Collections and Lab Manager

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Applied EarthWorks, Inc. (Æ) has an immediate opening for a full-time Collections and Lab Manager. Æ is a consulting firm specializing in cultural resources management (CRM) including prehistoric and historical archaeology, paleontology, ethnography, Native American consultation, and geographic information systems (GIS) services. We recognize that our staff is our greatest asset, and we are committed to providing a collegial, professional, and positive work environment. We take pride in providing a great place to work and we seek a Collections and Lab Manager to join our team of stellar professionals. This position is in Fresno at our company headquarters.



The successful candidate will manage archaeological collections originating from cultural resources projects throughout the California Central Valley, Sierra Nevada mountain range, and Northern California region. Collections and lab management includes contributing to established standards and processes for the implementation of Access catalog databases; maintaining Access databases for project-specific artifact collections; assisting with Quality Control of project-specific geodatabases and shapefiles related to artifact provenance; generating Access reports for technical specialist use and updating company databases with specialist data upon return of assemblage; assisting with statistical or other quantitative analysis of collections’ data; contributing to technical reports relating to project-specific assemblages; preparing artifact collections per curation standards established by federal, private, and Native American museum, repository, or curation facilities; organizing and managing the Fresno laboratory space; and supervising, training, mentoring laboratory technicians. Participation in establishing onsite temporary laboratories during archaeological site testing and data recovery projects may be necessary.


Skill Requirements: 

  • Managing digitization tasks including imaging specimens, georeferencing QA/QC, and development and evaluation of workflows and standards related to the intake-processing-analysis-curation process to ensure best practices;
  • Expertise in the design, use, and reporting of Access databases;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in museum registration and collections management;
  • Ability to manage budgets for an archival/collections program and project-specific budgets;
  • Intake of new material, preparing, sorting, identifying, and cataloging specimens;
  • Experience preparing documentation of collection transfers, especially related to repatriation of archaeological collections to Native American museums or repositories;
  • Ability to work cooperatively with internal company project managers, private and federal/state clients, Native American representatives, and other project stakeholders to assure compliance and quality control in collections and lab management;
  • Superior organizational skills; and
  • Strong work ethic and good communication skills.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Basic technical writing, including preparation of final collection catalogs for production;
  • Experience with design and implementation of public outreach events involving exhibits and public education events related to archaeology, paleontology, or natural history;
  • Strong history of supervision and managing skills for a diverse team of laboratory technicians, interns, and Native American volunteers; and
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in museum registration and collections management.



Master’s degree or Ph.D. in museum studies or archival management is required, or a minimum of 5 years work experience in a similar position with accompanying certificate in archival/museum management is acceptable. Undergraduate or graduate degree in anthropology, archaeology, historical archaeology, paleontology, or a related field is beneficial but not required. Experience using Access is required.



Applied EarthWorks offers a wide range of benefits and a competitive compensation package.  Eligibility for benefits is earned with length of service and includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, and professional development time; 401(k); and health, dental, vision, and life insurance. Æ additionally offers an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) which provides employee-owners with a direct stake in Æ’s success by means of a retirement benefit. Salary will be commensurate with experience. 


To apply, please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and at least three references via email to moc.skrowhtraedeilppanull@ofni. Please note position title in the subject line.


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Æ is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability (mental or physical), gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion or creed, sex, sexual orientation, or any other factor that is not related to the job.

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