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Posted: 12/28/2015

New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Division for Historic Preservation

Established in 1972, the Division for Historic Preservation provides technical support to New York's state-owned parks and historic sites. Headquartered at the Peebles Island Resource Center, a rehabilitated factory complex, the Division helps to safeguard New York's rich heritage through a variety of projects and programs that document, preserve, and interpret historic, cultural, and natural resources at state parks and historic sites.

Scientist, Archaeology
Vacancy ID: 26578
Professional Opportunity
Waterford, NY
$52,293 Annually

Masters Degree in Archeology or Anthropology, as well as two years of professional experience in archeological research, administration or management.


The duties that the incumbent of the vacancy will be expected to perform. Duties Description This staff member reviews and provides comments on the effects of federal or state undertakings on archaeological resources in accordance with federal and New York state regulations. This includes the review of all phases of archaeological research reports, research methodology, avoidance methods, and data recovery plans. The incumbent may also provide archaeology technical support to New York State Historic Sites and State Parks. Duties include archaeological collections management, exhibits and interpretive services. Applicant must have a thorough understanding of the application of the National Register of Historic Places criteria for evaluation.

Duties may include:
Serve as the collection manager for OPRHPs archaeological collections (estimated at 1.5 million objects) and archival records.

Maintain all paper and digital inventory data for archaeological artifacts in the collection under the direction of the Collections Care Supervisor.

Serve as the point of contact and facilitator for archaeological collection research and loan requests.

Undertake and/or assist with the assessment of artifact condition and display needs for artifacts selected for exhibition.

Member of OPRHP Collections Committee, which meets on a monthly basis, to review acquisition, deaccession, and loan of object requests from OPRHP Historic Sites; advise on language regarding archaeological resources for Site Collection Management Plans.

Attend exhibit planning meetings, create artifact inventories for Historic Sites, as part of the planning process for exhibits, and identifies and interprets the significance of artifacts and their context for public education.

Contribute/Review archaeology interpretive materials for Historic Site exhibits and interpretive signage.

Oversee volunteers or other staff assigned to duties in the Archaeology Conservation Laboratory.

Serve as the Assistant Agency Preservation Officer (Archaeology) for projects in State Parks and State Historic Sites; advise facility mangers of Section 14.09 and Section 106 responsibilities and maintain a close working relationship with regional personnel, facility mangers and other Division staff to facilitate compliance.

Performs Phase I surveys (as needed) at Historic Sites and State Parks for capital projects including fieldwork, archaeological lab work and preparing reports.

Evaluate the effect of State and Federal projects on archaeological sites and other historic properties as required and assist in developing avoidance or data recovery plans.

Represent OPRHP to the public with other government agencies by providing information, technical advice and consultation as needed.

Perform technical review of NYS Parks projects as required, including determining the existing condition, reviewing plans and construction proposals for compliance with historic preservation standards and programs, evaluating the impact of projects on archaeological sites, developing treatment recommendations and consulting with design professionals, cultural resources specialists, consultants, projects sponsors and local/regional governmental officials to resolve problems.

Prepare or advise on the preparation of Archaeological based nominations for the National and State Registers of Historic Places.

Evaluate historic preservation issues; develop and edit articles and other materials for publication.

Manage electronic site data.

Assist other staff in planning projects.

Provide information to staff and the public about technical programs and standards by developing and conducting training programs, providing technical information, and preparing reports, brochures, and technical material.


Additional comments regarding the vacancy. Additional Comments Preference will be given to candidates with a strong academic background in New York State prehistory and history as well as strong written and verbal communication skills. Familiarity with computers, archaeological records and databases, curatorial software as well as state and federal preservation laws is preferred. Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is not required but is beneficial.

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How to apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume to Brian Lee.
Brian Lee
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12238

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