1396 Archaeological Curator

Website Minnesota HIstorical Society

We are a nonprofit educational & cultural institution in MN

JOB TITLE: #1396 Archaeological Curator
OPEN TO: This job is open to all applicants.
LOCATION: Kellogg Center, 328 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55102
SALARY: $4,041.00 monthly minimum, commensurate with experience
STATUS & HOURS: Full-time, regular (approximately 2088 annual hours) position.
BENEFITS: Eligible to participate in State Employee Group Insurance Program and a
retirement program with employer contribution. Generous vacation and sick time
accruals with additional paid holidays.
DEPARTMENT: Archaeology
CLASSIFICATION: 11L Professional
HIRING MANAGER: Head of Archaeology
POSTING DATE: March 9, 2021
DEADLINE DATE: March 31, 2021

TO APPLY: Interested applicants must apply online at the Minnesota Historical Society’s career
center at www. mnhs.org/jobs and include a resume and cover letter by the
application deadline date.

DESCRIPTION: This position exists to document, interpret, promote access/use, and preserve the
MNHS archaeological collections; to further partnerships, projects, and funding benefiting these
collections; to promote the MNHS mission by working with a broad institutional and public clientele.

SUMMARY OF WORK: 1) Build and manage MNHS collections centered around Minnesota’s and
surrounding region’s archaeological history through identification, appraisal, acquisition of appropriate
materials; 2) Supervises the care and management of MNHS archaeological collections, ensures
collections are properly documented through appropriate recording protocols, and develops and
maintains digital artifact catalogs; 3) Leads department compliance with the Native American Graves
Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA); and 4) Engages in research and develops educational
opportunities with the MNHS archaeological collections, advocates and provides intellectual, digital, and
physical for access to and use of the collections and provides reference services for the collections.

● Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, archaeology, museum studies, history, or closely related
fields plus five years’ experience in anthropology and/or archaeology OR master’s degree in
anthropology, archaeology, museum studies, history, or closely related fields.
● Knowledge and experience in cultural resources laws and best practices (e.g., local/state,
federal and Tribal).
● Experience in relationship building within the archaeological profession and communities in
Minnesota and the Upper Midwest.
● Cultural sensitivity, awareness and knowledge specific to working with Minnesota and
surrounding communities.
● Knowledge of Minnesota archaeological history.
● Demonstrated ability to properly handle, minimally catalog, and otherwise document special
● Expertise sufficient to appraise material for acquisition to the MNHS Collection and process
● Demonstrated ability to work effectively and inclusively with diverse people and groups both
internally and externally.
● Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in writing, by phone, and in person with varied
audiences and constituencies.
● Demonstrated ability to engage audiences in public presentations including lectures, classroom
presentations, or other venues.
● Demonstrated ability to operate a collections database and use Microsoft Office and Google
software and email.
● Technical skills and experience using internet and media technologies.
● Demonstrated experience in project management.
● Demonstrated ability to take initiative, to work independently and as a member of a team, and be
● Demonstrated ability to coordinate work and manage time.
● A bility, flexibility and willingness to occasionally work a varied schedule, including evenings and
● Ability and willingness to maintain electronic and written records and to complete assigned
● Ability to attend meetings and complete tasks on a timely basis.
● Ability to provide work direction to colleagues, interns and volunteers.
● Valid driver’s license and willingness to travel.

● Advanced degree in anthropology, archaeology, museum studies, history, or closely related
fields or a closely related field.
● Demonstrated leadership experience in project management.
● Experience with NAGPRA.
● Experience with issues revolving around repatriation or deaccessioning collections.
● Active involvement in a professional association.
● Ability to obtain comprehensive subject area expertise.
● Experience operating the KE EMu collections management system.
● Knowledge of MNHS collections.
● Knowledge and understanding of MNHS policies & procedures.
Should you have questions with the application process, email humanresources@mnhs.org.

At MNHS, we don’t just accept difference — we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on diversity for the benefit of our employees, our products and services, and our community. The Minnesota Historical Society believes that an inclusive culture among our team members is critical to our success as a historical society and museum, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. The Minnesota Historical Society is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and employer.

To apply for this job please visit www.mnhs.org.