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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: L0010 / Archeology Crew Assistant
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 04

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Assists in excavation at archaeological sites. Collects field data and assists in the recording of findings. Assists other crew members in field work, and may assist in artifact processing in a laboratory environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Excavates archeological sites using shovels, buckets, and other digging tools; records relevant features by list, drawing, camera, and other appropriate means; packs and transports artifacts such as rocks, bones, and soil samples; completes field data forms.
  2. Cleans, sorts, and catalogues artifacts and samples in the laboratory; processes soil samples; may assist in artifact analysis.
  3. Reports findings to crew members, crew chiefs, and other archeologicological supervisors.
  4. Assists crew members at the site in a range of routine archeological and associated tasks.
  5. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Less than high school; no previous experience required.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to collect field data and accurately record findings.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of general excavation, techniques, tools, and equipment.
  • Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) Excavating and collecting field data and assisting in the recording of findings; b) packing and transporting artifacts and samples; and c) cleaning, sorting and cataloging artifacts and samples in the laboratory.

Conditions of Employment

  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work involves almost constant exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, toxic chemicals, biohazardous materials, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, and/or loud noises.
  • Considerable physical activity. Requires heavy physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to 50 pounds. Physical work is a primary part (more than 70%) of job.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017