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  • 10/29/2018 10:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Director/Principal Research Scientist

    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 a Director/Principal Research Scientist to serve in the top leadership position providing strategic direction and overall administration for the Survey, managing the transportation archaeology program, and establishing additional research programs within ISAS.  This position is based in Champaign, Illinois.

    Director responsibilities:

    · Provide leadership, direction, and overall administration for the development, coordination, and implementation of scientific research and service programs.

    · Supervise and lead ISAS staff to conduct the full range of archaeological data recovery, analysis and curation tasks to achieve success.

    · Identify cutting-edge research foci and other multi-disciplinary research themes.

    · Encourage, promote, and facilitate research; identify and secure funding from state, federal and private sources.

    · Foster a culture of innovation and high-level performance at both the individual and organizational level.

    · Ensure the ISAS gathers, disseminates, curates, and archives accurate, objective, and relevant scientific materials information with a focus on Illinois archaeological resources for government, business, and the public.

    · Encourage and lead a strong commitment to diversity through establishing retention and recruiting priorities.

    · Foster a safe and ethical working environment.

    · Oversee ISAS annual budget

    · Participate in PRI leadership, effectively represent the interests of ISAS to PRI, and advise PRI Executive Director and other PRI leaders regarding matters pertinent to the mission of ISAS.

    · Coordinate with PRI leadership in facilitating ISAS development efforts.

    · Facilitate and participate in strategic planning and implementation efforts within ISAS and PRI.

    · Encourage, foster, and develop collaborative research, service, outreach efforts, and relationships with the University of Illinois administration, community, and its stakeholders and external constituents.

    · Conduct and oversee scholarly activity (research, national-level professional service, academic mentoring, or other) to further the reputation of ISAS, PRI, and the campus.

    · Represent ISAS interests and capabilities to local, state, federal, and non-government organization (NGO) partners as appropriate.

    Principal Research Scientist responsibilities:

    · Serve as the Principal Investigator for the joint Illinois Department of Transportation-University of Illinois Intergovernmental Agreement Cultural Resources Survey Program.

    · Identify relevant research needs and project opportunities. Develop proposals for external funding and secure funding to support major research projects.

    · Conduct hands-on research. Prepare and publish scholarly publications to include books, books chapters, data monographs, and articles in peer-reviewed journals.

    · Supervise, mentor and lead staff.

    · Contribute to the overall scientific mission of the Institute. Network and collaborate with faculty and scientists with various stakeholders within the University of Illinois and with other universities and institutes in the U.S. and internationally.

    Director qualifications:  Required: Ph.D. in archeology, anthropology, or closely related scientific discipline relevant to the mission and goals of PRI and ISAS. Significant experience in academic or government research environments. Administrative experience in a university or state, federal, or non-government organization. Experience in working with state, federal, and relevant non-government organizations. Experience in conducting cultural resources management projects in the U.S. midcontinent. An established record of scholarship and obtaining sponsored funding from state and federal agencies and/or the private sector.  Preferred:  Experience conducting an interdisciplinary research program that is complimentary to and/or promotes collaboration with other ISAS/PRI scientists. Experience in delivering unbiased science which independently impacts public policy.

    Principal Research Scientist qualifications:  Required: Ph.D. in archaeology, anthropology, or a closely related discipline to support the mission and goals of PRI and ISAS.  Significant experience in academic or government research environments. Experience administering research projects and staff in a university or state, federal, or non-government organization. Experience in administering and conducting transportation-related archaeological compliance research. Experience in working collaboratively with state and federal agencies, and relevant non-government organizations.  An established record of scholarship and obtaining sponsored funding from state and federal agencies and/or the private sector. Effective communication, personal relations, organizational, and leadership skills. Demonstrated ability to perform with a professional demeanor in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities with stringent deadlines under minimal supervision.  Preferred:  Experience conducting midcontinental archaeological cultural resources management research activities. Experience in delivering unbiased science which independently impacts public policy.

    This is a regular full-time academic professional appointment, renewable annually based upon satisfactory progress in the position and continued funding. The starting date is negotiable and salary is commensurate with experience.

    To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by November 27, 2018; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Applicants may be interviewed before November 27, 2018; 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 résumé/CV, and 3) the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three professional 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.  For technical inquiries please contact Richard Winkel, Deputy Executive Director at  The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit

  • 09/11/2018 3:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • 08/30/2018 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Veteran's Curation Program - part of the Army Corps of Engineers- is hiring veterans to help rehabilitate archaeological collections. Please help spread the word

  • 08/15/2018 4:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Chippewa National Forest will soon be seeking a candidate for a temporary (not-to-exceed one year) Archaeologist (GS-0913-9) position in Cass Lake, Minnesota. The Chippewa National Forest is located in the Mississippi River Headwaters Region and has a dynamic cultural history spanning the past 10,000 years. The selected individual will assist the Forest Archaeologist (me) with the management of heritage resources on the Forest.

    Respondents will be sent vacancy announcement information when it becomes available. The purpose of this Outreach Notice is to inform prospective applicants of this upcoming opportunity. If you are interested, please respond to this outreach by close of business on August 31, 2018.

    Please share widely!

    Also, monitor for this vacancy.

  • 07/26/2018 11:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Good news!! Several NRCS archeologist/cultural resource specialist position are advertised today! They are as follows:

    Archeologist, GS 11-12, Open to public. Locations: Athens, GA; Temple, TX; and, Champaign, IL. No relocation. Open from 07/24/2018 to 07/31/2018.

    Archeologist, GS 11-12, Open to public. Location: Lonoke, AR. Possible relocation. Open from 07/24/2018 to 07/31/2018.

