The Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) has an open Archaeological Collections Management Specialist position at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) in Twentynine Palms, CA. For full position details and to submit application materials, please visit http://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/69123. Emailed or mailed applications will not be accepted.
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An Archaeological Collections Management Specialist position is being advertised with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) to provide technical expertise and on-site project management to oversee and execute specified tasks related to artifact accessioning, cataloging, curation, exhibit planning, interpretation, and other public outreach activities. The duty station for this position is the Archaeology and Paleontology Curation Center at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) in Twentynine Palms, CA.
The Archaeological Collections Management Specialist/On-Site Project Manager will provide necessary technical expertise and on-site support in artifact accessioning, cataloging, curation, exhibit planning, interpretation, and other public outreach activities to ensure compliance with 36 CFR §79. Additionally, the Collections Management Specialist will develop an exhibit plan for the MCAGCC Archaeology and Paleontology Curation Center display room with subject matter expertise provided by CEMML’s Principal Investigator and in-house graphic arts department. The Collections Management Specialist will provide daily staffing for the Curation Center, manage the artifact collections and associated artifacts, maintain/update collection database(s), and provide technical support regarding artifact analysis and classification. The Collections Specialist will set monthly goals for backlog cataloging and artifact processing to be accomplished by staff and volunteers in a timely and efficient manner. The Collections Management Specialist will work with MCAGCC personnel to ensure proper and consistent data management, and develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), including standards for data entry and reporting, weekly facility inspections, pest management, and other light housekeeping duties, etc.
The MCAGCC collection includes artifacts found on and representing the archaeological prehistory and history of MCAGCC and other Marine Corps installations in the region. The collection currently houses over 480,000 artifacts including chipped and ground stone, fire-affected rock, floatation samples, soil samples, and shell; as well as 400 archival-quality reports, thousands of paper records, field notes, maps, and print and digital photographs (and negatives).
For full position details and to submit application materials, please visit http://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/69123.
Required Job Qualifications
Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license by the employment start date.
The successful candidate must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. by proposed start date; CEMML will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.
Master’s Degree (or equivalent) in Anthropology, Archaeology, or Museum Studies, or in an applicable subject-matter field, such as archaeological collections management, anthropological curator, etc.
Possesses a minimum of 3 years experience curating an archaeological collection and associated records in accordance with Federal laws and regulations, including 36 CFR §79.
In-Depth knowledge of collections management practices and procedures is required. Must demonstrate knowledge of, and experience in, the management of museum or archaeological collections and applying museum or archaeological curatorial methods and techniques in acquiring, cataloging, storing, and displaying archaeological collections.
Meets the Secretary of the Interior Professional Qualification Standards (36 CFR §61, Appendix A)
Preferred Job Qualifications
At least 1-year professional experience working with archaeological collections in the southwest, preferably the Mojave Desert of California, is highly desirable.
The most highly qualified candidates will possess expert knowledge of Microsoft Access and Excel, and demonstrated experience working with museum collection management databases, especially PastPerfect. Please provide specific examples of past work experience in cataloging artifact collections using a collections management database.
Documented hands-on experience with object handling, cataloging, photography, packing, and storage is desirable.
Prior experience with military collections is definitely preferred.
Experience in project management and/or contracts management is also a plus.
Experienced in the design, creation, and installation of museum exhibits and interpretive archaeological displays is preferred.
Excellent organizational skills and the ability to work to a deadline is a must.
Ability to act with diplomacy and discretion at all organizational levels with excellent judgment, interpersonal, and communication skills is required.
Highly qualified candidates will be familiar with current industry standards as found in the National Park Service’s “Museum Handbook” (https://www.nps.gov/museum/publications/mhi/mushbki.html)