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(Role Title:  Historian/Archaeologist & Preservationist I)

Position #:          00083                                Minimum Starting Pay:    $31,200

Salary Range:     Pay Band 3                         Location:                        Martinsville, Virginia

An exceptional job opportunity with the Virginia Museum of Natural History is now available.  The mission of the Virginia Museum of Natural History is to interpret Virginia’s natural heritage within a global context in ways that are relevant to all the citizens of the Commonwealth.

This is a grant-funded, restricted position for one year, not to exceed 2080 hours.

If you meet the qualifications for Archaeologist, we invite you to apply to join our staff.  The starting date for this position is 10 August 2018.

The position of Archaeologist will assist with the documentary research, excavation, laboratory analysis, and reporting for a new research project associated with Patrick Henry’s Leatherwood Creek plantation in Henry County, Virginia. This position reports to Dr. Elizabeth Moore, VMNH Curator of Archaeology and PI for the project. This person will have an MA or BA with extensive experience in archaeology, anthropology, or a related discipline with specific experience in historical archaeology field and laboratory methods. They will have experience excavating, mapping, and documenting historic sites and features, and knowledge of and experience with identification of historic artifacts and artifact cataloging. Given the association with Patrick Henry and the potential for the identification and excavation of material associated with enslaved people, experience with 18th century sites with similar contexts is preferred. They will assist with instruction and training for students, will help direct and oversee all field and laboratory work. They will conduct background research, identify and interpret artifacts, conduct artifact cataloging, and assist with writing and preparation of reports, presentations, and publications. They will give at least one public lecture at VMNH and will give presentations to several school groups.

  • MA in anthropology, archaeology, or a related field preferred
  • Experience in a supervisory role is desired
  • Demonstrated experience in a field setting is required
  • Field experience with historical sites required, 18th century site experience preferred
  • Knowledge of 18th and 19th century material culture required
  • Knowledge of archaeology laboratory methods for a variety of tasks included but not limited to cleaning, labeling, and cataloging required
  • Must demonstrate knowledge of and familiarity with archaeological field survey and testing methods
  • Ability to work outdoors in hot or cold conditions, lift heavy objects, and walk on uneven ground
  • Responsible for identifying and recording archaeological resources, conducting hand excavations, generating plan and profile maps of excavated units and features, developing and completing level and feature forms, screening soils to recover artifacts, conducting wet screening and/or flotation
  • Responsible for supervising field and lab activities
  • Responsible for identifying artifacts and accurately documenting context of recovered items
  • Responsible for producing accurate field notes and records needed for reporting and publications
  • Responsible for assisting with production of reports and publications
  • Responsible for maintaining a working knowledge of safety policies and procedures to ensure duties of self and others are performed in a safe manner
  • Responsible for coordinating with school teachers and administrators to incorporate student participation
  • Responsible for training and supervising volunteers and students in field and lab work
  • Responsible for conducting background research using primary documents including but not limited to deeds, probate inventories, photos, and maps
  • Responsible for meeting with, interviewing, and incorporating research materials from others in the community
  • Develop, write, and present lectures for student and public audiences
  • Responsible for identifying supply and equipment needs and ordering needed materials
  • Responsible for maintaining field equipment with assistance from other VMNH staff as needed

Application Process

  • Only online applications are accepted.  In addition to the online application, applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests and goals, a list of publications relevant to the application, and names and contact information of at least three references.  These documents may be attached to the online application.
  • The Commonwealth of Virginia online employment application is available at:  http://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/postings/116703
  • Application review will begin 23 July 2018 and continue until the position is filled.
  • If you have questions about the position or the application process, please contact the Human Resources Office at 276-634-4158.

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We are an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants are afforded equal opportunities without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability.  The successful applicant must furnish proof of identity and employment eligibility and is subject to a background check.