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State of Wisconsin
Dane County, Wisconsin
Closing date
Mar 1, 2024

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Full Time
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Position Summary

This position handles a wide range of tasks within the State Archaeology and Maritime Preservation Program of the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). This position is responsible for data entry into, maintenance of, and management of archaeological information in the Wisconsin Historic Preservation Database (WHPD), as well as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping. This position also provides assistance to SHPO staff members, federal and state agencies, local municipalities, professional consultants, and the public regarding the state's archaeological sites and the content of WHPD. As requested or needed, the position conducts fieldwork, prepares reports, engages in public outreach, and prepares and corrects cataloging documentation for burial sites. This position maintains internal project records via electronic and paper means; prepares reports summarizing the positions' work activity; analyzes data of varying complexity; and provides verbal and written responses to staff and the public as needed.

This professional position works under the general supervision of the State Archaeologist. Work is performed with a great deal of independence. The position may lead limited term employees, work study students, and/or volunteers.

Salary Information

The salary will be between $25.00 - $28.00 per hour ($52,000 - $58,240 annually) in accordance with the provisions of the current Compensation Plan. This position is in pay schedule 13, range 04. The civil service classification is Archeologist. A 12-month probationary period will be required.

Job Details

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment to determine if the circumstances of any conviction may be related to the job.

Permanent classified state employees who are eligible for consideration (transfer, voluntary demotion, or former employees as a reinstatement) should complete the application process to apply.

WHS does not sponsor work visas. Any appointment made will be contingent on the applicant being able to prove valid status to work in the United States.

This position works primarily in the office or doing field work.


Please make sure to describe the following qualifications within your resume and/or letter of qualifications in order to be considered for this position.

Minimally qualified candidates must be a qualified archeologist meeting the requirements of the Secretary of the Interior's Standards per 36 CFR part 61:

A graduate degree in archaeology, anthropology, or closely-related field, plus:

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 North American archaeology, and

Demonstrated ability to carry research to completion.

In addition to minimum qualifications, a well-qualified candidate will additionally have demonstrated/documented experience in two or more of the following areas:
  • Demonstrated academic or practical experience with the pre- and post-contact cultures, history and archaeology of Wisconsin and/or the Upper Midwest
  • Experience with Section 106, Wis. Stats. §44.40, and/or Wis. Stats. §66.1111 archaeology (or equivalent in other states), involving literature review, research, fieldwork, and use of archaeological databases
  • Demonstrated experience managing archaeology reports and site information, as well as associated data systems
  • Listed individually as a professional on Wisconsin's list of archaeologists qualified to work within burial sites

How To Apply

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Submitted materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the hiring process.

We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer seeking a diverse and talented workforce.

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Deadline to Apply

Applications are due at 11:59PM on February 26, 2024.

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