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ISAS Employment and Archaeological Field Work Opportunities



Lab WorkThe Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is a joint research program of the UIUC and the Illinois Department of Transportation. The program was created nearly five decades ago and has a permanent staff of 30+ professionals stationed in four regional offices.

Seasonal opening for field crews are handled through the regional offices. Inquiries concerning employment should be directed to:

Ms. Janice Pankey, Program Administrator
Illinois State Archaeological Survey
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
209 Nuclear Physics Laboratory, MC-571
23 East Stadium Drive
Champaign, IL 61820

(FAX 217-244-7458 or e-mail

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.

Listings as of August 12, 2015


Central Offices/Central Illinois Field Station
Champaign/Urbana, IL


No postings at this time.


American Bottom Field Station
Fairview Heights, IL


No postings at this time.




Northern Illinois Field Station
Loves Park, IL

Senior Research Archaeologist – Northern Illinois Field Station
Rockford, Illinois
Illinois State Archaeological Survey
Prairie Research Institute
University of Illinois


The Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS), Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, is seeking a Senior Research Archaeologist for the Northern Illinois Field Station located in Rockford, Illinois.  The Senior Research Archaeologist oversees the Field Station’s staff as they carry out archaeological surveys, testing, and excavations, analysis of recovered data, the preparation of reports of archaeological research meeting professional and regulatory standards.  This individual oversees field investigations and coordinates, as necessary, with landowners, contracting and regulatory agencies, construction firms, university administration, and Illinois State Archaeological Survey staff.  In addition, they manage the day-to-day organization of all field and laboratory equipment, and vehicles assigned to their project.  May serve in a leadership capacity functioning as a project director, site supervisor, or section leader or be delegated to act in place of the Field Station Coordinator.

The successful candidate must have a BA in anthropology, archaeology, or a closely related field, plus a minimum of five years of relevant field, analytical, and laboratory experience in Eastern Woodlands archaeology (experience in CRM and/or transportation archaeology preferred), scientific and technical knowledge of Eastern Woodlands prehistoric and historic archaeology, a basic familiarity with Federal and Illinois historic and burial laws, administrative experience in personnel, and facilities management, as well as a demonstrated ability to manage research projects, analysis, and report preparation and to bring them to closure in a timely and competent manner.  Preference will be given to those candidates who have demonstrated archaeological excavation and analysis experience in Illinois prehistoric and historic archaeological sites.  Must have a basic familiarity with computer word processing, graphic, and database programs.  Must possess a valid Illinois driver's license as travel to field sites is a requirement for this position.  This is an academic professional position.  Salary is negotiable based on experience. 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.

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Janice Pankey <>. Individuals having questions concerning this position should contact Mr. David Nolan, <>.  To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by September 4, 2015.


Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (



Springfield Research Office
Springfield, IL


No postings at this time.


Western Illinois Field Station
Jacksonville and Macomb, IL


No postings at this time.

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, women, and other designated class members are encouraged to apply.


Updated: 08/12/2015 ML

Illinois State Archaeological Survey

23 E. Stadium Drive
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Champaign, IL 61820
phone: 217-244-4244 | fax: 217-244-7458

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