Open Position: Cultural Resources Specialist, Illinois State Archaeological Survey (Central Illinois)

04/04/2017 6:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
Cultural Resources Specialist 

Central Illinois Office 

Illinois State Archaeological Survey 

Prairie Research Institute 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

The Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS), Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is seeking a Cultural Resources Specialist for its Central Illinois office located in Champaign, Illinois. This individual will provide technical expertise and research support in the collection, analysis and interpretation of cultural resource information related to architecture, historical documents, and archaeological materials, under the direction of the Assistant Director of Statewide Surveys. Associated duties will include collecting multiple kinds of cultural resource documentation required for IDOT project compliance with federal and state historic preservation laws, federal guidelines, and existing Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)/IDOT Memoranda of Agreements (MOA) and Programmatic Agreements (PA). Evaluate and assemble required cultural resources information, prepare interpretative narratives, statistical summaries, and relevant graphic and photographic images to transmit to other specialists for incorporation into legal documentation required by agencies to comply with federal and state cultural resources statutes. Create, edit and submit independently authored reports including federal and state mandated architectural, historical, and archaeological survey and evaluation documents, as well as prepare mandated federal and state reports of those cultural resources activities. Prepare and provide Geographic Information Systems data as required. Conduct historic archival research as directed. Supervise and/or train other staff members in historical and architectural cultural resource documentation.

The successful candidate must have an M.A. in Archaeology, Historic Preservation, or Preservation Administration, or closely related field, plus a minimum of 3 years of cultural resources field and lab experience, including experience documenting architectural, historical, and archaeological resources in the Midwest. Experience in creating compliance documents for projects under federal and state historic preservation laws and regulations. Familiarity with Phase I, II, and III archaeological field procedures. Familiarity with collecting and evaluating historical architectural data and associated historical documentation. Demonstrated ability for working with maps such as USGS quadrangle maps, in a team setting. Proficiency with commonly employed computer word processing, graphic, and database programs, as well as GIS programs. Needs to have effective personal relations, communication, organizational, and leadership skills, and an attention to detail. A demonstrated ability to perform with a professional demeanor in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities, with minimal supervision. 

Salary is negotiable based on experience. Position would be eligible for full university benefits, including health/dental insurance, retirement, vacation and sick leave. Proposed starting date is as soon as possible after the closing date. 

All candidates must complete an online profile through Please upload your cover letter, resume detailing your relevant qualifications, and the contact information of three references through this system. To ensure full consideration all requested information must be submitted through this online system, and your application received by April 13, 2017. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Ms. Janice Pankey <>. Individuals having questions concerning this position should contact Dr. Brian Adams <>. 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 

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The Illinois Archaeological Survey is a society of professional archaeologists, and other technical professionals, dedicated to identifying and preserving important archaeological resources throughout the state of Illinois.

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