Archaeologist/Laboratory Director

Type of Employment: Full Time, Professional

Location: Anamosa, Iowa

Salary: $47,000 - $60,000, plus benefits

Background Information

Wapsi Valley Archaeology, Inc. of Anamosa, Iowa, is accepting applications for an Archaeologist/Laboratory Director to join our research team in Anamosa, Iowa. We are about to launch extensive data recovery excavations in Des Moines, Iowa, as well as major archaeological projects in Minnesota and North Dakota. We seek an individual with strong analysis skills, supervisory skills, writing skills, and knowledge of both precontact and historic-era artifact assemblages.  

The position will involve management of artifact processing and supervision of analysis of large archaeological assemblages, assistance with report preparation, and archaeological fieldwork. 

Candidate Requirements

  • M.A. in Anthropology, Archaeology, or a closely related field, or equivalent experience.  
  • Experience with archaeological analysis, including artifact analysis of both precontact and historic artifact assemblages, preferably from the upper Midwest and/or Plains regions.   
  • Strong writing skills are desired. 
  • Strong organizational and management skills. Ability to teach and supervise laboratory staff. 
  • Applicants with specialized skills, such as faunal analysis, lithic analysis, ethnobotanical analysis, GIS, etc. are encouraged to apply. 
  • We are looking for a team player who loves archaeology, wants to learn and teach others, and has a strong work ethic. The position will present many opportunities for professional development and growth. 

About Wapsi Valley Archaeology, Inc.

Wapsi Valley Archaeology, Inc. is a full-service cultural resource services firm based in historic downtown Anamosa, Iowa. We offer the full range of services and professional assistance for all phases of archaeological and historical investigations. Our study range covers portions of the Upper Midwest including Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, and North Dakota. Our goal is to provide excellence in services to our clients. For more information about us, visit our website at

Wapsi Valley Archaeology, Inc. does not discriminate on the grounds of race, religion, age, creed, physical or mental disability, color, sex, actual or perceived gender orientation/identity, ethnicity, national origin, familial status, or protected veteran status in its employment practices, in the selection and retention of subconsultants, and in its procurement of materials and leases. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, actual or perceived gender orientation, national origin, age, creed, physical or mental disability, ethnicity, ancestry, familial status, or protected veteran status, or otherwise as required by law.

How to Apply

Please send your resume/CV and a list of three references to: Call Nurit Finn at (319) 462-4760 if you have questions or would like more information about the position.


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