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Argonne National Laboratory

Cultural Resource Specialist



Full Time

On Site


Lemont, Illinois, United States

You are invited to apply for a cultural research specialist position in EVS to conduct environmental studies on the effects of human activities on cultural resources (archaeological and historical) and cultural landscapes and report the analyses and conclusions from these studies in technical reports, environmental impact statements, environmental assessments, and other documents. Frequently work as team or project leader on assignments related to cultural resources.

In this role you will:

  • Collect, analyze, and evaluate data to characterize the impacts of projects and/or climate change on cultural resources; develop appropriate mitigation plans for sites or resources affected.
  • Develop and submit scopes of work for archaeological contractors and review and evaluate proposals.
  • Manage and oversee contracts, including job safety analyses, contract modifications, fieldwork, and deliverables.
  • Review technical materials for quality and accuracy and ensure compliance with project requirements, schedules, and budgets.
  • Support archaeological investigations by planning and conducting field activities, analyzing data, conducting laboratory analysis, writing reports, and curating final deliverables.
  • Prepare quality written materials detailing the analyses, findings, and conclusions of scientific work for use in technical reports, environmental assessments, regulatory compliance documents, and journal papers, books, or reports.
  • Testify as an expert witness at public hearings if required.
  • When appropriate, actively participate in seminars, conferences, and other scientific meetings.
  • Enhance the skills and recognition of Argonne’s Department of Natural and Sociocultural Systems by writing and providing peer-reviewed journal publications.
  • Enhance department’s overall workforce quality through participation in professional development or technical meetings to maintain an understanding of the current state-of-the science.
  • Support marketing and program development efforts by supporting PIs/PMs in their development and marketing of new initiatives (e.g., input to proposal development).
  • Coordinate cultural resource team activities as they relate to project tasks.

Position Requirements

  • Must meet qualifications set forth in the Secretary of the Interior Standards and Guidelines.

  • Social science research skills including knowledge of historical research, archaeological techniques, and regional cultural history.

  • Analyzing data and formulating sound conclusions that will withstand the intense scrutiny of professional peers and legal experts.

  • Geospatial analysis and proficiency in Geographic Information Systems.
  • Knowledge of archaeological survey practice, data recovery techniques, and curation standards.
  • Effective oral and written communications, including experience in the development of statements of work for a broad array of sponsors and record of peer-reviewed publications.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with colleagues and sponsors, including the ability to effectively lead and coordinate team activities as they relate to project tasks.
  • Knowledge of historic preservation laws and documentation procedures.
  • Knowledge of the NEPA process.
  • Business acumen preferred.
  • Ability to model Argonne’s core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity, and teamwork.
  • RD2: Master’s and 3+ years of experience, or Doctorate and 0+ years. The Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation requires a Master’s degree.

Job Family

Research Development (RD)

Job Profile

Environmental Science and Engineering 2

Worker Type

Long-Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type

Full time

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and in accordance with our core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity and teamwork, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Argonne employees, and certain guest researchers and contractors, are subject to particular restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Sponsored or Affiliated Activities, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A. You will be asked to disclose any such participation in the application phase for review by Argonne's Legal Department.

All Argonne offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes an assessment of criminal conviction history conducted on an individualized and case-by-case basis. Please be advised that Argonne positions require upon hire (or may require in the future) for the individual be to obtain a government access authorization that involves additional background check requirements. Failure to obtain or maintain such government access authorization could result in the withdrawal of a job offer or future termination of employment.

Please note that all Argonne employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. All successful applicants will be required to provide their COVID-19 vaccination verification as a condition of employment, subject to limited legally recognized exemptions to COVID-19 vaccination.