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Assistant Archaeology Curator

State of Wisconsin
Dane County, Wisconsin
Closing date
Mar 8, 2024

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Position Type
Archivist / Curator / Librarian
Full Time
Organization Type
Position Summary

This position performs objective level curatorial work in the Museum Archaeology Program (Program) Archaeology Laboratory. The incumbent performs tasks related to the management of archaeological collections. Generally, these tasks include processing, tracking, cataloging, and storage of artifacts and samples recovered during field research conducted by the Program. The incumbent also assists in monitoring the condition of curated collections, providing access to researchers, conducts appropriate laboratory analysis, and provides interpretations of the cultural materials recovered. This position develops and manages the Program's research library including maintaining the bibliographic management program and assisting Program staff with documentary research. The incumbent also tracks sales and inventory of Program publications.

The Assistant Archaeology Curator aids in training Limited Term Employees, work study students, and volunteers in laboratory and collections management procedures, and monitors the accuracy and completion of tasks assigned to them. Specific duties may include: checking in collections, maintaining collections tracking tables, cleaning collections and preparing them for analysis, and special archaeological sample processing. Other duties may include: entering artifact data into the collections management database, and packaging and storing collections. In consultation with the Laboratory Coordinator, the incumbent orders laboratory supplies and equipment.

Salary Information

The salary will be between $23.00 - $28.00 per hour ($47,840 - $58,240 annually) in accordance with the provisions of the current Compensation Plan. This position is in pay schedule 13, range 04. The civil service classification is Curator. A 12-month probationary period will be required.

Job Details

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment to determine if the circumstances of any conviction may be related to the job.

Permanent classified state employees who are eligible for consideration (transfer, voluntary demotion, or former employees as a reinstatement) should complete the application process to apply.

WHS does not sponsor work visas. Any appointment made will be contingent on the applicant being able to prove valid status to work in the United States.

This position works primarily in the office or doing field work.


Please make sure to describe the following qualifications within your resume and/or letter of qualifications in order to be considered for this position.

Minimally qualified candidate will have experience in all of the following:
  • Professional training, experience, and/or degree, from an undergraduate program, in anthropology, archaeology or related field.
  • General knowledge of federal curation standards and archaeological collections management.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively perform, museum collection, curation, and cataloguing practices and procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform basic museum registration tasks.
  • Professional experience in analyzing and interpreting archaeological collections.

In addition to minimum qualifications, a well-qualified candidate will additionally have experience in one of the following areas:
  • Meets Secretary of Interior Standards for Archaeology
  • At least one year of full-time professional experience or equivalent specialized training in archeological research, administration, or management;
  • At least four months of supervised field and analytic experience in general North American archeology, and
  • Demonstrated ability to carry research to completion
  • Professional experience in processing and tracking of archaeological collections.
  • Professional experience in cataloging and curation of archaeological collections and associated documentation.

How To Apply

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Your letter of qualifications and resume are very important parts of your application and are used during our evaluation process to determine your qualifications as they relate to the job. For instructions on developing your resume and letter of qualifications for your application and what should be included in these materials, click here for resume and letter of qualifications instructions..

Submitted materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the hiring process.

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Deadline to Apply

Applications are due at 11:59PM on March 4, 2024.

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