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Archaeologist II

University of South Carolina
Capitol View, South Carolina
Closing date
May 24, 2024

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Position Type
Full Time
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Posting Summary

Logo Posting Number STA00299PO24 Job Family Research Job Function Archaeology USC Market Title Archaeologist Link to USC Market Title Job Level R1 - Research Business Title (Internal Title) Archaeologist II Campus Columbia Work County Richland College/Division College of Arts and Sciences Department CAS South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology State Pay Band 5 Approved Starting Salary $41,258 Advertised Salary Range $41,258 Location of Vacancy Part/Full Time Full Time Hours per Week 37.5 Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Must be willing to work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the department.

Basis 12 months Job Search Category Other

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About University of South Carolina

From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, the University of South Carolina system is transforming the lives of South Carolinians through the impact of our eight institutions and 20 locations throughout the state. More than 50,000 students are enrolled at one of eight institutions, including the research campus in Columbia and comprehensive four-year universities in Aiken, Upstate and Beaufort. In addition, our Palmetto College campuses in Salkehatchie, Union, Lancaster and Sumter enable students to earn associate or bachelor's degrees through a combination of in-person, online or blended learning. All of our system institutions place strong emphasis on service - helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and beyond.

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Benefits for FTE Positions

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Position Description

Advertised Job Summary

Incumbent reports to the State Underwater Archaeologist, Head, Maritime Research Division. Undertakes underwater archaeological management and research by planning and conducting archaeological research, develops public educational and outreach offerings, administers the review and compliance of development projects, oversees the technical and logistical aspects of survey and diving operations, supervises the operation, use and maintenance of Division assets including boats, vehicles and equipment, and trains staff on their proper use, and supports other activities as directed by the Division head to meet Division goals. The incumbent will also meet and maintain SCIAA's Dive Safety & Control Board scientific diving requirements. Position requires travel within the state for fieldwork, presentations, and meetings.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree in archaeology, anthropology, or historical archaeology and 2 years' experience which may be substituted by equivalent combination of certification, training, education, and/or experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Ph.D. in archaeology, anthropology or historical archaeology, with a specialization in nautical, maritime, or underwater archaeology from a recognized program; or a master's degree in archaeology, anthropology or historical archaeology, with a specialization in nautical, maritime, or underwater archaeology from a recognized program, and one years of professional experience, including relevant fieldwork, personnel supervision and advanced research.


Applicant must demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of archaeological principles, field research logistics, and public education. Essential abilities include: public speaking and public relations, ability to prepare and publish reports, scholarly articles and book chapters, marine remote sensing operation, and black water research diving. SCUBA certification essential. Experience with using relational databases and Geographical Information Systems, including ArcView and ArcGIS software is essential.

Job Duties

Job Duty

Plan and conduct archaeological research, including historical and archival, fieldwork including archaeological surveys, site-specific and regional, excavation and documentation; Analyze archaeological and historical data; Write reports, public, and scholarly articles, and present professional and public talks and lectures; Seeks grants, contracts and partnership opportunities and write grants proposals for the Division.

Essential Function Yes Percentage of Time 25 Job Duty

Function as the education and outreach coordinator, including planning, developing, and facilitating public educational and outreach programs, which comprise field training courses, workshops, presentations, and special events; Acts as liaison with the sport diving community, the public, professional organizations, and the professional archaeological community to further education and outreach initiatives; Acts as volunteer coordinator for projects and events which includes training volunteers; and Manages the Division website, social media platforms, and newsletters.

Essential Function Yes Percentage of Time 20 Job Duty

Reviews and responds to South Carolina Public Notice Response System, and acts in concert with the State Historic Preservation Office to ensure compliance with state and federal historic preservation regulations; Attends review and compliance meetings with Federal, State, Local, and private entities.

Essential Function Yes Percentage of Time 20 Job Duty

Oversees and maintains Division assets, namely boats, vehicles, and equipment; Assists in procuring necessary supplies and equipment; Performs routine care and maintenance of equipment; Ensures boats, vehicles and equipment in good

working order; Reports problems with equipment and other assets in need of repair or maintenance to Division head.

Essential Function Yes Percentage of Time 15 Job Duty

Assists in administering the South Carolina Underwater Antiquities Act, including achieving Division goals including research, public education, and activities related to the Hobby License Program.

Essential Function Yes Percentage of Time 5 Job Duty

Administers and assists in the planning of all aspects of the diving activities undertaken by the Division under the auspices of the Dive Safety & Control Board; Maintains scientific diver eligibility.

Essential Function Yes Percentage of Time 5 Job Duty

Maintains the Division's research files and records including catalog and database of photographic records (slides, prints, and digital images); maintain maps, plans, charts, drawings and research records for the Division.

Essential Function Yes Percentage of Time 5 Job Duty

Other duties as assigned by the State Underwater Archaeologist; Provides assistance and guidance to SCIAA and USC staff, and to the general public, related to underwater archaeology to ensure compliance with federal, state and University policies and procedures; Contributes to the overall success of the College of Arts and Sciences and SCIAA by performing all assigned duties.

Essential Function Yes Percentage of Time 5

Position Attributes

Employees in Safety-Sensitive or Security-Sensitive positions will be subject to pre-employment and post-employment drug testing in accordance with University policy HR 1.95 Drug and Alcohol Testing.

Safety Sensitive or Security Sensitive No Hazardous weather category Non-Essential

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1 Desired Start Date 06/01/2024 Job Open Date 04/10/2024 Job Close Date 06/07/2024 Open Until Filled No Special Instructions to Applicant

Positions are advertised for a minimum of five (5) business days on our job website. After five (5) business days, positions can be closed at the discretion of the department at any time. This employment site is updated on a regular basis. The length of the recruitment and screening process may vary from position to position, depending upon a variety of factors. Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by phone or email.

We are only accepting applications submitted by June 7, 2024.

The University of South Carolina offers a valuable benefits package including but not limited to:
  • Health and Life Insurance
  • Retirement Programs
  • Paid Tuition
  • Dependent Scholarships
  • Annual Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • 13 Paid Holidays (including an extended December holiday)
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Professional Development Opportunities

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The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender (including transgender), gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDs status, military status, national origin, pregnancy (false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, childbirth, recovery therefrom or related medical conditions, breastfeeding), race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other bases under federal, state, local law, or regulations.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
    • Do you have at least a master's degree in archaeology, anthropology, or historical archaeology and 2 years' experience which may be substituted by equivalent combination of certification, training, education, and/or experience?
  • Yes
  • No
    • Do you have extensive diving experience, including experience in low-zero visibility, heavy seas, currents, and other challenging conditions?
  • Yes
  • No
    • Do you have experience in the safe operation of equipment necessary for projects and surveys regarding boats, boat handling, and diving operations?

(Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • List of References and Contact Information

Optional Documents
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Recommendation 1
  • Letter of Recommendation 2
  • Letter of Recommendation 3
  • Media File
  • Other Supporting Documents

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