About the City of Somerville

Somerville is a city that upholds progressive principles for both employees and residents. The City of Somerville values diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging throughout our hiring practices; these values are embedded in our mission and work environment—furthermore, we encourage applications from a diverse range of professional experiences and skillsets. We embrace and encourage an innovative, empowering, and collaborative workplace culture in a fast-paced, challenging environment. The City also offers a generous benefits package that embodies a strong work-life balance. Not only is Somerville a “Model City,” as termed by The Boston Globe, it is also a model employer.


  • Now Hiring: Archives Internship

City Clerk

The City of Somerville Archives seeks an archives intern to assist with accessions, collection inventories and archival description.  The archive is part of the City Clerk’s office, but works with all city departments to assist with records management and provide access to permanent collections.  The intern will assist the Archivist in many aspects of day to day work, and will gain an understanding government and administrative archives.

Essential Functions

  • Record Accessions
  • Create Inventories
  • Create Archival Description in ArchivesSpace
  • Scan Images
  • Assist in Social Media Outreach

Education and Requirements

  • Currently enrolled in an Archives Management, Library Science or Public History Program
  • Microsoft Office Programs
  • Photoshop
  • Clear Written and Verbal Communication
  • Preferred Qualifications: Completion of Introduction to Archives and Cataloging Courses  

Work Environment                                                                  

Work requires agility and physical strength, ability to function in close quarters, and is subject to noise, vibrations, hazards and atmospheric conditions including dust and air contaminants.  When working with records, physical space may be cramped. Work is conducted primarily indoors, with occasional exposure to outside elements.

Physical and Mental Requirements

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 position’s essential functions.

Physical Skills: Minimal physical demands are required to perform the work. Work effort involves both sitting to perform work tasks, with periods of stooping, walking, and standing. Work requires some agility such as moving in or about storage sites. There may also be some occasional lifting of objects such as archive materials (up to 50lbs.).  When working with records, physical effort will be needed to move records.

Motor Skills: Job requires fine motor skills for activities such as moving objects, operating a telephone, personal computer and/or most other office equipment including word processing, filing and sorting of papers.

Visual Skills: Visual demands require constantly reading documents for general understanding and analytical purposes.

Application Procedure: 

The position will remain open until filled. Send your resume and cover letter to 

City Hall HR Office
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville MA 02143
Fax: 617-666-4426
TTY: 1-866-808-4851
Email: [email protected]

City of Somerville residents are especially encouraged to apply.

The City of Somerville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities free of charge, upon request.

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Nancy Bacci, at 617-625-6600 x2250 or [email protected].

Part Time (up to 16 hours per week)
$18.00 an hour; not benefit eligible
Application Start Date: 
Thursday, September 9, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Required

To better protect the health and safety of staff and the public, all City of Somerville employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of November 1, 2021. Reasonable accommodations will be made for medical and religious reasons.