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The primary goal of CAR is to provide our students with training in archaeological field and laboratory techniques. Students with professional archaeological experience are consistently sought by private cultural resource management firms, state and federal agencies.

Over the last 20 years, CAR has trained many student archaeologists in pedestrian survey (Phase I), excavations (Phases II and III), and a variety of laboratory analyses. Advanced students assist in the writing and production of reports.
Photograph of student digging.

CAR Student Positions and Requirements

The successful completion of the Introductory Field Archaeology course (ANTH 291) or a summer archaeological field school qualifies undergraduates for employment with CAR. Students who have completed these courses should regularly inquire at the assistant director’s office (DDH CC209) about current and upcoming field projects.

Upon the successful completion of the Introduction to Laboratory Methods in Archaeology (ANTH 292), students may be afforded opportunities to work on CAR laboratory projects.

As students progress through the academic program and gain experience, they may be asked to serve in leadership roles in the field and laboratory. Graduate students meeting the academic and field experience requirements are allowed to calculate budgets, conduct, and report on small projects under the guidance of the associate and assistant directors (DDH CC209).

There are several rankings for archaeology students working for CAR:

Archaeological Tech I— undergraduate, completion of ANTH 291.
Archaeological Tech II— undergraduate, completion of ANTH 291 and 292, plus field experience working for CAR or documented experience working with other CRM entities.
Staff Archaeologist I — graduate student with B.A. in Anthropology (concentration in Archaeology), completion of CSUB field and lab courses or documented field school or training at another academic venue.
Staff Archaeologist II — graduate student meeting requirements of Staff Archaeologist I, plus completion of 25 hours of graduate course work, and significant experience working with CAR.

Pay rates are confidential. Remuneration for these positions increases as the student progresses through the program. 

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