Archives/Illinois State Water Survey – Graduate Hourly - General Information

Primary Position Function/Summary

The University Archives and the Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) are seeking a graduate student to assist with a survey of ISWS records. Under the direction of the Natural and Applied Sciences Archivist (Archives) and the Groundwater Hydrologist (ISWS), the student will assist in tasks related to systematic survey and assessment of materials. This position is generously funded by the ISWS.

Founded in 1895, the Illinois State Water Survey conducts research and collects long-term water science data. The ISWS supports the communities and citizens of Illinois by providing expert advice, cutting edge science, and water/public health related education. Their records date to around 1900 and include maps, blueprints, photographs, glass plate slides, and other types of documentation and images. This effort to survey and assess the ISWS historical records is the first step in developing a plan to fund the preservation and digitization of these materials.

  • Unit Name and Location: Prairie Research Institute, ISWS, Building 4
  • Job Type:Graduate Hourly
  • Pay rate and Hours per week: $23.72 per hour. Position is available for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters. Hours can be scheduled any time during the open hours of the ISWS (Monday – Friday 7:30 am-5:00 pm)

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with the Natural and Applied Sciences Archivist and the Groundwater Hydrologist, assist with surveying and inventorying records for location, extent, formats, and preservation issues;
  • Coordinating with other Library or ISWS staff as needed to assess materials and assess for content and preservation review;
  • Conducting research on records to better understand the history behind specific items and ISWS research projects

Position Requirements and Qualifications

Education: BA/BS completed and current enrollment in a graduate program in the University of Illinois iSchool, Department of History, or other related programs. A background in a scientific field is preferred. The Library cannot fund tuition waivers and any potential waivers will need to be arranged with the student’s home college or department.

Training: A short training session will be provided prior to the start of work and an additional training occurs through a mentorship model. Training is related to basic preservation and archival practices and theories.


  • Strong interpersonal communication and organizational skills
  • Commitment of 10-15 hours per week for the rest of the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters
  • Ability to work independently


  • Experience or coursework in the archives, special collections, or preservation
  • Coursework in science and/or history of science

To Apply: Please send a cover letter expressing interest in the position, a current resume, and contact information for two professional references to Bethany Anderson, Position is open until filled.