Archaeological Research Institute

Archaeology Coordinator

Full-Time: $15-$20/hour or $40k-50K* Depending upon Experience

Job Description

The purpose of this position is to assist the Senior Archaeologist (SA) and bring the mission of ARI to life through responsible, ethical, methodical attention to procedure and detail in our archaeological research. The Archaeology Coordinator’s (AC) primary responsibilities are to assist the (SA) in excavations as a Co PI, monitoring field and lab work performed by interns, students, volunteers, and public archaeologists, assist the SA in writing site reports and proposals, and help develop our public, interpretive, and outreach materials. The position will consist of a combination of fieldwork, lab work, and public interpretation. ARI is dedicated to public archaeology, as such, the AC will be required to act as an ambassador to the public, write reports. All tasks and duties described below will involve working alongside, and education of, interested members of the public.

Reports To: 

  • Senior Archaeologist (SA)
  • Executive Director (ED)

Works With:

  • Director of Resource Development & Marketing (DRDM)
  • Members of the Public
  • Visitors
  • Volunteers
  • Interns & Students
  • Education & Outreach Program Coordinator (EOPC)


  • Public Archaeologists (PA)
  • Visitors
  • Volunteers
  • Interns & Students

Full Time Benefits:

  • Health Insurance 80/20 Split
  • SIMPLE IRA – Retirement Contribution – up to 3% matching
  • Four Weeks Paid Vacation
  • Five Paid Sick Day

Professional Development:

  • NMAI – Native Knowledge 360 Training & Certification
  • Monthly Lunch & Learn Sessions – SAA & other programming
  • Opportunities to Gain ARI Certifications if needed or desired
  • Networking

Duties and Tasks: (Listed in order of importance and quantity)

  • 25% Public Interpretation:
    • The AC will be expected to help conduct tours, lead educational activities, and assist public volunteers in learning the skills of archaeology. As part of this role the AC will be expected to assist in the development of the ARI Base Camp as a learning center and museum.
    • Site & Learning Center Host– welcome visitors to the site or learning center, gauge their interest and reason for stopping in for a visit.
  • 25% Archaeology Work
    • Field Work:
      • The AC will be expected assist in the leadership of ARI excavations, including shovel tests, unit and feature excavation, and surface collection. Obtain Co-PI status from the IDNR to assist and manage excavation monitoring when PI is absent.
      • Organize field and lab crews, monitoring and standardizing procedures through best practices.
    • Lab Work:
      • The AC will be expected to assist in the cleaning, sorting, and analysis of artifacts at the ARI Base Camp. This will include creating and maintaining an artifact inventory and assisting in writing reports, as necessary.
  • 25% Project Management:
    • Day-to-day management of, and participation in, archaeological projects of all types and sizes.
    • Managing the Excavation Site & Lab – Prepping the site for visitors, making sure staff, interns, volunteers and visitors have tasks and focus for the day
    • Managing and keep track of equipment at the dig site and in the lab
    • Conducting preliminary research on projects, overseeing fieldwork and lab work, and producing final archaeological reports. Some of the duties that they may undertake to this end include:
      • Coordinating projects and fieldwork with other principal investigators
      • Scheduling projects and adhering to project budgets
      • Interviewing/Hiring and organizing field staff, interns, and students
      • Monitoring field and lab procedures
      • Modifying research designs and procedures to ensure that projects are completed within budget and on time
    • 10% Writing & Reports:
      • Responsibilities may also extend to writing archaeological project proposals, including scopes and budgets.
    • 8% Outreach/Program Development:
      • Be a point of contact for the organization and the community with your area of interest in mind. Developing partnerships with other organizations to engage community members and to help joint mission goals. Develop educational programming for the public.
      • Lead educational programs for the public, visitors, volunteers, interns and students
      • Assist in the creation of content for ARI, Inc’s website, pamphlets, educational signage in the center and at excavation site
      • Assist in the development of programming: identify a specific point of need, outline of how to develop and operate the program, and identify funding to assist in the development of the program
    • 8% Research:
      • Conduct research using documents, maps, and aerial photos
      • Develop research designs
      • Research and Report on new concepts in Public Archaeology (PA) relevant to ARI, Inc and its programming


  • Work a minimum of three days a week – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Tuesdays through Saturdays
  • Attend Tuesday Staff Meetings at 8 am in person or virtually
  • Remote work is possible while working on reports, research, and writings
  • Wear ARI Shirt/Name Tag when scheduled to interact with the public at the excavation site, learning center, and lab along with long pants, and sturdy shoes
  • Maintain a professional character while working with the staff, public and students
  • Communicate with SA and ED any concerns or questions regularly
  • Welcome and lead public when in the learning center or in the field
  • Assist in grant research & writing for the organization


Required Background, Experience, and Certifications:

  • Passion for bringing the past to life and encouraging the public to become stewards of the past
  • A desire to innovate archaeology, our role with the public, and methods of outreach
  • Experience in excavation, report writing, and research
  • The ideal candidate will be well-organized, with strong communication skills and broad experience in all phases of archaeological investigations
  • The ideal candidate will have experience working with the public to educate about archaeology and history
  • Member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists
  • Strong computer skills
  • Ability to effectively lead and supervise small to large teams of workers
  • Ability to quickly solve problems that may arise over the course of an investigation
  • Qualify as an Indiana Professional Archaeologist, a principal investigator, or field supervisor with the following:
    • A graduate degree in anthropology or a closely related field with a specialization in archaeology at the graduate level.
    • Three (3) years of experience in anthropology or a related field, consisting of at least two (2) years as a supervisor in archaeological survey and excavation and one (1) year of laboratory cataloging and analysis and the preparation of a research-oriented monograph, thesis, or dissertation.
    • Graduate course work, training, and experience in archaeology, including theory, methods, techniques, cultural areas, and field and laboratory techniques, under the direction of a qualified professional archaeologist.
    • In addition to the requirements contained in subdivisions (1) through (3), the following requirements apply to a project in the areas specified:
      • For a prehistory project, two (2) years of supervisory experience and research in Midwestern archaeology.
      • For a history project, two (2) years of supervisory experience in Midwestern historic archaeology and archival research.
  • A field supervisor, who is eligible to submit draft and final reports for field projects, must have the following:
    • A master’s degree in anthropology or a related field and one (1) year of supervisory experience in survey, excavation, or laboratory techniques.
    • Instead of the requirements under subdivision (1), experience and training under a person who would qualify as a principal investigator and satisfaction of the qualifying examinations required toward a doctor of philosophy degree.
    • Graduate course work, training, and experience in archaeology, including theory, methods, techniques, cultural areas, and field and laboratory techniques, under the direction of a qualified professional archaeologist.