Thursday, December 15, 2011

Opening: Archaeological Collections Supervisor

Senior Archeologist
Working Title: Archaeological Collections Supervisor
(Recruitment ID: CRAR10-19210)

CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled FULL HIRING RANGE: $4,569.00 - $5,375.00 per month

DEPARTMENT: State Parks & Cultural Resources, Cultural Resources, Archaeology
FLSA: Non-exempt

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF WORK: Position supervises and manages the collections management section in the Office of Wyoming State Archaeologist, and is responsible for research, interpretation, public outreach and professional care of archaeological collections and records held at the University of Wyoming Archaeological Repository (UWAR).

Coordinate, manage and supervise a collections management staff made up of one State AWEC and 3-5 student interns to perform a variety of duties
Analyzes and evaluates data pertaining to collections management using Microsoft Office, Access, mapping software, and other programs
Downloads digital images and maps using appropriate software and edits them to incorporate into public outreach materials and artifact catalog records
Compiles information produced by repository staff and writes quarterly and annual reports for federal agencies
Coordinates with federal and state agencies on the evolving guidelines and standards for treating collections and interpreting them for the public, integrating evolving policies into the UWAR Standards and Guidelines
Researches the best practices for artifact conservation and techniques for analyzing archaeological collections, including classification of all artifact types and industries: bone, stone tools, ceramics, metal, etc.
Coordinates with public entities on the proper use and care of collections being used for research, museum display, educational programs, and other usage
Participates in and trains students in the accurate identification of archaeological assemblages, assigning types to the appropriate time period (e.g., Paleoindian, Late Prehistoric etc.), material type (e.g., obsidian, clay, etc.) and potential cultural affiliation (e.g., Crow, Euroamerican, etc.)
Coordinates and negotiates with archaeological consultants when submitted collections must be returned for corrections to meet existing standards
Coordinates, supervises and manages the protection and care of archaeological collections
Identifies and retrieves requested materials for researchers, maintains research loan records, verifies returned collections and their condition prior to reshelving in repository
Researches, inventories, and accessions collections, and approves submitted collections for final “proof of curation.”
Manages accounts payable and receivable for the UWAR
Manages, tracks, documents and monitors new and existing loans of archaeological materials to museums statewide, academic institutions, scholars, and professional researchers
Inputs inventory records; classifies artifacts; and maintains the computer databases, the computers and server used by the UWAR; and creates new databases as needed
Teaches student interns for credit in an undergraduate class for Museum Studies minor on campus

Knowledge of archaeological survey and excavation techniques, and federal and state rules and regulations concerning archaeology
Knowledge of archaeological principles, methods, practices, and vocabulary
Knowledge of general anthropology, archaeology and cultural resource management, with specialization in Wyoming and the northwestern Great Plains region
Demonstrated experience in archaeological collections management, supervision, facilitating conflict resolution, scheduling multiple tasks, establishing and monitoring procedures, managing budgets and meeting deadlines
Skill in computerized analytical tools (e.g. database and statistical packages, geographic information systems, report production software)
Ability to read and interpret data on site locations and mapping, including GPS, ArcGIS, UTM, satellite imagery, Township and Range, and others
Skill in personnel management
Skill in oral and written communication

Preference will be given to applicants with a Master's degree in Anthropology and specialized training in the requirements of 36CFR79.

*Please view the Class Specifications (Class Code CRAR10) and the State required Minimum Qualifications for this vacancy at:

For more information or to apply online go to or submit a State of Wyoming Employment Application to the Human Resource Division, Emerson Building, 2001 Capitol Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82002-0060, Phone: (307)777-7188, Fax: (307)777-6562, along with transcripts of any relevant course work. The State of Wyoming is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively supports the ADA and reasonably accommodates qualified applicants with disabilities. No notice of eligibility will be sent to applicants who meet the minimum qualifications.

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