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Haun & Associates seeks archaeologists for fieldwork on Hawaii Island

Haun & Associates seeks highly motivated, dependable and experienced archaeologists for inventory survey, data recovery and monitoring projects. The ideal candidate will be a Hawaii resident with prior fieldwork experience in Hawaii and be physically capable of working in challenging environmental conditions. We are looking for enthusiastic, team-oriented individuals who possess sufficient skills to function at a high level of competency.

Pay rate will be based on individual qualifications and experience, and is highly competitive.

Minimum qualifications: B.A. in Anthropology or Archaeology, field school training, and 2 years of full-time professional experience in Hawaiian or Pacific Island field archaeology for crew members; graduate degree and substantial professional experience in Hawaiian or Pacific Island field archaeology for supervisors. Must be detail-oriented, organized, and demonstrate proficient verbal and written communication skills.

How to apply: Email a cover letter detailing the number of month/years of experience in each of the following: inventory survey, data recovery and monitoring. Attach a pdf containing your curriculum vitae or full resume with names and contact information for 3 recent work references to: dianneberrigan@gmail.com

 

PhD Position: The archaeology of shellfish translocation by early Māori

PhD Position: The archaeology of shellfish translocation by early Māori

The impacts of modern human society on marine ecosystems are both significant and well understood. In contrast, the influence of early humans on marine ecosystems remains virtually unknown. New Zealand, the last major landmass settled by humans, provides an unparalleled opportunity to determine the significance of human-ecosystem interactions by a Neolithic Society – NZ Māori. Māori settled New Zealand as late as the 14th century AD, meaning that evidence of early-human impacts are less obscured by time than in countries with more prolonged occupation.

Genetic analyses (supplemented with Māori environmental knowledge) of toheroa (Paphies ventricosa), an endemic shellfish of cultural importance to Māori, led to the hypothesis that the present-day distribution of this species has been influenced by historical, human-mediated translocations. The PhD position advertised here is part of a multidisciplinary research programme which aims to test this hypothesis by combining archaeology and molecular ecology with Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge).

The PhD candidate will reconstruct the historical toheroa distribution and fishery from archaeological materials and historical collections. A first step will involve critical analysis of historical documents and identification of toheroa specimens presently held in museums and research institutions. This will identify archived material suitable for study. An analysis of archaeological authority reports will identify middens and sites where toheroa have previously been unearthed. Site visits will be conducted to examine middens and where appropriate, stratigraphy and radiocarbon dating will be used to examine temporal changes in shellfish distributions that could indicate the introduction of toheroa or other kaimoana (seafood) species.

The applicant must demonstrate:

– Good communication skills.

– Ability to work independently and as a team member.

– An Honours or Masters degree, although applicants may also be accepted on the basis of relevant and substantial practitioner/professional experience.

– Applicants should possess a background in physical geography, archaeology or environmental science, and be willing to undertake some fieldwork.

– Knowledge of dating techniques would be beneficial; particularly radiocarbon, archaeomagnetism, or stratigraphic dating.

The student will be supervised by Dr Phil Ross (ecology), Dr Bruce McFadgen (archaeology/dating), Fiona Petchey (archaeology/dating) and Alan Hogg (archaeology/dating). Liaison with additional research partners will support the student in developing and achieving research objectives.

The position includes University fees and a full stipend paid for three years. Funding to cover research costs has been obtained through a grant from the Marsden fund. Please contact Phil Ross http://sci.waikato.ac.nz/about-us/people/rossp via email p.ross@waikato.ac.nz for more information on the project

ASM Affiliates Job Opening – Senior Archaeologist, Oahu

ASM Affiliates Job Opening – Senior Archaeologist, Oahu

 

ASM Affiliates is seeking a Senior Archaeologist to serve as a Project Manager for our Oahu-based projects. Qualifications include:

 

  • M.A. in Anthropology/Archaeology (Ph.D. preferred);
  • Experience in Hawaiian/Pacific Island archaeology;
  • Minimum 10 years private sector CRM experience, with a record of increasing responsibility, including minimum 5 years of experience as Project Manager;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Experience in cost estimating, project budgeting, and successful proposal writing;
  • Knowledge of federal and state regulatory compliance procedures;
  • Excellent writing and communications skills

 

ASM is an equal opportunity employer. We are a full-service, employee-owned CRM firm with offices in five states. Salary will be commensurate with experience and will include a benefits package. Position will be open until filled. Please send resume and cover letter to Bob Rechtman, Ph.D., Vice President – Hawaii, brechtman@asmaffiliates.com. Visit our web-page: http://www.asmaffiliates.com

Tenure Track Position at UH Hilo

To apply, visit any of the following links:

http://careercenter.aaanet.org/jobs/7577080/assistant-professor-of-anthropology

http://hilo.hawaii.edu/uhh/hr/vacancy/943

https://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=176146669&Title=Assistant%20Professor%20of%20Anthropology

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, position #83555, UH Hilo, College of Arts and Sciences, general funds, permanent, nine-month, tenure track, full-time position, to begin approximately August 2016, pending position clearance and availability of funding.

