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Object/Art Handler - Contract Position

Digital Transitions
5.0 out of 5
Washington, DC
$17 - $25 an hour - Contract


Washington, DC

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Job Description

Pixel Acuity, a leading heritage digitization company, is seeking a short-term (3-4 month) opportunity to work with Pixel Acuity and our clients on one-of-a-kind cultural heritage materials. This role will be primarily responsible for handling photographs as part of a large-scale digitization project. In this position, you will have the chance to learn about historical photographic processes, archival materials handling, and cutting edge instant-capture digitization techniques. Students who are pursuing cultural heritage careers and are looking for experience in a real-world cultural collections environment are encouraged to apply.

This position is full time and lasts from June 1 - August 31, with a potential for extension through September 29. To apply, submit a PDF resume and cover letter to with the subject line “NATGEO HANDLER”.


Pixel Acuity, a division of Digital Transitions, is a small dynamic company of over 36 employees with offices in NYC, LA, and DC. Pixel Acuity provides photo imaging services to clients in the heritage space including, but not exclusive to, museums, libraries, public archives, and corporate archives. Like our parent company, which is world-renowned for providing best in class imaging solutions to the Heritage and other photographic markets, we hold ourselves to a very high standard. We are a person-focused organization, which embraces a long-term, sustainable work-life balance. Our positive work environment, strong management, and amazing clients have led to consistent growth, high talent retention, and market success.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Great communication skills and ability to work with others
  • Great attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Enrollment in a conservation, history, photography, or library science degree program preferred
  • Previous experience handling archival materials preferred
  • Previous exposure to, and knowledge of working within museums, libraries, and archives required.
  • Knowledge of Mac operating systems and associated software and hardware.
  • Highly organized, self-motivated with ability to work both supervised and unsupervised.
  • Great communication skills and ability to work with others.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Handle and transport fragile archival materials
  • Work with a digital imaging specialist to create digital surrogates of archival objects
  • Provide quality control assistance for digital surrogates as necessary
  • Data entry and database cleanup duties as necessary
  • Handle and support objects of varying fragility with care throughout the imaging process
  • Track and maintain pace of prepared objects with production rate of the Digital Imaging Specialist
  • Maintain and track systemic organization of material using previously established workflows
  • Communicate with the Digital Imaging Specialist throughout the production process
  • Communicate with PA/DT’s Project Managers about production goals and needs.
  • Align with production expectations throughout the project


The Object/Art Handler will directly report to the Project Director and will work both independently and collaboratively. The work of an Object/Art handler requires close attention to detail and closely following instructions for each project. Additional training on technical and specific tasks for this position will be provided on-site.

Physical Requirements:

Able to lift 50 pounds

Job Type: Contract

Pay: $17.00 - $25.00 per hour


  • 8 hour shift

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Washington, DC: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: In person