    Please share as widely as possible with partners and consider applying if interested.

  • 06/20/2018 11:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Field Museum seeks a dynamic leader and researcher with museum experience to serve as Director of its Integrative Research Center and Full Curator.  The Field Museum is one of the world's leading natural history museums with globally important research in Natural History, including Anthropology, Botany, Geology, and Zoology.

    The Museum's Integrative Research Center (IRC) is comprised of the curatorial staff, and the Museum's interdisciplinary laboratory facilities including the Pritzker Laboratory for Molecular Systematics and Evolution, an Elemental Analysis Facility, a Scanning Electron Microscopy Lab, and Fossil Preparation Facilities and associated staff.  The Director of the Integrative Research Center will report to the Vice President of Science and Education. For more information, go to:

  • 04/24/2018 8:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site is accepting applications for Site Interpretive Coordinator. The job description and application procedures are listed here and can also be found at

    Applications should be received by May 4, 2018.

  • 04/16/2018 11:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Field Museum is looking for a Repatriation Specialist. Details about the position and how to apply can be found online here:

  • 03/23/2018 5:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Historic Materials Analyst
    Central Offices
    Illinois State Archaeological Survey

    Prairie Research Institute
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    The Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS), Prairie Research Institute (PRI), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is seeking a Historic Materials Analyst for its Central Offices, located in Champaign, Illinois. This individual will conduct analysis of historic materials from archaeological sites including all aspects of historic sample collection, identification, analysis, archaeological interpretation, and curation.

    Associated duties will include the identification and recordation of American and European material remains from archaeological sites, including the quantification of results and preparation of appropriate tables, analysis and interpretation of the archaeological significance of the historic material remains, and the preparation of historic material analysis reports as appropriate.  Work collaboratively in devising and maintaining a standard historic material classification-recording scheme, as well as collaborate with specific researchers in adjusting the scheme to suit their needs. Complete short reports on historic materials, covering all aspects of material culture, feature analysis, site stratigraphy, interpretation, and site significance for sites that do not require formal reports.  Execute holistic spatial analysis incorporating vertical and horizontal distribution of diagnostic historic material artifacts, material and feature clustering, soil deposition and erosion, feature super-positioning, and intra-site artifact mends to delineate site cultural components.  Maintain electronic and handwritten historic material laboratory databases, including but not limited to a historic material lab project-tracking database, a material comparative collection database, an artifact type comparative collection database, and individual site assemblage historic material analysis data.  Perform reviews of the material assemblages and offer recommendations for all of the historic sites encountered during the surveys conducted by the Central Illinois Field Station (CIFS).  This review includes checking material identifications, assigning date range estimates for the site components, checking site locations against historic maps and other resources, and make recommendations for National Register of Historic Places eligibility.  Track samples through the analytic process by inventorying the movement of samples through the laboratory, maintaining electronic logs of individual site samples, and ensuring the analyzed samples are curated properly. Analyst coordinates with archaeological assistants to maintain and develop the Surveys historic material comparative collection and relevant reference material in order to facilitate specimen identification and interpretation, within the larger context of historic cultural manifestations recognized in the Eastern United States. Participates in Survey outreach activities for the general public, avocational societies, and school groups and records and maintains artifact data collected from avocational collectors.  Acts as liaison, as appropriate, with other historic material specialists in the region.  Participates in regional conferences and organizations; prepares presentations and articles on research activities and interests.

    The successful candidate should have a B.A. in Anthropology, Archaeology or closely related field, plus 3 years’ experience in conducting historic material investigations and analysis of historic sites in the Eastern United States cultural area.  Detailed familiarity with the historical resources of Illinois, temporal and culturally diagnostic historic materials, and production technology and history.  Demonstrated ability to complete historic material projects and reports in a timely and competent manner.  Basic familiarity with all classes of material culture, feature types and functions, and site formation processes is also required. Basic familiarity with computer word processing, graphic and database programs.

    This is a full-time Academic Professional position. Salary is negotiable based on experience.  Proposed starting date is as soon as possible after the closing date.  The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

    All candidates must complete an online profile which can be found at <>.  Please upload a cover letter, resume detailing your relevant qualifications, and the contact information of three references through this system.  To ensure full consideration your application and supporting documents must be submitted through this online system, and received by April 4, 2018.  For further information regarding application procedures, contact Ms. Janice Pankey, <>.  Individuals having questions concerning this position should contact Dr. Robert McCullough, <>.

    The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit

  • 03/09/2018 9:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The Field Museum plans to open a new permanent exhibition on Native North America that will draw on the comprehensive North American collections at the Museum. It will directly incorporate the voices of Native Americans through collaboration and will highlight the cultural and historical experiences of diverse communities of Native Americans. By providing a broader socio-historical context, the exhibition will illustrate diverse cultural traditions, practices, and histories of the first peoples of North America as well as provide access to contemporary issues and creativity within Native communities.

    As part of this exhibition, the Museum will hire one Assistant Collections Manager and two Collections Assistants. These are full-time (35-hours per week), term positions that will run until June 2021. The individuals in these positions will participate in the deinstallation of the current Native North American exhibition hall as well as in the development and preparation of the new exhibition. They will work closely with Anthropology collections and conservation staff to assist with object housing, photography, movement and tracking, as well as data management. They will assist with research and cultural heritage visits, tours, and special events related to the exhibition. Preference will be given to qualified applicants of Native American heritage. The deadline for application is being extended to April 6, 2018.

    Further details about these collections positions and related conservation positions as well as how to apply can be found online:

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