New: Temporary Laboratory Assistants

Posted: June 29, 2021

Desert Archaeology is currently seeking temporary Laboratory Assistants in Tucson.

Position Description

Laboratory Assistants will wash artifacts, keeping them organized by site, feature, and field number. After artifact washing proficiency is established, laboratory assistants will be trained to label artifacts, document artifacts, and prepare artifacts for housing. Additional responsibilities include stamping field bags, sweeping, dusting, assisting with moving collections, and other duties as assigned.

Scheduling is flexible but morning availability is preferred. Schedule is expected to be approximately 20-40 hours per week.

Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with local prehistoric and historical artifacts/materials
  • Organizational skills, with numerical and categorical proficiency
  • Reliable transportation (we have two artifact processing facilities in central Tucson)
  • High level of attention to detail
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to lift boxes that weigh 40 pounds

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience washing archaeological collections
  • Training in field archaeology and/or artifact processing methods

Deadline: Open until filled.

Please learn more about us at www.desert.com/services.

Desert Archaeology is an Equal Opportunity Employment company.

To apply, send a cover letter, CV or resume, references, and hours of availability to:

Karina Casey, Office Assistant

Desert Archaeology, Inc.

3975 N. Tucson Boulevard

Tucson, Arizona 85716

admin@desert.com

(520) 881-2244

 

Current: Cartographic Technician

Posted: June 25, 2021

Desert Archaeology is seeking a full-time Cartographic Technician to join our team of mapping/GIS specialists in our Tucson, Arizona office. We are looking for candidates who bring the qualities of motivation, self-reliance, ability to work independently within a distributed team structure, creative problem solving within your area of expertise, and a desire to develop as a cartographer working in a consulting archaeological company.

Desert Archaeology is a small, woman-owned business working primarily in Arizona, with occasional work in California and New Mexico. Offices are in Tucson and Tempe.

Position Description

The Cartographic Technician will work in a team setting to support planning archaeological field projects, real time field mapping during projects, and the creation of final products for meetings and reports within a data-oriented company workflow. The ideal candidate will have a general land surveying background; competencies and familiarity with current and near-current GIS, GPS, and GNSS instrumentation and data collection processing; and a general interest in the fields of cultural or natural resources. Fieldwork will be both in-town and out-of-town. The candidate should be able to troubleshoot standard equipment problems during fieldwork.

The job requires drafting and cartography skills using Autodesk products complemented by a wide suite of database, GIS, and supporting software, as well as experience developing topographic, planimetric, and thematic maps from ground measurements and GIS data sources. The candidate should have the ability to work within a mixed CAD and GIS structure to automate mapping, cartography, and graphics production for non-technical end users.

The Cartographic Technician will be responsible for managing time and resources to assist multiple small and large projects with variable priorities.

Qualifications:

  • Ability to use consumer grade GPS, L1 GIS-grade GPS, L1/L2 survey-grade GPS, and GNSS full-constellation receivers for static, kinematic, and network measurements
  • Familiarity with field data collectors and tablets
  • Competency with land surveying methods and techniques
  • Use of drafting, mapping, and database software to support the identified tasks
  • Must have a valid driver’s license

Other desirable experience:

  • Cloud GIS development
  • GIS/database analysis
  • Civil engineering/land development
  • UAV operation/pilot certification
  • Graphic design
  • Photogrammetry/3D modeling
  • Lidar

Compensation commensurate with experience.

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed beginning July 8, 2021. Position open until filled.

Please learn more about us at www.desert.com/services.

Desert Archaeology is an Equal Opportunity Employment company.

To apply, please send a cover letter that responds to the qualifications above and that identifies software and instrumentation capabilities, as well as a CV or resume and references to:

Karina Casey, Office Assistant

Desert Archaeology, Inc.

3975 N. Tucson Boulevard

Tucson, Arizona 85716

admin@desert.com

(520) 881-2244

 

Current: Phoenix Field Crew

Desert Archaeology is seeking archaeological technicians for excavations at the site of La Ciudad, just east of downtown Phoenix The excavations provide a unique opportunity to investigate the core of one of the largest Hohokam sites in the Phoenix Basin. Based on maps drafted by Frank Midvale in the 1920’s and 1930’s, the current project area is expected to contain the pre-Classic plaza, a ballcourt, and numerous areas of extensive pre-Classic and Classic period habitation. The project will be focused on feature excavation in the site core. It is anticipated that by the end of the 6+ months of the project, each crew member will have excavated over two dozen structures, including both pithouses and surface rooms.

Applicants should enjoy working outdoors and performing the physical labor including using shovels and picks, moving and lifting buckets of dirt as required for feature excavation. Heat conditions are expected in the later months of the project. Applicants should be have received or be pursuing a degree in Anthropology/Archaeology or a closely related field or have commensurate experience in the field. Previous experience in the excavation of Hohokam sites is preferred. Excavations are underway and expected to extend to mid-late August. Please express your interest by sending a cover letter and resume to tucson@desert.com.

 

Ongoing: Survey/Excavation Field Crew (Statewide)

To be considered for upcoming survey and excavation projects in Arizona, send your resume along with a cover letter indicating your experience and general geographic and schedule availability to tucson@desert.com.

Specific field crew openings are announced here and on our Twitter and Facebook platforms.