Career Opportunity

Wapsi Valley Archaeology, Inc.

If you love Archaeology;

But you’re tired of working for a big corporation or academia, or just want a change;

If you want to do field archaeology finding, testing, and excavating sites, and you don’t mind digging a few holes along the way;

If you don’t mind the heat and the cold because it’s the Midwest,

If you have a Master’s degree or Ph.D. and meet Secretary of the Interior’s qualifications;

If you have solid experience running projects, and want to use it doing creative work;

If you have strong field judgment and understand the nuances of Section 106;

If you write well and you’re proficient in ArcGIS;

Or have other specializations or skills you’d like to share with us;

And can offer creative insights;

And play well with others professionally;

And work well under deadlines;

And you’d like to learn new skills, accept new responsibilities, and be challenged with meaningful, interesting work;


Then we have an opportunity for you:


Position Opening: Archaeologist/Principal Investigator (Full Time)

Interesting Projects, Opportunities to Grow Professionally, Supportive and Safe Work Environment

Salary Range: $55,000-73,000


Wapsi Valley Archaeology, Inc. seeks a Principal Investigator to join our research team! We are looking for someone who is knowledgeable about Midwestern archaeology and Section 106 work; is open to working closely with others; and enjoys fieldwork, analysis, and writing. This person should be willing and able to supervise others in the field and lab. The position will involve (weekly) travel for field projects.


If you’re looking for a position that is with a mid-sized company with a very different culture from a large corporate firm or academia, we may be a great fit! We offer opportunities to delve into a range of projects at all levels of research. We have a collaborative work environment and many opportunities for expanding your skill set and for growing professionally. We have a number of interesting projects lined up for the fall and spring, and we’re excited about archaeology and want you to be, too!


Responsibilities will include:


·       Directing Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III archaeological projects in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and other states. 

·       Conduct analysis of both prehistoric and historic archaeological assemblages.

·       Author reports individually and with others as part of a research team.

·       Utilize spatial data with GIS.


Position Requirements

·       Meets Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Standards in Archaeology (both Prehistoric and Historic preferred)

·       M.A. or Ph.D. in Anthropology/Archaeology

·       Strong proficiency in GIS

·       Experience supervising field projects

·       Strong research and writing skills

·       Familiarity with archaeology and geomorphology of the region is preferred



This is a full-time, professional salaried position with health insurance, dental insurance, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, and additional PTO for extended travel. We also provide paid travel expenses for presenting at professional conferences and serving on professional boards. Our office is dog friendly.


About This Area

Wapsi Valley Archaeology’s office is located in the Main Street Historic District in Anamosa, Iowa. Anamosa is the seat of Jones County and lies in rolling hills adjacent to the Wapsipinicon River and a beautiful state park. This is a quiet, rural area. We’re within commuting distance from Marion (20 minutes), Cedar Rapids (30 minutes), and Iowa City (45 minutes). The cost of living here is 13% below the national average, and housing is quite affordable. We can offer assistance in finding a place to live and with moving expenses.



We encourage all who are interested to apply! Please send a cover letter and CV to:


Nurit Finn, President

Wapsi Valley Archaeology, Inc.

126 East Main Street, Anamosa, Iowa



Feel free to call if you have any questions:

Telephone (319) 462-4760


Wapsi Valley Archaeology, Inc. does not discriminate on the grounds of race, religion, age, creed, physical or mental disability, color, sex, actual or perceived gender orientation/identity, ethnicity, national origin, familial status, or protected veteran status in its employment practices, in the selection and retention of subconsultants, and in its procurement of materials and leases.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, age, creed, physical or mental disability, color, sex, actual or perceived gender orientation/identity, ethnicity, national origin, familial status, protected veteran status, or otherwise, as required by law.  Please tell us if you are a Section 3 Resident under the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968.

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