Duties and Responsibilities:  Teach graduate and undergraduate courses in human-environment interactions with a preferred topical specialty in Pacific paleobotany, but other paleoenvironmental specializations will be considered; advise students; contribute to program development, including the establishment of a paleoenvironmental  laboratory through grant funding; conduct research; contribute to curriculum and advising in UH Hilo’s Heritage Management M.A. degree program, serve on university committees, engage in scholarly activities and/or creative endeavors which contribute to the mission of the University.  Perform service to the University and community.

Minimum Qualifications:  Ph.D. from an accredited college or university in anthropology or a related field with a primary focus on paleoenvironmental research; demonstrated expertise in Pacific Islands paleoenvironments with an emphasis in anthropological applications; evidence of good teaching skills.

Desirable Qualifications:  Evidence of successful college level teaching in a multicultural environment; qualitative and quantitative skills; commitment to a program in empirical research and education; willingness to contribute to existing Pacific Islands Studies Certificate Program; expertise to teach about cultures of Oceania from a cultural anthropological perspective.

Pay range:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To Apply:  Submit a curriculum vitae, a letter describing research interests and teaching philosophy, transcript(s) showing degrees and course work appropriate to the position (copies are acceptable, however original official transcripts will be required prior to employment), and contact information (including email) of at least three (3) references.  Finalists will be asked to include a reference who is a current or former employer.  All requested documents/information become the property of the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Failure to submit all required documents shall deem an application to be incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Electronic submissions will not be accepted.

Application address:  Peter R. Mills, Search Committee Chair, Anthropology Department, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, 200 W. K?wili St., Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720-4091.

Inquiries:  Peter R. Mills, millsp@hawaii.edu, (808) 932-7268

Closing date:  Continuous recruitment, application review begins December 15, 2015.

UH Hilo is an EEO/AA Employer M/W/Disability/Veterans.

NOTES:

Employer will assist with relocation costs.

Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Job Announcement: Project Archaeologist, SEARCH

For further information, or to apply, vist the following link: http://search.workable.com/jobs/132955

DESCRIPTION

Project Archaeologist O‘ahu, Hawai‘i based SEARCH, as a leading nationwide and global provider of cultural resources services to government and commercial customers, is continuously seeking top talent in the cultural resource management industry. As a full-service company, SEARCH offers a multidisciplinary integration of our five divisions: Archaeology, Maritime Archaeology, Architectural History, History and Archives, and Heritage Design. SEARCH has an immediate openings for a full time Project Archaeologist to join our terrestrial division to support multiple cultural resources projects located predominantly in the State of Hawai‘i. This position will also assist with general service contracts and multidisciplinary projects of varying size and complexity with the ability to lead and complete small projects from proposal to final report and provide major support on large, complex, multi-year projects and multi-volume proposals and reports. Key Responsibilities of our Project Archaeologists include:

  • Assist preparing proposals, including project scopes and budgets, for archaeological projects and providing proposal support on multidisciplinary cultural resources projects
  • Conduct background research at State of Hawaii agencies, databases, and repositories including literature reviews, site file searches, historical map and aerial photo reviews, property records, and analysis and synthesis of cultural, historical, geographical, environmental, land-use, and previous survey data
  • Develop and implement research designs and methods appropriate to client needs and field conditions
  • Supervise field operations including managing equipment and field records; scheduling project personnel; and providing clear direction to field staff
  • Manage multiple simultaneous projects and meet deadlines within scope, budget, and schedule constraints
  • Analyze the results of field investigations to produce management summaries and technical reports
  • Travel as needed to support projects and company-related tasks

The position will be based out of SEARCH’s Kāne‘ohe, Hawai‘i office. This position will require daily inter-island and multi-week travel and as needed. To Apply, in Word or as a PDF, please send a cover letter, resume with professional references, and dates of your availability. SEARCH will treat all employment inquires with discretion. The chosen candidate will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment drug test and a criminal background check. Applicants need to be eligible to be employed in the United States and able to receive government security clearances and drive company vehicles and rental vehicles. SEARCH offers a competitive total compensation package with strong health & wellness and retirement plans. Pay will be commensurate with education and experience. Please visit www.searchinc.com for more info on SEARCH, and, if you’re social media savvy, “Like” us onFacebook or SEARCH for us on LinkedIn.

