COLLECTIONS & LAB MANAGER - Fresno, CA - Permanent Full-Time #1045w

Jennifer Barbee

Collections and Lab Manager  

Applied EarthWorks, Inc. (Æ) has an immediate opening for a Collections and Lab Manager for our Fresno office.

Æ is a consulting firm specializing in cultural resources management (CRM) including prehistoric and historic-era archaeology, paleontology, ethnography, Native American consultation, and geographic information systems (GIS) services. We recognize that our staff is our greatest asset, and we are committed to providing a collegial, professional, and positive work environment. We take pride in providing a great place to work and we seek a Collections and Lab Manager to join our team of stellar professionals. This position is in Fresno at our company headquarters.



The successful candidate will manage archaeological collections originating from cultural resources projects throughout the California Central Valley, Sierra Nevada mountain range, and Northern California region. Collections and lab management includes establishing standards and processes for the design and implementation of Access catalog databases; maintaining Access databases for project-specific artifact catalogs; assisting with Quality Control of project-specific spatial databases related to artifact provenance; generating Access reports for technical specialist use and updating company databases with specialist data upon return of assemblages; assisting with statistical or other quantitative analysis of collections’ data; contributing to technical reports relating to project-specific assemblages; preparing artifact collections per curation standards established by federal, private, and Native American museum, repository, or curation facilities; organizing and managing the Fresno laboratory  space; and supervising, training, mentoring laboratory technicians. Participation in establishing project-specific remote field laboratories during archaeological site testing and data recovery projects may occur.


Skill Requirements: 

  • Expertise in the design and use, of Access databases including reporting and analysis;
  • Able to automate or digitize the intake-processing-analysis-curation process to ensure best practices including imaging specimens, georeferencing QA/QC, and developing or evaluating workflows and quality/efficiency standards;
  • Ability to manage budgets for an archival/collections program and project-specific budgets;
  • Skilled at intake of new material, preparing, sorting, identifying, and cataloging specimens;
  • Experience preparing documentation of collection transfers, especially related to repatriation of archaeological collections to Native American museums or repositories; Demonstration of effective communication skills; and
  • Experience in technical federal and state CRM compliance writing.


Master’s degree or Ph.D. in museum studies or archival management is preferred, or a minimum of 4 years work experience in a similar position with accompanying certificate in archival/museum management is acceptable. Undergraduate or graduate degree in anthropology, archaeology, historical archaeology, paleontology, or a related field is highly beneficial but not required. Experience with design, data entry, and reporting in Access is essential and required.



Applied EarthWorks offers a wide range of benefits and a competitive compensation package.  Eligibility for benefits is earned with length of service and includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, and professional development time; 401(k); and health, dental, vision, and life insurance. Æ additionally offers an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) which provides employee-owners with a direct stake in Æ’s success by means of a retirement benefit. Salary will be commensurate with experience. 


How to Apply: 
To apply, please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and at least three references via email to info@.... Please note position title in the subject line.


View other opportunities at the Careers section of our website,


Æ is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability (mental or physical), gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion or creed, sex, sexual orientation, or any other factor that is not related to the job.

Join to automatically receive all group messages.