Employment

ISAS Employment and Archaeological Field Work Opportunities

FieldworkThe Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS) is a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois. The program was created nearly five decades ago and has a permanent staff of 30+ professionals stationed in four regional offices.

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

Janice Pankey, Business/Administrative Manager


Illinois State Archaeological Survey
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
209 Nuclear Physics Laboratory, MC-571
23 E. Stadium Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
FAX: 217-244-7458 or email

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 http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.

Listings as of November 25, 2019


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

Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Illinois State Archaeological Survey
Prairie Research Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


POSITION WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL FILLED

The Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS), Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is seeking a two-year Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Archaeological Collections and Digital Data Management who will work with the ISAS Curator in Midwestern Archaeology.

The researcher will facilitate access to collections and data for ISAS archaeologists and assist in overseeing, organizing, accessioning and supervising the processing, documentation and storage of accessioned materials, written and digital documents, and photographic data. This includes a research component. The candidate will possess a Ph.D. in Anthropology, Archaeology, or closely related field. Candidates with a Ph.D. in Museum Studies or Library and Information Sciences with an MA in Anthropology or Archaeology, will also be considered.

The successful candidate will possess a demonstrated knowledge of relational database use and management in a museum or collections management setting. Preference will be given to candidates with a specialization in pre-Columbian Archaeology and artifacts of the American Midwest. This is a full-time benefits eligible position. Start date will be as soon as possible after the closing date. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

To ensure full consideration, email a letter of application, C.V., and the names and contact information of three professional references to Michael Farkas (mgfarkas@illinois.edu), Chair, ISAS Postdoctoral Search Committee. Position will remain open until filled.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encourages to apply. For more information visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.

Architectural Historian
Champaign, Illinois
Illinois State Archaeological Survey
Prairie Research Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS) is seeking an Architectural Historian to conduct historical research on architectural resources (standing buildings and architectural remains encountered during archaeological investigations) for ISAS and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). The successful candidate will be required to identify and evaluate those eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in accordance with the rules and regulations of the National Historic Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470) and its implementing regulations (36 CFR 61, Appendix A), and the Illinois State Agency Historic Resources Preservation Act (20 ILCS 3420). This position is based in Champaign, Illinois.

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 http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct historical research on standing historic structures and archaeological structural remains to identify and evaluate those eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places in accordance with various State and Federal environmental laws and regulations.
  • Document properties potentially impacted by proposed transportation projects by assisting with the production of Historic Resources Inventories (HRI), Historic Resources NRHP Evaluations (Intensive Level Surveys), and Historic Resource Survey Forms (HSRFs).
  • Conduct public engagement activities that highlight the historic preservation practices of IDOT, ISAS and the Prairie Research Institute (PRI).

Qualifications:

Required: MA in Architectural History, Historic Preservation, or closely related field. Preference given to Midwestern specialists. Plus a minimum of 3-5 years of experience conducting archaeological, historic and historic architectural research and analysis and report preparation meeting state and federal historic preservation compliance standards. Demonstrated architectural field survey experience such as, but not limited to, large-scale surveys of corridors, cities, municipalities, and rural areas. Demonstrated experience in carrying out compliance tasks associated with Federal Section 106 and State ILCS 3420 historic preservation activities. Familiarity with the National Environmental Policy Act, and section 4(f) of the US DOT Act. As IDOT concurrently issues environmental survey requests to assess potential impacts to both architectural and archaeological resources within a project area, experience with both archaeological survey and historic archaeological site investigations in the Midwest is required. Familiarity with both print and electronic media sources. Ability to report findings in standard academic formats, using both digital photography, and computerized word and data processing formats (e.g., WORD, EXCEL, Photoshop, etc.). Proficient in the use of ArcGIS and Historic Architectural Resources Geographic Information System (HARGIS). Familiarity with HABS/HAER level documentation preferred. Demonstrable history of public outreach projects and papers related to Midwestern history and archaeology. Ability to provide relevant expertise and advice to IDOT and ISAS leadership as required, and demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple and often rapidly changing deadlines. Occasional out-of-town projects/overnights (a valid driver's license and insurance is required).

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 as soon as possible after the closing date, and salary is commensurate with experience. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by December 9, 2019. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To apply, please visit https://jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board 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. To ensure full consideration, all requested information/documentation must be submitted through the online system. Incomplete applications will not be considered. For further information regarding application procedures, please contact Ms. Janice Pankey, ISAS Administration, at <jpankey@illinois.edu>. For technical inquiries, please contact Dr. Timothy Pauketat at <pauketat@illinois.edu>, or Dr. Brian Adams at <badams4@illinois.edu>. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.


