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Scientific Specialist, Historic Architecture - Illinois State Archaeological Survey

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Job Location:
Urbana, 61820
Laboratory and Research
Scientific Specialist, Historic Architecture
Illinois State Archaeological Survey
Prairie Research Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS) is part of the Prairie Research
Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which is centrally
located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. For 80 years, the
University of Illinois has studied the state's archaeological heritage. ISAS
incorporates that knowledge in its programs to protect, preserve, and interpret
these irreplaceable and non-renewable resources within the context of Illinois'
need to encourage and promote sustainable development. Learn more at

ISAS is seeking to hire a Scientific Specialist, Historic Architecture (up
to 2 depending on applicant pool and programmatic need) to conduct historical
research on architectural and archaeological resources (standing buildings and
architectural structural remains encountered during archaeological
investigations) encountered during investigations for Illinois State
Archaeological Survey (ISAS) and the Illinois Department of Transportation
(IDOT) to identify and evaluate those eligible for listing on the National
Register of Historic Places in accordance with the rules and regulations of the
National Historic Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470) and its implementing
regulations (36 CFR 61, Appendix A) and the Illinois State Agency Historic
Resources Preservation Act (20 ILCS 3420).   Position will be based in either
Champaign or Jacksonville, Illinois.

Duties & Responsibilities:
Survey and document properties potentially impacted by proposed transportation
projects by assisting with the production of Historic Resources Inventories
(HRI), Historic Resources NRHP Evaluations (Intensive Level Surveys), and
Historic Resource Survey Forms (HSRFs).
Conduct historical research on
standing structures and archaeological structural remains to identify and
evaluate those eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places
in accordance with various State and Federal environmental laws and regulations.
Coordinate findings with the IDOT
to ensure historic property concerns are incorporated into the planning,
design, construction, and maintenance of transportation facilities.
Respond to requests for information
related to historic architectural resources and provide technical expertise to
staff, government agencies, academia, industry, and the general public.
Attend scientific conferences and
training courses and present papers and results.
Represent the Survey and PRI at
meetings and other venues in areas of expertise.
Keep abreast of developments in the
Perform other related duties as
needed to further the mission and goals of the Survey, PRI, and the University
of Illinois.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in architectural history,
preservation, historic archaeology, or closely related field. Alternate degree
fields will be considered/accepted depending on the nature and depth of the
experience as it relates to this position. Experience conducting historic
architectural research and analysis. Valid driver's license. Preferred
Master's degree in architectural history, preservation,
historic archaeology, or closely related field. Alternate degree fields will be
considered/ accepted depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it
relates to this position. Preference given to Midwestern specialists.
Experience with report preparation meeting state and federal historic
preservation compliance standards. Demonstrated architectural field survey
experience such as, but not limited to, large-scale surveys of corridors,
cities, municipalities, and rural areas. Demonstrated experience in carrying
out compliance tasks associated with Federal Section 106 and State ILCS 3420 historic
preservation activities.  As IDOT
concurrently issues environmental survey requests to assess potential impacts
to both architectural and archaeological resources within a project area,
experience with both archaeological survey and historic archaeological site
investigations in the Midwest.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Basic knowledge of
U.S. history, architectural history, and historic period archaeology. Working
knowledge of documentary and archival research methods, familiarity with both
print and electronic media sources, and ability to report findings in standard academic
formats using both digital photography, and computerized word, data processing
formats (e.g. Word, Excel, Photoshop, etc.). Effective communication,
interpersonal, collaborative, organizational, teamwork, and leadership skills.

Work Environment: Work is conducted in an office
setting with occasional travel to research sites for observation, taking photos
and measurements, and making notes, throughout the state of Illinois in both
rural and urban settings.

Appointment Information: This is a full-time academic professional
appointment.  The starting date is negotiable and the salary is
commensurate with experience. The minimum starting salary is $40,000.

Benefits:  The
University of Illinois offers a wide variety of benefits, including paid leave and holidays

Application Procedure and Deadline

Applications must be received by 6:00 p.m. Central Time on March 22,
.   Interviews and hiring may be conducted before the closing
date due to this being a multi-hire search. To apply, please use the Apply Now
button. Applications not submitted through will not
be considered. Application materials must include a 1) a cover letter that
clearly articulates how your qualifications and experience make you a viable
candidate for this position and should address the qualifications listed above,
2) a CV or resume, and 3) the names and contact information including e-mail
addresses of three academic or professional (not personal) references. All
requested information and documentation must be submitted for applications to
be considered.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

For further information please contact Lori Walston-Vonderharr, Human
Resources, Prairie Research Institute, at or
217-244-2401.  For questions regarding the application process, including
technical system related issues, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing

Requisition ID: 1022898

Job Category: Research

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