Topic ID #38016 - posted 2/2/2017 11:55 AM

Archaeologist I-Crew Supervisor - WA

Jennifer Palmer


This position involves assisting in Cultural Resource management projects conducted under the direction of the Swinomish Tribal Historic Preservation Office.  Potential project duties involve archaeological survey, testing, excavation and monitoring.  This job involves off-trail walking in dense forests and steep slopes and working in all weather conditions.  This position involves the routine completion of paperwork and forms and may require report writing and research duties.  Successful applicants will be expected to oversee the work of a field crew.  This position has a teaching and mentorship component.  Successful applicants are expected to be able to teach less-experienced crew members standard, professional archaeological techniques such as excavation, screening, paperwork, and artifact identification.  
This position is being advertised for a specific project on the Swinomish Reservation with an expected  two-week duration. However, we plan to create pool eligible employees that we can draw from for other periodic, intermittent archaeological work in the future.  

Assistance with leading professional archaeological field work. 
Instruction of less experienced field crews.  
Archaeological survey, testing, and excavation projects.
Excavation units, hand digging and screening. 
Handling of artifacts and cultural materials.  
Cultural monitoring: the observation of construction activities in order to protect cultural resources.
Completion of field forms and paperwork. 
Report writing and editing.
Written and verbal communication and positive teamwork.
Adherence to safety rules and PPE requirement when on a construction site. 
A Bachelor’s degree in anthropology or closely related field.   
Minimum five years’ archaeological field experience with at least some of that experience in Washington State.  
Experience with archaeological survey, recovery, and monitoring projects.  
Must be able to walk up to 8 miles per day and lift 50 pounds. 
Must have a good attitude, willingness to learn, be a hard worker, and help ensure project success. 
This position will involve working with sensitive cultural objects and sites and confidentiality of such information is required.   
Fundamental knowledge of all or most standard archaeological field techniques as well as the basics of Washington State cultural history.  
Experience with computers and the Microsoft Office suite.
A high ethical standard and respect for cultural sites and materials including maintaining the confidentiality of information associated with these projects is required.   
Prior experience identifying and recording archaeological sites.
Applicants must be knowledgeable about archaeological artifact and feature identification.
Experience working with the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community preferred.  
Knowledge of the history and cultural landscape of the Swinomish Tribe preferred.
Prior experience directing field archaeology projects is preferred.  
Prior completion of Washington State site inventory forms preferred.
Experience with Trimble GPS units and Terrasync software is also preferred.    
Must have a valid Washington State Driver’s License.
Must be able to pass a drug screening. 

This is a temporary, on-call position that may be extended.
Work will only be available when periodic cultural resource management projects take place.  
Work is primarily in the field.
Work may be in an active construction site. 
Work will require bending, lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds and walking over rough and sometimes steep and overgrown terrain. 
Work performed in an environment which involves everyday risks or discomforts and adverse weather conditions.

Preference in hiring for this position shall be extended first to SITC tribal members; to spouses, parents and children of SITC tribal members; to members of other federal recognized tribes then to all others who also meet the minimum qualifications of the position.


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