Part-time, temporary.

Wage: $10.50-$12.00/hour depending on experience

Benefits: See below

This is an entry-level position, and will involve extensive training in archaeological field, laboratory, and office techniques. The aim of our company is to provide clients with high-quality research reports in a timely and cost-effective manner. During the field season, our work load may vary from very light to overwhelmingly busy. Since we are a small company, each employee must be able to learn and perform a wide variety of tasks, and be able to switch between disparate tasks as work gets re-prioritized and demands shift. It will not be unusual to find out at 4pm that we have to go to the field the next day, even though we had scheduled it as a lab day.

We are an equal opportunity employer; women, minorities, and people of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Description of Tasks
Employees in this position will be responsible for learning and implementing a variety of tasks associated with archaeological cultural resource management. Due to the small size of our company, archaeological technicians will not be restricted to a single type of work (e.g., fieldwork), but will be required to perform a wide variety of tasks. Tasks may include, but are not limited to:

Field work
  • Field survey, testing, and excavation using Shovel Test Pits, excavation units, and walk-over survey.
  • Mapping.
  • Maintaining a professional and friendly attitude with the general public.
  • Field work may be local, or require over-night trips. See below for more about this.
  • Office work
  • Data entry into a MS Access database.
  • Creation and manipulation of computer graphics.
  • Physical production of reports (printing, compiling, binding, pasting in photos).
  • Answering phones.
  • Library/archival research
  • Locating and copying historic maps and documents.
  • Researching local histories.
  • Schedule
    During the academic year, I will try to be as flexible as possible for students in terms of when work is scheduled and how many hours an employee puts in each week. During the summer, the position will be full-time (40 hours, no overtime), unless part-time hours are negotiated in advance. Flexible hours may be arranged in advance if it fits the schedule of the overall crew, but generally our hours will be 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM, Monday through Thursday.

    As much as 100% of this position may be doing field work, and while we have a few local projects lined up, I cannot guarantee projects will be within a daily commuting distance of the home office. Projects located more than an hour's drive will require overnight stays. When crews are on out-of-town projects, we pay for lodging, and we provide the crew with a $30/day per-diem allowance for food.

    Note for temporary employees from outside the Champlain/Plattsburgh area: We may hire temporary crew for out-of-town work on a project-by-project basis (we generally post jobs on If such crew is not from the home office area, they are expected to get to the project using their own transportation at their own expense. Hotel and per diem will be provided near the project area. Generally we arrive at the hotel Sunday evening and check out Thursday morning before work. Per diems are provided for the actual work days (Monday - Thursday). We do not pay time or mileage from your home area to the project.

    Lab and office work will be done at the Champlain office.

    Employees must provide a sturdy pair of work boots and appropriate clothing for the field. The company will provide all excavation equipment and safety equipment when necessary. We are a safety-oriented company.

    Since this a training position, prior experience in specific techniques is not necessary. However, employees must be able to learn quickly and be able to apply new knowledge. Specific qualifications include:

    Pay: Hourly, $10.50-$12.00/hour. Overtime, if it occurs, is compensated at time-and-a-half. We do not anticipate any overtime, however, if the need arises, overtime will be worked at the employees discretion (i.e., no one will be required to work overtime).
    Travel time to and from the field is paid when leaving and arriving at the Champlain office.

    Employees are paid bi-weekly, based on a Monday-Sunday week. If time sheets are submitted by the Monday following the close of a pay period, pay checks will be written the next Thursday.

    Benefits (Applies to employees working full-time only) After a 30 day probation period, full-time permanent employees are eligible for:

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