Archaeologist Curator (Administrator I), Temporary (104985)

  • Sonoma State Unversity
  • Rohnert Park, California
  • Mar 17, 2020
Full Time Historic Preservation Museum and Arts

Job Description

Department Name
Anthropological Studies Center (ASC)

Salary and Benefits
Starting salary placement depends on qualifications, experience and salary budget, and will not exceed $3,778 a month.

This position is eligible for a broad range of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurances, retirement (CalPERS), tuition waiver, vacation and sick leave. In addition, 14 paid holidays are offered each year; 13 scheduled on specific days and a Personal Holiday that may be taken any time during the year.

A comprehensive benefits summary for this position is available online by clicking the View Benefits Summary link or by request from SSU Human Resources.

Application Deadline
This position is open until filled. For full consideration, please submit application, along with cover letter and resume, by 8am on February 27, 2020. Please refer to the Application Process section of this posting for additional details.

Conditions of Employment
This position is a member of the Management Personnel Plan and serves at the pleasure of the President.

Sonoma State University is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. In line with our Strategic Plan and our Seawolf Commitment, our values include diversity, sustainability, community engagement, respect, responsibility, excellence and integrity. We strive to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. We encourage innovation, experimentation and creativity, as well as contributions to equity and inclusion, in the pursuit of excellence for all members of our university community.

Reporting to the Anthropological Studies Center (ASC) Business Director, with additional lead work direction from the ASC Director, the Archaeologist Curator assists the Conservation Branch of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) with tasks related to their Integrated Cultural Resources Management Plan (ICRMP). The MCAGCC's Conservation Branch maintains a cultural resources collections that includes artifacts found on and representing the archaeological prehistory and history of MCAGCC and other Marine Corps installations.

The incumbent is responsible for the management and interpretation of MCAGCC's cultural resources collections and may conduct occasional field duties according to the needs of MCAGCC. Collections management tasks include overseeing inventory, accession, and data entry which will alternate with general collections facility management and upkeep; providing education and outreach tours; and occasionally providing backup leadership and assistance on small-scale surveys and/or site evaluations.

Major duties of the position include, but are not limited to, the following in support of MCAGCC's Integrated Cultural Resources Management Plan: inventory, accession, and organization of the backlog of artifacts and reports currently held at the MCAGCC curation facility; maintenance of existing collections; accession of new collections received into the facility; management of the curation facility on a day-to-day basis including drafting standard operating procedures (SOPs), completing weekly facility inspections, insect and rodent suppression, and light housekeeping; providing education and outreach tours during and sometimes after normal hours of operation; occasional participation on in-house small scale surveys and/or evaluations in base training areas. The incumbent may assist in the supervision of technical assistants and interact in the field, office and by phone and letter with interested Native American individuals and other groups in the course of work.

Performs other secondary duties as assigned.

Duties take place mostly in an office setting located on the grounds of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) in Twentynine Palms, California, however, additional duties may be performed in surrounding areas and on the Sonoma State University campus, including working both indoors and outdoors to support and participate in MCAGCC and Anthropological Studies Center activities and events. The normal work schedule is Monday through Friday, but will be subject to the responsibilities required of the position. As an exempt employee you have some flexibility in your schedule however must be available to meet the operational needs of the MCAGCC and Anthropological Studies Center. Evening and weekend hours may be required and will be determined based on the scheduling of educational tours or filed survey activities. The incumbent must maintain regular and acceptable attendance at such levels as is determined by the Appropriate Administrator. The position may require occasional travel, by automobile and airplane, and the incumbent must be able to work some night and weekend hours with overnight stays.

This position requires a minimum of three years of related experience in Cultural Resource Management including 2 years of progressively responsible and applicable management and/or supervisory experience. Bachelor's degree in Archaeology/Anthropology or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience to provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. One year working with archaeological resources in the southwest, preferably the Mojave Desert in California and have demonstrated experience curating an archaeological collection required. Advanced degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, CRM, or related field preferred. Higher education experience highly preferred. Intermediate proficiency with computers and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) and the ability to quickly learn and use new office support technology systems and software programs required. Knowledge of Google Suite, PeopleSoft, Access, PastPerfect museum software, and GIS preferred.The incumbent shall observe and comply with all Base rules and regulations applicable to personnel, including those applicable to the safe operation of vehicles, and shall not be present in locations not required for the proper performance of the duties of this position. The incumbent must be a U.S. citizen, or carry a valid U.S. Immigration Alien/Registration card.

