Repository Description: The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) protects public health and the environment by supplying clean drinking water, collecting and treating wastewater, and reducing air, noise, and hazardous materials pollution. DEP is the largest combined municipal water and wastewater utility in the country, with nearly 6,000 employees. We deliver 1.1 billion gallons of high quality drinking water per day to 8.5 million New York City residents and more than 1 million people in Upstate New York, and we collect and treat an average of 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater per day.
The DEP Archives is responsible for collecting and preserving historical records documenting the activities of the DEP and its predecessor agencies. Among its most important records are those that document the development and operation of New York City’s immense water supply and distribution system. Not only are these records historically important to engineering, science, and New York City, they are also critical to the continuing operation of our city’s water supply system. This is an opportunity to work with vitally important archival records and gain real-world knowledge of managing records that support local government.
Job Description: The Digitization Intern will work with the Records and Archives Management team to digitize archival photographs related to the planning and construction of the New York City water supply system. The selected candidate will be responsible for the following: scanning film negatives and editing image files, metadata review and caption editing, and quality control. The position will be an opportunity for the candidate to learn digital imaging practices and standards by participating in a large-scale digitization project involving thousands of historical photographs. Other responsibilities may include conducting research in support of user requests and creating social media content.
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Preferred Skills: Interest in New York City history, government records, or engineering. Strong written and verbal communication skills, excellent organizational and planning skills, detail-oriented, self-motivated, able to work well following a written project plan with minimal supervision, and capable of identifying and communicating project issues as they arise. Proficient in Microsoft Office suite of applications, particularly Excel. Previous experience digitizing archival records and using Adobe Photoshop a plus.
Qualifications: Must currently be enrolled at a college/university at the graduate level pursuing a degree in information and library science, archival studies, history, or related field, and must have at least a 2.5 GPA.
To Apply: Go to http://www1.nyc.gov/jobs/ and search for the Job ID 311424. Please include cover letter and resume—applicants who do not include a cover letter clearly stating their qualifications and why they are interested in the position will not be considered.
Please note that the qualifications, pay, work location, and descriptions in this announcement supersede any conflicting information in the New York City website posting.
Additional Salary Information: $14.15 hourly. The position requires a commitment of 2-3 days (14-21 hours) per week within a Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, schedule. Ideally it will begin January 2018 for the spring semester, but this is flexible.
About New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
The DEP Archives is responsible for collecting and preserving historical records documenting the activities of the Department of Environmental Protection and its predecessor agencies. Among its most important records are those that document the development and operation of New York City’s immense water supply and distribution system. Not only are these records historically important to engineering..., science, and New York City, they are also critical to the continuing operation of our city’s water supply system.