Senior Architectural Archaeologist
Champaign, Illinois
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.  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 <go.illinois.edu/PRIjobs>.

ISAS is seeking a Senior Architectural Archaeologist to oversee the documentation and evaluation of historic architectural resources (standing buildings and architectural remains encountered during archaeological investigations) for ISAS and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) in accordance with the rules and regulations of the national Historic Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470) and its implementing regulations (36 CFR 61, Appendix A) and the Illinois State Agency Historic Resources Preservation Act (20 ILCS 3420). This position is based in Champaign, Illinois.

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 http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the review of IDOT environmental survey requests for potential impacts to standing historic structures and archaeological structural remains, make recommendations for Section 106 eligibility and IDOT compliance with other federal and state preservation laws for projects concurrently conducted with archaeological surveys, and maintain project files that document structure recordation and evaluation.
  • Supervise and assist with the preparation and review of reconnaissance-level Historic Resource Inventories (HRI), the completion of Historic Resource Survey Forms (HSRFs) for properties warranting NRHP consideration, and intensive level Historic Resources NRHP Evaluations and project photo logs.
  • Conduct public engagement activities that highlight the historic preservation practices of IDOT, ISAS, and Prairie Research Institute (PRI).

Qualifications:

Required:
  MA in architectural history, preservation, or closely related field.  BA in Anthropology with emphasis in Archaeology. Preference given to Midwestern specialist. Plus a minimum of 10 years of experience conducting archaeological, historic and historic architectural research, analysis and report preparation meeting State and Federal historic preservation compliance standards. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated track record in carrying out compliance tasks associated with Federal Section 106 and State ISCS 3420 historic preservation activities. Demonstrable experience with the preparation of Historic Resources Inventories (HRI) and Historic Resources NRHP Evaluations (Intensive Level Surveys). Experience supervising and managing architectural survey projects and report preparation. As IDOT concurrently issues environmental survey requests to assess potential impacts to both architectural and archaeological resources within a project area, experience with both archaeological survey and historic archaeological site investigations in the Midwest is preferred (Phase I, II, and III archaeological survey and historic/prehistoric excavation). Experience with the preparation of Historic Resource Survey Forms (HSRFs). Experience with the use of social media to disseminate results of investigations, and demonstrable history of public outreach projects and papers related to Midwestern history and archaeology. Ability to provide relevant expertise and advice to IDOT and ISAS leadership as required and work collegially in a fast paced, deadline driven environment. Working knowledge of U.S. History, architectural history, and historic period archaeology. Working knowledge of documentary research methods, familiarity with both print and electronic media sources, and ability to report findings in standard academic formats using both digital photography, and computerized word, data processing formats (e.g., WORD, EXCEL, Photoshop, etc.). Proficient in the use of ArcGIS and HARGIS. Familiarity with HABS/HAER level documentation preferred. Occasional out-of-town projects/overnights (driver’s license and insurance is required).

This is a regular full-time, benefit eligible, 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 30, 2019.  However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  To apply, please visit <https://jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board> 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 Ms. Janice Pankey, ISAS Administration at <jpankey@illinois.edu>, 217-244-4244.  For technical inquiries, please contact Dr. Timothy Pauketat at <pauketat@illinois.edu> or Dr. Brian Adams at <badams4@illinois.edu>.  The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.



American Bottom Field Station
Collinsville, IL

Research Archaeologist
Illinois State Archaeological Survey
Prairie Research Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Collinsville, IL

Prairie Research Institute University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign American Bottom Field Station Collinsville, IL
The Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS), Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, is seeking a Research Archaeologist for its American Bottom Field Station (ABFS) in Collinsville, Illinois. The successful candidate will perform GIS-based spatial analysis, manipulate data to create maps and other project deliverables, conduct archaeological fieldwork, and write project reports and documents. Work in coordination with the Field Station Coordinator, other staff at the ABFS, and the Central Office GIS personnel to oversee all aspects of GIS and Spatial data use, management and storage.

 

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, http://go.illinois.edu/.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform archaeological spatial analysis using GIS, produce maps and other project deliverables, and manipulate data to create information products that meet the Survey’s needs.
  • Prepare metadata and document GIS workflows.
  • Administer field mapping hardware/software (GPS data collectors and electronic survey equipment/total station).
  • Supervise and train staff in GIS, spatial data use and mapping.
  • Conduct archaeological fieldwork, including survey, excavation and mapping of artifacts and features using GPS and total station.
  • Prepare internal reports, reports to sponsoring agencies, and scientific reports for Survey publications.
  • Interact with land managers, stakeholders and the public.

