Job Opportunity – Blanding, UT

Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum: Project Archivist

Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum (EOC) is seeking a Project Archivist to digitize and catalog two series of archaeological records. For the first, a grant from the Office of Museum Services, Utah Division of Arts and Museums will support the digitization of the records of the Earthwatch/BLM Utah Canyons Rock Art project and the development of a public exhibit about the project for the Museum’s permanent exhibit gallery. For the second, funding support from the Bureau of Land Management, Utah State Office, will support the cataloging and digitization of a series of BLM Cultural Resource Records.

The Earthwatch/BLM project documented 193 rock art sites, and nearly 1500 individual rock art panels in southeast Utah. The sites range in age from ca. 2000 B.C. or earlier through the Historic Period, and include images produced by people affiliated with the Archaic, Basketmaker II and later Ancestral Puebloan, Ute and Navajo cultural traditions. Cataloging and digitization of drawings have been completed for 121 sites. The Project Archivist will: (1) complete the digitization of approximately 540 drawings and 200 large-format photographs, (2) assist in developing a public exhibit about the Earthwatch/BLM Rock Art project in the Museum’s permanent exhibit gallers, and (3) select representative digital images for inclusion in an online exhibit on the Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum website.

The BLM Cultural Resource Records consist of archaeological site forms, photographic prints, maps, and reports, cross-cutting a variety of projects associated with cultural resources management: archaeological surveys, excavation projects, ruins stabilization, and the like. The Project Archivist will: catalog the records into the Museum’s Re:discovery Archives catalog program using standard archives nomenclature, re-house records as needed, and digitize records and photographs as appropriate.

We are seeking either a professional archivist or an archaeologist for this position. The archivist must minimally hold a Bachelor’s degree and demonstrate substantive experience in digitizing archival materials according to standard archival procedures; preferred qualifications include formal archival training and familiarity with Southwest archaeology. The archaeologist must minimally hold a Bachelor’s degree and demonstrated experience in Southwest archaeology; preferred qualifications include experience in collections cataloging and digitization. Either candidate should have some experience in public outreach/interpretation, be able to work independently, and collaborate when appropriate. Experience with Re:discovery/ANCS or other collections management software is desired. Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum will provide: a computer and scanner workstation in the Museum, and free on-site housing.

Salary Range: $20 per hour to $30 per hour (commensurate with education and experience). Work Dates: Negotiable. Funding will support this position for 15 to 23 weeks (ca. 4 to 5 months). The work will begin on or after March 8, 2011. The Earthwatch/BLM portion must be completed by April 30, 2011. The BLM Cultural Resource Records portion must be completed by August 31, 2011.

Please submit cover letter, resume and the names and contact information for at least two references to:
Deborah Westfall, Curator of Collections
Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum
660 W 400 N
Blanding, UT 84512

Application Deadline: February 21, 2011

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