• Archaeologist
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Class Number: 
Exam Components: 
Rating of Education & Experience, 100%
Annual Salary Range:
$38,304.00 – $54,276.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,596.00 – $2,261.50
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This is professional archaeological work in the over-all coordination of archaeological excavations, research, and artifact curation for the Department of Natural Resources.

Job Duties

Plans and directs the work performed at surveys and excavations, and supervises an archaeological crew.

Recommends land acquisitions for archaeological sites.

Reviews cultural clearance requests for capital improvement and small maintenance and repair projects that involve ground disturbances.

Maintains a system-wide index of known archaeological sites and surveys and responds to inquiries that may affect construction or other below ground or underwater disturbance activities.

Coordinates Section 106 reviews with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).

Provides oversight for the use of the state-wide archaeological curatorial facility.

Supervises the preparation and maintenance of laboratory records and equipment; performs the more difficult analytical laboratory analysis.

Classifies artifacts and analyzes structural remains.

Collects, labels, and photographs specimens and artifacts to be used in interpretative exhibits and publications.

Prepares reports and manuscripts and develops informational brochures and publications.

Assures that park system activities comply with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).

Receives general supervision from the Natural Resources Manager for cultural or natural resource areas; exercises a considerable degree of initiative and independent judgment in planning and implementing the work.

Performs other related work as assigned.

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility and may be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

A Master's degree from an accredited college or university in Archaeology, Anthropology, or a closely related field; and,

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Archaeology, Anthropology, or a closely related field; and,

Three or more years of experience performing professional archaeological work, including two or more years performing field work in excavation, laboratory analysis, and research.

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Comprehensive knowledge of the principles, practices, techniques, and ethics of archaeological survey, excavation, and laboratory operations.

Comprehensive knowledge of the state's prehistoric and historic archaeological heritage.

Comprehensive knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of an archaeological program.

Intermediate knowledge dealing with tribal organizations on issues such as Native Americans Grave Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).

Intermediate knowledge of the physical attributes of earth and soils.

Intermediate knowledge of archaeological mapping and photography.

Introductory knowledge of the principles of effective supervision and administration.

Ability to express ideas clearly and effectively.

Ability to plan, coordinate, and supervise others.

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