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Public Service Assistant Specialist - Anthropology

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IL
Urbana, Illinois
Closing date
May 16, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
Urban Studies
Organization Type
Public Service Assistant Specialist - Anthropology

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Job Summary

The Public Service Assistant Specialist will provide technical expertise in the field collection, laboratory processing, and report preparation of archaeological, geographical, and architectural data under the direction of the Program Director for cultural resource management surveys and investigations across the Midwest.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Field Investigations

Conducting all levels of cultural resource field investigations (reconnaissance survey, archival, collection of geographic and soils data, NRHP evaluations, data recovery excavations, and standing structures recordation) in field settings across the Midwest either individually or as part of a research team.

Position requires in-State and out-of-State travel and overnight stays.
  • Office Investigations and Program Support

Processing field data including archaeological, architectural, Geographic Information, and Global Positioning systems; employing research skills to conduct archival and historical research online and in research facilities to support program contracts; conducting laboratory analysis of field data to provide analysis tables; preparing report sections to meet Federal and State standards for Cultural Resource compliance work; and providing assistance for other Program needs.

Travel Requirements

60% Field investigations are conducted off campus requiring daily or overnight travel.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Anthropology or a related field. Completion of an Archaeological Field School, past GPS field collection and post- processing. 6 months of field and laboratory experience.

Candidates must demonstrate:
  • Completion of an Archaeological Field School, past GPS field collection and post-processing.
  • Knowledge and application of the importing and exporting of shape files, topographic mapping
  • 6 months of field and laboratory experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Advanced Degree in Anthropology or a related field

Prior experience with Midwest sites, materials, and practices

Understanding of Section 106 Process

Demonstrated report authorship that describes procedures and results written to comply with existing legislation

Successful candidates will have:
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others
  • Awareness of, and sensitivity to, cultural and linguistic differences
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Knowledge and application of the importing and exporting of shape files, topographic mapping
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Ability to assume responsibility and to work independently with minimum guidance
  • Demonstrated effective organizational skills
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal and teamwork skills

Appointment Information

This is a 100% full-time Academic Professional position, appointed on a 12-month basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the deadline date. The starting salary for this position is $ 39,000. Actual starting salary will be determined by the candidate's credentials and alignment with the position requirements. We strive to provide a competitive salary, considering factors such as available market data, internal equity, candidate experience and qualifications, collective bargaining agreements, and budget constraints. The final salary offer will be determined through a thorough assessment of these elements. Sponsorship for Work authorization is not available for this position.

Application Procedures & Deadline Information

Applications must be received by 6:00 pm (CST) on May 3, 2024. Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting. Upload your cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for three professional references. Please remember to include specific information on how you meet the qualifications of the position in your application materials. Applications not submitted through will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, please contact For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing

Requisition ID: 1023322

Job Category: Research

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