Topic ID #42425 - posted 6/1/2020 7:28 AM

Archaeological Field Technician- Raleigh, NC


Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson is a dynamic, 100% employee-owned consulting firm of more than 1,600 professionals that provides a full range of multi-disciplined engineering, architecture, information technology, and related services to public agencies and private clients throughout the United States. JMT is currently ranked #52 on Engineering News-Record’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms. 


Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson (JMT) is seeking part-time Archaeological Field Technicians to assist with upcoming archaeological investigations. This is a contract position to be based out of our Raleigh office. The work will consist of archaeological fieldwork with the possibility of additional laboratory work to follow. A bachelor’s degree in anthropology or a related field and prior experience in all phases of archaeological investigation are required. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in North Carolina and the Mid-Atlantic. Successful applicants will be considered for anticipated long-term and short-term projects in the region. Lodging (individual hotel room) and per diem will be provided. Rate based on experience, and number of hours per week will be based on project workload.


The qualified candidate for this position will assist JMT Project and Senior Archaeologists during field work in North Carolina, South, Carolina, Virginia, and Florida. Additional work outside these states is also possible. Projects include Phase I archaeological survey, which will involve the hand-excavation of Shovel Test Pits (STPs) and screened through 1/4 inch mesh screens. Additional work, involving controlled test unit excavation, is anticipated. The candidate will aid in identifying any pre-contact or historic artifacts encountered during the STPs or test unit excavation. Preference will be given to candidates that will be available to travel for projects during the Summer with the potential for continuous work based on available contracts – both local and out-of-town work is anticipated. Work will begin immediately. 

Required Skills
  •  Candidates must be able to perform physically demanding tasks in adverse environmental conditions (e.g., rugged terrain, remote locations, hot and cold temperatures).
  • Candidates should also have good organizational skills, communication skills, strong work ethic, and willingness to learn new tasks.

Required Experience
  • Qualified candidates should possess, at minimum, a bachelor's degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, or a related field and have completed an accredited archaeological field school.


Preferred Experience

  • Experience with GPS/Trimble navigation and data collection
  • Experience in CRM-based archaeological survey and/or excavation
  • Knowledge of Southeastern and/or mid-Atlantic history and prehistory
  • Knowledge of historic/prehistoric material culture and artifact processing
  • Ability to navigate using compass and USGS topographic map
  • Ability to develop site maps and excavation drawings


Working Conditions

Work is performed in the field. Ability to extensively perform bending, kneeling, standing, shoveling, and lifting and carrying objects weighing up to 25 lbs as needed. Work may be conducted outside in heat/cold, wet/humid, and dry/arid conditions.


Job Competencies

  • Attention-to-detail
  • Analytical Thinking/Problem Solving
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Dependability
  • Job Proficiency
  • Job-Focused Learning
  • Planning and Organizing/Time Management


JMT is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity, and we are proud to be building an inclusive and diverse workforce

Job Location:
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

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