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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: L1010 / Archeology Crew Member
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 05

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The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Participates as a member of an archeology crew in locating, collecting, recording, and interpreting archaeological data during the survey, testing, excavation, and laboratory phases of an archaeology project.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Performs systematic observation of possible archeological field sites using accurate mapping techniques and established field recording methods; interprets data using topographic maps and aerial photographs; establishes site boundaries by walking through areas and using surveying instruments.
  2. 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.
  3. Identifies, records, and maps archaelogical sites, and conducts field analysis of artifacts.
  4. Participates in archeological laboratory activities such as recordkeeping and soil sample processing; cleans, counts, and catalogues artifacts.
  5. Participates in activities to reconstruct and preserve artifacts such as ceramic pottery shards.
  6. May oversee the activities of archeological assistants on a per-task basis.
  7. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 1 year of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • 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 mapping principles and techniques.
  • Ability to read and interpret topographic maps and aerial photographs.
  • Ability to utilize geographic survey instruments.
  • Knowledge of general excavation, techniques, tools, and equipment.
  • Knowledge of archeological field and/or laboratory procedures and techniques.
  • Skill in archeological laboratory curation procedures.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) Using accurate mapping techniques and established field recording methods to observe possible field sites; b) identifying, recording and mapping sites, including conducting field analysis of artifacts; c) participating in the recordkeeping, processing, counting and cataloging of artifacts; and d) participating in the reconstruction and preservation of artifacts.

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.
  • 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: 06/28/2017