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Senior Archaeologist

Date Posted:  May 9, 2024
Requisition ID:  440598

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


Work for Indiana


Begin a fulfilling career with the State of Indiana by joining one of the largest employers in the state, offering a diverse range of opportunities across 60+ agencies. At the state, you'll find competitive compensation, a robust benefits package and a commitment to work-life balance. Most importantly, you'll have the chance to make a real and measurable impact on the lives of Hoosiers across Indiana.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion—we make it our goal to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace with a workforce that is representative of Indiana's population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to complete the application and interview process as well as perform the essential functions of a role.


About the Indiana Department of Transportation:

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) provides a dynamic workplace that serves Indiana citizens, improves our state’s quality of life, and enhances its economic opportunity. INDOT has a number of innovative programs and projects, including Public-Private Partnerships, Green Initiatives, and cutting-edge uses of materials and assets. As part of the State of Indiana, INDOT offers a competitive total compensation package, as well as outstanding work/life balance. Whether you are an established professional in the transportation field or just starting your career, INDOT has exciting and challenging opportunities for you. 


Role Overview: 

As the Senior Archaeologist, you will be responsible for ensuring compliance with federal and state historic preservation laws. You will provide technical assistance to INDOT offices, Local Public Agencies, and consultants on archaeological, Section 106, and other cultural resources related issues during the planning, design, construction, and implementation of transportation-related activities statewide. You will supervise a staff of archaeologists, manage on-call archaeology contracts, and establish procedures, practices, and policies for the department. Applicants should have experience interpreting and applying Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Supervisory experience is preferred. Qualified applicants must meet the Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualification Standards for archaeology as per 36 CFR Part 61, and should meet (or soon meet) the State of Indiana's requirements for a Principal Investigator as per 312 IAC 21-3-4(b). Come be part of a team of cultural resources professionals working on a wide variety of projects at the forefront of archaeology in the state of Indiana!



The salary for this position traditionally starts at $67,314.00 but may be commensurate with education or work experience.



This position is in INDOT's Central Office, Indianapolis Environmental Services.


A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Directly supervise a staff performing supervisory administrative duties.
  • Schedule work assignments, sets priorities, directs, and reviews work, trains new employees, hires new employees and participates in grievance procedures.
  • Responsible for implementing and administering programs, contracts, or other activities to obtain and or maintain compliance with environmental laws and regulations regarding hazardous material or waste management, immediate spill or leak response, long-term remedial actions, water discharge permits, air quality permits, underground storage tanks and all other programs as it pertains to environmental compliance at facilities located throughout the state.
  • Coordinate activities with the federal supervisory environmental specialist and federal or state regulatory agencies.
  • Coordinate on-site inspections with regulatory agencies and follows-up with appropriate documentation.
  • Conduct and/or coordinate necessary environmental data-gathering actions, studies, field investigations or remedial actions.
  • Identify project funding requirements and prepares contract statements of work.
  • Act as liaison and or point-of-contact between regulatory agencies as needed.
  • Recruit, select, onboard, and train employees to ensure role responsibilities and expectations are clearly understood while providing opportunities to continue professional development.
  • Set expectations, measure progress, provide ongoing feedback, and evaluate the performance of employees.  Ensure work adheres to quality standards, deadlines, and proper procedures. 

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time. 

What You'll Need for Success:

You must meet the following requirement to be considered for employment:

  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations.
  • Ability to prepare and review technical reports and findings.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to traverse difficult terrain and structure.
  • Knowledge of sampling procedures and quality assurance protocols.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role may provide direct supervision for one or more staff members.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness Rewards Program: Complete wellness activities to earn gift card rewards
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance
  • Referral Bonus program
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruiting, selecting, developing, and promoting employees based on individual ability and job performance. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all people in all aspects of employer-employee relations without discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, or veteran status. We will comply with the spirit as well as the letter of all applicable state and federal laws. 


If you are a qualified individual with a disability and require reasonable accommodations to complete this application, you can request assistance by contacting the Indiana State Personnel Department at [email protected].


The State of Indiana has established a culture that welcomes equity, inclusion, and opportunity for all employees and applicants. We encourage you to apply if you feel you have the transferrable skills to be successful in this position and we look forward to reviewing your application.


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