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Archaeology Technician I - Intermittent - part-time

State of Maine
Augusta, Maine
Closing date
Feb 20, 2024

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Position Type
Part Time
Organization Type

Opening Date: February 6, 2024

Closing Date: February 21, 2024

Job Class Code: 3180

Grade: 16

Salary: $17.17 - $22.66/hourly

Position Number: 014600073

The Maine Historic Preservation Commission is seeking candidates for a part-time intermittent Archaeology Technician I position. This is technical services work in field and laboratory environments involving the collection, examination, preservation, preliminary identification, and recording of artifacts and relevant information. Responsibilities include assisting a professional in conducting research and field excavation work, operating and maintaining tools and equipment, processing recovered artifacts and samples, and overseeing the work of volunteers. Work is performed under general supervision.

  • Performs archaeological field work under supervision in order to aid in the identification of prehistoric and historic archaeological sites.
  • Conducts archaeological site visit surveys for small project areas in order to verify archaeological presence, make recommendations for field work, and develop site specific maps and sketches.
  • Creates and maintains archaeological field notes, survey maps, photographic logs, profile and/or elevation drawings, and plan drawings in order to record the exact location and condition of artifacts uncovered, and to maintain provenance information.
  • Writes brief reports or summaries in order to document assigned archaeological artifacts, materials, and archaeological site/field conditions.
  • Inputs and retrieves information to and from database catalogues and other electronic and manual record systems in order to prepare information for data analysis and curation.
  • Processes recovered archaeological artifacts and samples utilizing approved field and laboratory techniques such as washing, sorting, weighing, and measuring; in order to preserve, store, record, and maintain artifact condition for analysis and reference.
  • Performs basic artifact conservation methods and techniques in order to ensure material recovered from diverse environments remain intact and available for analysis.
  • Completes basic analysis of archaeological materials and samples in order to assist Archaeology Technician III, or other professionals with preliminary identifications.
  • Guides and oversees the work of volunteers on a site/project specific basis in order to ensure tasks are completed using proper procedures.
  • Responds to inquiries by the general public and volunteers in order to communicate activities and provide guidance.
  • Disposes of laboratory and non-artifact materials under supervision in accordance with established protocols in order to maintain a clean working environment.

  • Knowledge of historical events and their causes, and effects on civilizations and cultures, with a focus on Maine and the Northeast.
  • Knowledge of the care, treatment and handling of archaeological artifacts.
  • Knowledge of procedures for processing, identifying, and analyzing archaeological artifacts and materials in both field and laboratory settings.
  • Knowledge of software systems related to digital file formats, electronic records management, and manual record development and retention methods and practices.
  • Knowledge of topographic map and compass navigation methods.
  • Knowledge of methods and equipment used in performing archaeological excavation activities.
  • Knowledge of agency security rules, safety codes, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to prepare field maps, and drawings to illustrating site conditions and record artifact provenance using English or metric measure.
  • Ability to read and interpret directional maps and perform field work, including kneeling and carrying heavy objects.
  • Ability to recognize surficial geology, soil types, and landform characteristics from predictive model of prehistoric site location data.
  • Ability to identify, gather, and assess archaeological data.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to write clearly and effectively.
  • Ability to use a personal computer or terminal.

  • A Bachelor's degree in archaeology, anthropology, history, or similar related field including professionally supervised experience in basic technical field or laboratory work, anthropology, archaeology, historic and prehistoric artifact identification, or related work. Directly related archaeological experience may be substituted for educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.

  • Valid drivers license.


No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto-"Dirigo" or "I lead"-as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce's health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including:
  • Work-Life Balance - Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays, 12 days of sick leave, and 3+ weeks of vacation leave annually. Vacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave.
  • Health Insurance Coverage - The State of Maine pays 85%-100% of employee-only premiums ($10,150.80-$11,942.16 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State.
  • Health Insurance Premium Credit - Participation decreases employee-only premiums by 5%. Visit the Office of Employee Health and Wellness for more information about program requirements.
  • Dental Insurance - The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value).
  • Retirement Plan - The State of Maine contributes 13.42% of pay to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), on behalf of the employee.
  • Gym Membership Reimbursement - Improve overall health with regular exercise and receive up to $40 per month to offset this expense.
  • Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts - Set aside money pre-tax to help pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and/or daycare expenses.
  • Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness - The State of Maine is a qualified employer for this federal program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid office.
  • Living Resources Program - Navigate challenging work and life situations with our employee assistance program.
  • Parental leave is one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child-including fathers and adoptive parents-receive four weeks of fully paid parental leave. Additional, unpaid leave may also be available, under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
  • Voluntary Deferred Compensation - Save additional pre-tax funds for retirement in a MaineSaves 457(b) account through payroll deductions.
  • Learn about additional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness.

There's a job and then there's purposeful, transformative work. Our aim is to create a workplace where you can learn, grow, and continuously refine your skills. Applicants demonstrate job requirements in differing ways, and we appreciate that many skills and backgrounds can make people successful in this role. As an Equal Opportunity employer, Maine State Government embraces a culture of respect and awareness. We are committed to creating a strong sense of belonging for all team members, and our process ensures an inclusive environment to applicants of all backgrounds including diverse race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, physical or mental disability, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, familial status or genetics. If you're looking for a great next step, and want to feel good about what you do, we'd love to hear from you. Please note reasonable accommodations are provided to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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