Posted:  8 September 2020


Role Title: Laboratory & Research Specialist I (59073)

Position #: 00022 Salary Range: Pay Band 3
Location: Martinsville VA Minimum Starting Pay: $35,000

An exceptional opportunity in research and collections at the Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH) is now available. This is a full-time position with an excellent state benefits package.

If you meet the qualifications for Archaeologist, we invite you to apply to join our staff. The earliest starting date for this position is October 2020, but no later than December 2020.

We seek a dynamic individual to assist the curator in directing/overseeing field and laboratory work, conducting background research, cataloguing artifacts, writing grants, reports, and scholarly articles. The candidate will have an MA or MS in anthropology, archaeology or a related field. They will have experience excavating, mapping, and documenting prehistoric and historic sites and features, as well as experience identifying and cataloguing prehistoric and historic artifacts. They will have supervisory experience, including experience teaching students and/or working with volunteers. Previous archaeological experience in Virginia is required. The ideal candidate will also have experience working in one of the Archaeology Department’s current research areas—including the southern Virginia Piedmont (specifically), the Caribbean, and/or East Africa.


  • Supervise field and lab activities.
  • Identify and record archaeological resources, conduct hand excavations, generate plan and profile maps of excavated units and features, develop and complete level and feature forms, screen soils to recover artifacts collect soil samples, and conduct wet screening and/or flotation.
  • Produce accurate field notes and records needed for reporting and publications.
  • Maintain an ArcGIS database of archaeological sites and features.
  • Catalogue artifacts.
  • Assist curator in writing grants, reports, and scholarly articles.
  • Train and supervise volunteers and students in field and lab work.
  • Conduct background research using primary source documents (including but not limited to deeds, probate inventories, photos, and maps).
  • Develop, write, and present lectures/papers for public and professional audiences.
  • Order additional supplies/materials as needed.
  • Maintain field equipment with assistance from other VMNH staff as needed.


  • MA/MS in anthropology, archaeology, or a related field, with a minimum of (3) years of archaeological research experience beyond the Master’s degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and familiarity with archaeological field survey and testing methods.
  • Knowledge of archaeology laboratory methods for a variety of tasks (including but not limited to cleaning, labeling, and cataloguing.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Proficiency in ArcGIS.
  • Ability to work outdoors in hot or cold conditions, lift heavy objects, and walk on uneven ground.


  • Experience in one or more of the Archaeology Department’s current research areas-including the southern Virginia Piedmont, the Caribbean, and/or East Africa.
  • Experience conducting attribute-level analyses of lithic and/or ceramic artifacts.
  • Experience collecting sediment samples and conducting grain size analysis.
  • Experience operating a Flot-Tech.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (esp. Illustrator, Photoshop).


Only online applications are accepted. In addition to the online application, applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of at least three references. These documents may be attached to the online application.

Closing date for applications is 22 September 2020.

The Commonwealth of Virginia online employment application is available at: .

Application review will begin in late September. 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.

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