Archivist Job Description

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Archivists oversee the provision, care, and management of permanent collections of historical information. They preserve the past to allow others to be able to discover it.

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We are looking for a meticulous archivist to assemble, catalog, and preserve catalogs of historical information. A successful candidate will be responsible for retrieving and arranging documents, reserving and caring for the materials, and ensuring their safety.


An archivist earns between $34,000 and $69,000 per year depending on experience, location, and size of the archival organization. The median salary for this position is roughly $49,000.


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