In addition, the incumbent must possess the following:
- Proficiency in basic methods of collection management, including accession and inventory systems and processes; and best practices for labeling, transporting, packaging, and storing collection materials.
- Ability to identify artifact materials and forms typically found at sites within the Mojave and surrounding areas.
- Broad knowledge of the principles and practices of archaeological identification and working knowledge of research techniques and the methods of preparation of research reports.
- Ability to identify prehistoric and/or historic archaeological cultural resources and possess a good understanding of both California and American archaeology.
- Working knowledge of the standards of operation for federally-funded repositories as outlined in 36 CFR 79.
- Working knowledge of the regulatory context in which archaeology is practiced in California.
- Ability to analyze situations accurately and to adopt an effective course of action.
- Ability to communicate the values of archaeology and history to diverse populations in a variety of media forms.
- Ability to demonstrate flexibility, firmness, and a calm demeanor in potentially physically and emotionally stressful situations.
- Ability to present and follow oral and written procedures effectively; to work cooperatively and to organize others in accomplishing project goals; to effectively communicate with and coordinate the work of others; and to conduct independent research.
- Thorough knowledge of oral and written communication skills including: grammar, punctuation, and spelling; critical thinking and the ability to interpret questions from callers and to understand and accommodate their concerns and needs; the ability to explain policies clearly and make appropriate referrals.

The incumbent must demonstrate integrity and sound judgment in performing duties; possess the ability to supervise the work of staff and recommend appropriate personnel actions; delegate tasks to meet changing priorities; be able to apply strong problem solving and conflict resolution skills and train and evaluate performance, taking corrective action as needed; deal with stressful situations while maintaining composure; and contribute to a collaborative environment utilizing exemplary communication and problem solving skills as necessary. Must have strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects and competing priorities simultaneously, adjusting quickly to changes needed on a daily basis. Must have the ability to effectively communicate with all levels within the university and establish and maintain productive and effective, inclusive working relationships amongst diverse populations including staff, faculty, administration, students, and other internal and external constituents. Must be able to accept constructive feedback and work cooperatively in group situations.

The duties of this position may include participation in decisions that may have a material financial benefit to the incumbent. Therefore, the selected candidate may be required to file Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis, complete ethics training within 6 months of appointment, and attend this training every other year thereafter.

Application Process
Please visit to apply to this position, materials submitted with your application will not be returned. For questions related to the application process, please reach out to Human Resources ( | 707.664.3100).

Qualified candidates must submit the following to be considered:
1. Cover Letter and Resume - application system only allows one document to be uploaded, so cover letter and resume must be included in the same MS Word or PDF file (file name should not contain any spaces or special characters)
2. Online Employment Application (complete entire application, resume/cover letter will not substitute for any part of the application)

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current employees who apply for this position. This position will work on site at the Marine Corps Air Ground Center (MCAGCC), Twentynine Palms. All Non-Government personnel working on the Base are required to obtain credentials for entry, requiring the successful incumbent to undergo an additional background check to obtain additional clearances, permits, passes, and/or security badges required for access.

The ADA Coordinator is available at 707.664.2664, to assist individuals with disabilities in need of accommodation during the hiring process.

Other Information
Equal Employment Opportunity: The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

Mandated Reporting: This position may be considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

About Sonoma State University
Sonoma State University, located 48 miles north of San Francisco, is one of the 23 campuses of the California State University. Sonoma State University is a liberal arts institution with an enrollment of approximately 10,000 students and 530 full-time and part-time faculty. Our beautiful campus is located in Rohnert Park, at the foot of the Sonoma hills in the Wine Country.

Sonoma State University is proud to be a smoke-free campus, where smoking and other uses of tobacco products, such as smokeless tobacco, the use of e-cigarettes and similar devices, are prohibited.

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Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

Rohnert Park, California 94928 United States View Map