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Posted: 12/16/2009

Indiana Department of Natural Resources-State of Indiana
Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology

Indiana State Government Agency

Archaeologist / Preservation Officer 2
Professional Opportunity
Indianapolis, IN

Job Description

The State of Indiana and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is actively seeking an Archaeologist/Preservation Officer 2 for its Indianapolis, IN. office. As mandated by federal and state law, archaeologist (Preservation Officer II position) of the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology review and comment on the effects of federal or state undertakings on archaeological resources. This includes complex research, review, and comments on technical archaeological reports and projects. State law also mandates investigation of discoveries or disturbance of human remains, artifacts, and disturbance within 100 feet of cemeteries. The archaeologist conducts/carries out reviews of plans for archaeological projects; review of development plans; review of grant projects and national Register nominations; technical assistance to the public and agencies (of which there is a high demand); educational and training projects; writing and editing of documents (including technical archaeological reports); archaeological data and records management; assistance with records checks by qualified professional (very high demand of our time); assignment of state site numbers for archaeological sites; fieldwork projects, research in archaeology, and recording of archaeological sites, human burial sites, and artifacts; and assistance in preservation plans and guidelines for archaeological work and preservation in the state. The staff reviews approximately 3,500 federal and state environmental projects a year, plus an addition of 70-80 permits and accidental discovery projects each year. Additionally, there are cemetery projects each week.


Masters Degree in Archaeology or Anthropology or closely related field and must meet professional standards and guidelines as a qualified professional archaeologist. Candidates are expected to have certain archaeological expertise and specialties. Specialization and substantial experience in Midwestern archaeology, including fieldwork and laboratory methods and techniques are required. Also required is familiarity with computers, archaeological records and databases as well as state and federal preservation laws. Essential skills required in this position are good written and oral communication, average to above average computer skills, the ability to work with limited supervision, possess a valid drivers license and the willingness to drive during daytime or evening hours throughout Indiana in order to make site visits to project areas or archaeological sites as well as to participate in meetings.

Additional Comments: Some travel is required. This position is based in Indianapolis, IN.

This Posting Closes at midnight on 1-3-10. Please apply to www.in.gov/spd. Refer to posting# 566189.


The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement plans and accrued leave.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

OPen until
none given

How to apply
Please apply directly online at www.in.gov/spd. Please fully complete your online profile before applying to posting # 566189. If assistance is needed, the website offers directions, or applicants may call in to ask for assistance.
Karie Brudis

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