Topic ID #42622 - posted 8/28/2020 7:30 AM

Full-time Archaeologist at Archaeological Research Center, Rapid City, SD


This is a full-time position with the Department of Education. For more information on the Department of Education, please visit:

The position requires background in archaeology methods and theory as well as in archival practices and curation, digital photography, and GIS. The candidate would assist the Curator/Repository Manager with cataloging and properly packaging artifact collections, photographic media, oversized maps and aerial photographs. The ideal candidate would have experience maintaining artifact loan files, coordinating loans and loan returns with researchers, and conducting loan inventories. The candidate would also conduct data entry and maintain databases for these cataloged materials as well as accession records. Another aspect of the job is organizing, conducting data entry, and filing the archival documentation related to the artifact collections and cultural site files. Other responsibilities would include assisting with the preparation of archaeology displays and training materials as well as participating in public demonstrations or training sessions. The candidate would also have experience photographing artifacts with a digital camera mounted on a copy stand to document the items and provide high quality photographs for technical reports and professional publications. The candidate would also have experience creating shape files in GIS and creating technical maps for reports. The candidate would also have the physical capacity to move heavy boxes for several hours a day. As needed, the candidate would assist with field projects.

The position is located at the Archaeological Research Center in Rapid City. Rapid City is a community of about 70,000 people located at the eastern edge of the Black Hills. Many destination sites such as Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument, Wind Cave National Park, Badlands National Park, and Black Hills National Forest are nearby. There are multiple recreation opportunities, including hunting, fishing, boating, cycling, hiking, climbing, snow skiing, seven local golf courses open year-round, and water sports. The city has numerous parks and many miles of walking/biking trails. There are also many other attractions, such as the Black Hills Symphony, Journey Museum, Museum of Geology and Paleontology, Rush professional hockey, and the Dahl Fine Arts Center. More information is available at and 

The Archaeological Research Center is a program of the South Dakota State Historical Society and is the Office of the State Archaeologist. It serves as a regional collection repository, with more than 8000 collections, a large comparative collection, a research library, and the state archaeological site and report databases. Archaeologists from the Center have provided cultural resource consulting services to hundreds of clients in the region since 1973, authoring more than 2,500 project reports. The Center has a permanent staff of 14 plus a varying number of seasonal assistants. South Dakota offers a diverse archaeological record including the prehistoric cultures of the Mountain West and Northern Plain’s, the Woodland and Plains Village traditions of the Missouri River Trench, and a broad mosaic of prehistoric cultures in the Northeast Plains periphery and Glacial Lakes area. Historic archaeology varies from Contact-era Native American villages, fur trade and military posts, farmsteads, early Reservation-period communities, homesteads, Black Hills Gold Rush camps, and industrial and mining sites.

This work requires strict attention to detail, computer skills, including ARCmap, Access and Excel programs, copy stand digital photography experience, ability to physically move heavy boxes (approximately 50 pounds) for several hours a day, and the ability to learn and maintain multiple levels of data organization for several different sets of documents. 

Licenses and Certifications:

A valid driver's license is required to operate state vehicles. 


The Ideal Candidate Will Have: 

  • a bachelor's degree in anthropology, archaeology, or cultural resource management, or equivalent experience;
  • practical field and lab experience through a certified field school or equivalent training;
  • a strong proficiency in writing and the ability to clearly communicate verbally and in writing with other archaeologists regarding the data generated in the field and lab;
  • an understanding of the types of records associated with field and lab work, and the ability to organize large amounts of paper and electronic data;
  • GIS experience with cultural sites and survey work;
  • experience with copy stand digital photography of artifacts for reports and publications. 

Knowledge of:

  • ArcGIS;
  • digital photography;
  • Microsoft Office suite;
  • records management;
  • archaeological field survey and excavation methods;
  • loan documentation and management;
  • plains archaeology, including South Dakota or surrounding states;
  • the types of archaeological records generated by cultural surveys, site recordation, evaluation, and mitigate excavations, archival packaging materials, current professional practices related to cultural artifact and documentation management, digital photography, and creating displays and educational materials.

Skill to:

  • take detailed field notes and apply those notes to report preparation;
  • interpret archaeologist's field notes, field documents, and site maps;
  • communicate effectively and clearly with other staff members, clients, landowners, or other necessary personnel;
  • work both independently and as part of a team;
  • collaborate closely with staff archaeologists, senior staff, and support staff to meet various project needs to identify and catalog prehistoric and historic artifacts, conduct data entry in Access and Excel databases, proficient in Word, and photograph artifacts for technical and professional publications, and assist with creating shape files in GIS.

Position closes September 10, 2020.

Additional Requirements: To be considered, please attach a resume and transcripts


NCRC: If you possess a National Career Readiness Certificate, please submit the certificate with your application. For more information on how to acquire a National Career Readiness Certificate contact a South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Job Service Office. A certificate is not necessary to be considered.

The State of South Dakota does not sponsor work visas for new or existing employees. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete an Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9.  

The State of South Dakota offers paid employee health insurance plus ten paid holidays, generous vacation leave accrual, and medical, dental, vision, and other benefits. For more information please visit This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.


Apply at:

South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources 

500 East Capitol 

Pierre, SD 57501-5070 

Telephone: 605.773.3148 Fax: 605.773.4344

 "An Equal Opportunity Employer"


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