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Posted: 04/19/2012

Kansas Historical Society

The Kansas State Historical Society was established in 1875. In FY 2011 agency programs and services drew nearly 6,000,000 people. Our collections and services are accessed in person and virtually through a variety of web-based resources. Historical Society programs are diverse and serve a large number of the state’s population as well as out-of-state patrons. The agency plays a critical role in state government by being the repository and caretaker of state records. We also administer both state and federal historic preservation programs that bring economic development to communities across the state. The Kansas State Historical Society is the state agency that provides curriculum materials on state history to our K-12 schools helping them to meet their state-required coursework. The agency also plays a significant part in the state and local economies through its museum and historic sites.

Archeologist II
Professional Opportunity
Topeka, KS

This full time, benefits eligible, classified position supports the Historical Society by working as an Archeologist II within the Cultural Resources Division.   

The Kansas Historical Society (KSHS) has an opening for an archeologist to carry out cultural resources management work. Contracts with the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) require that we hire an archeologist to serve the day to day needs of KDOT and the NRCS, which includes consultation on proposed projects and fieldwork associated with some projects.

The successful candidate will have knowledge and experience in the Central Plains and be interested and proficient in both prehistoric and historic archeology.  They will also be expected to be available to be in the field about 8 days per month, more at times, and be available for overnight field stays.


For a complete position description, please visit http://www.kshs.org/p/jobs/11403


The Kansas Historical Society is housed in an attractive, modern facility located in Topeka, the capital city.  State employee benefits are described at http://da.state.ks.us/ps/benefits.htm

The salary range begins at $17.39/hour ($36,171.20 annually).

Minimum Qualifications Required:

A graduate degree in Archeology or in Anthropology with a specialization in Archeology, or a graduate degree in a closely related field, and at least one year of experience in research concerning archeological resources;

  • At least one year of full-time professional experience at a supervisory level in the study of archeological resources; and
  • A valid drivers license

Preferred Qualifications:

Familiarity with pertinent state and federal regulations.  Knowledge of Historic Period archeology and experience in the use of GIS are especially desirable. 

How You Will Be Evaluated:

Once you complete and submit your application package, your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum requirements.


Next, your application will be evaluated and rated based on the preferred qualifications and your ability to demonstrate the following minimum competency factors:

  • Experience in research concerning archeological resources.
  • Experience at a supervisory level in the study of archeological resources.
  • Experience in the evaluation of site significance.
  • Ability to create databases and to produce figures for reports.
  • Ability to draw together the work of other archeologists and specialists to produce clear, concise reports in a short period of time.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry research to completion, as evidenced by timely completion of research reports or similar documents.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively both in writing and orally and be able to deal with the public and staff harmoniously.
  • Ability to communicate  orally, electronically and in written form.

What To Expect Next:

Once your completed application package, including all required documents (see below) is evaluated and ranked, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.

Performance Standards:

 To be successful, the expectation is that a candidate will be able to competently perform the routine tasks of the position with limited supervision by the end of the probation period

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How to apply
NOTE: Submission of a resume IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of the State of Kansas Employment Application. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in you not being considered for employment. The application process has 4 REQUIRED STEPS. STEP 1: Register by completing the online Personal Data Form at http://da.ks.gov/ps/aaa/recruitment/jobsteps.htm (Skip this step if you already have an Applicant ID number.) STEP 2: Complete the official State of Kansas application form at http://da.ks.gov/ps/aaa/recruitment/intro.htm STEP 3: Submit your online application to the Historical Society STEP 4: Submit additional required documents to the attention of the specific recruiter designated on this job announcement. Include your name and job requisition number on all correspondence when submitting documents to the designated recruiter. A Tax Clearance Certificate is required for all applicants. Obtain your certificate by following the instructions at http://www.ksrevenue.org/taxclearance.html Your application will be considered incomplete and you may be found ineligible if you fail to submit all required documentation by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. Required Documents: State of Kansas Employment application, Cover Letter, Resume, References, Tax Clearance Certificate. For a complete position description, please refer to www.kshs.org and go to the employment section. Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate: Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a State Tax Clearance Certificate by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue’s website at http://www.ksrevenue.org/taxclearance.html. A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual’s account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. Applicants are responsible for submitting their certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency. This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact the agency recruiter if reasonable accommodations are needed for any part of the application or hiring process. The Historical Society is an ADA/EOE/VPE agency, committed to a diverse workforce. Veterans Preference' Eligible (VPE): Former military personnel or their spouse that have been verified as a "veteran"; under K.S.A. 73-201 will receive an interview if they meet the minimum competency factors of the position. The veterans' preference laws do not guarantee the veteran a job. Positions are filled with the best qualified candidate as determined by the hiring manager. Additional VPE information can be found at http://da.ks.gov/ps/aaa/recruitment/veterans.htm Vicki Harding http://jobs.ks.gov jobs@kshs.org Phone: 785-368-6496
Vicki Harding
Phone: 785-368-6496
900 SW Jackson Room 252
Landon State Office Building
Topeka, KS 66612-1251

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