Archivist Kaitiaki Pūranga

Archivists assess, organise, store and provide access to records and documents of long-term historical or research value. They also advise people and organisations about their archives.

Archivists may do some or all of the following:

  • advise local and central government departments and other organisations about which records they should keep or archive
  • research items under their care
  • maintain and modify records management programmes and systems
  • describe records and other materials so they are easy to find on databases
  • advise on how to store archives
  • prepare and package materials for storage
  • help people find information.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for archivists includes:

  • work in document storage
  • work as a librarian or in records management
  • customer service.

Personal Qualities

Archivists need to be:

  • patient, thorough and methodical
  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • good communicators, with people skills
  • organised and good at managing time.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for archivists includes:

  • work in document storage
  • work as a librarian or in records management
  • customer service.

Subject Recommendations

A tertiary entrance qualification is needed to enter further training. Useful subjects include English, digital technologies, history and classical studies, history of arts, social studies and te reo Māori.

Archivists can earn around $40K-$60K per year per year.

Archivists may progress to become self-employed, become sole-charge archivists, or move into management roles.

Archivists may specialise in:

  • film
  • books and other paper records
  • photographs
  • sound
  • digital formats.
Archivist