Department: Museum of Natural and Cultural History
Rank: Research Assistant
Annual Basis: 12 Month
Review of Applications Begins
April 1, 2023 (updated); position open until filled
Special Instructions to Applicants
Along with your online application, please upload:
• A current resume/CV
• A cover letter that directly addresses how your skills and experience match the duties and responsibilities of the position as described in the position summary.
As an essential partner in the University’s educational, research, and public service mission, the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History (MNCH) enhances knowledge of Earth’s environments and cultures, inspiring stewardship of our collective past, present, and future.
The museum is a center of interdisciplinary research and education, serving the State of Oregon, the University of Oregon, Native American Tribes, the research community, K-12 students and teachers, and the wider public in Oregon and beyond.
An established major engine of archaeological research in the American West, the museum’s Archaeological Research Division works across the state on dozens of archaeological projects each year. The MNCH is also the State of Oregon’s official repository for publicly owned collections and is home to hundreds of thousands of ethnographic and archaeological objects, fossils, and biological specimens from Oregon and around the world.
The museum annually welcomes more than 30,000 visitors and serves another 200,000 Oregonians through its statewide educational programs. A winner of the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the museum is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, distinguishing it as one of the very best museums in the nation.
The Museum employs a staff of approximately 40 faculty, researchers, classified, administrative, and student employees across several facilities on the University of Oregon, Eugene campus. Annual expenditures are about $3 million, from dozens of funding sources and allocated among a variety of projects across four museum divisions.
This position is part of the Archaeological Research Division (a.k.a the Oregon State Museum of Anthropology/OSMA) at MNCH and reports to the Director of Archaeological Research. OSMA was created in 1935 by the State Legislature and has been at the forefront of innovative archaeological research in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest ever since. The position’s primary task is to conduct Cultural Resource Management (CRM) investigations, collect field data, contribute to sponsor deliverables including technical reports, and document cultural resources with appropriate Oregon State Historic Preservation Office forms. The Research Assistant may supervise archaeological field technicians and manage portions of larger projects under the supervision of a project manager.
Research Assistant Rank:
• Master’s degree in archaeology, anthropology, history, historic preservation, or a closely related field
• Minimum 3 years of experience in CRM work
• Meet professional qualifications set by both the Secretary of the Interior (36 CFR, Appendix A) and the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office
Research Associate Rank:
• All of the above AND
• Ph.D in related field
• Proficient writing skills
• Ability to adapt to change and approach work with flexibility
• Excellent organizational skills
• Ability to build and maintain relationships and work effectively with colleagues, faculty, staff, and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds
• Effective communication skills
• Commitment to high standards of work product, confidentiality, and integrity
• CRM experience in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest
• Experience supervising field crews
• Experience with National Register eligibility/evaluation
• Knowledge of and experience with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act
• Familiarity with CRM policies in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest
• Familiarity with National Register of Historic Places eligibility criteria
• Experience using Microsoft Office Suite or similar office productivity software (Google Docs/Sheets)
• Available for fieldwork travel (up to 50%)
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