Topic ID #42413 - posted 5/21/2020 2:34 PM

Cultural Resources Laboratory Manager



SWCA' Salt Lake City office is expanding our cultural resources team and is seeking a new laboratory manager to accommodate this growth.

Under the supervision and guidance of the Program Director and Organizational Team Lead, the Lab Manager provides leadership and organization for in-office tasks associated with our cultural resource work. This includes laboratory oversight and project coordination. The successful individual in this role will be a self-starter, detail-oriented, and capable of functioning independently while maintaining communication and collaborating with other staff. We anticipate that the person filling this role will be generally unavailable for fieldwork although this may be occasionally necessary to accommodate project demands. This is an hourly, regular-status position.


  • Supervise all lab work to ensure that the project goals, schedule, and correct curation methods are being met in coordination with the Project Managers, Principal Investigators, Organizational Team Lead, and Program Director.
  • Track and order lab equipment. Ensure that equipment is maintained properly. Assist with management of field equipment as necessary.
  • Ensure that samples for outside analysis are properly prepared. Track and follow up on the status of all samples sent out for analysis.
  • Be responsible for tracking, revising and keeping all archaeological and curation permits/agreements updated.
  • Coordinate regular revisions to SLC CR lab procedures materials (artifact analysis guides, curation instructions, etc.).
  • Prepare end of year BLM permit reports.
  • Coordinate staff resume updates for permit renewals and modifications.
  • Manage all SLC CR databases and train new employees on their use.
  • Coordinate program or project-specific database maintenance and development.
  • Draft and/or edit site forms or report sections as needed.
  • May assist in coordinating report production.
  • May assist in coordinating final filing of closed projects.
  • Contribute to the development of the program and make recommendations to increase efficiency and accuracy of data.
  • Coordinate with field execution team as needed and assist in relaying information between field crews and Project Managers, Principal Investigators, and Program Director and vice versa.
  • Ensure that lab personnel follow the lab safety plan and that proper safety equipment is available. Have emergency numbers handy for each project and safety data sheets (SDS) current and conveniently posted.
  • Comply with ALL SWCA health and safety procedures.


  • B.A. or B.S. in Archaeology, Anthropology, Museum Studies or related field is required. A Master's degree or higher is preferred.
  • A minimum of one year of experience in laboratory methods and/or artifact analysis. Hands-on experience with artifact types common to the Great Basin and Intermountain West is preferred.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability is required. Supervisory experience in any aspect of cultural resource management is strongly preferred.
  • Ability to take initiative, resolve problems, and ensure that tasks are completed in the most effective manner.
  • Willingness to learn and enforce company procedures.
  • Understanding of cultural resource laws and regulations, as well as agency-specific permitting guidelines and repository-specific curation guidelines.
  • Multi-tasking and organizational abilities, attention to detail, and commitment to highest quality work products.
  • Rapid adaptation to changes in project needs, agency requests, etc.
  • Effective collaboration skills.
  • Ability to prioritize workloads and meet schedules.
  • Continuous and proactive participation to improve the program through initiatives and tools.

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EOE - women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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