Project Archaeologist

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Position Title

Project Archaeologist

Additional Information

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

Benefits and Community



Learned Professional Exemption



Length of Assignment

Fiscal Year - FT Contract

Position Function

Aid the Director and other AAL staff in securing and executing contracts and grants; 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

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

Minimum Experience

At least one year of full-time professional supervisory experience or equivalent specialized training in archaeological research, administration, or
management; at least one year full-time 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 in archaeology published by the Secretary of the Interior (36 CFR Part 61), and meet criteria to be listed as a Qualified Professional by the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.

Minimum Other

Demonstrated ability to compose quality technical reports independently.

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

Course work in related fields such as soils, historic preservation, geology, history, natural resources, and/or geography.

Preferred Experience

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

Existing listing on the Indiana Division of Archaeology and Historic Preservation’s Qualified Professional roster, Register of Professional Archaeologists ( RPA ), or other Midwestern state qualified professional roster.

Pre-Employment Screening

Requires successful completion of a background check and education verification.

Position Title(s) Supervised

Students employees, interns, volunteers

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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.

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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 ( AAL ) continues its >40-year history providing experiential learning opportunities for students in Anthropology and related disciplines. AAL prepares Ball State students for a variety of jobs through paid opportunities to work with community partners. The AAL makes substantive contributions to four of the five goals of Destination 2040: Our Flight Path, advancing student preparation and impactful research while engaging a variety of external community partners.
AAL’s mission is to provide students experience in their chosen field, aiding them in translating classroom ideas into action, building transferable skills, and paving the way to fulfilling careers. To accomplish this, AAL staff maintain a diverse array of externally contracts and grants generating hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding annually. These funded projects create various applied performance opportunities for students.

The salary available for the Project Archaeologist is $42,500 – $50,000.

Our motto is “Learn. Work. Discover.” This really captures the opportunities we provide to our students. Students learn how to work in their chosen field while making new scholarly discoveries, all while providing valuable services and products to outside community partners.
The AAL teaches students how to be professionals, preparing them for fulfilling careers while advancing many different community engaged projects. From working with American Indian tribes to publicly present a more accurate interpretation of their history, to helping communities and private firms comply with federal regulations to make desired economic development improvements, to helping local historical societies manage their collections and interpretations for their audiences. We are student-focused. We are community-engaged. We conduct high quality research. We #LearnWorkDiscover! We Fly!

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Duties & Responsibilities



Job Duty

Work with AAL staff and partners to generate and execute grant-funded projects; conduct all phases of archaeological fieldwork, laboratory analysis, and report preparation.



Job Duty

Prepare and evaluate contract proposals and estimates for potential clients; develop project budgets and formally submit bids to potential clients for projects to be completed by AAL .



Job Duty

Maintain a timely schedule for completing all projects to meet internal and external deadlines.



Job Duty

With Project Manager(s) monitor, maintain, review, and balance budgets for contract and grant 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 AAL Director and other staff, maintain supplies and equipment needed to complete projects.



Job Duty

Maintain regular and appropriate attendance as required by project assignments.



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

Contact Dr. Kevin C. Nolan ( if you have any questions about the application, the position, or have any issues with the online application system.

The following are required in this application:
- Cover letter
- CV or Resume (under Curriculum Vitae)
The following are optional in this application:
- Transcripts (highest qualifying degree, unofficial accepted)
- Two technical writing samples (primary or solo authored preferred)
- Detailed work history relevant to required qualifications (See e.g.,

Your cover letter should discuss your experience relevant to the job duties and qualifications. Be sure that your cover letter and CV clearly demonstrate that you meet 36 CFR 61 qualifications and Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology ( DHPA ) qualifications for field supervisor ( If it is unclear, you may not be eligible for further consideration.

A CV or resume, at least 2 technical writing samples, the transcript of your highest degree (MA/MS required), and qualifying work history 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. If you do not submit all information relevant to evaluating qualifications, you may not be eligible for further consideration.

Writing samples should be sole authored, if possible. If not sole authored, please identify your contribution clearly. If no technical reports available, submit the most similar writing samples that you have. If you cannot combine your writing samples into a single document, use “Other”. Please contact Dr. Nolan if you are unsure which samples are most appropriate.

Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for application; degrees will be verified before hiring.

All application materials must be submitted through the Ball State University application portal. No documents submitted via email or other method will be considered as part of your application packet. Contact Dr. Nolan if you have any questions.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

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

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