Bargaining Unit: Use for all Job Titles
Class Code: 078263
Education and Experience: Possession of a master’s degree or equivalent graduate coursework of 24 semester hours (36 quarter hours) from an accredited college or university in anthropology, history, geology, or other archaeology related field and four years of full-time professional archaeological work.
Possession of a doctoral degree in anthropology, history, geology, or other archaeology related field and experience equivalent to two years full-time professional archaeological work.

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 considerable difficulty and supervisory work of average difficulty; and performs related work as required.
Distinguishing Features: This is the supervisory level class in the Archaeologist sub-series. An employee in this class is responsible for supervising Archaeologists and other professionals. This class differs from that of Archaeologist 2 in that an incumbent of the latter is not responsible for supervisory work.

Work Activities: Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:

  1. Negotiates written agreements with agencies and other stakeholders to streamline project reviews, define procedures, and/or resolve issues related to archaeological sites.

Coaching and Developing Others:

  1. Provides coaching to direct reports on appropriate performance management techniques in accordance with recommendations from agency HR.
  2. Provides and/or participates in training direct reports.

Monitoring and Controlling Resources:

  1. Oversees the consultant contracting process, including but not limited to: proposals, requests for proposals (RFP’s), invoices, etc.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems:

  1. Analyzes and evaluates current project information to make sound decisions regarding the National Historic Preservation Act.

Staffing Organizational Units:

  1. Assists in the recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and/or promoting processes.

Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:

  1. Reviews environmental impact statements, environmental assessments, federal and/or state project documentations, and other projects in accordance with federal and state laws, regulations, guidelines, and standards regarding prehistoric and historic archaeological sites.
  2. Inspects, excavates, and/or transports human skeletal remains, in a sensitive and respectful manner, in compliance with state and federal laws.
  3. Complies with rules and regulations of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).
  4. Prepares review responses to stakeholders.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:

  1. Ensures the development and maintenance of positive and productive relationships with all governmental agencies, federally recognized tribal governments, and stakeholders.
  2. Coordinates project reviews, information requests, and other activities with external customers.
  3. Relates observations, conclusions, and opinions to co-workers/internal customers in a respectful and professional manner.

Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:

  1. Coordinates the preparation of a variety of records and reports such as but not limited to: nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, scopes of work, site information records, research data, maps or charts, and manuscripts, etc.
  2. Manages consulting archaeologists in fulfillment of their contracts.
  3. Leads professionals and others in conducting field work and laboratory analysis.

Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates:

  1. Supervises all subordinates in the state and/or federal review and compliance process.
  2. Supervises all work involved with human skeletal remains, in a sensitive and respectful manner, in compliance with state and federal laws.
  3. Supervises subordinates in all phases of archaeological research.
  4. Supervises subordinate archaeologists in all aspects of the project delivery process.
  5. Supervises the management of consulting archaeologists in fulfillment of their contracts.
  6. Supervises subordinate staff and conducts reevaluations of impacts to archaeological sites based on new information.
  7. Supervises the preparation of artifacts for curating according to divisional, state and/or federal requirements.
  8. Supervises the creation and design of outreach material.

Thinking Creatively:

  1. Thinks and plans creatively to avoid, minimize, and mitigate project impacts and effects to archaeological sites.

Provide Consultation and Advice to Others:

  1. Consults and advises federal, state, and local agencies regarding archaeological issues.
  2. Consults and advises project stakeholders regarding archaeological issues.
  3. Oversees archaeological projects on state lands.
  4. Provides assistance to professional and/or a vocational archaeologist.

Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others:

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

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:

  1. Provides effective communication to supervisors or peers, by telephone, email, and/or in person.
  2. Advises management and attends meetings about issues of concern, as they occur.

Getting Information:

  1. Conducts archaeological excavations.
  2. Performs reconnaissance level surveys to locate and identify archaeological sites.
  3. Conducts archival research to obtain records, maps and background information.
  4. Obtains information (i.e. plans, maps, photographs, descriptions, planning documents, etc.), from appropriate sources.

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.

 Analyzing Data or Information:

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

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. Recover artifacts through water screening, dry screen, and flotation.

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surrounding:

  1. Monitors ground-disturbing activities.
  2. Monitors project development process and conducts reevaluations of impacts to archaeological sites based on new information.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:

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

Documenting/Recording Information:

  1. Oversees archaeological records management.
  2. Provides archaeological site data to the Tennessee Division of Archaeology Site File Curator.
  3. Prepares and/or updates nominations to the National Register of Historic Places.
  4. Operates digital camera and/or Global Positioning System (GPS) to document archaeological sites, historic landscapes, etc.

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.

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.

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. Prepares and conducts presentations on various archaeological subjects to public, professional, a vocational, and educational audience.
  4. Conducts personal interviews to locate archaeological sites and remains.
  5. Provides customer assistance to site file visitor(s).

Performing Administrative Activities:

  1. Reviews and approves direct report’s administrative actions including but not limited to performance evaluations, expense requests, time and labor.
  2. Maintains archaeological records.
  3. Completes required documentation for travel and/or field use of vehicle (i.e. mileage logs, travel time, vehicle inspection checklist, etc.)
  4. Maintains archaeological library.

Scheduling Work and Activities:

  1. Schedules work and activities to ensure delivery of projects within established time frames.
  2. Coordinates division sponsored activities and meetings, as needed.

Processing Information:

  1. Prepares a variety of records and reports such as but not limited to: site information records, research data, archaeological site management plans, 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.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:

  1. Fulfills established educational/training requirements.
  2. Seeks opportunities for professional development.

Competencies (KSA’s): Competencies:

  1. Decision Quality
  2. Patience
  3. Functional/Technical Competency
  4. Dealing with Ambiguity
  5. Delegation
  6. Directing Others
  7. Conflict Management
  8. Written Communications
  9. Organizing
  10. Fairness to Direct Reports
  11. Comfort around Higher Management
  12. Perseverance


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


  1. Critical Thinking
  2. Reading Comprehension
  3. Speaking
  4. Negotiation
  5. Social Perceptiveness
  6. Complex Problem Solving
  7. Judgment & Decision Making
  8. Active Listening
  9. Writing
  10. Time Management


  1. Written Expression
  2. Oral Comprehension
  3. Oral Expression
  4. Deductive Reasoning
  5. Inductive Reasoning
  6. Problem Sensitivity
  7. Written Comprehension
  8. Gross Body Coordination
  9. Depth Perception
  10. Peripheral Vision

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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