Staff Archaeologist

Indiana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jan 15, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Posting Details

Position Title

Staff Archaeologist

Additional Information

The Applied Anthropology Laboratories seeks a Staff Archaeologist candidate dedicated to community outreach, education, and quality research. The successful candidate will work with diverse students and community partners to prepare the future of archaeology in Indiana, the Midwest, and beyond. Come #LearnWorkDiscover with us!

Benefits and Community



Learned Professional Exemption



Length of Assignment

Fiscal Year - FT Contract

Position Function

Aid the Director and Archaeologist in executing contract and grant Archaeology
programs; supervise students in field and laboratory techniques; conduct AAL field
projects including analysis and report writing; prepare survey, testing, and subsurface
reconnaissance proposals for CRM .

Minimum Education

Bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) in Anthropology, Archaeology, or related field, from an accredited institution.

Minimum Experience

At least one year of full-time professional experience or equivalent specialized training
in Archaeological research, administration, or management; at least four months of
supervised field and analytic experience in general Midwestern archaeology. Demonstrated ability to carry research to completion.
Applicant must document that they meet or exceed the minimum professional qualifications for a Field or Laboratory Supervisor under Indiana Code 14-21-1 and 312 IAC 21 (see

Minimum Other

Demonstrated ability to compose technical reports independently.

Eligible to be an approved driver for University-owned vehicles.

Able to perform physically demanding tasks in variable terrain and weather to complete fieldwork tasks.

Able to travel occasionally for overnight projects with students and staff.

Authorization to work in the US

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Preferred Education

Master’s degree (MA or MS) in Anthropology, Archaeology, or related field.

Preferred Experience

One year of full-time professional experience in managing experiential learning programs; technical familiarity and proficiency with GIS (ArcGIS), GPS (Trimble/TerraSync), word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and remote sensing techniques; demonstrated experience in the analysis of historic and prehistoric artifacts.

Preferred Other

Already listed on the Indiana Division of Archaeology and Historic Preservation’s Qualified Professional roster.

Pre-Employment Screening

Requires successful completion of a Drivers License check, Requires successful completion of a background check and education verification.

Position Title(s) Supervised

Students employees, interns, volunteers

Required Certifications

EEO Statement

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

EEO /AA Employer/Veterans/Disabled.

About Ball State University

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.


Applied Anthropology Laboratories: 700055

Department Information

The Applied Anthropology Laboratories is a highly productive research and outreach Institute within the College of Sciences and Humanities. AAL engages current undergraduate and graduate students hands-on in learning the real work of their discipline to prepare them for productive careers. We perform a wide range of research and service for and with myriad community partners in the Midwest funded by agencies from the National Parks Service, to National Science Foundation, to the National Endowment for the Humanities, and private clients across the region. Come engage in state-of-the-art research, training, and industry service with us. Learn. Work. Discover.

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Duties & Responsibilities



Job Duty

Work with AAL staff and Research Fellows in the execution of grant projects; conduct all phases of archaeological fieldwork, laboratory analysis, and report preparation.



Job Duty

Maintain a timely schedule for completing all projects.



Job Duty

Plan and implement cultural resource management contract projects, including records checks, field reconnaissance, subsurface testing, mitigation, and data recovery.



Job Duty

Write reports detailing assigned projects which are acceptable to the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, Ohio State Historic Preservation Office, other regulatory and/or funding agency.



Job Duty

In cooperation with other AAL staff, maintain supplies and equipment needed to complete projects.



Job Duty

Perform other related duties as assigned.

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Information regarding transcripts

The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earned is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

Special Instructions Summary

The Staff Archaeologist is a term appointment through the end of the fiscal year (June 30, 2021), potentially renewable based on performance and funding. Questions about the process or the position can be directed to Dr. Kevin C. Nolan (, 765-285-5325).

The following are required in this application:
- Cover letter
- CV

The following are optional in this application:
- Transcripts (highest qualifying degree)
- Up to two technical writing samples (primary or solo authored preferred)
- Detailed work history relevant to required qualifications (See e.g.,

Writing samples and qualifications documentation may be submitted under “Other” documents. Transcripts, writing samples, and qualifications are required for a full evaluation of candidates, and will be required before hiring. Including them with your application will expedite the process, and it is strongly encouraged.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents
  1. Undergraduate Transcripts
  2. Master's Transcripts
  3. Writing Sample
  4. Other
  5. Doctorate Transcripts

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