Position- Research Station Archeologist

The Arkansas Archeological Survey (ARAS) invites applications for a permanent, full-time position as Research Station Archeologist based at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, just south of Little Rock. The responsibilities of station archeologists are multifaceted and dynamic, ranging from academic scholarship to public outreach and preservation. Research is integral to ARAS’ mission, and the qualified candidate will develop an innovative research program in their designated station area, conduct said research individually and in collaboration with colleagues and/or descendant communities, seek internal and external funding to support their endeavors, and present and publish the results of scholarship in local, regional, and national venues. Ample resources are available to the successful candidate, including but not limited to rich existing collections and opportunities for new research throughout the lower Arkansas River Valley; the ability to hire a full-time station assistant; a station vehicle and basic field equipment; strong existing relationships with descendant communities; and support from the University of Arkansas Fayetteville through an associated Research Professorial appointment. While research specialty is open, we particularly welcome scholars interested in studying the African diaspora and the African American experience in Arkansas as UAPB is the only HBCU in the University of Arkansas System, or French Colonial archeology associated with nearby Arkansas Post National Memorial. The station’s research territory also has sites associated with early Quapaw history and a full sweep of precontact sites dating back to the first peopling of the area. Station archeologists also contribute to their host institutions and teach two courses per year. ARAS also emphasizes public outreach and the development of educational materials and projects, while also providing support to the Arkansas Archeological Society (https://arkarch.org) and their associated programs such as local chapter activities and the annual Training Program. All research station archeologists are supported by a Coordinating Office and nine other stations with associated staff, as well as technical resources including 3D scanning, drone-based photogrammetry, RTI imaging, remote sensing (e.g., resistivity/conductivity, magnetometry, GPR) and a range of archeometric capabilities, as well as fiscal and grant administration support.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in anthropology, archeology, or a closely related field from an accredited institution of higher education conferred by the start of employment
  • Field and research experience in North America east of the Rocky Mountains
  • Experience teaching at college/university level (TA experience included)

Applicable equivalencies may be considered on the above qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in the archeology of the North American Southeast or Midwest
  • Experience/success in acquiring external funding in support of research
  • Experience in public archeology
  • Experience in working with avocational archeologists, descendant communities, and local, state, and federal agency officials

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA):

  • Knowledge of North American archeology east of the Rocky Mountains with preferred specialization in the North American Southeast or Midwest
  • Skill in archeological field and lab methods, preparation of publications and grant proposals, working on collaborative projects involving organizational team members, and completing assignments in a timely manner
  • Ability to provide teaching and related service to the ARAS research station host institutions; to the Arkansas Archeological Society and interested members of the general public; and to municipal, state, federal agency, and descendant community stakeholders

Additional Information:

Salary Information:


Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Resume

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Recruitment Contact Information:

Dr. Carl Drexler, Research Station Archeologist, cdrexler@uark.edu

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site https://uasys.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/UASYS