The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office is seeking an archaeology research intern to help with the development of a proactive, statewide survey program: the Pennsylvania Archaeological Site Survey (PASS).

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This will be an exciting opportunity to conduct research and analysis of existing statewide survey models, and the work will feed into a feasibility study and proposal for the expansion of the current PASS program.

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PA SHPO archaeologists speaking with visitors about site recording at the 2017 State Museum Workshops in Archaeology.

Project Description:

The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) is in the early stages of developing a proactive archaeological survey program under the existing name: Pennsylvania Archaeological Site Survey (PASS). The purpose of this program will be: to expand and maintain our statewide inventory of recorded archaeological sites; to conduct archaeological survey under the Pennsylvania History Code (Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute, Title 37, Historical and Museums); to provide technical assistance about survey and cultural resource management (CRM) planning to other groups and agencies; and to work with new and existing partners to document Pennsylvania’s archaeological heritage. Pilot efforts have been underway since 2017 to conduct limited survey in public lands and incorporate archaeology into State Park CRM plans, and SHPO archaeologists continue to form partnerships with avocational archaeologists, volunteer groups, and universities to encourage site recordation.

The purpose of this internship is to research and analyze other statewide archaeological survey models to feed into a feasibility study and proposal for the future development of the Pennsylvania Archaeological Site Survey. Work will include: research, analysis, and writing; mapping and data entry in CRGIS; and participation in archaeological survey and outreach efforts as the schedule allows.

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PA SHPO staff and interns conducting survey at Laurel Hill State Park.

For more information about the project and application deadlines visit and download the word document at the bottom of the page.

Please note: Applications must be received by 4:30 PM on Friday, March 8, 2019.