Human Resources

Title: Laboratory Assistant - Anthropology
Classification: T2
Department: Anthropology

Job Summary:
Responsible for supervision of the daily activity in the anthropology lab.

Primary Duties & Global Responsibilities:

  • Provides assistance to students conducting research and doing independent studies.
  • Manages archaeological/archival collections in the lab.
  • Maintains lab equipment, facilities, and records.
  • Develops and maintains computerized data bases for research and collections management.
  • Provides public relations through education outreach, NAGPRA coordination, and responds to inquiries from the public regarding archaeological sites and artifacts.
  • Assists in preparation, implementation and post field processing of archaeological field school.
  • Supervise student employees.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Secondary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Answer student inquiries.
  • Provides general clerical work including copy machine, typing, phone, mail, fax etc.
  • Responsible for maintenance and use of lab library and video material.
  • Assists in analysis and report preparation of various archaeological projects.

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • High school graduate.
    Minimum of two years related experience with archaeological field work.
  • Demonstrated completion of at least 12 weeks of general archaeological lab work.
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully maintain positive interpersonal relationships.
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully operate office equipment.
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully provide quality customer service.
  • Possess strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully work independently, organize own work and coordinate work activities of others.
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully use various computer software applications.
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully maintain satisfactory work performance and attendance records.

Desired Qualifications:

  • BA or BS in anthropology with emphasis in archaeology or related field.
  • Higher education experience.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Carpentry/mechanical skills.

Supervision Received:
Supervised by a designated supervisor, but is generally expected to work independently and apply appropriate policies and procedures within the assigned area of responsibility.

Supervision Exercised:
Hire, train, supervise, schedule and coordinate the work of student employees and may act as lead worker to other COT staff members within the department/unit/division.

Revised Date: September 1997 For questions regarding employment, email Human Resources Employment Information. TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center 1-800-649-3777.