Archaeological Research Institute

ARI Post-Baccalaureate Public Archaeology Program 

Spend your gap year with ARI advancing your career in archaeology…

The ARI Post-Baccalaureate Public Archaeology Program has been designed to help students advance their skills in archaeology and prepare them for graduate archaeology and anthropology programs. Our program is selective, participants will have research and presentation exposure and provide opportunities for networking and professional growth. We challenge our students to do their own outreach within the tri-state to build programs and research. We work with students on developing grant writing skills, completing applications, public speaking, and educational program development. A year as an ARI PA will make your grad-school application stand out.

What is the ARI Post-Bac Program?  

  • ARI post-baccalaureate (post-bac) program in archaeology is designed for students who have a bachelor’s degree (in any discipline) and who are seeking additional preparation for anthropology-oriented graduate programs and/or careers.
  • 2,080 Hour Program

Why Enroll in the ARI Post Bac Program?

  • Doing a post-baccalaureate, or “post-bac” program, isn’t a career in itself, but a step toward a career in archaeology/anthropology.
  • Admissions directors indicated that having taken additional structured instructional programs, having research experience, having anthropology-oriented work or internship experience, and having strong letters of recommendation were all important factors in admissions decisions. If you are weak in any of these areas, post-bac programs may be able to help you strengthen your application, in so much as structured certifications/trainings, research opportunities, internship opportunities, networking opportunities and/or individualized advising.
  • Our post-bac program is also designed to benefit individuals who are seeking a career change or advancement in a career that values archaeology-related knowledge and public communication skills.
  • Learn how to research and write grant applications for program funding.
  • Prepares you for the rigors of grad school.

What are the Learning Outcomes?

By the end of the program a post-bac will be able to:

  • Conduct fieldwork including survey, excavation, mapping, and maintaining corresponding records
  • Process, stabilize, analyze, and access artifacts
  • Write technical archaeological reports
  • Engage the public through outreach or educational opportunities
  • Present research to the professional archaeological community
  • Write grant applications for program funding

What is the Program Length?

  • 1-2 years – Must accumulate a total of 2080 hours – and work the following average hours per week throughout the year
    • One Year – 2080 hours (Full-Time 40hrs/week)  o 1.5 years – 2080 Hours (Part-time 27hrs/week)
    • 2 years – 2080 Hours (Part-time 20hrs/week)

What are the Benefits?

  • Career and Education Advising  Structure
  • Professional Development
  • Flexible Scheduling & Program Length
    • Part-Time
    • Full-Time
  • Experience
  • Skill Building
  • Research
  • Publications
  • Cohorts
  • Certifications
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Compensation: Pay/Scholarships

Who should apply? 

The ARI post-bac position is ideal for recent college graduates looking to take a gap-year to explore the possibilities of a career in archaeology. A strong candidate will have one (but not necessarily all) of the following skill-sets or experience:

  • A senior thesis
  • GIS Certificate
  • Botanical or naturalist certifications
  • Classes or experiences in North American Archaeology
  • Proficiency in Illustrator or other graphics programs
  • Classes or experience in artifact curation/museum studies

What are the Requirements? 

  • Must have completed an archaeological field school
    • Need an archeology field school?  Apply & Enroll in the ARI RPA Certified Field School this summer!
  • Must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited University
  • Be available to work on Public Facing Days: Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays at a minimum

Positions available: 4 

How to apply:  Fill out application online and submit all documentation.

  • ARI Application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/ CV
  • Transcripts
  • Three Letters of Recommendation

Job Title:   Public Archaeologist

Part-time to Full-Time: $10+/hour plus education stipend and benefits from AmeriCorps

Job Description:  The purpose of this position is to bring the mission of ARI to life through responsible, ethical, methodical attention to procedure and detail in our archaeological research and through public education. The Public Archaeologist’s (PA) primary responsibilities are to educate the public and assist in archaeological research. Helping to monitor and teach field and lab work performed by interns, students, volunteers, and visitors in public archaeology programs, and assisting research and reports. The position will consist of a combination of public interpretation, fieldwork, and lab work. ARI is dedicated to public archaeology, as such, the PA will be required to act as an ambassador of the organization to the public. All tasks and duties described below will involve working alongside, and the education of, interested members of the public.

Reports to:      

  • Senior Archaeologist (SA)
  • Education & Outreach Program Coordinator (EOPC)
  • Archaeology Coordinator (AC)
  • Tribal Archaeology Coordinator (TAC)
  • Executive Director (ED)
  • Site Supervisor (SS) if funded by AmeriCorps

Works with:  

  • Director of Resource Development
  • Members of the Public
  • Volunteers              I
  • Interns & Students

Duties and Tasks:

30% Public Interpretation: The PA will be expected to conduct tours, lead educational activities, and assist public volunteers in learning the skills of archaeology. As part of this role the PA 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.
    • Program Leader – lead visitor tours and experiences

18% Program Management:

    • Day-to-day management of, and participation in, ARI archaeological Programming of all types and sizes.
    • Check in visitors
    • Collect Donations & Encourage Visitors to become volunteers or ARI supporters
    • Sell ARI Merchandise in the Gift Shop and at the Visitor Center

12.5% Field Work:

    • The PA will be expected assist in ARI excavations, including shovel tests, unit and feature excavation, and surface collection.

12.5% Lab Work:

  • The PA 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.

10% 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

10% Writing & Reports:

  • Assist in writing archaeological reports
  • Assist in writing program hand-outs, website content, blogs, newsletter content that relates to ARI research, programming for public audiences

8% Research:

  • Conduct research using documents, maps, and aerial photos
  • Research and Report on new concepts in Public Archaeology relevant to ARI, Inc and its programming


  • Work five days a week – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Tuesdays through Saturdays
  • Attend Tuesday PA Meetings 10AM with supervisors
  • Remote work during 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
  • Business Casual on nonpublic facing days in the lab
  • Maintain a professional character while working with the staff, volunteers, public and students
  • Communicate with the AC, PC, 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

  • Experience working with and educating the public about archaeology & history
  • Passion for bringing the past to life and encouraging the public to become stewards of the past
  • The ideal candidate will be well-organized, with strong communication skills and broad experience in all phases of archaeological investigations
  • Member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists
  • Strong computer skills
  • Ability to quickly solve problems that may arise over the course of an investigation
  • Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, or related fields
  • Pass Federal/Indiana Background Check


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.  

ARI recognizes that these peoples are not of the past, but are vibrant living nations. ARI recognizes that Native Americans are a diverse, resilient people with a deep enduring history worth knowing.  In that light ARI extends our respect to all Native peoples both past and present.  

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