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Office of Archaeological Studies - Faunal Analyst

10/21/2023 09:34 | AAC Board Admin (Administrator)


$19.24 - $30.78 Hourly; $40,018 - $64,029 Annually; This position is a Pay Band 60

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Created in 1978 by the New Mexico Legislature, the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) represents New Mexico's dedication to preserving and celebrating the cultural integrity and diversity of our state. The Department oversees a broad range of New Mexico's arts and cultural heritage agencies. These include 15 divisions representing a variety of programs and services.

The Faunal Analyst position (Anthropologist-Archaeologist O) conducts analysis (taxonomic identification, body part definition, and processing evidence) of animal and, as needed, human remains from archaeological sites excavated by Office of Archaeological Studies (OAS) and other organizations and works on archaeological projects for clients.

How does it get done?

Conducts processing, inventory, and analysis of faunal and human remains for OAS projects. Provides bone identifications at time of discovery by OAS or others as requested. Works with Project Directors to understand project goals, timelines, and budgets. Conducts analyses with a focus on analytical quality while staying within prescribed timelines and budget. This position produces analytical and research data summaries for analyzed remains and sites and authors reports detailing results of archaeological field investigations and analyses under the supervision of the Project Director. The position also prepares faunal and/or human remains analysis sections of reports and conducts research within prescribed timelines and make revisions when requested in a timely manner. The employee will occasionally operate in outdoor settings and assist with the archaeological survey, test excavation, monitoring, and data recovery activities as assigned. This position requires an ability to conduct a full day of work in remote settings carrying necessary equipment and an understanding of the types of artifacts and features that may be encountered. This position also participates in OAS Education Outreach program, in the planning and implementation of innovative education programs, and aids in the development of such relationships with other DCA divisions.

Who are the customers?

This position serves private clients, state and federal agencies, Native American tribes, and the general public.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate has a Master's degree in Archaeology or Anthropology with one (1) year of archaeological survey and excavation experience; at least six (6) months of experience in New Mexico archaeology; extensive graduate or professional training in faunal analysis and some training in human remains analysis; prior experience excavating human burials and is qualified to be permitted on the unmarked human burial excavation permit.

Minimum Qualification

Associate's degree in Archaeology or Anthropology and two (2) years of experience in archaeology survey, excavation, analysis and/or reporting. Substitutions Apply. See Substitution Table below.

Substitution Table

These combinations of education and experience qualify you for the position:

  Education   Experience Education   Experience
1 High School Diploma or Equivalent AND 4 years of experience OR High School Diploma or Equivalent AND 4 years of experience
2 Associate's degree in the field(s) specified in the minimum qualification AND 2 years of experience Associate's degree or higher in any field AND 4 years of experience
3 Bachelor's degree or higher in the field(s) specified in the minimum qualification AND 0 years of experience  
  • Education and years of experience must be related to the purpose of the position.
  • If Minimum Qualification requires a specific number of "semester hours" in a field (e.g. 6 semester hours in Accounting), applicants MUST have those semester hours in order to meet the minimum qualifications. No substitutions apply for semester hours.

Employment Requirements

Must possess and maintain a current Defensive Driving Course Certificate from the State of New Mexico or must pass and receive Defensive Driving Course Certification as a condition of continued employment.  Must possess and maintain a valid New Mexico Driver's License.

Working Conditions

Work is performed in the field and in a laboratory setting. Field settings can include remote locations. Late hours, weekends, on call, and call back work may be occasionally required. Ability to travel on occasion, including overnights and evening work. Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs.

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Agency Contact Information: Thatcher Seltzer-Rogers (505) 946-8414 or Email: thatcher.seltzer-rogers@dca.nm.govEmail

For information on Statutory Requirements for this position, click the Classification Description link on the job advertisement.

Bargaining Unit Position

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement and all terms/conditions of that agreement apply and must be adhered to.

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