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Archaeologist II

State of North Carolina
New Hanover County, North Carolina
Closing date
Dec 15, 2023

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
Organization Type
This posting has been extended to 12/12/2023. Previous applicants are still being considered and do not need to reapply.

Salary Grade: NC11

Recruitment Range: $42,464 - $60,433

This position will be located at:

Fort Fisher

Kure Beach, NC

Learn about the Division: Office of State Archaeology | NC Archaeology (

Learn about our employee perks/benefits:

Primary Purpose of the Position:

This is an advanced professional, administrative, and field position in evaluating and managing archaeological resources throughout the state. Employee directs projects in the conservation and management of historic and prehistoric archaeological sites, both on land and underwater, and at state-owned historic sites. Employee reviews project and technical evaluation reports form archaeological investigations by independent contractors or agencies and is responsible for planning and supervising field and laboratory work in excavation, analysis, exhibition, and publication of archaeological sites. This position is a specialist in underwater archaeology requiring specialized training in SCUBA diving, boat handling, marine remote sensing, and use of associated equipment. Employee reports to a higher-level archaeologist or the state Archaeologist and performs related duties, as required.

Key Responsibilities:

Environmental Review: The employee is responsible for reviewing development projects related to state waters in all North Carolina counties in addition to terrestrial review in the coastal region. Federal or state compliance review regulations, plus instructions and procedures of the HPO and OSA, guide review activities. Duties may involve one or all of the following: Evaluation of proposed project plans relative to known or predicted archaeological sites in preparation of draft review letters to the responsible project supervisor, developer, or agency, technical consultations on, and if requested, preparation of formal scopes of work for investigations required to satisfy federal or state regulations; transfer of site and project data to maps and digital tracking systems; review of all documentation of investigations; preparation of formal opinions on significance and preservation/protection requirements for specific archaeological sites; close coordination of all phases of work with OSA and HPO staff meeting members, including maintenance of files, reports, map, and other project data.

The environmental review process is a primary required function of the Office of State Archaeology, in concert with the State Historic Preservation Office. Specific procedures are internally defined, and the process is conducted in accordance with federal and state historic preservation and environmental protection laws. Significant sums of public and private funds may be affected by the decisions made during the review process.

Field Archaeology and Site Recording: The employee is responsible for overseeing or participating in field investigations conducted at North Carolina submerged sites. This may include remote sensing surveys, diving investigations, site mapping, excavation, artifact recovery, record keeping, artifact analysis, data analysis, and report preparation. This will include data management for UAB records gathered from historic and modern charts, acoustic and magnetic surveys, archaeological and artifact drawings/images, site and artifact records, and related material.

Public Education and Outreach: Formal and informal presentations, tourists, and workshops are made upon request to civic, school, and professional organizations. Topics include general archaeology, prehistory, archaeological resource planning and management, or similar subjects. In addition, the position coordinates with other staff members in production of newsletters, brochures, and other educational materials supported by UAB, OSA, the North Carolina archaeological society, and similar information through approved websites and social media. Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form to individuals, groups, and the public.

Diving Supervision and Equipment Management: This employee serves as a scientific diving supervisor and assistant diving safety officer ensuring all diving oversight duties, as delegated by the diving safety officer, are conducted in accordance with applicable diving regulations, standards, and procedures. This may include staff or volunteer diver training, maintenance of diver equipment records, ensuring all dive and accessory equipment is maintained in a safe and fully functional condition according to established schedules, and other related duties as assigned. The employee will also oversee boat and field equipment maintenance and functionality in coordination with Deputy State Archaeologist - Underwater Diving Safety Officer.

Section Information:

The Office of State Archaeology coordinates and implements a statewide program, historic and underwater archaeology. The OSA is part of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History, Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. The OSA serves as the professional archaeology staff for the State Historic Preservation Office and the NC Historical Commission. Legal and professional responsibilities include archaeological resource protection, data inventory, collections and records management, public education, environmental review, grants administration, and technical assistance to the public and other governmental agencies.

