Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: L5010 / Archaeology Field Director
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 11

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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.


Under indirect supervision, oversees, coordinates, and directs multiple archaeological crews during archaeological surveys and excavation projects. Provides technical guidance in areas of specialized expertise. Participates in planning and coordinating archaeological projects, including budget development and research design. Writes and co-authors technical reports for publication.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Oversees and directs multiple archaeological field crews in locating, collecting, recording, and interpreting data for survey and excavation projects.
  2. Supervises personnel which typically includes recommendations for hiring, firing, performance evaluation, training, work allocation, and problem resolution.
  3. Coordinates on-site logistics for archaeological projects and resolves problems to ensure the timely, safe, and effective completion of project objectives.
  4. Ensures the application of safe work practices by crew members during survey/excavation projects.
  5. Provides functional guidance and leadership to technical staff in areas of specialty, such as faunal, lithic, and/or ceramic analysis.
  6. Assists with project planning activities, to include identifying appropriate equipment, resources and personnel needed, project budgets, and research design.
  7. Performs direct research and analysis in one or more areas of archaeological specialty.
  8. Writes or co-authors archaeological survey, excavation, and analysis reports for publication.
  9. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, or equivalent discipline; at least 3 years of supervisory field 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 archaeological field and laboratory procedures, to include mapping, photography, and collection and handling of artifacts.
  • Knowledge of surveying and mapping equipment.
  • Knowledge of archaeological 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 archaeological reconstruction, classification, and cataloging principles, protocols, procedures, and techniques.
  • Knowledge and expertise in one or more fields of archaeological 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 archaeological work sites.
  • Technical problem solving skills within area of specialty.
  • Ability to design, organize, and coordinate scientific research projects.
  • Skill in educating others in research methods and techniques in area of expertise.
  • Skill in backpacking and primitive camping.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires; a) oversight, supervision, and coordination of multiple archaeological crews for survey and excavation projects; b) coordination of on-site logistics and resolution of problems; c) participation in project planning and research design activities; d) direct research and authorship and/or co-authorship of technical reports

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid United States driver's license is a requirement for this job.
  • Successful candidate must be able to meet minimum requirements for Local/State/Federal Archaeological permits.
  • 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.
  • Work requires hiking in rugged terrain with elevation changes of more than 1000 feet.

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

Revised Date: 08/16/2018