Topic ID #35471 - posted 3/27/2015 1:21 AM

Archaeological Technician - Barrow, AK

Jennifer Palmer

Archaeological Technician
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Job Description
UIC SCIENCE, LLC is headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska and supports its parent company, Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation’s (UIC), mission is to provide social and economic resources to its Iñupiat shareholders and their descendants through the development of long-term, meaningful career opportunities.  UIC SCIENCE identifies potentially impacted resources, communities, organizations, and individuals to help define project issues and constraints associated with future development projects and their potential impacts to natural, environmental, and human resources.
UIC SCIENCE, LLC is committed to protecting the health and safety of our employees and the environments in which we conduct business.  We recruit qualified people looking to join a workforce characterized by strong leadership, competent and hard-working staff, and a superior work environment with a focus on career development, great wages and benefits.
Under the supervision of the Senior Scientist or Seasonal Archaeologist and the Sr. Archaeological Technician, an Archaeological Technician is responsible for performing field and lab duties for specific Cultural Resources Management projects through UIC Science LLC.
Essential Functions:
Carries out archaeological testing and excavation under the supervision of an archaeologist.
Excavates using trowels, shovels and other hand tools as appropriate. Recognizes artifacts, features and simple stratigraphy.
Recovers artifacts and faunal materials as excavated.
Records provenience information for artifacts and faunal material, using either infrared theodolite and laptop recording system or measuring tape and notebook.
Stabilizes and prepares artifacts and faunal material for shipment to laboratory under direction of archaeologist.
Keeps site notes under direction of archaeologist.
Cleans artifacts and faunal material in laboratory
Performs basic stabilization in laboratory under direction of archaeologist.
Assists archaeologist in identifying and cataloging artifacts and faunal material. Performs data entry.
Participates in interviews with Elders and other knowledgeable people under direction of archaeologist.
Interacts with members of public who come to observe archaeology in the field or laboratory  
Must use trowel, shovel, bucket, dustpan, brush, measuring tapes.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Skills
Essential Knowledge, Skill/Expertise:
Interest in archaeology.
Working knowledge of the techniques involved in the labeling, Identification and classification of artifacts.
Knowledge of records management standards and techniques.
Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form.
Ability to maintain accurate records, maps and catalogues.
Ability to do careful detailed work.
Ability to recognize artifacts and simple stratigraphy.
Ability to follow directions.
Ability to interact with fellow workers, Elders and members of the general public.
Required Experience
Required Experience:
Experience in archaeological or paleontological excavation or an appropriate field school.
Experience in archaeological laboratory, including basic stabilization procedures.
Experience in use of infrared theodolite recording system.
Experience drawing plans and profiles and keeping field notes.
Experience in working with Elders.
Experience with computers for word processing and databases.
Physical Demands:
Heavy items (e.g. packs up to 50 pounds) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis.
Ability to do delicate excavation work from awkward positions for prolonged periods.
The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down.
Ability and willingness to work outside under varying and adverse weather conditions.
Fieldwork may be strenuous involving long hikes over rough terrain, prolonged standing, and bending.
Walking on slippery, uneven surfaces.
Working long irregular hours.
Remote work sites.
Environmental Conditions:
May be exposed to heat, cold, noise, fumes, and airborne particles.
Working indoors and outdoors.
Working in close proximity to others.
Working with shovels or other hand tools.

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