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Curator of Archaeology

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The Curator of Archaeology oversees the Museum’s Archaeology Department, including the management of the Archaeologycollections and research program.The Curator of Archaeologyis responsible for initiating, developing, and directing original research projects and community-based archaeology work that advance the understanding of the history and interests of Hawai‘i and Pacific cultures. The Curator of Archaeology is also expected to actively participate in raisingfunds to support Museum archaeological research, caretaking and curation; publish significant original scholarly works; and collaborate in the Museum’s public programs through lectures, workshops, and exhibit planning and development.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conducts original research that advances the understanding of the history of Hawai‘i and Pacific cultures through field and collections-based archaeological research and related activities. Designs, initiates, and coordinates field research programs and collections-based research initiatives related to archaeology programs.
  • Leads, collaborates and/or participates in community-based archaeology work to further the interests of Hawai‘i and Pacific cultures, and strengthens relationships between the Museum and community partners. Actively seeks and obtains financial support through grants, contracts, and other resources to further major research and/or to support major Museum programs.
  • Develops archaeological collections within area of specialization to improve and enhance the collections; works with the Archaeology Collection Manager to assist in general oversight of collection management procedures (loan processing, accessions, cataloging, etc.).
  • Maintains a high level of publication productivity in original scholarly works related to the broad scientific community.
  • Interacts and collaborates within and across departments with staff, affiliates, and volunteers working on research and other Museum projects or initiatives.
  • Contributes significantly to operational planning which includes planning and development of immediate and long-term project goals and objectives for the department and within specific field of study.
  • Serves the Museum’s public programs goals through significant contributions in leading lectures, workshops, field trips, docent training, exhibit planning and assistance to Museum and clients.
  • Maintains  affiliations in scholarly and professional organizations through active service (i.e., committees, councils, editorial review boards, funding review panels) and participation (i.e., attendance, panel discussions, etc.), including presentations of significant and major works at regional, national, or international meetings, symposia, and workshops which enhances their development as a Museum scientific professional.
  • Supervises others engaged in professional and technical activities and serves as affiliate faculty advisor to graduate level students working with Bishop Museum collections. May supervise others engaged in professional and technical activities.
  • With assistance and direction from the applicable senior executives, prepares and administers budgets pertaining toall department activities.
  • Interacts with staff and Museum clients with tact, courtesy and unqualified respect at all times.
  • Stays motivated and projects a positive and professional attitude towards fellow workers and constituents.  Cooperates and supports teamwork; maintains and strengthens community and partnering relations.
  • Works in a safe manner so as not to endanger fellow staff members, volunteers and visitors.  Complies with safety rules and regulations and establishes safe work practices.  Reads all safety materials received.  Promptly reports unsafe conditions ad unsafe acts or accidents to appropriate individual.  Maintains assigned work area and equipment free to accident-producing conditions. (All Levels)
  • May entail participation on field trips for the purpose of surveying, sampling, collecting, and general research activities to locations that may be remote from medical facilities and other urban infrastructure, and may involve activities such as hiking, camping, climbing, rope work (such as rappelling and use of rope bridges), transport via helicopter and other small aircraft, and other similar activities necessary to fulfill the objectives of the associated research activities.
  • Performs other duties as requested to accomplish the goals of the Museum. (All Levels)


  • Ph.D. or equivalent knowledge in Anthropology with a specialization in archaeology required.
  • Prior archaeological fieldwork experience in Hawai’i and Oceania required
  • Expertise in zooarchaeology and environmental archaeology highly desirable
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with cultural knowledge bearers and local community stakeholders
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with researchers in the natural sciences, including the development of inter-disciplinary research projects
  • Strong track record of scholarly publication and grant writing
  • Collections management or curatorial experience highly desirable
  • Demonstrated history of project collaboration with diverse community resources, including government, not-for-profit and commercial entities, and individuals
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Keen awareness of museum professional standards and practices.
  • Creative and analytical ability; good communication and listening skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work with diverse groups of people and interact at all levels; demonstrated ability to direct and supervise staff.
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks/projects, meet deadlines, and maintain composure under time constraints.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills.
  • Technologically proficient across a variety of platforms and applications.

Other Requirements

  • Flexibility in working hours, as some evening and weekend work is required.
  • Professional business-like appearance.
  • Good attendance.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Valid driver’s license and must have own vehicle.

Direct Reports

Archaeology Collections Manager


Working Conditions

Primarily light to medium work. Visual requirements include depth perception, good-to-excellent vision, and color vision. May be required to read and write up to large amounts of material. Able to work with computer word-processing and database programs efficiently and effectively.

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