Job Information

University of Utah Range Creek Lab Manager in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 09/20/2021

Requisition Number PRN27713B

Job Title Manager, Program

Working Title Range Creek Lab Manager

Job Grade D

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

M-F workdays, occasional fieldwork optional

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00018 - Utah Museum of Natl Hist Oper

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 31600 to 45000

Close Date 10/18/2021

Open Until Filled No

Job Summary

The Range Creek Field Station ( RCFS ) is a remote research and teaching facility in east-central Utah managed by the Natural History Museum of Utah ( NHMU ) at the University of Utah. Established in 2009, the RCFS includes 3,000 acres in the heart of the West Tavaputs Plateau. Originally a private ranch, the RCFS is now managed to provide research and training to advanced undergraduate and graduate students in archaeology, geography, geology and other field-based disciplines. It is also responsible for the protection and management of the remarkable archaeological record, much of which is associated with the Fremont archaeological complex. The materials and data collected at the RCFS are processed at a lab at the Natural History Museum of Utah. The Program Manager will spend .75 FTE working with Range Creek data and collections and .25 FTE working with the Anthropology Collections Department.

At the Natural History Museum of Utah, we recognize that our strength and sustainability as an organization stem from diversity and inclusion. For this reason, we are committed to fostering equity, recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve, and empowering staff members in developing an accessible and inclusive work environment.

We also place a strong emphasis on providing an exceptional experience to every guest who visits the museum or participates in any of our programs. We believe that everyone at NHMU , at every level and in all departments, are a critical part of providing this level of experience. Therefore, all staff members receive ongoing training and are expected to consistently contribute to creating exceptional, memorable, and inclusive experiences for our guests, partners, and the community.


Responsibilities include:

• Administrative duties: Schedule and supervise students and volunteers working in the Range Creek Archaeology Lab at the NHMU , maintain lab equipment/supplies, data entry and database management (notes, photos, etc.), prepare archaeological site forms for Section 106 consultation process, update Range Creek website, oversee commercial and public permitting for access to the field station.

• Lab work: Prepare the Range Creek collection for reposit in NHMU . This includes (but is not limited to) cleaning, labeling, stabilizing as well as inventorying and cataloging those objects into the EMU database. Oversee students and volunteers conducting these tasks.

• Anthropology Collections: Assist with general care and management of NHMU’s Anthropology collections when needed and assist with meeting the Museum’s responsibilities under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act ( NAGPRA ).

Experience and demonstrated ability to supervise undergraduate students in archaeological laboratory methods.

Educational background and experience to assist in securing federal and state permits for archaeological investigations. Familiarity with Section 106 and policies governing the preparation of archaeological site data for consultation and artifact curation.

Experience in database management and software programs: Excel, ArcGIS, Photoshop, statistical programs.

High level organization skills and attention to detail especially related to object collection management.

This position may have occasional field work. The essential functions of this work include:

Archaeological site recording experience.

Operate a 4-wheel drive pick up truck in rugged, remote, backcountry roads.

Hike/walk in steep, difficult terrain.

Be able to carry a backpack/gear weighing up to 50 lbs.

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a related field plus two years of related experience or equivalency. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills also required.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


A degree in Anthropology or related field; MS preferred.

Experience with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act ( NAGPRA )

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Letters of recommendation are required for this application. Your references will be notified if you are selected for a screening interview with the hiring committee.

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.