Europe-Mediterranean Archaeologist

Archaeology Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii


NOTE: This position is a temporary one-year position with the possibility of an extension (determined by DPAA request and funding).

The Europe-Mediterranean (EM) Archaeologist will provide professional and scientific expertise to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) on a full-time basis, and will be responsible for the following duties: 

  • Provides professional forensic and archaeological analysis and designs associated with covered conflicts, focusing predominantly on World War II, but may include the Cold War, Vietnam War, Korean Conflict.
  • Serves as an expert in fundamental spatial concepts for assessing, visualizing and managing data using software, such as ArcGIS, Surfer, and GoogleEarthPro.
  • Serves as a scientific-decision evaluator to create archaeological strategies to excavate sites and assist geographic-based multi-disciplinary teams in advancing cases.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

  • M.A./M.S. or Ph.D. degree in archaeology, anthropology, or closely related field.
  • Demonstrated extensive Phase III terrestrial experience in the recovery of human remains.
  • At least one year of full-time professional experience or equivalent specialized training in archaeological research, administration or management.
  • At least four months of supervisory field and analytic experience in general archaeology with preference given to candidates with cultural resource management experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry research to completion.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Able to work well independently as well as in a team environment.

Key Tasks:

  • Follow DPAA policies and procedures to serve as scientific experts to create an archaeological strategy to excavate a site and forensically process any evidence.
  • Comply with all DPAA requirements for reporting and coordinating all plans and results through all appropriate channels.
  • Work directly and independently with clients.
  • Follow all client policies and DPAA Laboratory standards and best practices.
  • Protect organization’s value by keeping information confidential.
  • Other duties as assigned consistent with the position for which you were hired.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of best practices in forensic and archaeological assessments.
  • Comprehensive knowledge in designing, directing and supervising all phases of archaeological projects to include Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III archaeological processes, mapping methods, and techniques.
  • Expert knowledge of forensic laboratory best practices and accreditation standards.
  • Ability to write, implement, and follow standard operating procedures.
  • Basic knowledge of human remains identification procedures, and comprehensive knowledge of remote-sensing, mapping, probing, coring and test excavation methods/techniques.
  • Expert in fundamental spatial concepts for assessing, visualizing and managing data using software, such as ArcGIS, Surfer, and GoogleEarthPro.
  • Knowledge of the recovery and stabilization of human skeletal and dental remains and material evidence from archaeological and other contexts in the field and laboratory.
  • Possess strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient in MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Adobe Acrobat
  • A demonstrated history of initiative and achievement.
  • A demonstrated history of working for clients and with client staff providing exceptional customer service.
  • Experience working independently with minimal direction or supervision.
  • Experience supporting and anticipating client needs and demonstrating problem-solving skills.
  • Experience performing tasks under tight deadlines and managing shifting priorities.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to access information using a computer for up to 4 hours at a time
  • Requires sitting at a desk for long periods of time
  • Individual must be capable of working under high stress and pressure of short deadlines

Additionally, as the workspace is an active forensic laboratory, you will be subject to the sites (and occasional smells) of skeletonized human remains as well as hearing conversations regarding deceased individuals.

Interested Foreign Nationals:

Foreign Nationals may be considered for this position.  All foreign nationals must be able to demonstrate that they have lived in the United States for 3 of the past 5 years and have a US Social Security Number.  These requirements must be met in order to move forward with the application process.

Please submit a cover letter along with your CV.  CVs without a cover letter will not be considered.

SNA International is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.