Cultural Research Assistant

Position: Cultural Research Assistant

Status:  On-call (10 to 40 hours per week, but no more than 1000 hours per year)

Location:  Anchorage

Rate of Pay:  $17.72 – $21.14 per hour


The Research Assistant (RA) will work directly under and provide administrative support to the Principal Investigator (PI) of Project Unangam Ulaa (traditional sod houses), a two-year National Science Foundation (NSF grant no. 1928254), Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) grant. The project will focus on construction, use, spirituality, and transformation of the ancient Aleutian semi-subterranean dwelling.  Research Assistant duties include: create a digital archive of project material, travel to the Aleutian Pribilof Island Region to assist with field research and reconnaissance, assist with organizing meetings, conducting interviews, recording interviews with Elders and community partners, distribution of surveys, and compile survey data.  Other duties include, but are not limited to: review literature about Unangam Ulaa as assigned by PI, assist with construction of a small scale ulax (house), provide general administrative support and conduct tasks to carry out project activities, including, prepare reports, travel requests, travel close-out forms, purchase orders, check requests, record meeting minutes, distribute meeting minutes, and maintain program files. Duties of the position requires a flexible schedule and the ability to travel for one to two weeks (40-hour work weeks) during the time field research and reconnaissance is conducted. 



  1. Preferred (but not required) graduate student in anthropology, engineering, or social sciences.
  2. Any combination of education (above the high school level) and/or experience equivalent to four (4) years in anthropology, engineering, social sciences, or similar related field.
  3. Knowledge of office practices and procedures with the ability to operate computers, Windows Microsoft programs and basic office equipment with a minimum typing speed of 40 wpm. Database experience a plus.
  4. Must possess strong computer skills with the ability to use a variety of electronic and digital devices and e-resources; possesses a keen interest in using and learning new technologies.
  5. Knowledge of the Unangax/Aleut culture and the Aleutian Pribilof Islands history and region preferred.
  6. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  7. Ability to work independently and in cooperation with colleagues from a variety of cultures and communities in a service-oriented, collaborative environment.
  8. Demonstrated leadership, problem-solving, multitasking, and organizational skills.

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