Topic ID #36074 - posted 8/25/2015 3:18 PM

MA Field Tech with Crew Chief Experience seeks any position.


C. Tobin


My primary interests are field research and teaching.  It is important to me to use archaeology as a tool for civic engagement as well as teach the principles of leadership, group dynamics, and ethics.  My research interests are monumental architecture and landscapes with a focus on ritual practice, cognition, and economics. 


Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois

M.A. in Anthropology  May 2015

B.A. in Anthropology  May 2010

Thesis Title: Landscapes, Temples, and Colonization in Sicily: A study of Greek sacred architecture and colonization in Sicily to better understand cultural ethnicity.

Awards: Provost Study Abroad competitive Travel Grant (2012), Anthropology Scholar (2010), Sara May Award (2010), Member of Phi Theta Kappa, and Member of the National Society of Colligate Scholars.

Field Experience 

Midwest Archaeological Consultants, LLC, Independent Contractor, Archaeologist

Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin November 2013 - Present

  • Conducted thorough scientific and systematic soil test probes and pedestrian surveys typically without supervision. 
  • Successfully identified archaeological sites or documented project areas void of archaeological material based on first hand survey.
  • Accurately documented a project being mindful of legal implications. 
  • Maintained physical fitness to meet demands of position: extended work hours, intense physical labor, and extreme environmental conditions. 
  • Researched and generated professional reports on projects submitted to the State Historic Preservation Officer. 
  • Co-taught in community outreach programs at Crossroads at Big Creek with elementary and middle school students emphasizing archaeology and science.  Supervised students digging and facilitated an exciting and cooperative learning environment.  

Commonwealth Cultural Resources Group Inc., Archaeological Field Technician 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin  September 2013 - Present

  • Efficiently and correctly used survey techniques for Phase 1 projects. 
  • Conducted thorough scientific and systematic soil test probes on an Enbridge project.
  • Completed Enbridge safety training. 
  • Received positive feedback from peers as well as crew leadership.

NIU, Department of Anthropology: The Elymi Project, Salemi Sicily     Summer 2012

  • Participated in the excavation of three sites thought be the part of the lost city of Halykia.
  • Reported directly to crew-chief and assisted in the supervision of field school students.
  • Promoted to crew-chief of one site and responsible for students and volunteers.
  • Was responsible for accurate note keeping in the job book throughout the excavation. 
  • Had a higher level of involvement in analysis and reports, including stratigraphy forms.  
  • Improved ceramic illustration and mapping skills.
  • Became highly skilled at using a clinometer and magnetic compass.  
  • Worked four weeks on site, then continued three extra weeks conducting Graduate research.

NIU, Department of Anthropology: The Elymi Project, Salemi Sicily    Summer 2010

  • Participated in the excavation of three sites thought be the part of the lost site of Halykia.  
  • Mastered core excavation skills and the European archaeological methodology.
  • Performed basic skills including screening and labeling artifacts.
  • Excelled ceramic illustration and mapping skills.
  • Perfected skills using a transit system, magnetic compass, and clinometer. 
  • Worked four weeks on site.

Professional Experience 

U.S. Army National Guard,: Specialist, Motor Transport Operator    

1644th Transportation Company, Rock Falls, Illinois June 2013 - Present

  • Successfully completed Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training (May 2015).
  • Excelled academically in all training; specifically in combat lifesaving practical exercises.
  • Maintained physical fitness exceeding the Army physical readiness standards.  
  • Completed required monthly drill weekends to maintain training at Recruit Sustainment Program Charlie Company in Machesney Park, IL.  

Teaching Experience 

Freeport School District 145: Substitute Teacher     August 2012 – Present

Stephenson County Historical Society and Museum         May 2008 – September 2013

Archaeologist (program developer), Accessions Manager, Exhibit Designer, Collections Intern

NIU, Department of Anthropology: Lecturer August 2011 – December 2011

Course: Anthropology 312: Egyptian Archaeology.

NIU, Department of Anthropology: Head Teaching Assistant     August 2011 – July 2012

NIU, Department of Anthropology: Teaching Assistant August 2010 – July 2011

Courses: Anthropology 210: Introduction to Archaeology (Spring 2011, Spring 2012), Anthropology 120: Introduction to Human Diversity (Fall 2011, Spring 2012), Anthropology 102: Rise of Civilizations (Fall 2010). 

Additional Skills and Certifications 

  • Proficient in “R” computer programing language.  Experience with Windows and Mac OSX computer operating systems.  
  • Experienced in Geographic Information Systems, specifically Quantum GIS, an open source program, and Google Earth.  
  • Type 44 words per minute and has extensive experience with word processing programs, as well as Microsoft Office Suite and Apache Open Office.
  • Experienced in Wilderness First Aid and CPR/AED training. 
  • Boy Scouts of America: Certified Merit Badge Counselor in Archaeology.


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