The Office of the State Archaeologist of Iowa (OSA) is seeking a Research Collections Director (RCD) to manage the State Archaeological Repository of Iowa, a core aspect of the OSA facility and its research and engagement programs. The repository contains an estimated 4,000,000 objects from 11,000 archaeological sites in Iowa. The RCD works closely with the State Archaeologist and Associate Director to facilitate access to collections and associated data for OSA research staff, UI faculty and students, visiting researchers, and Tribal and other descendant group representatives. The RCD oversees all aspects of the organization, processing, documentation, care, conservation, and storage of accessioned materials. The RCD collaborates closely with the OSA Archivist in the care and management of written documents, maps, and photos (and their digital versions) associated with the archaeological collections. The RCD coordinates with OSA Research Directors and visiting researchers to allocate laboratory space. This position requires the ability to lift 50 pounds and utilize ladders to reach shelves up to 10 feet in height, box making, hand tool, and power tool skills.
Position Status: 3 Year Specified Term
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About the Office of the State Archaeologist of Iowa (OSA)
The Office of the State Archaeologist of Iowa (OSA) reports to the Vice President for Research at the University of Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), centrally located less than five hours from Chicago, St. Louis, Omaha, and Minneapolis. For over 60 years, the OSA has studied and documented Iowa’s archaeological heritage. OSA incorporates that knowledge in its programs to protect, preserve, and interpret these irreplaceable and nonrenewable resources within the context of Iowa’s need to encourage and promote sustainable development. Learn more at https://archaeology.uiowa.edu/.
Education or Equivalency Required
A Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, archaeology, museum studies or closely related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
Highly Desirable Qualifications