The Oregon Historical Society
  • Library
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • 22.71
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

OHS offers a comprehensive benefits package for eligible employees including medical, dental, 401K with match, paid vacation and sick leave, company sponsored life and disability insurance, and flexible spending account options.

We have an opening for a Digital Services Photographer in the Library! Oregon Historical Society (OHS) is currently recruiting for a Digital Services Photographer for a regular, full-time position. 

Digital Services Photographer produces high-quality digital images of OHS collections. This position is responsible for the efficient daily management of photographic reproduction orders and contributes to the growth of OHS Digital Collections through the use of scanning technology and digital photography.

This position is non-exempt with a schedule of 40 hours per week. This position qualifies for participation in the OHS benefits package.  This position does not provide relocation assistance.


  1. Manages daily digital production and order fulfillment for photographic orders for OHS researchers, staff, and partners.
  2. Recommends and implements procedures, workflows, and reporting for photographic orders and fulfillment.
  3. Scans or photographs 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional items from OHS collections, logs associated metadata, and prepares files for storage following OHS Research Library procedures and policies.
  4. Contributes to the growth of OHS Digital Collections through the use of scanning technology and digital photography.
  5. Tracks status of image orders, and digital production projects and submits production reports. Reports financial transactions to OHS Finance Department as required.


  • Establishes ideal conditions for digitally capturing a project's specific material types.
  • Digitally captures archival and special collection materials using photo scanners, digital cameras, and studio lighting equipment.
  • Applies standard post-capture image adjustments such as rotation and cropping, neutralizing color, and inverting and enhancing negatives.
  • On a project-by-project basis, performs complex post-capture image adjustments and processing, including file stitching and digital restoration.
  • Identifies and recommends efficient workflows for digitizing materials safely, while also maintaining the highest standards of quality.
  • Monitors the performance of imaging systems and troubleshoot problems as they occur.
  • Follows library policies and procedures regarding handling of library collections, digitization and photography specifications, metadata standards, copyright and use, and digital collections management and storage. Follows museum policies and procedures regarding handling of artifacts.
  • Provides excellent customer service to external customers, OHS staff, and project partners.
  • Evaluates, recommends and implements emerging image capture and processing tools.
  • Works accurately in a detail-oriented and production environment
  • Maintains punctual, regular and predictable attendance.
  • Works collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation.
  • Displays excellent communication skills including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills required in working with coworkers, vendors, visitors and volunteers and including the ability to communicate effectively and remain calm and courteous under pressure.
  • Respectfully takes direction from supervisor.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required education, skills and experience for this position include but are not limited to:

Associate's degree (A. A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school and least two years related work experience in a digital production environment required; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Bachelor degree in Photography or related discipline preferred.

  • Knowledge of imaging science, preferably as it relates to cultural heritage digitization.
  • Demonstrated skill and expertise in professional scanning and digital photography processes and equipment.
  • Knowledge of studio lighting equipment and techniques.
  • Strong eye for color, value, composition, and visual accuracy.
  • Familiarity with a variety of photographic media and processes and experience in handling archival photographic materials, and other fragile library and museum collection materials required.
  • Knowledge of copyright and licensing issues, as well as descriptive and technical metadata standards required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under deadlines in a production-oriented environment.


Job requires specialized computer skills. Must be adept at using various applications including databases, spreadsheets, report writing, project management, graphics, word processing, e-mail and scheduling software; must be able to back up important data. Must have demonstrated working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, SilverFast imaging software, and professional scanning and digital camera software applications. Must be able to work in both Mac and PC environments.


Acceptable documents to establish identity and eligibility to work in the United States. Valid driver's license.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds unassisted and climb or balance.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Must be able to use a loupe to perform assigned tasks.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. This position occasionally requires the employee to work near moving mechanical parts.  The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles such as dust. The employee is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals such as nitrate film stock.

This position will work as needed between the OHS facility in downtown Portland and the Gresham Support Facility (GSF) as assigned. 

Must be able to work in a confined space shared with other workers and/or volunteers. 


The Oregon Historical Society is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. OHS will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law. 

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