REQUIREMENTS

We will be looking for a candidate who has demonstrated excellent writing and communication skills, research skills, and the ability to disseminate and summarize information quickly and succinctly. What matters to us in this role includes intangibles like drive, precision, consistency in work, ownership of work, the ability to remember and learn from mistakes, the ability to see challenges as opportunities, proactiveness, and the ability to function as part of a team. Qualified candidates should also possess:

  • Master’s degree in Archaeology, Anthropology or a related field
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in cultural resource management with direct work and/or educational experience in the Hawaiian Islands.
  • 2+ years of experience in field supervision, including Phase I cultural resource surveys, Phase II site assessments, Phase III data recovery, and monitoring projects in Archaeology, Architectectural History, and Historic Preservation Planning.
  • Understanding of federal, state, and local regulations governing cultural resource management
  • Strong field and outdoors skill set, including off-road driving, backpacking, first aid/CPR, mapping, drawing, and photography
  • Ability to work in physically demanding, remote work environments, and high altitude
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate, both verbally and through technical writing, information regarding cultural resources, legal requirements, and results of analyses, in a clear and effective manner that is thorough and easily understood by clients, regulators, and the general public
  • Ability to meet deadlines while remaining detail-oriented, organized
  • Advanced Trimble GPS, TerraSync, and ArcPad user and navigating using USGS maps, compass, and aerial photography
  • Advanced skill and direct experience with the following software: ESRI ArcMap Trimble Pathfinder, XTools Pro, and other geospatial, mapping, and analysis software; Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and other Office software; and Adobe Creative Suite 4 and other graphics and document software
  • Ability to travel, with a valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation

SEARCH is a drug-free workplace and an EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability employer, strongly committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where a variety of backgrounds, cultures, orientations, ideas, and talents can flourish.

Preliminary Conference Schedule Now Available

The Preliminary Conference Schedule is now available here: http://hawaiianarchaeology.org/2015-conference/preliminary-schedule/

Registration Now Open!

Conference registration is now open at the following link!

 

Conference T-Shirt Design Contest

Aloha,

We are eager to solicit creative graphic t-shirt expressions of this year’s theme for the annual Society of Hawaiian Archaeology conference on the island of Kaua’i. In order to solicit entries, we are sponsoring a t-shirt contest. The graphic designs should be amenable to silkscreening on a standard t-shirt, and may include a front design, back design, or both. The t-shirt design will provide a memorable wearable expression of this year’s conference. The design should emanate the theme of this year’s conference, and we look forward to creative submittals. Our theme:
Kulāiwi: Repositioning our Identity in the Present

The 2015 Society of Hawaiian Archaeology annual conference examines the role of identity within the work of archaeology. Like the island of Kaua’i, identity is shaped by numerous forces. Kaua’i’s traditions are revealed in the everyday activities of its people and their knowledge of the contours of the land – its climates and micro-climates, the movement of the ocean – and are reflected in the characteristics of its people: rugged, yet flexible; possessive, yet sharing; knowledgeable, yet curious about many aspects of what went on before their generation.

The work of archaeology is an essential part of satisfying Kaua’i people’s desires to know about themselves and their surroundings more intimately as they examine their own family histories and those attributes that make Kaua’i culture unique. Kulāiwi’ centers the thinking of people everywhere on their ‘piko’, the focal point of what connects them to their identity. There is a direct correlation between this knowledge and how one formulates and reformulates their definition of themselves. The work of archaeology, therefore, is access to not only our past, but ourselves today.   -Dr. Keao NeSmith
The t-shirt that best illustrates this theme will be chosen by the SHA conference committee, and the artist will be given free registration to the conference, as well as the distinction of clothing the numerous participants in the conference with a unique and distinctive t-shirt.
Please submit your artistic designs to us by September 10, 2015. The graphic may be provided via an attachment to email at sha2015conference@hawaiianarchaeology.org
Mahalo for sharing your talent.
SHA Conference Committee

Abstract Deadline Extended!

We are excited about the abstracts that have been submitted for this year’s SHA conference, and the level of interest that is being demonstrated by the community. Due to requests for additional time to submit abstracts, we are extending the deadline for abstracts until the end of the month, August 31. This year’s theme:
Kulāiwi: Repositioning our Identity in the Present

The 2015 Society of Hawaiian Archaeology annual conference examines the role of identity within the work of archaeology. Like the island of Kaua’i, identity is shaped by numerous forces. Kaua’i’s traditions are revealed in the everyday activities of its people and their knowledge of the contours of the land – its climates and micro-climates, the movement of the ocean – and are reflected in the characteristics of its people: rugged, yet flexible; possessive, yet sharing; knowledgeable, yet curious about many aspects of what went on before their generation. 

The work of archaeology is an essential part of satisfying Kaua’i people’s desires to know about themselves and their surroundings more intimately as they examine their own family histories and those attributes that make Kaua’i culture unique. Kulāiwi’ centers the thinking of people everywhere on their ‘piko’, the focal point of what connects them to their identity. There is a direct correlation between this knowledge and how one formulates and reformulates their definition of themselves. The work of archaeology, therefore, is access to not only our past, but ourselves today.   -Dr. Keao NeSmith
The link to submit abstracts can be found on the SHA website: http://hawaiianarchaeology.org/2015-conference/submit-abstract/
Please email us with any questions at sha2015conference@hawaiianarchaeology.org
Registration and field trip itinerary information will be forthcoming.
We are looking forward to seeing you on Kaua’i!
Aloha,
SHA Conference Committee

2015 Archaeology Week Poster Contest!

Announcing the poster conference for the 2015 Archaeology Week. Submissions are due August 31st, 2015. Full details can be found here.