
  • Full-time under "Job Type/Shift"
  • Boise under "Cities"

When updating your online application information, you must complete all items in the Application Checklist (this includes: Personal Information, Education, Work History, Cities, Agencies and Job Type/Shift).  Without this information, your name cannot be referred to the hiring agency.

Thank you for applying for employment with the Idaho State Historical Society!


Preview Exam

At the discretion of the appointing authority, compensatory time off may be provided in lieu of overtime cash compensation.

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.