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Posted: 05/01/2013

Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites preserves, interprets and presents material evidence of Indiana's cultural and natural history in a context that encourages people to actively participate in discovering the world as it was, as it is and as it can be. The Indiana State Museum began in 1869 as a diverse collection of artifacts, specimens, and Civil War memorabilia housed in various locations including the State House and the old City Hall. In 1919, the museum became part of the Department of Conservation, now the Department of Natural Resources. In May 2002 a new 270,000 square foot facility opened to the public. The facility includes IMAX Theater, food service, gift shop, universally designed accessible core exhibitions and temporary exhibition galleries, state-of the art conservation labs, collection management facilities and compact collection storage. The museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums, recognizing that it meets the highest professional standards. The 11 State Historic Sites range throughout the state, preserving and interpreting pre-historic and historic archaeological sites and several historic buildings and communities. Currently the Indiana State Museum & Historic Sites holds a collection of over 542,000 cultural and natural history items and over 25,000 items from the newly acquired Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection. With 21,190 square feet of state-of-the-art, high-security collection storage designed for different types of cultural and historical materials, as well as an additional 6,905 square feet for the natural history collections, the Indiana State Museum is superbly equipped to care for the collections and create new exhibitions and educational experiences for the museum and historic sites.

Professional Opportunity
Indianapolis, IN



Job Description:

Responsible for the management of archaeological projects on ISMHS properties in accordance with clearly defined goals, objectives and policies of the division.  


Works to ensure best possible long-term stewardship of the archaeological resources both above and below the ground on ISMHS properties. This requires preparing archaeology plans, managing the implementation of those plans, and archiving the results in accordance with ISMHS broader archaeology guidelines.  Also requires that the ISMHS is compliant with state and federal archaeology laws as well as the policies and procedures required by the ISMHS for the long-term curation of recovered materials.


  • Draft archaeology plans in preparation for upcoming rehabilitation/restoration projects, and work closely with the Indiana DHPA to evaluate those plans.
  • Manage archaeological projects carried out on ISMHS owned properties.  This includes completing archaeological field projects, or managing projects that utilize outside archaeology firms. 
  • Manage the Historic Archaeology collections.  This involves, but is not limited to, cataloging and inventorying pre-existing and incoming collections, and creating physical and digital reference collections.  
  • Ensure that all incoming historic collections can be processed, cataloged, and curated in a manner in which it can be incorporated into the ISMHS registrars office.
  • Assist in the development of a broad archaeological management plan (AMP).  This would include, but is not limited to, drafting sampling/discard strategies for historic projects.  
  • Work closely with Historic Sites staff to prioritize archaeological projects and guide the direction of future development plans.
  • Provide budgetary estimates for pending archaeological projects.



Preferred Experience:

  • Masters degree in Anthropology / Archaeology, from an accredited college/university
  • Registered on the Indiana DHPA list of qualified archaeologists for historic & prehistoric archaeology  (non-listed candidates will be considered; however, they must be added to the list prior to hiring)
  • Well versed in state and federal archaeology laws, including Section 106. 
  • Minimum of 5 years experience working as a Principle Investigator 
  • Strong background in Midwestern historical archaeology  
  • Strong background in Microsoft Excel and Access, and a working familiarity with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Ability to write professional quality archaeology reports
  • Ability to draft archaeology plans that balance the available resources, the needs for a given construction/rehabilitation project, and the best possible stewardship of the potential cultural resources.     
  • Valid drivers license and a vehicle that could be used during travel (with reimbursable mileage) 
  • Ability to perform physically strenuous fieldwork for extended periods of time in a variety of difficult field conditions
  • Ability
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How to apply
Please send cover letters and resumes to dhay@spd.in.gov

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