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Scientific Specialist, Archaeology - Illinois State Archaeological Survey

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Job Location:
Urbana, 61820
Laboratory and Research
Scientific Specialist, Archaeology
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, Archaeology to assist
with all levels of research projects including background research, fieldwork,
artifact analysis, and report writing as well as post contact material
recovery, analysis, and report writing.    Position
is based in Champaign, Illinois.

Duties & Responsibilities:
Conduct and lead fieldwork in compliance with state and federal laws.
Identify, document, and catalog
precontact and post contact era cultural materials.
Locate and document archaeological
sites using topographic maps, field sketch maps, and electronic mapping devices
such as total stations, GPS, and GIS technology.
Author, coauthor, or edit technical
scientific reports and correspondence in compliance with state and federal law.
Ensure the safety of staff and
Coordinate and communicate with
state and federal agencies and teams of researchers.
Assist with post contact material
recovery, analysis, and report writing.
Assist with the implementation of
guidelines for recovery and analysis of post contact period materials.
Participate in public outreach and
other educational events.
Keep abreast of developments in
this discipline.
Perform other related duties as
needed to further the mission and goals of the Survey, PRI, and University.

Minimum Qualifications:  Bachelor's degree in anthropology,
archaeology, historic archaeology, history, 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. Archaeological fieldwork
experience in the United States. Demonstrated experience assisting Section 106
compliance projects. Demonstrated experience in processing, identifying, and
cataloging artifacts. Valid driver's license.  Preferred Qualifications:
Master's degree in anthropology, archaeology, historic archaeology, history, or
closely related field with an emphasis on post contact period archaeology.  Alternate degree fields will be
considered/accepted depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it
relates to this position. Fieldwork experience in Illinois, Midwest, or
southeastern United States. Experience conducting archaeological and historic
research, analysis, and report preparation meeting state and federal historic
preservation compliance standards. Experience with all phases of survey,
testing, and data recovery projects in the Midwest or southeastern United
States. Experience with outreach to the public and stakeholder communities.
Meet the Professional Qualification Standards of the Secretary of the
Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation
( Meet eligibility
requirements as a Registered Professional Archaeologist (,
background in North American historic archaeology.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Required:  Basic knowledge of U.S. 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. Demonstrated ability to
produce well organized tabular data in a timely manner.  Demonstrated ability to work within a team
and communicate effectively. Strong organizational, writing, and interpersonal
skills. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a diverse and fast-paced
work environment of multiple and changing priorities with stringent deadlines
under minimal supervision. Attention to detail, sound judgment, and strong
conflict resolution skills.  Proficiency
in commonly employed software and databases, including Microsoft Office Suite,
Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Creative Cloud, ArcGIS, and FileMaker.  Preferred: Familiarity with Illinois
archaeology. Familiarity with federal and state of Illinois historic
preservation policies, burial laws, and regulations. Familiarity with federal
Section 106 and state 707 compliance review procedures and NRHP eligibility

Work Environment: Work is conducted primarily in an
office setting with intermittent fieldwork requiring work in adverse conditions
(inclement weather, biting insects, remoteness) and occasional travel
(including driving to and from research sites) throughout the state of Illinois
in both rural and urban settings. Will require overnight travel for up to one
work week at a time. Will require operating, lifting, and manipulating field
equipment and other items over uneven terrain weighing up to 50 pounds. 

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 May 3,
2024 (extended).
 Interviews may be conducted before the closing date; however, no hiring
decision will be made until after this date.  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: 1023754

Job Category: Research

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