Scanning Operator/Technician – National Geographic Society – Washington, DC

Job Description Summary:
National Geographic has an opening for a self-directed technician/archivist to participate in a digitization and metadata project of institutional and scientific materials.

The position requires a detail-oriented and conscientious individual who will be responsible for creating high-quality results. Strong technical skills and ability to learn quickly the operation of existing digital and analog equipment. Clear communicator with a willingness to interact with fellow staff, clients and vendors in a friendly and professional manner.

Job Description:


  • Preparing items to be scanned at high-resolution.  Performing scanning, image evaluation and correction, quality control as needed, maintain and monitor equipment and software, perform OCR function if needed, following naming conventions and metadata protocols of the project. (70%)
  • Coordinate technical metadata with descriptive metadata as needed, assist with metadata creation, curatorial review/recommendations, and proper housing of items in the scanning project as needed. (20%)
  • Report on or contribute to reporting on project status reports, statistical reports, project analysis/highlights/updates.  Contribute to promotion and outreach of the project through tours, site visits, social media, or other outlets. (10%)Minimum Education RequiredBachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred, preferably in library science, archival studies, photography, or related field.

Minimum Years and Types of Experience

2+ years previous archival/film preservation experience or combined with education.

Knowledge and Skills Required

  • Certified Phase One Cultural Heritage Specialist
  • Detail-oriented and proficient in finding practical solutions
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Familiarity with digitization workflows and descriptive metadata
  • Familiarity with photographic history, formats, qualities, and technical specifications
  • Strong and effective written and verbal communications skills
  • Experience working with rare, fragile and oversized materials
  • Ability to work quickly and carefully with minimal supervision
  • Willingness to provide rigorous quality control review
  • Familiarity with scanning systems, file formats, bit depth, image resolution, etc.

Supervision : None

Responsibility percentages may vary depending on business needs.

National Geographic’s headquarters is located in the heart of Washington, D.C. In addition to a unique and dynamic work environment, National Geographic offers its employees a comprehensive benefits package, including health and dental benefits, generous vacation and leave time, a 401(k) plan, and flexible work options. National Geographic is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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