Archaeological Research Institute

Summer Education Program Assistant

Summer Education Program Assistant Position 

Exploring the Past to Preserve the Future!

What is the Summer Education Program Assistant experience? 

The Summer Education Program Assistant (SEPA) supports all aspects of ARI educational programming for K-12 students and will grow their skills in engagement and youth management. The duties include leading programming; plan activities to engage participants in archaeology; assist at the excavation site with guided tours and educational events; and assist in leading various activities in the Learning Center and at the Guard Site. The SEPA will be in a public-facing position and will require good decision-making and communication skills. The SEPA will have flexibility in creating programming and ensuring that the key learning objectives of ARI are being communicated. All staff are expected to conduct themselves according to the standards expected of all volunteers, staff and affiliates as outlined in ARI Inc’s Employee Handbook. 

Position Title:  Summer Education Program Assistant 

Position Description: The purpose of this position is to bring the mission of ARI to life for K-12 students and adults through archaeological research and education. The SEPA would be responsible for providing an immediate face for customer service to all visitors and guests. This role would be responsible for knowing and implementing all programming activities with the help of a Public Archaeologist. This could include instructing visitors in field and laboratory techniques (training provided), leading hikes and tours, engaging with visitors in the Learning Center, and working with school-aged children in a variety of formats. This position will report directly to the Director of Programming to communicate areas of concern, incidents that require follow-up, ideas to improve programming, and requesting all materials and supplies. 

What are the Learning Outcomes? 

By the end of the position, the Summer Education Program Assistant will be able to: 

  • Lead hikes, tours, and programming
  • Create and prepare curriculum 
  • Establish supportive and engaging environments 
  • Generate and communicate clear objectives 
  • Data management and record keeping 
  • Record and assess program success 
  • Identify areas for modification in programming 
  • Engage the public effectively 

Who should apply? 

The Summer Education Program Assistant position is ideal for college students looking to explore the fields of education, archaeology and/or anthropology. Individuals who enjoy working with youth and members of the public.  

What are the Requirements? 

  • At least 18 years of age 
  • CPR and First Aid certifications strongly recommended 
  • Strong communication skills 
  • Two letters of recommendation from non-family members 
  • Be available to work Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-4:30pm 
  • Be able to occasionally lift and/or move up to 30lbs 
  • Be able to work in adverse weather conditions 
  • Be able to walk briskly and over uneven terrain 
  • Be able to stoop, kneel, reach, crouch, or crawl to perform essential job duties 
  • Be able to sit or stand for a prolonged period 
  • Federal and state background check

*Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform their essential duties 

Timeframe of Position: 

3-6 months


  • Living Stipend: $3600
  • Education Award: $1,374.60




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The Archaeological Research Institute (ARI) recognizes that the land we study and steward is the homeland of many peoples. We acknowledge the myaamia (Miami), Shawanwa (Shawnee), Peewaalia (Peoria), Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo) and the multitude of nations who call this their homelands.   ARI recognizes the violence inflicted upon the indigenous Nations of the Ohio Valley, including their forced removal following treaties such as Fort Finney and Greenville. ARI condemns the intentional destruction of their languages and cultures. ARI condemns the continuous discrimination against the living Native peoples throughout the United States.