Posted on
January 29, 2019
Company: Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
Type: Full Time

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center Job Description
Position Title: Field Archaeologist
Status: Exempt
Employment Category: Full Time
Position Summary: Assists with all aspects of archaeological field investigations, including survey, excavation, mapping, remote sensing, sample collection, material culture identification, field documentation, and preliminary report preparation as well as supervise and teach participants (ages 10 to adult) Crow Canyon’s excavation programs.

Education and/or Experience: Minimum of a M.A. or M.S. in anthropology or related field, and at least two years of professional archaeological experience; or more than four years related experience and /or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Employees must demonstrate skills in archaeological excavation, mapping, recording, and documentation and in teaching and working with people of diverse ages and backgrounds.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Work with the supervisory archaeologist and other field and laboratory archaeologists to carry out field work objectives
- Duties include conducting and teaching archaeological excavation, mapping, and recording, assisting with report preparation and the logistical support of all field activities
- Assist in supervising and teaching archaeological field and laboratory methods to adult and adolescent participants in Crow Canyon programs
- Use professional field and laboratory techniques as instructed by the director of archaeology and supervisory archaeologist to maintain consistency with other Crow Canyon research staff members and projects
- Maintain field and electronic records in a professional and timely manner consistent with the recording done by other Crow Canyon archaeologists
- Participate in the archaeological profession by attending and presenting papers at professional meetings
- Assist in research administration by attending meetings
- Contribute to education program by program delivery, including the presentation of evening programs
- Prepare for and attend the adult research program graduation ceremonies
- Maintain an awareness of current archaeology literature and current issues in archaeology anthropology
- Maintain Crow Canyon field equipment in a professional manner

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Knowledge of basic North American prehistory and Southwestern culture history
- Knowledge of archaeological excavation techniques and stratigraphic theory, methodology, and interpretation
- Knowledge of maps, mapping, EDM surveying, and measurement techniques.
- Knowledge of basic laboratory techniques
- Possess general math skills as they pertain to this position, (i.e., EDM measurements, charts, GPS, overall site and excavation unit measurements, remote sensing measurements)
- Skill in detecting, excavating, and describing cultural and natural features
- Ability to communicate directions while teaching Crow Canyon participants (ages 10 to adult) basic archaeological excavation techniques
- Ability to produce reports and field notes
- Ability to read, analyze, and interpret professional scientific literature, technical procedures, and industry-applicable regulations
- Ability to review and evaluate records for completeness and accuracy.
- Ability to interpret and follow schedules
- Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists and in both supported and unsupported situations
- Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, adult participants, students, and the general public
- Ability to use the computer programs necessary to perform the essential tasks and responsibilities listed above, including, but not necessarily limited to, word processing, Internet, spreadsheet, and relational database software

Physical Demands:
The employee must be able to:
- Occasionally lift and/or move up to 80 pounds
- Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
- Work in adverse weather conditions including wind, heat, rain and snow
- Ascend and descend ladders
- Walk over uneven terrain
- Legally and safely operate a 15-passenger van and / or mini bus
- Stoop, kneel, reach, crouch, crawl, and be physically fit to perform the essential job duties
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

Certificates, Licenses, and/or Registrations:
- Valid driver’s license
- Background check upon hire
- Must be insurable by Crow Canyon’s automobile liability carrier upon hire and while employed in this position if required to drive
-  Complete transportation-related training
- Current Emergency Medical First Responder certification
- Current health history statement
- Maintain current membership with professional organizations (Society for American Archaeology and Register of Professional Archaeologists [if eligible] and adhere to the stated professional code of ethics

Note: This is a general description of the kinds of duties and responsibilities that are performed by employees who have this title. It shall in no way be construed as an all-inclusive determination of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. It is not intended in any way to limit the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his or her supervision.

Send a letter of interest, resume, salary history, and three references to Human Resources, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, 23390 Road K, Cortez, CO 81321, or e-mail to

Submit Resume To:

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
Attention: Human Resources
23390 Road K
Cortez, COLORADO 81321