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Posted: 08/25/2016

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation & Natural H
Division for Historic Preservation's Technical Preservation Services B

The Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) is a New York State public benefit corporation. Established in 1968, the NHTs mission is to receive and administer gifts, grants and other funds to further public programs for parks, conservation and historic preservation purposes of the State of New York. The NHT is governed by a four-member Board of Directors comprised of the Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Chair of the State Council of Parks, the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Secretary of State. The NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) is a state agency within the Executive Department that is responsible for the care and management of 35 state historic sites and 180 parks. Collectively, these public facilities provide both residents and visitors access to natural, historic and scenic resources with opportunities for outdoor recreation and places to learn about New Yorks rich cultural heritage. The Bureau of Technical Preservation Services (TPS) is one of three bureaus within OPRHPs Division for Historic Preservation. TPSs mission is to provide technical support and assistance to federal and New York state agencies in their responsibilities to comply with state and federal historic preservation laws. In addition, the TPS assists the Bureau of Historic Sites and Parks with the development of temporary and permanent archaeological exhibits. The selected candidate for this position will be an employee of the NHT with work conducted under the supervision of OPRHP and within the TPS. The NHT is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Archaeology Technician
Professional Opportunity
Waterford, NY


This staff member provides primary support for the Bureau of Historic Sites and Parks archaeologist. This involves all aspects of archaeological lab work, including artifact processing and data manipulation/analysis. The incumbent will also help in providing archaeology technical support to New York State Historic Sites and State Parks, including fieldwork. Specific Duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Assisting the Bureau of Historic Sites archaeologist in managing the OPRHPs archaeological collections (estimated at 1.5 million objects) and archival records.
  • Help maintain all paper and digital inventory data for archaeological artifacts in the collection under the direction of the Bureau of Historic Sites archaeologist.
  • Assist with the assessment of artifact condition and display needs for artifacts selected for exhibition.
  • Help update and maintain artifact inventories for Historic Sites as part of the planning process for exhibits, and help identify and interpret the significance of artifacts and their context for public education.
  • Support volunteers or other staff assigned to duties in the Archaeology Conservation Laboratory.
  • Assist in performing archaeological technical services at Historic Sites and State Parks including fieldwork and preparing reports.
  • Conduct basic artifact processing tasks (washing, cataloging, numbering)
  • Help update and manage all forms of electronic site and artifact data.


  • Bachelors degree in Archaeology or Anthropology and two-years of professional experience in an archaeology lab setting and completion of an archaeology field school.
  • A Masters degree in will substitute for one year of experience.
  • Must have a valid drivers license and be able to lift up to 50 pounds.


  • Familiarity with New York State prehistory and history is desirable.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential.
  • Familiarity with computers, archaeological records, databases and curatorial software is preferred.
  • Experience with GIS a plus.

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How to apply
Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume by hard copy or via email. Deadline: 5:00 PM (EDT), Friday, September 16, 2016 Contact: Dr. Nancy L. Herter Coordinator, Archaeological Services NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation PO Box 189, Waterford, NY 12188 nancy.herter@parks.ny.gov
John Bonafide
Phone: 518-268-2166
PO Box 189
Waterford, NY 12188-0189

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