Requirements:

An MA/MS in Anthropology, Archaeology, or closely related field.  An emphasis in GIS is preferred. Plus a minimum of 2 years’ experience performing both archaeological field work and GIS based spatial analysis in an archaeological context. Demonstrated proficiency in archaeological survey, excavations, and mapping with GIS and Total Station, and familiarity with North American archaeology.  Familiarity with the archaeology of the Midwestern United States is preferred.  Demonstrated proficiency working with ArcGIS software and other GIS
software packages, SQL, and common database software to conduct spatial analysis. Ability to create vector and raster output, and generate maps and reports.  Effective communication, writing, interpersonal, organizational and leadership skills.  Demonstrated ability to perform effectively and complete projects and reports in a timely manner in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities with stringent deadlines, under minimal supervision.  Attention to detail, sound judgment, and strong conflict resolution skills. Knowledge of basic computer skills.  Overnight travel is required.  Must possess a valid driver’s license and insurance.

This is a regular full-time, benefit eligible, academic professional appointment, renewable annually based upon satisfactory progress in the position and continued funding. The starting date is as soon as possible after the closing date and salary is commensurate with experience.  To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by December 20, 2019. To apply, please visit https://jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board 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 regarding application procedures, please contact Ms. Janice Pankey, <jpankey@illinois.edu>, ISAS Administration. For technical inquiries, please contact Dr. Timothy Pauketat at <pauketat@illinois.edu> or John Lambert at <lambertj@illinois.edu>. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.



Northern Illinois Field Station
Elgin, IL

No postings at this time.

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 https://go.illinois.edu/EEO.

 


Springfield Research Office
Springfield, IL

No postings at this time.

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 https://go.illinois.edu/EEO.

 


Western Illinois Field Station
Jacksonville and Macomb, IL

Senior Research Archaeologist
Illinois State Archaeological Survey
Prairie Research Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Western Illinois Field Station
Macomb, IL

Prairie Research Institute University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Western Illinois Field Station Macomb, IL The Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS), Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, is seeking a Senior Research Archaeologist for its Western Illinois Field Station in Macomb, Illinois. The successful candidate will conduct and/or supervise archaeological field surveys, excavations, and laboratory processing, as well as related Technical Report (TR) chapters detailing the results of this fieldwork. In addition, authoring/ editing Archaeological Short Survey Reports (ASSR) and Archaeological Testing Short Reports (ATSR) and assisting ISAS Special Projects section with geophysical field surveys, are also requirements for this position.


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 http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct/and/or supervise Phase I, II, and II archaeological field investigations in Illinois.
  • Using Total Station for establishing grids, setting points, and mapping.
  • Conduct laboratory analysis of materials recovered from archaeological investigations.
  • Author analytical chapters/reports detailing the materials recovered.
  • Serve as report editor on archaeological reports as workflow dictates.
  • Serve as author and compiler for ATSR-level projects.
  • Integrate GIS into archaeological investigations and report production.
  • Assist the Special Projects section with geophysical surveys employing soil resistivity, magnetometry, and electromagnetic induction at field sites around the state of Illinois.

Requirements:

An MA in anthropology, archaeology, or closely related field, plus a minimum of 5 years’ experience assisting with all phases of field investigations in the Midwest.  Introductory level experience in the collection of geophysical data using a gradiometer, Geonics electromagnetic induction instrument, and soil resistivity instrumentation.  Experience using a Total Station.  Experience conducting lithic analysis. Experience with Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) requirements and guidelines for archaeological investigations and reporting.  Knowledge of the archaeological resources of the Illinois Valley and western Illinois.  Demonstrated knowledge of basic computer skills. Sporadic overnight travel will be expected. Must possess a valid driver’s license and insurance.

This is a regular full-time, benefit eligible, academic professional appointment, renewable annually based upon satisfactory progress in the position and continued funding.  The starting date is as soon as possible after the closing date and salary is commensurate with experience. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by December 13, 2019.  To apply, please visit <https://jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board> 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 regarding application procedures, please contact Ms. Janice Pankey, <jpankey@illinois.edu>, ISAS Administration.  For technical inquiries, please contact Dr. Timothy Pauketat at <pauketat@illinois.edu> or Dr. Robert McCullough at <mccullor@illinois.edu>.  The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.