Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: L7007 / Archaeology Project Admin
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 13
HR Review/Approval:COMP

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, provides overall management and contract administration of large or multiple archaeology field projects. Provides direction and leadership or consultation and advice to others as a highly-specialized practitioner.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Monitors progress and costs of archaeological activities; plans and organizes overall project logistics; oversees procurement of field equipment such as automobiles, backhoes, and tools; manages the cost-effective use of departmental resources.
  2. Manages multiple crews of field and lab archaeologists; schedules and assigns crews to various site locations throughout the southwest region; provides management of personnel and activities to meet goals and deadlines.
  3. Plans, develops, implements, and coordinates strategic business development and operational programs, projects, and/or services of broad significance to the organization.
  4. Performs archaeological research; writes and edits archaeological summaries and reports.
  5. Delivers speeches on archaeology and research activities; meets with agency representatives, property owners, and tribal leaders on issues of land access and preservation of archaeological sites.
  6. Participates in field work, survey, excavation, and testing activities.
  7. May supervise others in areas of specialty such as faunal, lithic, or ceramic analysis, as required.
  8. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Master's degree in Anthropology (Archaeological emphasis) or related discipline; at least 5 years 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

  • Knowledge of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act as well as other associated federal and state laws and regulations.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Knowledge of archaeological field facilities, equipment and operational requirements.
  • Knowledge of archaeological research issues, principles and procedures.
  • Knowledge of archaeological field and/or laboratory procedures and techniques.
  • Skill in collecting, analyzing, verifying, and manipulating research data.
  • Knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control procedures.
  • Ability to develop scientific reports and manuscripts based on original research.
  • Ability to develop and deliver presentations.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Knowledge of procurement rules and regulations.
  • Ability to design, organize, and coordinate scientific and/or engineering research projects.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) Knowledge of archaeological field and/or laboratory procedures and techniques; b) providing direction, leadership and consultation to others; c) monitoring progress and cost of archaeological activities; d) designing and coordinating archaeological research projects, including funding, data gathering and reporting; e) planning and organizing overall project logistics including budget, automobile, and equipment.

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 Archaeological permits.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Light physical effort. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 10 pounds or some standing or walking. Effort applies to no more than two (2) hours per day.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
  • The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

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

Revised Date: 06/01/2022