Full-time

Dublin 4

EUR 33199- 46331 per annum

Assistant Archivist, RTÉ Archives

RTÉ is Ireland’s national public service media organisation.  A leader in Irish media, RTÉ provides comprehensive, cost effective, free-to-air multi-media services to the public in Ireland and interested audiences internationally.

RTÉ Archives house Ireland’s largest audiovisual collection and are responsible for collecting, preserving and making accessible the creative and documentary output of the national broadcaster. The collections combine hundreds of thousands of hours of moving image and sound recordings, together with photographs, manuscripts and administrative documents.  The RTÉ Archives are an important support to RTÉ’s multi-media services and a rich resource for the wider creative media industry both in Ireland and abroad.  RTÉ Archives also work with cultural partners and heritage institutions as well as supporting academic research and the educational sector.  Access to RTÉ Archives, commercial or otherwise, fulfils a regulatory function.

We are currently working on several projects within the Archive Content Digitisation Programme.  An opportunity for a versatile Assistant Archivist has arisen to work across different projects and daily Archiving and Preservation activities.

Reporting to the Programme Manager, RTÉ Archives, the successful candidate will work within one or multiple project teams at any given time during this employment.  Their work will be supervised by the appropriate Project Lead or a Senior Archivist.

The key responsibilities for this role are:
  • To deliver daily targets defined for all pre and post digitisation activities as listed below
  • To continuously look for ways to improve the efficiency of all processes and put forward constructive suggestions
  • To work in other areas of the RTÉ Archives as may be required
  • To participate in the overall development of the Archives when needed

The main activities will include, but are not limited to:
  • Hands-on picking, cleaning where required, labelling, packing and manual handling of physical carriers before transport to digitisation service providers
  • Diligent input of all data as required
  • Ingest activities and quality checks of the digital content post digitisation
  • Regular and proactive reports on progress with all activities

Candidates are required to have the following skills and attributes:
  • Qualification in library or archival studies or relevant professional experience in a media archive environment
  • Familiarity with the use of audiovisual archives technology (such as experience in using archive database systems, video and audio production systems, recording and playback equipment)
  • Strong IT skills in terms of understanding computer operating systems, including file manipulation tasks and a high level of practical knowledge of Microsoft Office apps, particularly Microsoft Excel
  • Proven ability to work on repetitive tasks whilst delivering accurate results
  • Prior experience in audio or audiovisual conservation work and projects would be an advantage
  • Great attention to detail
  • Flexible, punctual, obliging, trustworthy, highly self-motivated and a good team player

Knowledge of RTÉ Radio and TV programmes as well as of 20th century Irish history, current affairs, music and/or Irish language is not required but is desirable for this role.

This appointment will be made on a fixed purpose contract basis, on the Administrative Grade 2 salary scale from €33,199 to €46,331 gross per annum, until 12th October 2022. 

If you are interested in applying for this exciting opportunity, please apply in strictest confidence by submitting your Curriculum Vitae and cover letter outlining your suitability for the role. Please submit as one document when completing this online application process.

Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 24th September 2021 at 5pm.

RTÉ is committed to diversity in its workforce and welcomes applications from people with diverse backgrounds.


Cuirfear fáilte roimh iarratais ó dhaoine go bhfuil dearcadh dearfach acu i leith na Gaeilge. Applications are welcome from people who have a positive outlook to Irish.

RTÉ is committed to diversity in its workplace. RTÉ is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants without regard to gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, social experience, race and ethnicity, disability, civil and family status, religious belief and membership of the Traveller Community.