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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 February 18, 2014


Central Offices/Central Illinois Field Office
Champaign, IL


Cultural Resources Coordinator, Central Office
Champaign, IL
Division of 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 Cultural Resources Coordinator for the Statewide Survey based in Champaign, Illinois. The Cultural Resources Coordinator (CRC) serves as day-to-day point of contact between the Illinois State Archaeological Survey’s (ISAS) Statewide Survey and the Cultural Resources Unit at the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and assists in IDOT coordination with federal and state agencies and tribes on applicable transportation-related compliance issues.

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in anthropology, archaeology, historic preservation, or a closely related field, plus a minimum of five years of relevant field, analytical, and laboratory experience in a CRM and/or transportation archaeology context.  Applicants should have a working knowledge of Eastern Woodlands prehistoric and historic archaeology, a basic familiarity with Federal and Illinois historic and burial laws, administrative experience in personnel organization and management, as well as a demonstrated ability to oversee projects to ensure compliance with applicable legislation and procedures. Preference will be given to those candidates who have demonstrated archaeological excavation, analysis, publication, and compliance experience in Midwestern archaeological sites. Must have a basic familiarity with basic computer word processing, graphic, and database programs. This is an academic professional position.  Salary is negotiable based on experience.  Proposed starting date to be negotiated.

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 at 217-244-4244.  Individuals having questions concerning this position should contact Dale McElrath,  To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by March 8, 2014.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  The administration, faculty and staff embrace diversity and are committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.


Academic Hourly Position
Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Prairie Research Institute

Primary Position Function/Summary
Conduct analysis of plant remains from archaeological sites including all aspects of archaeobotanical sample collection, identification, analysis, archaeological interpretation, report preparation, and curation.

Major Duties and Responsibilities
Perform the identification and recordation of carbonized plant remains from archaeological sites, including the quantification of results and preparation of appropriate tables, the analysis and interpretation of the archaeological significance of the archaeobotanical remains, and the preparation of archaeobotanical reports as appropriate.  Maintain electronic and handwritten archaeobotanical laboratory databases, including, but not limited to the floatation sample number log, the radiocarbon date results database, and the Laboratory Tracking Form.  Track samples through the analytic process by inventorying the movement of samples through the laboratory, maintain electronic logs of individual site samples, and ensure the analyzed floatation samples are curated properly.  Undertake general laboratory duties, such as order supplies, organize storage shelves, help to maintain comparative collections, and sample cleaning and maintenance as needed.  Supervise and/or train other staff members, archaeological assistants, lab technicians, and students in processing data and conducting analytical procedures and techniques.

Position Requirements and Qualifications
Education: Minimum B.A., M.A. preferred, in Anthropology or related discipline with 3 years experience in archaeobotany working with a qualified paleoethnobotanist.

Experience:  Must have experience in identifying and quantifying archaeobotanical data sets, and a demonstrated ability to complete archaeobotanical projects and reports in a timely and competent manner. Basic familiarity with computer word-processing, graphic, and database programs required.  Must have a basic familiarity with Eastern Woodlands archaeological culture history and Illinois archaeological culture history. Knowledge of midwestern plant communities and ecology, plant anatomy, taxonomy, paleoecology, and native plant utilization is useful.

This position is currently a full-time Academic Hourly with no benefits, however, a full-time, benefit’s eligible position may be created at some future date.  Hourly rate based on experience.  Position open until filled.

Contact Mary Simon, Senior Archaeobotanist, ISAS, at 217-333-0854 or for additional information or questions.



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



Updated: 02/25/2014 ML

Illinois State Archaeological Survey

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