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Museum Employment

For the academic year 2017-2018, the UNI Museum is hiring a wide range of work-study positions to help with our many projects. Please look at the student job board for more information.

Graduate Assistants


New Position Avaliable:  Wilma Hefty Clancy Endowed Graduate Assistantship for Rural School Collection


Terms of Employment:

For the fall semester: 10 hours per week, beginning August 20, 2018 and ending December 14, 2018.  Does not include the week of Thanksgiving Break.

For the spring semester: 10 hours per week, beginning January 14, 2019 and ending May 10, 2019.  Does not include the week of Spring Break.

Hours will be between 9-5 (Monday-Friday)


·         Half assistantship salary for 2018-2017 is $2,588 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 ArchivesSpace (an online 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 ArchivesSpace, 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 staff in the transition of the rural school collection to the new research facility on the first floor of the Rod Library. The student will work with the UNIM Outreach Coordinator to design a rural school trunk for educational programming.




·         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, Public History, and Education

·         Experience working within a museum or archives

·         Experience working with museum databases

·         Organized

·         Proactive about asking questions and implementing feedback

·         Ability to repeatedly lift over 50 pounds

·         Excellent communication and research skills.


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 May 31, 2018 will be given preferential consideration. 


With a variety of projects and ongoing collections research, the UNI Museum is always looking for volunteers to work with the collections, give public tours and help with events. If you have an interest in volunteering with the museum, please call the main office and find out what opportunities are currently available.



The UNIM is always looking to expand its collection to better serve our patrons. If you have an object you believe would serve our mission or would fill a void in our collection, please contact our curator to discuss your options. Your donation is tax deductible and will directly impact a student’s experience at UNI.  

In addition to receiving objects to our collection, we also accept monetary donations. These tax deductible dontations allow us to purchase objects to fill gaps in our collections, pay student assistants, and provide conservation for our collections, among other things. 

You may designate your gift to one of the major funds identified below at the UNI Foundation Give Now page by designating "UNI Museum" in the "Other" field.

  • Friends of the UNI Museum Fund: Funding to support museum actives, exhibits, and student internships.
  • Museum (Anthropology): Funding to support the purchase of objects to expand the collection at the UNI Museum
  • UNI Museum Youth Education Fund: Funding to provide field trips and student activities at the UNI Museum and the Marshall Center School
  • UNI Museum Internship Fund: Provides funds to hire student interns who are interested in the museum profession
  • Rural School House Renovation Fund: A fund to support the ongoing preservation of the museum's one room schoolhouse.
  • Museum Fund: Provides funding for exhibits and the preservation of over 150,000 objects.

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