Archaeology Lab Technician - Military veterans preferred



  full-time   employee   contract

United States

United States of America - California, Chico

Job Summary

AECOM is seeking a part-time variable Archaeology Lab Technician for employment in Chico, CA. This role will have varying hours depending on project and client requirements.

Laboratory technicians will work under the supervision of the Laboratory Director to process incoming artifact collections, including washing, drying, sorting, stabilizing, and cataloging cultural materials. Technicians will also prepare documents, records, photographs, and artifacts for permanent curation. Curation preparation will include preparing field records, laboratory records, and digital data for permanent curation at various certified repositories. Laboratory technicians may also be required to perform basic analysis of artifact collections and prepare written reports of such analysis, as guided by the Laboratory Director.


  • Lab technicians will maintain accurate laboratory records and project filing systems, organize and perform quality control on laboratory and field records, label records, and process field photographs for curation.

  • Other curation preparation duties of lab technicians will include artifact inventory, artifact labeling, rebagging, retagging, and data entry into Excel and/or Access databases.

  • Other duties may include washing and/or drybrushing artifacts; sorting, counting, weighing, and cataloging artifacts by class; conducting analysis of prehistoric and historic artifacts such as lithics, ceramics, and faunal remains; and assisting with sampling, processing, and analysis of special samples, such as flotation, radiocarbon, and XRF/OH samples.

  • Lab technicians may be asked to assist in fieldwork and help maintain tools and equipment.

Role will utilize archaeological survey and excavation techniques, laboratory methods, and basic artifact classifications.

  • Candidates will examine and evaluate the condition of artifacts and sites, describe facts and events accurately, write neatly and legibly, and track and maintain artifact provenience throughout all stages of collection/processing/analysis/curation.

Minimum Requirements

High School Diploma + 2 years of relevant experience or AA/AS (US)

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, or closely related field with participation in at least one Archaeology field school is recommended, but not required. Students currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s program may apply.

  • Experience in preparing and submitting projects for curation at a certified curatorial facility.

  • One year general work experience desired.

  • Ability to sketch or illustrate artifacts

What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future . Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world , but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Sciences

Business Line Environment

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United States of America

Position Status Part-time Variable

Requisition/Vacancy No. 235817BR

Clearance Required No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.