ISAS Employment and
Archaeological Field Work Opportunities

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

Ms. Janice Pankey, Business Manager

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 jpankey@illinois.edu)

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.
www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu

Listings as of February 17, 2017


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

 

Lithic Analyst
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 (PRI), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is seeking a Lithic Analyst for its Central Illinois office located in Champaign, Illinois.  This individual will work with the Special Projects Coordinator and other staff in conducting analysis of stone items from archaeological sites.  Associated duties will include all aspects of lithic sample collection, identification, analysis, archaeological interpretation, report preparation, and curation.

The Lithic Analyst will perform the identification and recordation of chipped, groundstone, and mineral remains from archaeological sites, including the quantification of results and preparation of appropriate tables, analysis and interpretation of the archaeological significance of the lithic remains, and the preparation of lithic analysis reports as appropriate.  Execute holistic spatial analysis incorporating vertical and horizontal distribution of diagnostic lithic artifacts.  Maintain electronic and handwritten lithic laboratory databases, including but not limited to, a lithic lab project-tracking database, a raw material comparative collection database, an artifact type comparative collection database, and individual site assemblage lithic analysis database.  Track samples through the analytical process by inventorying the movement of samples through the laboratory, maintaining electronic logs of individual site samples, and ensuring the analyzed samples are curated properly.  Coordinate with archaeological researchers to facilitate specimen identification and interpretations, within the larger context of prehistoric and historic cultural manifestations recognized in the Eastern Woodlands region.  Participate in Survey outreach activities for the general public, avocational societies, and school groups, and record and maintain artifact data collected from avocational collectors.  Serve as liaison with other lithic specialists in the state and nationwide.  Participate in regional conferences and organizations.  Prepare scientific presentations on research activities and interests.

The successful candidate must have a B.A. in Anthropology, Archaeology, or a closely related field, plus a minimum of 3 year’s experience conducting lithic investigations at prehistoric sites in the Eastern Woodlands cultural area.  A detailed familiarity with the geological resources of Illinois, temporo-culturally diagnostic lithics, tool production technology, and usewear traits.  A demonstrated ability to complete projects and reports in a timely and competent manner is required. Candidate should possess a detailed familiarity with lithic resources and technology of the Eastern Woodlands, and basic familiarity with lithic research protocols and agendas.  Basic familiarity with all classes of material culture, feature types, and functions, and geomorphology is also required.  Attention to detail, and effective communication, personal relations, organizational, and teamwork skills.  Candidate should be proficient with commonly employed software and database programs.  Ability to perform effectively in a professional demeanor in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities, with minimal supervision.

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.

Please visit http://jobs.illinois.edu for more information, and to complete an online profile.  For information regarding application procedures, you may contact Ms. Janice Pankey, <jpankey@illinois.edu>.  Individuals having questions concerning this position should contact Dr. Thomas Loebel, <tjl2@illinois.edu>.  To ensure full consideration, all requested information must be uploaded through the online system, and applications received by March 2, 2017.  The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

 

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, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).

 

Archaeological Field Crew
Central Illinois Field Station
Illinois State Archaeological Survey
Prairie Research Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS), Central Illinois Field Station (CIFS) – located in Urbana, IL – is hiring to fill positions for archaeological field crew.  CIFS conducts archaeological survey and excavation work in advance of Illinois Department of Transportation road projects located within 24 counties of east-central Illinois.

We would like to add several full time employees to our current field staff.  New staff will be hired under the University of Illinois’ Academic Hourly category, as an Archaeological Specialist I, with an hourly rate of $10 - $11 per hour.  The usual workweek comprises 4 10-hour days – Monday through Thursday, 7am to 5pm. Crews typically meet at the Urbana office, located at 732 W. Killarney St., and travel to and from project areas each day in University vehicles.  Occasionally, long-term projects located a few hours from the Urbana office will require overnight stays.  Hotel costs and per diem are provided in these instances.  Preference will be given to candidates with previous archaeological experience in Illinois.

Field station crew will be involved in field survey, site excavations, artifact processing and inventorying.  They may also assist with archival background research, site mapping and documentation, GIS mapping, project set up, landowner interaction, and basic report writing.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Please send your vitae or resume, and a note of interest for this position, via email to:

Daniel Smith

District Archaeologist

Central Illinois Field Station

Illinois State Archaeological Survey

Prairie Research Institute

University of Illinois

732 W. Killarney St.

Urbana, IL 61801

217-607-0904 (Office)

217-617-2866 (Cell)

dan1976@illinois.edu

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Smith via email or phone.

 

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, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).


American Bottom Field Station
Fairview Heights, IL

No postings at this time.


Northern Illinois Field Station
Elgin, IL

 

Archaeology Crew Wanted
Northern Illinois Field Station
Illinois State Archaeological Survey
Prairie Research Institute
University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign

The Illinois State Archaeological Survey’s (ISAS) Northern Illinois Field Station (NIFS) – located in Elgin, IL – is looking for archaeology field crew. NIFS conducts archaeological survey and excavation work in advance of Illinois Department of Transportation road projects located within Illinois’ 18 northernmost counties. Under separate contract, NIFS also conducts archaeological surveys within the Forest Preserves of Cook County, IL.

We would like to add several full time employees to our current staff.  New staff will be hired as University of Illinois Academic Hourly employees, with the potential for advancement to Civil Service. The typical workweek comprises 4 10-hour days – Monday through Thursday, 7am to 5pm.  Crews meet at the Elgin office, and travel to and from project areas each day in University vehicles.  Occasionally, long-term projects located a few hours from the Elgin office will require overnight stays.  Hotel costs and per diem are provided in these instances.  Field crew will be involved in field survey, site excavations, artifact processing and inventory, archival background research, site mapping and documentation, GIS mapping, project set up, landowner interaction, and report writing. Candidates must hold, at a minimum, a B.A. or B.S. degree and have completed an archaeological field school. Preference will be given to candidates with previous field and laboratory experience working on archaeological projects in the Midwestern United States, previous GPS and/or GIS mapping experience, and experience writing technical reports.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Please send your vitae or resume, and note of interest in the position, via email to:

Paula Porubcan
Field Station Coordinator

Illinois State Archaeological Survey
Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois

Northern Illinois Field Station
21 N. Union Street

Elgin, IL 60123
224-281-4730 (office)

262-215-3712 (cell)
porubcan@illinois.edu

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Porubcan via email or phone.


Springfield Research Office
Springfield, IL

No postings at this time.


Western Illinois Field Station
Jacksonville and Macomb, IL

No postings at this time.


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, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).