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Graduate Assistantship for Iowa Rural Education Project (Museum) (has been filled for 2016-17)

Reports to:  Nathan Arndt (UNI Museum Asst Director and Chief Curator) – 319-273-6922


Terms of Employment:

  • For the fall semester: 10 hours per week, beginning August 21, 2017 and ending December 15, 2017.  Does not include the week of Thanksgiving Break.
  • For the spring semester: 10 hours per week, beginning January 8, 2018 and ending May 4, 2018.  Does not include the week of Spring Break.
  • Hours will be between 9-4 (Monday-Friday)


  • Half assistantship salary for 2017-2018 is $2,560 per semester.
  • Salary is prorated on a weekly basis for late start. 
  • Graduate Assistants may qualify for in-state tuition and fees. 
  • Graduate Assistants receive University holidays and do not work during Thanksgiving Break, Spring Break, or the interims between semesters. 
  • For more information on the Graduate Assistantship System and procedures:

Position Description:

The Center for the History of Rural Iowa Education and Culture (CHRIEC) seeks a graduate student to assist in stewarding, maintaining, and providing access to the Rural School Collections.  Responsibilities may include rehousing materials into archival folders and boxes; creating index labels for microfilm holdings; corresponding with donors; fulfilling research and reference requests; and creating and/or updating finding aids via Archon (an open source archival information system).  Other possible responsibilities include: museum website maintenance, digital content management, collection management, and researcher training.  

Student will be responsible for self-guided software training on Archon, ViewScan, Drupal (, and Adobe Photoshop; for gaining a working understanding of professional archival practices and local policies; and for learning and maintaining the overall organizational structure of the Rural School Collections. Students will also work to digitize and upload oral interviews onto the museum webpage.

Student will work closely with the UNI Museum, Archives, and Special Collections staff in identifying related material held by those units and increasing access as appropriate.



  • Be unconditionally admitted to degree status in a graduate degree program (provisional admission will be considered only for non-GPA reasons)
  • Enrolled for at least 9 graduate credit hours the semester of the assistantship 
  • Have a final official transcript on file in the Office of Admissions showing bachelor’s degree has been conferred. 
  • Plan GPA of 3.00 or higher.  Newly admitted students must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Must be able to interact with the general public and answer research questions
  • Must be able to carefully handle and move up to 50 pounds
  • Self-directed


  • B.A. degree in History or Public History
  • Experience working within a museum or archives
  • Experience working with museum databases
  • Organized
  • Proactive about asking questions and implementing feedback

Application Process and Deadline:  To apply email the completed Application Form for Graduate Assistantship (available at, cover letter, and CV to Nathan Arndt ( 

Applications received by March 6, 2017 will be given preferential consideration. 

March 6, 2017