The School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University seeks to hire a qualified NAGPRA Collections Specialist to be responsible for locating, documenting, and assessing funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony in compliance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). The review of records, updating of collections information and inventories, and supervision of student interns and employees are integral components of this position. Archaeological collections at Arizona State University’s Center for Archaeology and Society Repository include materials collected by faculty of the former Department of Anthropology, materials donated to the Repository by private individuals, and materials collected during Federally sponsored cultural resource management projects. Repository collections include over 300,000 catalog numbers of Native American archaeological and ethnological objects, primarily from Arizona. The collections are subject to the NAGPRA and may include associated funerary objects, sacred objects, or objects of cultural patrimony.
To prepare these collections in accordance with our repatriation process, relevant collections must be located, documented, assigned to recognized artifact types for cultural affiliation, cataloged according to contemporary archaeological and museum collection management standards and best practices, assessed for removal provenience and context, and the collection information entered into a database. As a part of the NAGPRA team, the NAGPRA Collections Specialist will contribute to the consultation process with potential descendant communities.
Grant Funded Position
This is a grant funded position. Continuation is contingent on future grant funding.
$52,000 per year; DOE
- Assist with the documentation of NAGPRA objects. In coordination with the NAGPRA Coordinator and Curator of Collections, develop a work plan to identify and match individual collection objects with information in field notes, collections databases, and other archival records.
- Organize site materials (including archaeological collections and associated documents).
- Prepare reports (both preliminary and final) to confirm/update existing Notices of Inventory Completion/Notices of Intent to Repatriate and document transfer.
Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND three (3) years of related experience; OR, Seven (7) years of related experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.
- Professional experience working with NAGPRA related collections documentation (3 years)
- Evidence of a Master’s degree in Southwestern archaeology, anthropology, or focused museum studies
- Demonstrated knowledge of the archaeology and material culture, history, and ethnography of the American Southwest
- Demonstrated knowledge with appropriate handling of curated archaeological collections
- Experience with a range of research methods
- Supervisory experience with student workers
- Evidence of organizational and project management skills
- Evidence of effective communication skills
- Experience working independently and collaboratively in a team
- Activities are primarily performed in a regular, climate-controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting.
- Candidate must have visual acuity and manual dexterity associated with daily use of a desktop computer; ability to bend, stoop, reach and lift up to 20 pounds.
- Works from general instructions on standard job duties and specific directions/instructions on new assignments.
Known for its leadership in innovative education and research, the School of Human Evolution and Social Change includes one of the nation's top-ranked anthropology programs and the largest and most research-productive transdisciplinary anthropology faculty in the nation. Staying true to our four-field anthropological origins means we remain committed to leveraging a long-term, comparative, and holistic perspective on human origins and diversity as a way to understand and address complex problems, now and for the future, and a deep concern for community engagement and social justice. In addition to anthropology, our students can earn degrees in global health, applied mathematics for the life and social sciences and museum studies. We are also known for our high quality study abroad, field school programs and research apprenticeship opportunities for our ~1,000 undergraduate majors and ~200 graduate students.
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