The Arizona State Museum at the University of Arizona is in search of a Research Specialist (Cultural Institutions Compliance Professional II). The Research Specialist position is a 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE) university staff position within the Collections Division of the Arizona State Museum (ASM), University of Arizona (UA), reporting to the Archaeological Records Office (ARO) manager. The position assists in the administration and implementation of the Arizona Antiquities Act (AAA; A.R.S. 41-841 et seq.). The incumbent will perform duties required by the ARO in fulfillment of ASM’s state-mandated policies and responsibilities and management of both paper and digital collections submitted to ASM.
The ideal candidate for this position will model the highest degree of professionalism, work ethic, and interpersonal engagement with colleagues and clients while working to support the museum’s state-mandated programs and policies. The successful candidate will be a self-starter who takes initiative to master new skills, works to improve functionality and efficiency, and can independently manage specific projects to successful completion while contributing to a highly integrated team environment. Applicants should be respectful and considerate of the responsibilities involved when working with archaeological information, archives, and cultural objects.
Established in 1893, ASM is the oldest and largest anthropological research museum in the U.S. Southwest, with expansive collections that are exceptional resources for the study, teaching, and appreciation of the region’s 13,000-year human history.
ASM and UA are located on land that has been home to Indigenous peoples for 13,000 years. Today, the Tucson area is home to the Tohono O’odham and the Pascua Yaqui. Currently there are 22 federally recognized tribes with reservation land in the state of Arizona.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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Duties & responsibilities:
- Receives and reviews project submission materials by checking for completeness, communicating results to clients, and preparing submission materials for curation.
- Fulfills document requests that may include archaeological reports, ASM site cards, and project registration forms.
- Conducts archaeological records research for archaeologists and for non-archaeologists, prepares summary reports of the results, and produces GIS-generated maps.
- Assists with the processing and curation of archaeological records submitted to the ARO.
- Maintains paper and electronic records, including USGS 7.5-minute quadrangle maps illustrating archaeological site boundaries.
- Conducts project tracking that includes entering incoming job information into workflows contained within the Mandated Programs databases.
- Assesses payment status and maintains a database inventory of incoming project submission materials.
- Assists with in-office and virtual ARO visitor services, including providing access to and facilitating use of archaeological records and USGS 7.5-minute maps.
- Assists with supervision and training of ARO students and volunteers.
- Additional duties may be assigned including (but not limited to) providing assistance to the ASM AAA Permits Office, the State Repatriation Office, and the Repository, as appropriate.
- Works in person on the University of Arizona’s Tucson campus.
Knowledge, skills & abilities:
- Knowledge of archaeological principles, methods, practices, and vocabulary.
- Knowledge of geographic information systems (GIS) principles, methods, and practices.
- Ability and willingness to learn new software and technology.
- Good verbal and written communication skills, attention to detail, and excellent organizational skills.
- Ability to develop and manage multiple and diverse projects to completion.
- Exceptional team building, multi-tasking, interpersonal, and organizational skills, and the ability to create personal relationships and communicate well with diverse groups.
- Bachelor's degree in Anthropology or a relevant field or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required.
- Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience required.
- Master’s degree in Anthropology or a relevant field.
- 3+ years of archaeological experience working with a cultural resources management firm or agency in the American Southwest.
- Experience using ASM standards for archaeological fieldwork and reporting, especially for AAA-permitted work on state lands.
- Experience reading USGS 7.5-minute maps and understanding of Universal Trans-Mercator (UTM) and Public Lands Survey Systems.
- Experience with ESRI ArcGIS software, especially creating/editing shapefiles and exporting maps.
- Experience working with AZSITE.
- Experience working with relational databases, especially with import/export functions, and query and report creation.
- Demonstrable high-level of competence with Microsoft Access, Word, and Excel.
- Experience managing or coordinating projects, especially for archaeological fieldwork or archaeological research.
- Experience working with archival records.
- Experience and skill in customer service.