Research Service Assistant

Job title: Research Service Assistant

$3583.33 – 3750 per month

Company: Colorado’s Department of Personnel & Administration

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Job description: Department Information

We believe that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. History Colorado and the State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

If you are considering a career opportunity with the goal of making a difference, consider joining the dedicated people at History Colorado. Our professionals inspire generations to find wonder and meaning in our past and to engage in creating a better Colorado. The History Colorado Center is a location convenient to downtown shopping, restaurants, and cultural facilities in the Golden Triangle district. In addition to a great location, we offer fantastic benefits including:

Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including a plus 401K and 457 plans

Employer supplemented

Paid life insurance

Short- and long-term disability coverage

10 paid holidays per year plus 12 hours of vacation and 6.66 hours of sick leave a month

state employee discount program

employee wellness program

Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules and more.

Description of Job

The Stephen H. Hart Research Center is part of the Curatorial Services & Collections Access division of History Colorado. Our mission is to collect, preserve, study, share, collaborate, stimulate appreciation for, and advance knowledge of Colorado history. We have 3 primary mechanisms that are demonstrated in our work that accomplish this mission: 1) provide and increase access to the collection, 2) provide high standards of collections stewardship for physical and intellectual care, and 3) making history matter.

History Colorado’s artifacts and original documentary materials are central to our educational and interpretive mission. The collection currently comprises approximately 225,000 artifacts, 1,000,000+ photographs, and 9,000+ linear feet of textual and archival materials. History Colorado collects in three main areas: archives, artifacts, and photography. The artifact collection is further divided into three curatorial areas: Culture and Community, Art and Design, and Business & Industry. Please visit for more information about the collection.

The Research Center is one of the primary points of access to the History Colorado Collection (artifacts, archives, and photographs) and is open to the public. We are looking for an exciting and customer-service and outreach oriented person that understands using and researching historical museum collections that wants to be part of a dynamic crew and is excited about museum collections.


  • Provide high levels of research and reproduction services
  • Locate, research, and process collections information to answer user questions, Includes media and reproduction requests, use agreements, invoices, and accepting payments
  • Schedule, prepare, and prepare for research appointments
  • Provide high levels of accountability, especially request completion and observing timelines
  • Working on permanent collection projects as needed
  • Contribute to CSCA mission of outreach and programming
  • Increase and improve collections access
  • Develop and maintain workflow systems and procedures
  • Effective communication, public speaking, and cooperation with the public and other museum staff

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

  • Proven application of customer-service, public interaction component, and connecting collections to users
  • Strong abilities to make decisions, be self-directing and work independently, and show motivation
  • High level of proficiency with data and databases
  • Excellent research skills using collections
  • Comparable experience with large collections or high volumes of activity
  • Proven experience in project management, meeting deadlines, and flexible multi-tasking in a fast-pasted and sometimes ever-changing environment
  • Innovative and/or motivated approaches for collections access and outreach, especially with workflow and logistics for work order systems
  • Ability to maintain operations or make comparable decisions with or in the absence of a supervisor
  • Ability to adapt strengths and experience to continue, change, or make new procedures and processes


  • Bachelor’s degree in Museum Studies, History, Archives, Art History, Library Science (or related degree) and minimum of 1 year of consistent, full-time practical experience. Equivalent experience will be considered in lieu of education requirements.
  • Motivation and ability to work with the public
  • Knowledge of museum collections, preservation, and handling standards
  • Strong computer skills and proficiency with collections management databases common to museums and archives, strong experience with ARGUS preferred.
  • Knowledge of Colorado history and history of the American West


  • Must be able to work Saturdays
  • This position requires the ability to lift boxes up to 40 lbs from 14′ shelves using a ladder and must be able to climb ladders
  • Successful candidates must pass a criminal history background check prior to hire
  • Bilingual skills (Spanish/English) preferred but not required.

Supplemental Information

History Colorado is committed to anti-racism practices across its institution and outlined in these grounding . As such we encourage members of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+, and differently abled communities to apply.

A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted as part of the selection process. Felony convictions or convicted of crimes of moral turpitude or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being considered for this position. Should your background check reveal any charges or convictions, it is your responsibility to provide the Human Resources Unit with an official disposition of any charges.

ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete the application. To request an accommodation, please contact Dany McCoy (303) 866-2136 or email .

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Location: Denver, CO

Job date: Fri, 27 Aug 2021 01:17:21 GMT

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