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Historic Preservation Researcher-LTE

LTE Employment with Museum Archaeology Program

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Historic Preservation Researcher-LTE


This is a LTE position with the Museum Archaeology Program (MAP) of the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS).  Work hours will be between 7:00am and 6:00pm, Monday through Friday.  The hourly range for the role is between $16.00-$17.90/hour depending on prior work experience and qualifications.  This position will be located at state office buildings in Madison, Wisconsin.


The WHS is seeking one (1) full-time Historic Preservation Specialist - Historic Preservation Researcher to conduct research to assess the potential for proposed construction projects and land and resource planning efforts to impact human burial sites and historic properties within the state of Wisconsin.  The MAP is an active field research program within the WHS.  The Program conducts historical and archaeological research on behalf of governmental entities in compliance with federal and state historic preservation legislation.  The Program operates with a year-round staff of twenty, and a seasonal staff of between thirty to fifty archaeologists.  During its 60 year history, over 1,600 student and professional archaeologists, architectural historians and curators have participated in the completion of over 12,000 research projects.


The Historic Preservation Researcher performs research under the direction of the MAP director.  The incumbent also assists in the development of methodologies to minimize or avoid adverse effect on cultural resources and burial sites.  This research is the critical first step in the successful completion of the historical properties investigations under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, or determining the impact of public projects on human burial sites and cultural resources under Wisconsin statutes.


There is a wide range in the complexity of tasks performed within this classification. Specifically, these duties include summarizing archaeological and historical research for specific topics, preparing adequate notes and records documenting the consulted resources, and assisting in the maintenance of cultural resources survey and inventory records.  This individual will compile tables of data and complete standardized forms to document the research.  The completed research is reviewed by the Program Director and consulting state agency(ies), and submitted to the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPO) for their comment.


The Historic Preservation Researcher conducts background research and archival research for each project following professionally recognized methods and techniques.  The incumbent identifies archeological resources, human burial sites, and historic properties which may be impacted by undertakings proposed by the consulting governmental entity.  The Historic Preservation Researcher completes reports and standardized forms summarizing the results of research and recommendations to minimize and/or avoid impacts to the cultural resources.  The incumbent also enters cultural resource data and historic preservation commitments into project management and tracking data programs.


 In addition, the Historic Preservation Researcher may work on specific tasks depending upon their interests, background, and areas of expertise. These may include:

  • Conducting research using public/government records.
  • Conducting research involving a variety of technical historic preservation topics.


A well-qualified applicant will have the following Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Course work in anthropology, archaeology, architectural history or historic preservation, and at least one year of professional experience on historic preservation projects.
  • Knowledge of archaeology, in general, and the archaeology of the Upper Great Lakes Region in particular.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to organize and maintain records in a consistent and usable fashion.
  • Ability to develop a research process, and conduct research through to completion in a timely manner.
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints, engineering/construction plans, topographical maps, aerial photographs, historical plats and atlas.
  • Ability to lift boxes of documents weighing up to 40 pounds.
  • Must be able to legally operate a motor vehicle in the state of Wisconsin.
  • Must be a Wisconsin resident at the time of hire.



The following Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities are also preferred.

  • Experience with, professional archaeological research methods, field and laboratory techniques appropriate to archaeological survey and excavation.
  • Experience in the field of American architectural history.
  • To meet the minimum professional qualifications for ‘archaeologist’ and/or ‘architectural historian’ as established in Archaeology and Historic Preservation; Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines (36 C.F.R. Part 61).
  • Experience using Microsoft Office Suite including Excel, Access, Word and Outlook.
  • Experience using Adobe Creative Suite including Adobe Pro DC.



A criminal background check will be conducted prior to offer of employment to determine if the circumstances of any conviction may be related to the job.  The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires employers to hire only individuals who are eligible to work in the United States. Upon reporting for work, an individual will be expected to present proper evidence establishing employability.


Please submit electronically a cover letter addressing qualifications for this position and a resume. Submit to: hr@wisconsinhistory.org


Application materials will be accepted until the needs of the Program have been met.  Materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. The Wisconsin Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer.