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Historic Resources Analyst - Illinois State Archaeological Survey (153683)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Job Location:
Springfield, Illinois
Laboratory and Research

Historic Resources Analyst

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

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ISAS is seeking a Historic Resources Analyst to conduct research and analysis of historic resources. Position will be based in either Springfield or Jacksonville, Illinois.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct historical archival research, including chain-of-title research in various county courthouses and Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (IRADs). Gather and process various 19th century maps and historic images, obtain copyright permissions, and archive these documents for later use.
  • Author and edit technical scientific reports and chapters documenting archaeological field work and artifact analyses.
  • Conduct laboratory analyses of 19th century metal objects and other artifacts. Assist in the conservation of metallic artifacts.
  • Employ various graphics software towards the daily needs of report preparation, including digital maps, feature drawings, artifact illustrations, and the formatting of these for publication. Photograph historic artifacts using flatbed scanners and copy-stand mounted camera. Process those images in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Maintain an archive of digital artifact images. Assist in basic data management, spreadsheet, and table preparation.

Required Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in anthropology, archaeology, history, English, or related discipline. Demonstrated experience in processing and analyzing 19th century material cultural and archival research. Demonstrated experience in technical writing and/or the production of archaeological compliance reports. Effective communication, writing, interpersonal, organizational, and leadership skills. Demonstrated ability to perform effectively and complete projects and reports in a timely manner in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities with stringent deadlines. Attention to detail, sound judgment, and strong conflict resolution skills. Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office. Must possess a valid driver's license and insurance.

Preferred Qualifications: Basic experience in or familiarity with archaeological fieldwork and its documentation, preferably in Illinois. Specialized skills in photography and graphic arts. Experience in data management and technical writing. General interest in less-studied 19th century artifact classes

This is a full-time, academic professional, grant supported, 12-month position subject to the continued availability of funding and programmatic need. The starting date is negotiable and the salary is commensurate with experience.

Applications must be received by November 4, 2021. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after this date. To apply, please visit to complete an online profile and to upload 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 rsum/CV, and 3) the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three professional (not personal) references. All requested information/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.

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