Division Information:

The Division of Historical Resources within the Office of Archives and History is home to four programs, including the Office of State Archaeology; the Highway Historical Marker Program; The Historical Preservation Office; and Historical Publications. The work of these programs is diverse from marking historic places with highway historical markers to helping economic growth by aiding the rehabilitation of historic buildings to aiding constituents with preserving archaeological sites.

Department Information:

The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) takes care of the things that people love about North Carolina, literally from A to Z. The Arts to the Zoo, and so much else - parks, aquariums, historic sites, archaeology, African American Heritage Commission, science and history museums, the state Symphony, Library and Archives, historic preservation, land and water stewardship, and more. These places, and the ideas they represent, create a shared identity in North Carolina. They provide common ground. Everyone is welcome. The Department's vision is to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational, and economic future of North Carolina. Our goal is to promote equity and inclusion among our employees and our programming to reflect and celebrate our state's diverse population, culture, and history. We encourage you to apply to become a part of our team.

Check out this amazing video about our Department. To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must provide the information on the application form. Any information omitted from the application form, listed as general statements, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit. In order to qualify for this position, you must meet ALL the following KSA's listed below:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations for the identification, evaluation, and protection of terrestrial/submerged archaeological resources.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of archaeological method and theory, archaeological principles, research techniques, and professional reference facilities to identify artifacts and interpret or evaluate archaeological sites.
  • Demonstrated experience with small boat operations, towing/trailering, and marine geophysical survey equipment for data collection and data interpretation.
  • Scuba certification from a nationally recognized certifying agency, and the ability to become a scientific diver as defined by the American Academy of Underwater Sciences.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of field recovery and laboratory equipment needed to successfully excavate and treat artifacts and manage corresponding data.
  • Demonstrated experience with: Microsoft office (such as Excel spreadsheets or Access databases) or digital mapping applications (i.e., ESRI ArcGIS).
  • Must have a valid North Carolina driver's license or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment.

Management Preferences:
  • Current/active Diving Instructor from a nationally recognized organization or member of the Recreational SCUBA Training Council; current/active CPR, First Aid, and Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor; current certification as a SCUBA equipment repair technician.
  • Completion of a Federal Department of Interior Motorboat Operator Certification Course (MOCC) or active USCG OUPV captain license.
  • Ability to maintain both digital and paper records according to guidelines while assisting researchers and consultants with access to research files, site files, technical reports, and artifact collections.
  • Advanced field and laboratory archaeological training/experience with demonstrated ability to design and implement projects, collect survey data, conduct data analysis, produce archaeological reports, and present information in a public forum both formal and informal.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision, exercise good judgement, and make sound decisions, with experience supervising paid and volunteer labor.

Some state job postings say you can qualify by an "equivalent combination of education and experience." If that language appears below, then you may qualify through EITHER years of education OR years of directly related experience, OR a combination of both. See for details.

Master's degree or higher in North American archaeology, anthropology, or a closely related field from an appropriately accredited institution and four years of archaeological experience;


Bachelor's degree in North American archaeology, anthropology, or a closely related field from an appropriately accredited institution and six years of archaeological experience.The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) selects applicants for employment based on required education and experience and job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, political affiliation, or political influence.

Please be sure to complete the application in full. Resumes may be uploaded with your application but will not be accepted in lieu of a fully completed application and will not be considered for qualifying credit. "See Resume" or "See Attachment" will NOT be accepted. Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions. Transcripts, and degree evaluations may be uploaded with your application.

To obtain veterans preference, you must scan and upload a copy of your DD-214 or discharge orders. Applicants requesting and receiving an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are eligible to submit paper applications via mail or by fax. Please call the human resources office for assistance.

If multiple applications are submitted to an individual posting, only the most recent application received prior to the closing date will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the closing date.

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. To check the status of your application, please log in to your account. Upon the closing date, applications are "Under Review" and will be screened by Human Resources for the qualified applicants. The hiring process may take an average of 6 - 8 weeks.

It is the policy of the State of North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources that all employees provide proof of employment eligibility (immigration and naturalization) on the first day of employment. We participate in E-Verify (Employment Eligibility Verification System).


N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

Division of Human Resources

4603 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-4603

Phone: 919-814-6670

Technical issues submitting your application, please call the NeoGov Help Line at 855-524-5627.

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