Conducting review of Native American collections held by museum, consulting with Tribes, drafting NAGPRA documents, and reporting on project progress.
Duties and Responsibilities (generally)
The NAPGRA assistant will be responsible for conducting a full review of the collection objects and accession group potentially connected to Native American tribes and subject to the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). As part of this review, they will conduct collections-based research including archival research, close examination of objects, and consultation with academic and community experts. They will produce detailed reports for their research and identify which objects or collections require further consultation to determine cultural affiliation. The NAGPRA assistant will use this review to assess the museum’s history of communications with Tribes and will be responsible for reaching out to Tribal representatives to reopen or initiate consultations as needed. Working with the museum director, they will draft updated or new NAGPRA summaries, respond to requisitions for additional information, provide images or videos of collections, and assist with in-person collection visits as needed. The NAGPRA assistant may also assist with review of repatriation requests and drafting of Notice of Intent to Repatriate.
Minimum Required Qualifications for this position
possession of training/experience requirement listed for Level I of this series
two years of work experience comparable to level I of this series
Master’s degree in anthropology
experience and/or training that provided a knowledge of anthropology comparable to that normally provided in a Master’s degree program in anthropology1
one year of work experience comparable to Level I of this series
In substituting experience and/or training for college instruction as provided above, it is recommended that, in order to ensure consistent application of these qualifications, the evaluation and verification of an applicant’s experience and/or training be accomplished through the cooperative efforts of a person experienced in anthropology and the personnel office in a manner that will preserve the applicant’s anonymity.
Specialty Factors (Additional Required Qualifications)
Education and Experience Preferred
MA in anthropology or related field preferred. Preference for candidates with 4+ years’ experience working in museum collections.