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Cultural Resource Specialist

Argonne National Laboratory
Lemont, Illinois
Closing date
Dec 3, 2021

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Organization Type
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You are invited to apply for a research position in EVS to assist Division scientists from the Department of Natural and Sociocultural Systems in a variety of cultural resource-related activities. In particular, this position is for an archaeologist with strong geospatial and remote sensing skills. The candidate must possess considerable field experience in all aspects of archaeological survey and excavation (from planning to publication) with additional expertise in geospatial modeling and remote sensing and interest in data analysis and visualization. The minimum educational requirement for this position is a M.A. in Anthropology/Archaeology or a related field.
The successful candidate will work with a team of staff scientists to conduct environmental studies on the effects of natural systems and existing or proposed human activities on cultural resources (archaeological and historic), sociocultural systems, and cultural landscapes and report the analyses and conclusions from these studies in technical reports, journal articles, and other documents. In particular, the candidate will conduct analyses using state-of-the-art archaeological field methods, remote sensing and geographic information system (GIS) tools, and spatial modeling approaches to assist project sponsors in effectively identifying and managing cultural resources.
This is a one-year term appointment renewable up to 3 years with opportunity to become a staff position.
Typical Activities
Work collaboratively to develop approaches for investigating effects of human activities and/or climate change on cultural resources and sociocultural systems. Support archaeological investigations in any number of ways, including but not limited to planning and conducting field activities, analyzing data, performing spatial analyses, providing remote sensing or other survey equipment support, conducting laboratory analysis, developing predictive models, report writing, and reviewing contractor reports. Develop and evaluate analytical approaches, conduct synthesis activities, and apply appropriate computational tools for cultural resource management issues. Collect, analyze, and evaluate data to characterize the impacts of projects and earth system changes on cultural resources and sociocultural systems; identify appropriate tools and approaches at varying scales of analysis (from site-specific to regional landscape scale). Support development of appropriate mitigation plans or recommendations for sites, resources, or communities that may be affected by a project. Develop and maintain GIS databases and applications, prepare computer-generated maps and analysis for environmental reports and presentations. Prepare quality written materials detailing the analyses, findings, and conclusions of scientific work for use in technical reports, regulatory compliance documents, and journal articles, books, or reports. When appropriate, actively participate in seminars, conferences, and other scientific meetings. Enhance the skills and recognition of Argonne's Department of Natural and Sociocultural Systems by writing and contributing to high-quality peer-reviewed journal publications. Maintain an understanding of the current state-of-the science. Manage and coordinate the work of project personnel as appropriate, develop program plans and utilize best available techniques, interact with sponsors and ensure tasks are completed within schedules and budgets, and oversee the high quality of reports or other deliverables.
Position Requirements
- Comprehensive knowledge of social science research skills including knowledge of historical research, archaeological techniques, and regional cultural history. Must meet qualifications set forth in the Secretary of the Interior Standards and Guidelines .
- Considerable knowledge of and demonstrated experience in state-of-the art archaeological survey practice and data recovery techniques and tools.
- Considerable skill in analyzing data and formulating sound conclusions that will withstand the intense scrutiny of professional peers and legal experts.
- Considerable knowledge of historic preservation laws and documentation procedures.
- Considerable knowledge of and demonstrated experience in remote sensing used for archaeological investigations and analyses.
- Proficient in geospatial analysis, including considerable knowledge of Geographic Information System/remote sensing software, particularly ESRI ArcGIS desktop software, and comprehensive knowledge of vector and raster GIS tools.
- Considerable knowledge of spatial statistics and skill in developing statistically valid models.
- Considerable knowledge of GIS content and metadata standards.
- Considerable skill in oral and written communication.
- Skill in establishing effective working relationships with colleagues and sponsors.
- Understands the sensitive nature of working with cultural data, such as regarding archaeological site locations and resources of importance to tribes
- Ability to meet project deadlines and stay within budgetary limits.
- Organizational skills and flexibility in coordinating a broad spectrum of activities.
- Must demonstrate excellent career growth potential, including proposal development and capacity to mentor others.
- Ability to model Argonne's core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity, and teamwork.
RD2 Requirements: Bachelor's Degree + 5 years of experience, or a Master's Degree + 3 years of experience, or a PhD, or equivalent
RD3 Requirements: Bachelor's Degree + 8 years of experience, or a Master's Degree + 5 years of experience, or a PhD + 4 years of experience, or equivalent
Job Family
Research Development (RD)
Job Profile
Environmental Science and Engineering 2
Worker Type
Long-Term (Fixed Term)
Time Type
Full time
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