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Research Station Archeologist - UAPB

University of Arkansas
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Closing date
Dec 13, 2023

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Research Scientist / Analyst
Full Time
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Institution Name:

Arkansas Archeological Survey

The Arkansas Archeological Survey (AAS) is a unit of the University of Arkansas System. Our mission is to study and protect archeological sites in Arkansas, to preserve and manage information and collections from those sites, and to communicate what we learn to the people of Arkansas. Cooperative agreements with seven state university campuses, two state parks, and the UA System's Winthrop Rockefeller Institute enable scholars at ten research stations around the state to carry out this mission. The Survey has been a model for statewide archeological programs in the United States and around the world. AAS web home page:

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Archeological Survey

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Summary of Job Duties:

The Arkansas Archeological Survey (ARAS) invites applications for a permanent, full-time position as Research Station Archeologist based at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, just south of Little Rock. The responsibilities of station archeologists are multifaceted and dynamic, ranging from academic scholarship to public outreach and preservation. Research is integral to ARAS' mission, and the qualified candidate will develop an innovative research program in their designated station area, conduct said research individually and in collaboration with colleagues and/or descendant communities, seek internal and external funding to support their endeavors, and present and publish the results of scholarship in local, regional, and national venues. Ample resources are available to the successful candidate, including but not limited to rich existing collections and opportunities for new research throughout the lower Arkansas River Valley; the ability to hire a full-time station assistant; a station vehicle and basic field equipment; strong existing relationships with descendant communities; and support from the University of Arkansas Fayetteville through an associated Research Professorial appointment. While research specialty is open, we particularly welcome scholars interested in studying the African diaspora and the African American experience in Arkansas as UAPB is the only HBCU in the University of Arkansas System, or French Colonial archeology associated with nearby Arkansas Post National Memorial. The station's research territory also has sites associated with early Quapaw history and a full sweep of precontact sites dating back to the first peopling of the area. Station archeologists also contribute to their host institutions and teach two courses per year. ARAS also emphasizes public outreach and the development of educational materials and projects, while also providing support to the Arkansas Archeological Society ( and their associated programs such as local chapter activities and the annual Training Program. All research station archeologists are supported by a Coordinating Office and nine other stations with associated staff, as well as technical resources including 3D scanning, drone-based photogrammetry, RTI imaging, remote sensing (e.g., resistivity/conductivity, magnetometry, GPR) and a range of archeometric capabilities, as well as fiscal and grant administration support.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • PhD or equivalent in anthropology, archeology, or a closely related field from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Field and research experience in North America east of the Rocky Mountains
  • Experience teaching at college/university level (TA experience included)

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in the archeology of the North American Southeast or Midwest
  • Experience/success in acquiring external funding in support of research
  • Experience in public archeology
  • Experience in working with avocational archeologists, descendant communities, and local, state, and federal agency officials

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA):
  • Knowledge of North American archeology east of the Rocky Mountains with preferred specialization in the North American Southeast or Midwest
  • Skill in archeological field and lab methods, preparation of publications and grant proposals, working on collaborative projects involving organizational team members, and completing assignments in a timely manner
  • Ability to provide teaching and related service to the ARAS research station host institutions; to the Arkansas Archeological Society and interested members of the general public; and to municipal, state, federal agency, and descendant community stakeholders

Additional Information:

Salary Information:


Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Resume

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Recruitment Contact Information:

Dr. Carl Drexler, Research Station Archeologist,

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

Criminal Background Check, Motor Vehicle Reports Check, Sex Offender Registry

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate in its education programs or activities (including in admission and employment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). Federal law prohibits the University from discriminating on these bases. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, may be sent to the University's Title IX Coordinator and to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.

All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Constant Physical Activity:

Hearing, Talking

Frequent Physical Activity:

Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding, Sitting, Standing, Walking

Occasional Physical Activity:

Driving, Grasping, Kneeling, Lifting, Pulling, Pushing, Reaching, Repetitive Motion

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