Senior Archaeologist(Job Id 18200)
Location Rapid City Post Date 01/07/2022
Agency Education Close Date 02/04/2022
Employment Type Permanent Employee
Salary 23.87-23.87 US
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Job ID: 18200
Agency: Department of Education
Location: Rapid City
Salary: $23.87 per hour
Pay Grade: GJ
Closing Date: 2/4/2022
This is a Full-Time 40 Hours Weekly position with the Department of Education. For more information on the Department of Education, please visit https://doe.sd.gov/.
This work requires frequent travel. Applicants must be in physical condition for strenuous outdoor work conditions typical of archaeological survey and excavation, such as hiking long distances over rough terrain, carrying equipment, hand excavation by trowel and shovel, transporting soil in buckets, and screening. The work requires the ability to prepare research designs, organize and supervise an archaeological crew in the field and lab, carry out projects from beginning to end, and prepare technical reports that meet state and federal guidelines. The position also requires the individual to monitor budgets for individual projects and work within budget and schedule restraints. The work includes the ability to conduct record searches using ARCmap and Access and prepare maps for use in technical reports. The work also requires good communication and negotiation skills with a wide variety of people, including Tribal representatives, the State Historic Preservation Officer, local, state and federal agencies, landowners, developers, and contractors.
The archaeologist in this position will work as a Principal Investigator under the Assistant State Archaeologist/Contracts Manager and focus their efforts on contracts and grants. The applicant will be expected to take the lead on new projects; prepare proposals, research designs, and cost estimates; organize and lead crews in the field; and independently prepare technical reports that meet state and federal guidelines. The applicant also will lead staff and participate in the analysis and write up of existing excavation and mitigation projects that were conducted by the Archaeological Research Center in past years. As opportunities arise, the incumbent may prepare grant proposals and/or manage grant projects. The position requires first-hand experience in all these areas with minimal supervision.
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 http://www.visitrapidcity.com and http://www.blackhillsbadlands.com.
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.
Employment with the State of South Dakota includes access to employer-sponsored health insurance, life insurance, and flexible benefits for both the employee and their eligible family members. The State of South Dakota sponsors an employee assistance program (EAP) at no cost to eligible employees and their spouses, dependents, and household members. In addition to health benefits, state employees are automatically enrolled in a the South Dakota Retirement System, a cost-sharing, public employee retirement system. These benefits are funded through both member and employer contributions under a 401(a) plan.
Candidates must be able to meet the US Secretary of the Interior’s standards for a professional archaeologist, including an applicable postgraduate degree in anthropology, archaeology, or a closely related field, and relevant experience. The candidate must have a valid driver’s license.
Questionnaire: Applicants will be required to answer a series of job-related questions when applying for this position.
The Ideal Candidate will have:
In addition to other skills as a senior archaeologist as outlined in the Classification Specifications, the incumbent in this position should have the skills to prepare a written proposal with a budget and schedule to meet the requirements in a scope-of-work, conduct and write up research results independently, prepare ARCmap figures, interpret findings, and work as part of a team. All projects are conducted as a team and cooperation and the ability to communicate with others is essential to success in this position.
state and federal historic preservation laws, rules, and guidelines;
ArcGIS and ArcPad;
handheld GPS technology;
Microsoft Office suite;
plains archaeology, including South Dakota or surrounding states is preferred;
state and federal historic preservation laws, rules, and guidelines;
prehistoric and historic artifact identification and analysis.
direct crews conducting transect surveys in the field over rough terrain and long distances;
direct crews conducting shovel tests or mitigative excavations of archaeological sites;
identify historic and prehistoric artifacts, features, and site boundaries in the field;
take detailed field notes and apply those notes to report preparation;
document sites and artifacts in the field using a digital camera and/or sketches;
catalog artifacts and photographs in the lab;
conduct historic record searches at county courthouses;
conduct archaeological site and survey record searches in ARCMap;
operate a vehicle over long distances and/or in rough terrain;
prepare technical reports that meet state and federal requirements;
apply NRHP criteria to site evaluations;
communicate effectively and clearly with other staff members, clients, landowners, or other necessary personnel;
work both independently and as a team player in a setting that includes a variety of personalities and often under difficult conditions;
collaborate closely with staff archaeologists, senior staff, and support staff to meet various project needs.
provide clear instructions to crew members in the field;
train new crew members in the field and lab;
independently conduct prehistoric and historic research;
effectively edit reports;
work responsibly with minimal supervision;
follow safety guidelines;
complete assigned work in a timely manner and within budget;
make informed and timely decisions regarding documentation and testing of identified cultural resources, especially under adverse conditions;
be flexible and adaptable to ever-changing project needs, assignments, and deadlines;
commit to completing a project under adverse conditions;
understand and follow administrative requirements established by the State for all employees;
see work through from beginning to end, listen to other opinions, pull together a wide variety of data into a comprehensive, cohesive, and understandable report.
Copy of official transcripts, 2 writing samples, and CV or Resume. CV or Resume must include supervisors for each job and a current phone number for that person and reason why you left a job. CV or Resume must also include 3 professional references with current phone numbers and who they work for; one must be a supervisor from within the last 2 years.
VETERANS’ PREFERENCE ELIGIBLE
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 as an employer will be using E-Verify to complete employment eligibility verification upon hire.
The State of South Dakota offers employer paid health insurance plus ten paid holidays, generous vacation and sick leave accrual, dental, vision, and other insurance options, and retirement benefits. You can view our benefits information at https://bhr.sd.gov/job-seekers/work-for-state-government/. This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.
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You must apply online, emailed resumes or submissions will not be accepted.
South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources
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