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[ShovelBums.Org] SEARCH NC Position - Lab Technician


Position Title: Lab Technician (Exempt)


Base Location: Jacksonville, North Carolina


Reports to: Bryan Harrell


Duties and Responsibilities:


·          Under direction of the Lab Supervisor, intake, organize, and prepare archaeological artifacts for analysis (stability assessment, washing, wet-screening, and flotation);

·          Maintain artifact provenience at all stages of lab analysis;

·          Previous experience with coastal plain ceramics and general SE artifact types (prehistoric and historic);

·          Perform general analysis on a full range of material culture artifacts;

·          Train to perform the tasks and responsibilities of lithic specialist including but not limited to learning the Sullivan and Rozen lithic typology and analysis method, and working with the Lab Director to design a cohesive lithic analysis scheme which meets the needs of multiple phases of archaeological research from a variety of geographical regions;

·          Perform data entry using Microsoft Access and Excel;

·          Participate in Quality Control/Quality Assurance following analysis and data entry;

·          Maintain lab organization and processes;

·          Assist with report preparation as needed, including artifact data interpretation and preparing tables and graphs;

·          Photograph and scan artifacts for report graphics;

·          Assist with GIS and CAD mapping as needed;

·          Download and distribute GPS data as needed;

·          Upload data to GPS units as needed;

·          Work within a cohesive lab environment committed to the sharing of knowledge and working as a team;

·          Perform office duties as necessary

·          Maintain the highest professional image for our clients, co-workers, media, and general public; 

·          Exercise independent judgment, discretion, and decision making on behalf of the company for the benefit of clients and co-workers;

·          Other tasks on a project or as-needed basis;

·          Traveling, possibly for extended periods, to other SEARCH offices and laboratory projects.



A Master’s Degree in Anthropology or a closely related discipline (for example, Museum Studies), with substantial previous experience in working within a laboratory performing analysis and curation of a wide range of artifact categories.

Essential Functions

(Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list of tasks is illustrative ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class. It does not imply that all positions within the class perform all of the duties listed, nor does it necessarily list all possible duties that may be assigned.)

1. Perform a variety of tasks involving working in outdoor and indoor settings, subject to a variety of climates and terrains.

2. Ensure that proper safety and incident reporting procedures are followed; some knowledge of first aid and applicable safety precautions.

3. Ability to work independently and complete daily activities according to work schedule.

4. Ability to lift heavy objects, walk and stand for long periods of time and perform strenuous physical labor under adverse field conditions.

5. Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

6. Ability to use equipment and tools properly and safely.

7. Ability to understand, follow and transmit written and oral instructions.

8. Ability to meet attendance schedule with dependability and consistency.

Special Requirements

Must possess or be able to obtain a valid and appropriate state driver’s license prior to employment and possess or be able to obtain a US passport.  This position requires the ability to travel between job sites, sometimes on short notice. Must be able to stand/walk for long periods of time, quickly move arms and legs, and verbally communicate in outdoor terrain with varying noise levels.

In PDF format, please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Evelyn Wilson at


Thank you.



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