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 go.illinois.edu/PRIjobs.
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ISAS is seeking a Research Archaeologist (up to 4, depending on applicant pool and programmatic need) to conduct and supervise field archaeological investigations and analysis projects. Position will be based in Elgin, Illinois.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
- Conduct fieldwork to identify archaeological materials, delineate the spatial extent of archaeological materials, and determine landscape conditions and soil characteristics.
- Locate and document archaeological sites using topographic maps, field sketch maps, and electronic mapping devices.
- Gather archival, cartographic, geophysical, and geographic information relevant to the site investigations and/or project areas.
- Ensure the safety of staff and equipment.
- Will involve occasional in-state travel, including overnight stays, to and from field projects.
- Prepare and contribute to a variety of reports in accordance with state law.
- Maintain archaeological databases and generate summary data for compliance reports.
- Coordinate and communicate with teams of researchers and analysts to interpret and synthesize field notes.
- Prepare digital data and materials for curation and database entry.
- Participate in public outreach and other educational events.
- Keep abreast of developments in this discipline.
- Perform other related duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of the Survey and PRI.
Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, 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. At least 3 years of experience participating in field and laboratory investigations in the Midwest. Familiarity with standard field and laboratory procedures. Familiarity with Midwestern archaeology, preferably the archaeology of northern Illinois. Familiarity with NRHP eligibility criteria. Familiarity with archival research. Effective communication, personal relations, collaboration, organizational, teamwork, and leadership skills. Must possess strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with other scientists, researchers, staff, and clients. Demonstrated ability to perform effectively in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting 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. Work is conducted in both office and outside settings. Outdoor work will include heat, humidity, biting insects, cold, and wet conditions. Valid driver’s license and insurance.
Preferred Qualifications: Methodological specialization and skills related to the analysis of archaeological materials and data (e.g., GIS, materials analysis, experimental archaeology).
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.