Museum of Science

Science Park
Boston, MA 02114

Date Posted:
April 22, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Archives Fellow


Archives Fellow

Museum of Science, Boston

Innovation and creativity come from the unique perspectives of a diverse staff. We value your perspective.


The Archives fellow will assist the Senior Archivist in the continued expansion of the Archives department, and will help perform care and organization of the collections, which include manuscript, audiovisual, and bound works from the 17th century forward. The fellow will participate in strategic planning and discussion of short- and long-term goals, and be responsible for processing and digitizing materials under the direction of the Senior Archivist. Primarily, the fellow will undertake an independent processing project, but will also assist with research requests, organizing supplies, monitoring storage environments, and other recurring activities. The fellow will expand their personal skills and knowledge by assisting with inventory and rehousing projects, outreach to staff, preservation tasks, data ingest, and digital imaging. As part of the Museum of Science, the fellow will support the institutional commitment to education and safety for visitors, and will participate in training to meet such goals.


  • Lift boxes up to 40lbs.
  • Work in storage areas with varying environmental conditions.
  • Develop one presentation for Museum staff on any related topic per year.
  • Climb multiple sets of stairs and walk distances with fragile material.
  • Assist with projects for collection of approximately 1500 ft3 ranging in age and condition (collection includes bound materials, audiovisual and photo formats, digital assets, oversize works, ephemera).


This position is full-time, 35 hours per week, Monday – Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm starting July 1, 2019.


Director, Conservation and Temporary Exhibit Operations

  • Bachelors of Science or Arts degree.
  • One (1) or more years of course work in archives management
  • • Knowledge of digitization of historic records through photography and/or scanning.
  • Demonstrated reading and writing skills.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills with attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to climb stairs, carry boxes, and generally perform physical activities.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite.


Non-Exempt (Hourly).


Benefits for full-time, non-exempt (hourly) staff include: free parking, T accessibility, 15 vacation days, 12 holidays, 10 sick days, medical, dental, and vision insurance, short- and long-term disability, life insurance, retirement and savings plan, health care/dependent care flex spending plan, employee discounts, employee referral program, tuition assistance, professional development, direct deposit, free admission, free Duck Tours, discounted movie passes, and much more!

The Museum of Science is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity.

No phone inquiries, please. Qualified applicants will be contacted within two to four weeks of initial application.

How To Apply:
For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.
Apply by:
May 21, 2019
About this Organization:
In 1830, six men interested in natural history established the Boston Society of Natural History, an organization through which they could pursue their common scientific interests. Devoted to collecting and studying natural history specimens, the society displayed its collections in numerous temporary facilities until 1864, when it opened the New England Museum of Natural History at the corner of Berkeley and Boylston Streets in Boston's Back Bay. That Museum is now known world-wide as the Museum of Science.

After World War II, under the leadership of Bradford Washburn, the Society sold the Berkeley Street building, changed its name to the Boston Museum of Science (later, dropping Boston from the name) and negotiated with the Metropolitan District Commission a 99-year lease for land spanning the Charles River Basin, now known as Science Park. In 1948, the Museum designed and built the first traveling planetarium in New England to promote the development of a new Museum building. The cornerstone for the new Museum was laid at Science Park a year later, and a temporary building was erected to house the Museum's collections and staff.

In 1951, the first wing of the new Museum officially opened, making the Museum the first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Comprising 14,000 square feet of exhibit space, the new Museum's first wing was already much larger than the entire exhibits area of the old Berkeley building. That same year, one of the most endearing and memorable symbols of the Museum, 'Spooky,' the Great Horned Owl, was given to the Museum as an owlet. Spooky lived to the age of 38 years, becoming the oldest known living member of his species.During the next two decades. the Museum greatly expanded its exhibits and facilities. In 1956, the Museum was successful in campaigning for a Science Park MBTA station that now brings visitors to within 200 yards of the Museum. The Charles Hayden Planetarium, funded by major gifts from the Charles Hayden Foundation, opened in 1958.

By 1968, further building expansion was under way as ground was broken for the Museum's west wing which was completed in the early 1970s. The Elihu Thomson Theater of Electricity, which houses the 2 1/2 million-volt Van de Graaff generator -- the two-story tall high voltage electricity generator given to the Museum by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1956-opened in 1980.

The Museum has remained on the cutting edge of science education by developing innovative and interactive exhibits and programs that both entertain and educate.

Two of the Museum's more recent additions, the Hall Wing housing the Roger L. Nichols Gallery for temporary exhibits, and the Mugar Omni Theater, exemplify the Museum of Science's commitment to making science fun and accessible to all. The Mugar Omni Theater, opened in 1987, utilizes state-of-the-art film technology to project larger-than-life images onto a five-story high, domed screen, creating a 'you are there' experience for viewers.

More than 1.6 million people visit the Museum and its more than 400 interactive exhibits each year.