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ASU - NAGPRA Inventory Specialist

08/21/2022 12:08 | AAC Board Admin (Administrator)

The School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University (ASU) seeks to hire a qualified NAGPRA Inventory Specialist to be responsible for overseeing the inventory of archaeological collections for meeting compliance obligations specified by the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). The NAGPRA Inventory Specialist position is a vital component in the effective management of Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) compliance. The Center for Archaeology and Society Repository houses over 350,000 catalog entries, plus an unknown number of objects to be inventoried, hindering effective NAGPRA compliance efforts. The NAGPRA Inventory Specialist will therefore play a crucial role in documented and caring for both cataloged and uncataloged objects potentially related to NAGPRA, as specified by federal regulations and industry best practices.

Duties include the supervision of inventory tasks, leading informal instruction and discussions of archaeological and museum/repository topics, the identification of archaeological objects, the transformation and validation of recorded inventory data, and assisting with the transportation and curatorial up keep of inventoried collections. Relevant archaeological collections managed by ASU’s Center for Archaeology and Society Repository include materials collected by faculty and students of the former Department of Anthropology, objects donated by the public, and materials assembled during cultural resource management projects on federal and state lands.

Essential Duties

  • Assist with the inventory of archaeological collections.
  • Assist with the transformation and validation of recorded inventory data.
  • Assist with the identification of potential NAGPRA items among inventoried collections.
  • Assist with the locating and transport of archaeological objects for inventory.
  • Supervise inventory activities of student interns, workers, and volunteers.
  • Stimulate and guide discussions of archaeological and museum/repository topics among inventory participants.

Minimum Qualifications

Two years of general museum activities experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working with archaeological objects (2 years).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the archaeology and material culture, history, and ethnography of the American Southwest.
  • Evidence of a Master’s degree in anthropology (archaeology emphasis), or focused museum studies.
  • Familiarity with appropriate handling of curated archaeological collections.
  • Supervisory experience with students.
  • Experience providing effective informal instruction to individuals with varying levels of background knowledge and experience.
  • Experience in using organizational and project management skills.
  • Evidence of effective communication skills.
  • Experience working independently and collaboratively in a team.

Work Environment

This is fully in-person at the Tempe campus in the Alameda building and may involve occasional travel to other buildings on the Tempe Campus.

Full-Time/Part-Time: Part-Time 

Salary Range: $17-20 per hour

 Close Date: September 2, 2022

This is a grant funded position. Continuation is contingent on future grant funding.

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