Applied Archaeology for CRM Careers (CRMFS)

Session I: May 8-June 4, 2022
Session II: August 28-September 24, 2022


CRMFS is a four-week, intensive field school experience designed to provide students with job-ready skills to enter the workforce as archaeological field technicians in the Cultural Resource Management (CRM) industry. Students will learn key skills necessary for CRM jobs, including survey, surface collection, shovel-testing, excavation, laboratory techniques, relevant laws, and reporting. Students will learn the entire process of CRM practices, from data collection to data reporting and mitigation. Practical field and laboratory activities are supplemented by relevant readings and formal lectures.

CRMFS is offered as collaborative program by the CAA and the Center for Field Sciences.

Students may enroll in one of the two sessions for 8 academic credits.


Tuition includes room, all meals Monday-Friday, breakfast and lunch Saturday, supplies, and instruction.

4 Weeks: $4,800


Students reside in Kamp Dorm, which is located above the CAA’s museum in the historic Kamp Store. Kamp Dorm includes beds, showers, restrooms, as well as a shared microwave and refrigerator. You must bring your own bedding. Our facilities are approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health, and meet the Illinois Youth Camp Act’s criteria.

Kamp Dorm is located in the historic Kamp Store.

How to Enroll

Students should enroll through the Center for Field Sciences’ website:


A limited number of full scholarships, excluding travel to and from the field school, are available for the Spring CRMFS program (May 8-June 4).

Scholarship Requirements

In order to qualify, applicants must:

  • be able to legally work in the US,
  • complete the field school,
  • be willing and available to accept work at a leading CRM company in the western United States should they receive an offer,
  • have access to a reliable vehicle and means of communication to facilitate their working for a CRM company (after field school).

To Apply for the Scholarship

Send a resume and cover letter to with the subject “CFS CRM Field School Scholarship Application.” Your resume should include one academic and one professional reference. Your cover letter should include your motivation for seeking this opportunity and express your willingness and ability to accept a job offer should one be made. Members of traditionally underrepresented communities are encouraged to discuss this in their cover letter.

The deadline for scholarships is March 28, 2022