Field Station Archaeological GIS Specialist, Illinois State Archaeological Survey

07/28/2017 10:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Field Station Archaeological GIS Specialist 

American Bottom Field Station 

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 Field Station Archaeological GIS Specialist for its American Bottom Field Station, located in Fairview Heights, Illinois. This individual will work with the Field Station Coordinator and other staff in overseeing all aspects of GIS and other spatial data use for the American Bottom Field Station (ABFS), a unit of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey. 

Associated duties will include training staff in the use of GIS and geospatial data manipulation, 2D and 3D modeling, advanced data layer merging, the use of map algebra or buffering, working with spatial databases, mapping, cartography, data collections/creation and management. This also includes training staff in best practices, methodology, troubleshooting; providing guidance in the use of data; and providing instruction in the technical aspects of equipment and software use. The Archaeological GIS Specialist will work with research staff to provide direction and feedback on the use of GIS data to assist in the completion of assigned projects and tasks in an accurate and timely manner. Will communicate with management and contractors for the purpose of coordinating and administering the use of GIS projects and data into archaeological research. Will supervise subordinate staff, which includes task assignments, ongoing performance monitoring and evaluation, career/position mentoring, and leave/ travel approval. The Archaeological GIS Specialist will also administer field mapping hardware/software (GPS data collectors and electronic survey equipment/total station). Collect field data using GPS and total station equipment. Administer hardware including workstations, plotter/printers, larger format scanner, and digitizers related to GIS and cartography. Will also administer and maintain GIS and other mapping software for the ISAS American Bottom Field Station. 

The successful candidate must have a M.A./M.S. in Geography, Anthropology, or closely related field, emphasis in GIS preferred. Plus, a minimum of five (5) years’ experience in 1) using GIS-based spatial data in an archaeological context, and 2) participation in archaeological field and laboratory investigations in the Eastern Woodlands cultural area. Basic familiarity with Eastern Woodlands culture history, Illinois archaeological cultural history and research agendas, and the use of GIS and related programs in an archaeological context required. Demonstrated ability to complete GIS-related projects and reports in timely and competent manner. Must have basic familiarity with computer work processing, graphic, and database programs. Must have demonstrated training in working with ArcGIS, ArcServer versions 8, 9, 10, Trimble Pathfinder Office, FileMaker, Windows and Mac OS, VMWare. Demonstrated ability to perform effectively with a professional demeanor in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities, under minimal supervision. Must possess effective communication, personal relations, teamwork, and leadership skills. 

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

All candidates must complete an online profile through Please upload a 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 received by August 3, 2017. For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Ms. Janice Pankey, <>. Individuals having questions concerning this position should contact Dr. Tamira Brennan <>.

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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