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Archaeological Technician I

Summary

Under the routine supervision of archaeological Field Supervisor, the Archaeological Technician I, performs skilled archaeological fieldwork at field sites and assists in Cultural Resources Management projects while assisting in report writing and lab work for such endeavors.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs on-the-ground area searches for surface evidence of historic and prehistoric archaeological remains
  • Performs in-field analysis of archaeological remains, inclusive of describing artifacts' physical properties or attributes, such as the materials from which artifacts are made and their size, shape, function, and decoration
  • Assists in writing reports that record site history, methodology, and artifact analysis results, along with recommendations for conserving and interpreting findings
  • Researches reference material such as state and national register files, historic documents, archaeological reports, maps and aerial photos, and interviews source individuals concerning project areas
  • Consults site reports, existing artifacts, and topographic maps to identify archaeological sites
  • Assists with mapping responsibilities in the field, including collection of GPS data using Trimble units

Required Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 0-2 years work related experience
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance

Knowledge:

  • General knowledge of archaeological field practices
  • Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures

  • Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins

  • Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the environment, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life

Skills:

  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Logic and reasoning skills to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  • Learning skills to understand the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making

Abilities:

  • Ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense
  • Ability to listen and understand both information and ideas presented through verbal and written communication
  • Ability to identify resources upon visual inspection
  • Ability to effectively communicate information and ideas verbally and in writing
  • Ability to learn to record the exact locations and conditions of artifacts identified on survey, using drawings and photographs as necessary

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of ArcPad and Trimble unit
  • Bachelor degree in related field

ADA Notations:

  • Walking 8-10 miles a day with a field pack and ample water, over rugged terrain in variable weather conditions which likely will include high and low temperatures, depending on the season. A portion of the duties require working outdoors under extreme temperature, strenuous physical effort associated with hiking during archaeological reconnaissance and survey; often in uninhabited areas

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