Submitted: 1 March 2022
Department: Florida Museum of Natural History
Institution: University of Florida
Job type: Full time
Apply by: 21 March 2022
Application URL:

The Florida Museum (FM) is hiring a full-time NAGPRA Coordinator within the Department of Natural History. The FM currently cares for thousands of Native American ancestors and numerous cultural belongings and is committed to fully complying with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). This full-time, TEAMS exempt staff position will lead the FM’s NAGPRA program and report to the Curator of Florida Archaeology and Bioarchaeology. With this position we seek to strengthen the FM’s NAGPRA program and invigorate our efforts to fulfill the University of Florida’s legal and ethical obligations. In addition, the FM is actively seeking applicants who contribute to the inclusivity, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) of both academic and public communities and who have experience working with and supporting underserved communities and historically excluded groups.

Job Description

Develop and implement a detailed FM NAGPRA policy, in coordination with Curators, Collections Managers, Registrar and FM Administration. Perform documentation and analysis of NAGPRA osteology collections pursuant to FM NAGPRA policy. Update and manage inventories of ancestral human remains and NAGPRA-eligible objects in FM collections, compile cultural affiliation documents, and prepare Federal notices and communications. Establish work priorities and supervise all employees assigned to them in support of these tasks. Serve as the institutional point of contact for NAGPRA-related inquiries, develop and nurture relationships with tribal communities, and serve as liaison between tribal nations, the National NAGPRA program, and various state, and federal agencies. Represent the FM in NAGPRA consultations with tribal nations. Prepare for repatriations and disposition site visits. Develop and submit grant proposals and funding requests to support NAGPRA activities. Negotiate and prepare for occasional international repatriations. Recruit, employ, train and supervise graduate and undergraduate assistants and volunteers. Administer NAGPRA-related budgets and purchase all necessary materials and supplies. Advance the FM’s NAGPRA standing through attendance at conferences and workshops, service on advisory panels, and holding office or performing relevant committee assignments in professional organizations. Participate in promoting and coordinating outreach activities for research and education. Expected salary: $69,000.00 – 71,000.00, commensurate with education and experience.

Minimum Requirements

Master’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization; or a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and two (2) years of appropriate experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Ph.D. in Anthropology or Archaeology, and at least three years of experience in identification, care, analysis and inventory of human osteological collections. Experience managing and updating an inventory of osteological collections for NAGPRA compliance. Evidence of a working knowledge of NAGPRA regulations and their implementation. Evidence of a working knowledge of, and compliance with, relevant state burial statutes. Ability and willingness to understand culture history, Native American archaeological sites, and associated collections of Florida and the southeastern United States from academic/scientific and Indigenous perspectives. Experience in collections care and management informed by museum standards and Indigenous perspectives. Familiarity and experience with tribal nations of North America, particularly Florida and the Southeast, and ability to successfully navigate interactions requiring collaboration, cultural sensitivity and confidentiality. Ability to successfully secure grant funding for NAGPRA compliance Evidence of strong leadership and organizational skills. Evidence of effective written and verbal communication. Experience with database management.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Interested applicants must apply online at In order to be considered you must upload 1) a professional CV or resumé, 2) a cover letter highlighting relevant experience in NAGPRA compliance, bioarchaeology, collections management, and other professional background, and 3) a statement, no more than two pages, describing your approach to NAGPRA and how it informs compliance within a university museum setting. The statement should also address the applicant’s past contributions to IDEA and/or future aspirations for increasing IDEA within the context of NAGPRA at the FM and UF. Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The University of Florida invites all qualified applicants, including minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under the Florida Sunshine and Public Records laws.

The Florida Museum’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At FM, we strive to create a more diverse and inclusive student, faculty, and staff experience at the University of Florida. As a university-based museum, we believe it is essential that we, as educators, develop pathways for learners of all ages and wide-ranging audiences toward increased diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in STEM and Social Science disciplines and workforces. We are committed to the ongoing self-reflection and work needed to serve students from historically underrepresented groups within the greater University of Florida community, especially through student mentorship, teaching, public outreach, and experiential learning opportunities.

Candidates who, through their job duties, teaching, and/or service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the UF community are encouraged to apply.

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