Archaeological Cataloger - Pablo, Montana - New South Associates

Alison Shepherd

Archaeological Cataloger - Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribe (CSKT) Cataloging Project

New South Associates, Inc., (NSA) seeks an Archaeological Cataloger to catalog U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Seattle District and U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Kootenai National Forest collections currently stored at the Salish Kootenai College’s D’Arcy McNickle Library in Pablo, Montana. This project involves the creation of an item-level catalog for these collections.  The position would be based in the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribe (CSKT)’s D’Arcy McNickle Library curation facility and would collaborate with CKST personnel who will be observing the cataloging work.


On-site work is expected to begin in early August 2021 with employment beginning in July for remote training and orientation.  This position is expected to last for approximately one to two years.


Essential Functions:

·        Create an item-level catalog for all known USACE, Seattle District and USFS collections.

o   Assign material classes and artifact descriptions using a provided list.

o   Count and weigh materials.

o   Return cataloged items to their original storage containers. Bag loose items as necessary.

·        Make notes regarding the dimensions of original collection containers and overall collection condition (noting collection damage due to pests, environmental conditions, loss, or storage conditions that do not meet the standards of 36 CFR Part 79).

·        Utilize Microsoft Excel® to create an item-level catalog of all known USACE, Seattle District and USFS, Kootenai National Forest collections in accordance with specific data standards and provided data fields.

·        Generate and submit bi-weekly status reports regarding project progress.

·        Create/write a collection management report detailing the cataloging process; this will be due upon completion of the project.

Core Competencies:

·        Excellent understanding of material culture, artifact analysis, and cataloging procedures.

·        Database creation and management.

·        Excellent oral and written communication skills.

·        Excellent interpersonal skills, with special consideration for communicating with tribal members, including elders.

·        Ability to handle collections in a careful and respectful manner.

·        Detail-oriented and organized.

·        Able to meet set production benchmarks and report submission deadlines.


Minimum Qualifications:

·        Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, Museum Studies, Historic Preservation, Tribal Historic Preservation, or closely related field.

·        Willingness to abide by CKST and NSA COVID Safety Protocols.

·        Ability to relocate to the Pablo, Montana area for project duration (approximately 1-2 years).


Preferred Qualifications:

·        Master’s Degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, Museum Studies, Historic Preservation, Tribal Historic Preservation, or closely related field.

·        Experience with (the criteria outlined in) 36 CFR Part 79, Curation of Federally-Owned and Administered Archaeological Collections.

·        Archaeological field school or cultural resource management experience.

·        Experience working closely with Native American tribal groups.

·        COVID-19 Vaccination.


This is a Services Contract Act wage rate position with an hourly wage of $25.40, Health and Welfare benefit of $4.54, paid Federal holidays, and thirteen days paid time off.  Relocation support and up to three months lodging and meals per diem will be provided.


To apply, submit a CV, letter of interest with your background and qualifications, and three references to Alison Shepherd, Project Manager, ashepherd@...


*NSA is an Equal Opportunity employer and women and minorities are encouraged to apply. 


Work Location:

Pablo, MT is located in Lake County, Montana, United States and is approximately 60 miles (1 hour) North of Missoula, MT. The population is approximately 2,500 at and is the home of Salish Kootenai College and the seat of government of the Flathead Indian Reservation.


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