Position Description

Position Title: Wilma Hefty Clancy Endowed Graduate Assistantship for Rural School Collections (1/2 Time)

Reports to:  Nathan Arndt (UNI Museum Assistant Director & Chief Curator) Nathan.arndt@uni.edu – 319-273-6922

Terms of Employment:

  • For the fall semester: 10 hours per week, beginning August 23, 2021 and ending December 4, 2021.  Does not include the week of Thanksgiving Break.
  • For the spring semester: 10 hours per week, beginning January 25, 2022 and ending May 7, 2022.  Does not include the week of Spring Break.
  • Hours will be between 9-4 (Monday-Friday)


  • Half assistantship salary for 2021-2022 is $2,697.50 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: http://www.grad.uni.edu/assistantships/

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 ArchivesSpace (an online archival information system).  Other possible responsibilities include museum website maintenance, digital content management, collection management, and researcher training. The center will also be conducting rural school interviews throughout the year, which this student may be required to assist with.

The GA will be responsible for self-guided software training on ViewScan, Drupal (Lynda.com), 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 and rural school locations onto the museum webpage database.



  • 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. 
  • Maintain a UNI cumulative graduate GPA of at least 3.00.  A newly admitted graduate student must have at least a 3.0 GPA for undergraduate or previous graduate work of at least 8 graded credit hours.
  • 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


  • Experience working within a museum or archives
  • Experience working with museum databases
  • Organized
  • Proactive about asking questions and implementing feedback
  • Adaptable to a quickly changing schedule
  • Good working with the public and completing research requests.

Application Process and Deadline:  To apply email the completed Application Form for Graduate Assistantship (available at http://www.grad.uni.edu/assistantships), cover letter, and CV to Nathan Arndt (Nathan.Arndt@uni.edu).  

Applications received by April 23, 2021 will be given preferential consideration.