The Project Coordinator will follow methods and guidelines outlined in the US National Park Service (NPS) Museum Handbook to inventory and assess the condition of Alaskan Federally owned archeological artifacts at the Haffenreffer Museum, beginning with a prioritized list of archeological sites. This person will collaborate with NPS to determine methodologies for the inventory and condition assessment efforts (including photography, note taking, etc.). The Project Coordinator will also supervise 1-2 part-time undergraduate assistants to conduct the inventory, assessment, and rehousing project.
As part of the position, the incumbent will physically and systematically examine and records contents of each storage unit (drawer/tray/box) in the Haffenreffer Museum's Circumpolar Laboratory (Bristol, RI); locate and record catalog numbers on objects; check information about these objects' type, form, and physical location against existing database entries, field notes, publications, or other related records; and resolve any inconsistencies between existing records and the actual objects' documentation and location.
The Project Coordinator will work with Deputy Director/Chief Curator, the HMA's registrar, and/or the NPS Agreement Technical Representative to ensure that any records added or changed are accurate, accurately entered, and take in all available or required information (from files or institutional memory) about the objects.
Following NPS Museum Handbook and other relevant guidelines, and to the extent possible under the time constraints and funding available for this project, the project Coordinator and other assistants will rehouse objects whose current bags, boxes, or other storage enclosures are unsafe, deteriorating, or made from materials no longer considered appropriate for long-term museum storage at levels required by Federal (36 CFR 79) standards.
The Project Coordinator will ensure to preserve and transfer all information recorded on old bags, boxes, storage enclosures, or artifacts regarding the original provenience information (find location, contexts, dates, excavator names, etc.) documenting the locations and contexts in which the artifacts were recovered.
This position is fixed term for 1 year from date of hire.
The Project Coordinator must have a BA in anthropology, archaeology, museum studies, or related field, and should have professional knowledge of cultural resources, principles, and concepts as would be acquired by possession of at least one full year of graduate-level education in archaeology or superior undergraduate academic achievement and/or comparable achievement. Demonstrated experience and understanding of western Arctic archaeology and material culture is preferred.
Demonstrated ability to communicate orally and in writing in order to receive and act on assignments, distribute information to others, and present findings of analyses.
The Project Coordinator must have a working knowledge of database management sufficient to extract data from, and enter data to, an integrated relational database with multiple fields, tables, and data types.
The Project Coordinator should have a basic knowledge and basic skills (or better) in digital photography and metadata capture.
The Project Coordinator should be able to lift moderately heavy objects and boxes (up to 80 lbs) for short distances; to carry objects ranging in size and fragility from small and delicate pieces to moderately heavy yet potentially fragile objects safely without the need for assistance or mechanical support; to climb ladders up to 8â™ high while assisting in moving or handling objects at those heights; to sit at a desk for several hours at a time for data entry, or to stand and undertake moderate physical labor for an hour or more at a time, as required periodically for collections care.
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