Position Summary: The Data Preservation Specialist works at the Idaho Geological Survey (IGS) and is stationed at the University of Idaho's Moscow campus. This position processes analog media and other data for web retrieval by the public while creating digital archives. The position requires digitizing a variety of media, cataloging and geolocating the data, and constructing records in spatial relational databases utilizing Geographical Information Systems (GIS), research methods, and an understanding of maps and other geoscience data. An individual in this position is also expected to coordinate with part-time workers who assemble data from both digital and paper format, scan historic mine records and scientific documents, and catalogue the resulting files using in-house databases.
This position reports to a Database Manager and participates in externally-funded Idaho Geological Survey programs. The Data Preservation Specialist oversees specific elements of projects and has independent or shared responsibility in determining project objectives and methods. This position requires the employee to think critically, act independently, and exercise initiative, as well as work collaboratively and contribute to the team effort to achieve goals.
This position is contingent on the continuation of grant-generated funding.
Minimum Qualifications: High School Degree or GED Working knowledge of GIS such as ESRI ArcGIS and Google Earth Basic knowledge of common digital media file types such as PDF, TIFF, JPEG, AVI, and MP4 Experience with Adobe Acrobat Pro and Photoshop or similar software Using computer software and applications for word processing, developing spreadsheets, email and internet research Demonstrated attention to detail in all written and digital work (as demonstrated in application materials)
Preferred Qualifications: Bachelors degree in Geology, Geography, or a related field with applicable skills, or a masters degree in Library Science (ALA accredited) Working knowledge of relational databases Working knowledge of media processing software such as ImageMagick, ffMPEG, and GhostScript GIS certification Coursework or experience in digital collections management Experience with legacy data storage such as 3.5 floppy, DVD, and CD Experience with mineral exploration maps, mine maps, and related documents Basic knowledge of Idaho geography Experience with customer service
Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:
Posting Number: SP002716P
Posting Date: 02/19/2021
Open Until Filled: Yes
Special Instructions: First consideration date will be March 12, 2021.
Background Check: Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.
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