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Project Archaeologist

Ball State University

Last Updated: 2/25/23

Job Description

Applied Anthropology Laboratories

Project Archaeologist

Ball State University

Ball State University’s Applied Anthropology Laboratories welcomes applications for Project Archaeologist. The successful applicant will aid the Director and other AAL staff in securing and executing contracts and grants; supervise students in field and laboratory techniques; conduct AAL field projects including analysis and report writing; prepare survey, testing, and subsurface reconnaissance proposals for CRM.

The Applied Anthropology Laboratories is a highly productive research and community outreach Institute within the College of Sciences and Humanities that engages undergraduate and graduate students in hands-on in learning, building transferable skills, and building a record of competencies in their discipline to prepare them for productive careers. We perform a wide range of research and service for a wide variety of community partners funded by agencies from the National Parks Service, to National Science Foundation, to the National Endowment for the Humanities, and private clients. Come engage in state of the art research, training, and service with us. Learn. Work. Discover.

Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree (MA or MS) in anthropology, archaeology, or related field. At least one year of full-time professional supervisory experience or equivalent specialized training in archaeological research, administration, or management; at least one year full-time of supervised field and analytic experience in general Midwestern archaeology. Demonstrated ability to carry research to completion. Applicant must document that they meet or exceed the minimum professional qualifications in archaeology published by the Secretary of the Interior (36 CFR Part 61), and meet criteria to be listed as a Qualified Professional by the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. Demonstrated ability to compose quality technical reports independently.

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications: Course work in related fields such as soils, historic preservation, geology, history, natural resources, and/or geography. Technical familiarity and proficiency with GIS (ArcGIS), GPS (Trimble/TerraSync), word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and remote sensing techniques; demonstrated experience in the analysis of historic and prehistoric artifacts. Existing listing on the Indiana Division of Archaeology and Historic Preservation’s Qualified Professional roster, Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA), or other Midwestern state qualified professional roster.

Apply online at: Include the following documents with your application: master’s transcripts, writing sample, and a cover letter addressed to Kevin Nolan. The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earner is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

Further information:

  • Contact Dr. Kevin C. Nolan ( if you have any questions about the application, the position, or have any issues with the online application system.
  • Cover letter should detail your experience relevant to the job duties and qualifications, a CV or resume, at least 2 technical writing samples, and transcript of your highest degree (MA/MS required). Also be sure that your cover letter and CV clearly demonstrate that you meet 36 CFR61 qualifications and Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA) qualifications for field supervisor ( If it is unclear, you may not be eligible for further consideration.
  • Writing samples should be sole authored, if possible. If not sole authored, please identify your contribution clearly. If no technical reports available, submit the most similar writing samples that you have. If you cannot combine your writing samples into a single document, use “Other”.
  • Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for application; degrees will be verified before hiring if necessary.
  • All application materials must be submitted through the Ball State University application portal. No documents submitted via email or other method will be considered as part of your application packet.

The salary range for this position is $42,000-$50,000.00. Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through May 20, 2021.

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, approximately 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students enroll each year in diverse academic programs on and off campus. Our students come from all Indiana counties, all 50 states, and 68 countries to pursue knowledge in seven academic colleges offering 190 undergraduate majors, 130 undergraduate minors, 140 graduate programs and 200 study abroad programs.

The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.

The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave. For further information regarding benefits please visit:

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

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Muncie, Indiana, United States
Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball Sta...