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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: L4010 / Archeologist
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 10

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

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.


Under indirect supervision, oversees and leads one or more archeological crews (depending on experience) during archeological surveys and excavation projects. Oversees the collection, recording, and interpretation of archeological data in the field, and may coordinate laboratory processing and analysis activities. Assists in the preparation of final descriptive, analytical, and research reports for publication, and contributes chapters to research reports.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Oversees and coordinates one or more archeological field crews (depending on experience) in archeological survey and excavation projects.
  2. Collects and records archeological data, artifacts, and materials for subsequent analysis and interpretation.
  3. Coordinates and oversees laboratory processing activities, to include cleaning, reconstruction, classification, and cataloguing of artifacts.
  4. Provides functional guidance and leadership to technical staff in areas of specialty, such as faunal, lithic, and/or ceramic analysis.
  5. Performs direct research and analysis in one or more areas of archeological specialty.
  6. Writes or co-authors archeological survey, excavation, and analysis reports for publication.
  7. Ensures the application of safe work practices by crew members during survey/excavation projects.
  8. Ensures timely completion of fieldwork and project reports.
  9. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Anthropology (Archeology emphasis) or equivalent discipline; 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 use computers for data entry and word processing.
  • Ability to develop and follow research methodology and protocol.
  • Knowledge of basic archeological field and laboratory procedures, to include mapping, photography, and collection and handling of artifacts.
  • Knowledge of topographic maps and geographic surveying and mapping equipment.
  • Knowledge of archeological research issues, principles and procedures.
  • Knowledge of federal/state laws, regulations, policies, and procedures for the preservation and management of historic/cultural resources.
  • Knowledge of archeological reconstruction, classification, and cataloging principles, protocols, procedures, and techniques.
  • Knowledge and expertise in one or more fields of archeological specialty.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Knowledge of scientific data analysis applications and programs.
  • Ability to work independently on standard scientific projects.
  • Ability to create, compose, and edit written materials.
  • Knowledge of safe operating procedures, regulations, and standards appropriate to archeological work sites.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) use of standard archeological field procedures to collect, process, analyze, and interpret data; b) use of standard archeological laboratory processes and protocols to clean, reconstruct, classify, and catalog artifacts; c) use of accepted scientific research methods and techniques; d) utilization of topographic maps and survey equipment; e) technical guidance and supervision of archeological field staff.

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.
  • Successful candidate must be able to meet minimum requirements for Local/State/Federal Archeological permits.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • 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.
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

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

Revised Date: 03/20/2017