Archaeology – Inventory Assistants

Mackinac State Historic Parks is hiring two multi-year Archaeology Inventory Assistants, starting March 2023 into August 2025. Link to fill out an application can be found at the bottom of the page. Please read all of the following information closely. Applications must be received by February 24.

Department: Museum Programs
Location: Mackinaw City
Start Date/End Date: March, 2023 – August, 2025
Pay Rate: Starting at $14/hr (year one); includes 13 paid holidays, two weeks annual leave and two weeks sick leave per twelve months worked.


The archaeology inventory assistant is responsible for physically inventorying Mackinac State Historic Parks’ archaeology collection, creating artifact tags, recording location and box information and entering data into ARGUS database. This position serves visitors to Mackinac State Historic Parks by carrying out the above duties.


The workstations for this position are the Petersen Center in Mackinaw City and the Service Center at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, although the employee may be asked to work at other MISPC sites as needed. The hours and days worked may vary, but will be completed during general office hours of Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm. Employee is responsible for their own housing.


  1. Reconcile artifact box contents with inventory printouts and original catalog records.
  2. Create or add to artifact tags and labels. Rehouse, if necessary.
  3. Enter location information, box terms and new records into ARGUS collections management database.
  4. Other duties as assigned.


  1. Completion of at least one year of post-secondary education
  2. Detail-oriented and attention to accuracy
  3. Ability to work closely with others
  4. Clear handwriting
  5. Basic familiarity with 19th century material culture
  6. Knowledge of ARGUS software (desirable, but not required)


The employee must have the ability to do the following activities with or without reasonable accommodation: Physical effort is categorized as that typically inherent in an office setting, however the Mill Creek Service Center is not air-conditioned and windows and doors will be open. Must possess fine motor skills in order to pick up small objects. Sitting and/or standing for long periods is expected along with repetitive hand motions required to input data into a computer. The archaeology inventory assistant may encounter frequent twisting, bending, stooping, reaching and grasping of objects with an expected weight limit of 35 pounds. It is not anticipated that there will be much walking or interaction with the public in this position.


The park maintains a dress code for employees to promote a productive and safe work environment and to maintain MSHP’s image. This means no inappropriate hairstyles, jewelry, clothing or fashion statements are allowed. However, as this position works in the Petersen Center and Mill Creek Service Center, the employee is not required to wear a uniform and may dress casually with the above limitations noted. Please note that violation of the dress code may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.


The archaeology inventory assistant does not supervise other employees or volunteers; the employee works under the direction of the registrar and curator of archaeology.


This is a temporary grant-funded at-will position which serves at the will of the employer and does not include recall rights or benefits (other than those mandated by governmental laws). This position will expire at the time employment is ended upon completion of the assigned work weeks and the employee does not have recall rights to this or any other MSHP position in the future. Specifically, the park is under no obligation to hire the individual at a subsequent time. The number of weeks and hours worked may vary as park needs dictate.   Paydays are biweekly (every two weeks). It is anticipated that this position will work for the duration of the IMLS grant and that the position will expire at the time grant monies run out. Additional information will be provided upon employment.

RATE OF PAY: $14/hour (year one)

Multi-year positions include 13 paid holidays, two weeks annual leave and two weeks sick leave per twelve months worked.


Click here to submit a standard MSHP employment application, resume, and cover letter.

Deadline: February 24, 2023

Interviews will be held via Zoom.

Successful applicants will begin work March, 2023.

Inquiries may be directed to:

Lynn Evans, Curator of Archaeology, 231-436-4100,


Brian Jaeschke, Registrar, 231-436-4100,

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