The ideal candidate should have good knowledge of and interest in historic and archaeological preservation and methods, including federal and state preservation standards, along with experience in using Geographic Information System (GIS) software. A background in conducting documentary research and archaeological excavation, and knowledge of historical artifact types, particularly from the 18th and 19th centuries in the Middle Atlantic region, are essential to this position. The job requires an individual who pays close attention to detail and has excellent organizational skills that can be applied to project coordination and tracking. In addition, the ideal candidate must be able to interact well with the public and staff, and to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
The Opportunity - Examples of Work
- Performs specialized duties related to reviews of development projects to ensure compliance with the City of Alexandria's Archaeological Protection Code; including researching the history of development properties and utilizing GIS to evaluate development projects.
- Provides support for archaeologists conducting reviews.
- Updates archaeological preservation database related to Code project review.
- Maintains, organizes, archives, applies metadata to and updates archaeology files on all Code-related projects.
- Helps to disseminate information about Archaeological Code requirements and results to the public.
- Conducts excavations on Code-related projects, as needed to satisfy Code requirements
- Staffs archaeology desk for Code Administration at City Hall on an as-needed basis.
- Performs related work as required.
Minimum & Additional Requirements
- Completion of college courses in archaeology, historic preservation, history, or museum arts; at least one year of experience as a Museum Aide I as specified in the City of Alexandria Job Classifications or the equivalent. (Class Specifications for a Museum Aide I are available at https://www.alexandriava.gov/Classification.). Each year of approved formal education may be substituted for one year of required work experience, and each year of approved work experience may be substituted for one year of required formal education.
- Ability to perform the following tasks, with or without an accommodation: work in adverse weather conditions for historic site preservation, excavation and maintenance; conduct physical labor, including shoveling, kneeling, and lifting 25-30 lbs. during the course of a day's work for tasks such as archaeological excavation and collections management. Bachelor's Degree in anthropology, archaeology, history, American studies, historic preservation, collections management, or related subject. Minimum 1 year of experience in the following: working with local and/or state and Federal preservation laws; evaluating development projects for archaeological potential; conducting Phase I, II, and III-level excavations; communicating with the public and professionals; using GPS, digitized survey equipment, and Geographical Information System (GIS) software; and coordinating and tracking projects. A valid driver's license and the ability to pass a required City driving class in order to operate a City van.
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