New Listing (04/03/2019): Laboratory Director / Permits Administrator

Desert Archaeology is seeking to fill one Laboratory Director / Permits Administrator position. The laboratory director / permit administrator is one of the company’s primary interfaces with curation facilities and permitting agencies, particularly the Arizona State Museum and Pueblo Grande Museum. The person in this position is responsible for overseeing processing of all data recovered from archaeological sites received by the laboratory. This includes cleaning, analyzing, and cataloging artifacts, as well as overseeing preparation of flotation samples. This person also maintains Desert Archaeology’s annual, general, and project-specific permits for multiple agencies.

This is a full-time, permanent position with medical, paid time off (PTO), and 401k benefits.

Responsibilities include:

  • Overall setup, organization, and maintenance of the laboratory
  • Quality assurance on work conducted by laboratory staff
  • Preparation of databases for tracking and cataloguing artifacts and tracking artifact samples for special analyses
  • Working with archaeologists and project directors to coordinate project resources and needs, including assisting with the development of a field laboratory on large projects
  • Preparing and submitting artifact, photographic, paper, and digital data collections for curation
  • Working with Tribal communities; includes having a familiarity of NAGPRA regulations, as well as Tribe-specific requirements for handling sensitive materials
  • Attentiveness to changes in permitting agency and repository standards
  • Project management tasks including, but not limited to, preparing and submitting required permit applications at the State and Federal level, keeping permits current, and meeting permit requirements at the conclusion of each project

Organizational skills, an eye for detail, and the ability to prioritize and balance multiple archaeological projects simultaneously are highly desirable attributes. The position requires the ability to regularly move boxes of artifacts that may weigh up to 40 lbs. This essential support position interfaces with company departments including management, project directors, analytic specialists, and the database team.


  • Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, archaeology, museum studies, or related fields; Master’s degree preferred
  • Experience working with archaeological collections
  • Minimum 3 years of archaeological experience
  • Ability to supervise temporary laboratory staff
  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license
  • Work base in Tucson
  • Experience in the Southwest United States archaeology
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States

Compensation commensurate with experience.

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed beginning April 15, 2019. Positions open until filled.

Desert Archaeology is an Equal Opportunity Employment company.

To apply, send a cover letter, CV or resume, and names and contact information for three references to:

Sarah Herr, President

Desert Archaeology, Inc.

3975 N. Tucson Blvd.

Tucson, AZ 85716


Ongoing: Survey/Excavation Field Crew

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