Job posting

Jim Colburn

Highway Archeologist – Lincoln, Nebraska

Closes 4/19/19

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History Nebraska is seeking a motivated and skilled archeologist to identify and evaluate archeologically significant areas in Nebraska and prepare reports in accordance with project needs and established procedures. This archeologist will work in coordination with the Highway Archeology Program Manager and other project staff. The majority of work will involve tasks related to regulations developed for the National Historic Preservation Act and in particular Section 106 of the Act. History Nebraska is a statewide educational institution that connects people to the past through our library and research center, conservation facility, interpretive sites, and the state archeology and historic preservation offices. History Nebraska preserves and interprets our state's past, contributes to the education of its citizens, and uses the tools of history to shape a better future for all Nebraskans. History Nebraska has a longstanding partnership with the Nebraska Department of Transaction (NDOT). Through this partnership, the program's staff have evaluated over 1,000 proposed highway improvements, and discovered over 200 previously unrecorded archeological sites. The two organizations will continue to work together to preserve history and advance our understanding of past cultures. 

Job location is 5050 North 32nd, Lincoln, NE


Examples of Work

• Identifies archeological sites and assess their significance and integrity through background research, field survey, testing, and excavation.
• Manages archeological fieldwork to include the completion of field notes, forms, maps, profile drawings and other documentation, and the preparation of all related collections for curation.
• Gathers spatial data using Trimble GPS units or Total Station equipment. Produce technical maps with ESRI ArcGIS software (ArcMap 10.x, ArcGIS Pro).
• Evaluates proposed construction projects for their potential effects on cultural resources, in coordination with staff architectural historians.
• Prepare technical reports relating to archeological surveys and excavations. 


Qualifications / Requirements

REQUIREMENTS:  Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology with graduate work or experience on North American archaeology; 2 years archeological field and/or laboratory experience.

PREFERRED: Master's degree in anthropology, archeology, or a closely related field; Meet the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Professional Qualifications for Archeology; experience in Nebraska or Great Plains archeology. This position requires frequent in-state day trips and occasional overnight travel lasting up to one week.

OTHER:  Valid driver's license or provide independent authorized transportation.  


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Familiarity with Great Plains archeology, diagnostic artifacts, and site locations
• Ability to understand, interpret and apply historic preservation and cultural resource regulations, policies, procedures, and laws
• Excellent problem solving skills, including the ability to establish priorities and make decisions independently
• Effective interpersonal skills and ability to interact professionally with project planners, environmental professionals, landowners, and members of the public with varied interests and needs
• Strong organizational skills, able to multi-task, and can manage time to meet frequently changing deadlines
• Physical ability to conduct field survey and excavation, including to walk long distances, carry equipment, excavate by trowel and shovel, transport soil in buckets.   



Kylie Hatten
Human Resources Administrator


1500 R Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508-1651

t . 402-471-4779  |  f . 402-471-3100
kylie.hatten@... |

Preserving the Past. Building the Future




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