Topic ID #39008 - posted 12/11/2017 10:35 AM

Review and Compliance Archaeologist- Agua Caliente THPO, Palm Springs, CA

Pattie Ann

Under the direction of Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Director of Historic Preservation/Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, the Archaeologist’s primary responsibilities include responding to requests for tribal consultation and coordination of consultation under certain historic preservation laws.  The Archaeologist may be required to perform field archaeology, cultural monitoring activities and assist the Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) department with all other needed tasks.

Job Requirements:

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (other duties may be assigned)

  • Review projects for compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act, and its implementing regulations, as well as other cultural resource laws and regulations such as ARPA, NAGPRA, American Indian Religious Freedom Act, CEQA, and other Historic Preservation laws.
  • Performs research and writes reports assessing the archaeological impacts of proposed land use or development projects.
  • Review project-based documentation including scoping requests, environmental assessments, archaeological reports, ethnographic information, and maps to assess impacts to historic resources.
  • Functions as the principal investigator during survey, excavation and recordation of subsurface features and artifacts, and for writing research designs to test/evaluate sites for the National register of Historic Places (NRHP).
  • Review associated background data and mitigation requirements for project review and compliance.
  • Conduct archaeological field surveys and archaeological monitoring; and author associated technical reports with DPR forms, and maps created using ArcGIS.
  • Use GPS equipment for field data collection.
  • Prepare artifacts for curation.
  • Assist with research as needed.
  • Attend meetings on behalf of the THPO department.
  • Maintain all records according to departmental standards.
  • Must work as a team player and assist the department in all other duties needed.
  • Comply with all applicable ACBCI System of Internal Controls, Standard Operating Procedures, and all Tribal Regulations.


  • Master’s degree in anthropology, archaeology, historic preservation or a related field.
  • Minimum of 5-10 years of practical experience as a field archaeologist including 3-5 years supervising employees, or combination of related education and experience.
  • Understanding of archaeological field, laboratory, reporting, research methods and curatorial practices.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Federal laws, state laws and regulations that govern historic preservation and environmental requirements.
  • Demonstrated experience in carrying out tribal consultation and compliance activities under historic preservation regulations–including interpretation, analysis, and enforcement.
  • Experience working for or with Tribal governments and indigenous communities.
  • Excellent writing and verbal skills.
  • Excellent time management skills and work ethic.
  • Computer literate including experience with ArcGIS, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Adobe.
  • Ability to conduct fieldwork in extreme weather.
  • Ability to work both independently with little direction and in a group with direction.
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively.
  • Experience working with GPS, ArcGIS and Trimble units.
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