Bargaining Unit: Use for all Job Titles
Class Code: 078261
Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, history, geology, or other archaeology related field with coursework in archaeology.
Substitution of Experience for Education: Qualifying full-time professional experience in archaeology may be substituted for the required education, on a year-for-year basis, to a maximum of four years.

Other Requirements:

Necessary Special Qualifications: A valid vehicle operator’s license may be required for employment in some positions.
Examination Method: Education and Experience,100%, for Preferred Service positions.

Job Overview:

Summary: Under general supervision, is responsible for archaeological work of average difficulty; and performs related work as required.
Distinguishing Features: This is the entry-working class in the Archaeologist sub-series. An employee in this class is responsible for assisting in all phases of archaeological research and records management. This class differs from that of Archaeologist 2 in that an incumbent of the latter is responsible for lead work.

Work Activities: Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:

  1. Assists in the inspection, excavation, and /or transportation of human skeletal remains, in a sensitive and respectful manner, in compliance with state law.

Analyzing Data or Information:

  1. Analyzes artifacts (such as but not limited to: ceramic, bone, lithic, shell, metal, glass, etc.), according to professional standards.

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:

  1. Monitors construction and other ground-disturbing activities for impacts to archaeological resources.

Getting Information:

  1. Performs reconnaissance level surveys to locate and identify archaeological sites.
  2. Conducts archival research to obtain records, maps and background information.

Performing General Physical Activities:

  1. Performs physical activities related to archaeological excavations such as but not limited to: shovel testing, test unit excavation, block excavation, carrying, lifting, etc. under varying environmental conditions.
  2. Performs physical activities, such as, walking (i.e. ditches, uneven terrain, etc.), wading in water, climbing, lifting, carrying, etc. under varying environmental conditions.
  3. Recovers artifacts through water screening, dry screen, and flotation.

Handling and Moving Objects:

  1. Handles human skeletal remains and funerary objects in a sensitive and respectful manner.
  2. Cleans, maintains and repairs archaeological field equipment.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:

  1. Assists higher level archaeologists in coordination of project reviews, information requests, and other activities with external customers.
  2. Relates observations, conclusions, and opinions to co-workers/internal customers in a respectful and professional manner.

Documenting/Recording Information:

  1. Provides archaeological site data to the Tennessee Division of Archaeology Site File Curator.
  2. Operates digital camera and/or Global Positioning System (GPS) to document archaeological sites, historic landscapes, etc.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:

  1. Assists and communicates with higher level archaeologists in conducting field work and laboratory analysis.
  2. Advises management about issues of concern, as they occur.
  3. Provides effective communication to supervisors or peers, by telephone, email, verbally, etc.

Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others:

  1. Interprets maps (electronic and paper), in the performance of job responsibilities.

Provide Consultation and Advice to Others:

  1. Provides assistance to professional and/or a vocational archaeologist.

Processing Information:

  1. Prepares a variety of records and reports such as but not limited to: site information records, research data, maps or charts, and manuscripts, etc.
  2. Prepares artifacts for curating according to divisional, state and/or federal requirements.
  3. Cleans, sorts and catalogs artifacts.

Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment:

  1. Operates personal or assigned vehicles in accordance with agency policy and procedures, as well as all traffic laws.

Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:

  1. Prepares, compiles, and distributes project documentation to stakeholders.
  2. Responds to inquiries and/or concerns from the public.
  3. Conducts personal interviews to locate archaeological sites and remains.
  4. Prepares and conducts presentations on various archaeological subjects to public, professional, a vocational, and educational audiences.
  5. Provides customer assistance to site file visitor(s).

Thinking Creatively:

  1. Creates and designs outreach material in an instructive and appealing manner.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:

  1. Prioritizes work assignments, daily, to ensure goals are met.

Interacting With Computers:

  1. Uses various software programs, such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), etc.
  2. Enters personal time and leave within the designated computer program, in a proper and timely manner.
  3. Converts archival data to electronic format.

Performing Administrative Activities:

  1. Assists higher level archaeologists in maintaining archaeological records.
  2. Completes required documentation for travel and/or field use of vehicle (i.e. mileage logs, travel time, vehicle inspection checklist, etc.)
  3. Assists higher level archaeologists in maintaining archaeological library.

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:

  1. Tracks and maintains inventory of archaeological field equipment and supplies.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:

  1. Seeks opportunities for professional development.

Scheduling Work and Activities:

  1. Assists in coordinating division sponsored activities and meetings, as needed.

Competencies (KSA’s): Competencies:

  1. Ethics & Values
  2. Dealing with Ambiguity
  3. Perseverance
  4. Functional/Technical Competency
  5. Boss Relationships
  6. Patience
  7. Organizing
  8. Time Management
  9. Written Communications
  10. Composure
  11. Informing
  12. Humor


  1. History & Archeology
  2. Sociology/Anthropology
  3. Geology
  4. Customer and Personal Service
  5. Geography


  1. Critical Thinking
  2. Reading Comprehension
  3. Writing
  4. Time Management
  5. Active Listening
  6. Social Perceptiveness
  7. Speaking
  8. Equipment Maintenance


  1. Oral Expression
  2. Written Comprehension
  3. Manual Dexterity
  4. Oral Comprehension
  5. Spatial Orientation
  6. Written Expression
  7. Extent Flexibility
  8. Gross Body Coordination
  9. Inductive Reasoning
  10. Selective Attention
  11. Peripheral Vision
  12. Depth Perception

Tools and Equipment Used:

  1. Personal Computer/Tablet
  2. Telephone/Cell Phone
  3. Printer/Scanner/Fax Machine
  4. Motor Vehicles
  5. Digital Cameras
  6. Global Positioning System (GPS)
  7. Surveying and Measuring Equipment
  8. Safety and/or Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  9. Outdoor Power Equipment
  10. Hand Tools (i.e. shovels, etc.)
  11. Projector
  12. Archaeological Laboratory Equipment
  13. Flotation Tank
  14. Archaeological Field Equipment (i.e. metal detectors, etc.)
  15. Fume Hood


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