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Archeological Technician


Are you passionate about exploring, interpreting, and preserving archeological sites? Will collaborating with a highly skilled team of cultural resource professionals to protect the past satisfy your career ambitions? Do you enjoy engaging with a variety of stakeholders, including Tribal, state, and federal agency representatives and the general public? If you’ve answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, please apply!

The Nebraska State Archeology Office seeks a motivated cultural resources professional to join the team as an Archeological Technician. Under the direction of the Nebraska State Archeologist, the teammate in this position assists with conducting background research; performing archeological field surveys, testing, monitoring, and site evaluations; preparing detailed project maps and technical reports; and undertaking laboratory work including cleaning, cataloging, and analyzing artifacts.

History Nebraska is a statewide educational institution that connects people to the past through its library and research center, conservation facility, interpretive sites, and the state archeology and historic preservation offices. History Nebraska’s objective is to become the most engaging and relevant state historical society in the nation.

History Nebraska offers:

  • A wide array of opportunities for professional growth, including membership to professional organizations, access to LinkedIn Learning, conference attendance, and more;
  • Medical, dental, and vision health plans;
  • 13 paid holidays a year, plus 12 paid vacation days and 12 paid sick leave days (both of which increase with tenure);
  • Competitive retirement plan with 156% state match for every dollar you contribute;
  • Paid term life insurance;
  • Employee Wellness and Discount programs;
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness eligibility

Our five core values are:

  • We Do It Better Every Time. We are always looking to improve. When we fail, we know why and learn from it.
  • We Have Each Other’s Back. We work in groups. We candidly support one another for the betterment of the organization.
  • We Own It. If we say we are going to do something, we do our best to get it done.
  • We Are Curious. We never stop learning, and we encourage curiosity in others.
  • We Are Inclusive. We seek multiple perspectives and value the uniqueness of each individual.


Examples of Work

  • Complete archeological field surveys within proposed construction work limits and deadlines.
  • Conduct subsurface testing to help identify, evaluate, and mitigate effects to archeological sites.
  • Complete detailed field documentation including: standardized paperwork, field photography, and GPS documentation.
  • Describe archeological sites, features, and artifacts in the field and create representative sketch maps.
  • Conduct background research on project areas and archeological sites.
  • Prepare, analyze, catalog, and photograph artifacts in the lab.
  • Draft report sections, project maps, field forms, and photo edits for technical reports.
  • Use ArcGIS Pro and ESRI GIS products to document projects, and to read and create technical maps.
  • Properly store, maintain, and clean field equipment.
  • Other duties may be assigned, including but not limited to: helping other departments; participating in interdepartmental committees and working groups; and participating in community outreach events.
**History Nebraska collects, preserves, and opens to all, the histories we share. We believe a diverse and inclusive workforce is an essential element in making Nebraska’s rich history available to everyone. History Nebraska is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage and welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds. Our work is meaningful and challenging, and we believe diverse perspectives will make it better.

Qualifications / Requirements

Minimum Qualifications: Post high school course work in anthropology or history AND one season archeological field school or field experience.

Preferred: Bachelor’s degree in anthropology AND one season archeological field school or field experience AND experience in Great Plains or Nebraska culture, history, and artifact assemblages.

Other: This position requires frequent in-state day trips and occasional overnight travel lasting up to one week. Must possess a valid driver’s license and have ability to drive state vehicles or provide independent transportation. Applicants must be able to work in strenuous outdoor conditions, hike long distances over rough terrain, carry heavy equipment, excavate by hand with trowels or shovels, and screen sediment in a variety of weather conditions including: extreme heat and cold, sun, rain, snow, and wind.

About History Nebraska
History Nebraska was founded in 1878 as the Nebraska State Historical Society by citizens who recognized Nebraska was going through great changes and they sought to record the stories of both indigenous and immigrant peoples. It was designated a state institution and began receiving funds from the legislature in 1883. Legislation in 1994 changed History Nebraska from a state institution to a state agency. The division is headed by Interim Director and CEO Jill Dolberg. They are assisted by an administrative staff responsible for financial and personnel functions, museum store services, security, and facilities maintenance for History Nebraska.
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