Topic ID #40577 - posted 1/18/2019 12:05 PM

Archaeology Ethnographer/Interpreter


BRIC is seeking a part time project specific Dine Speaking Archaeology Ethnographer for work

conducted on the Navajo Nation.The start date is Feb 1, 2019 or sooner if possible, and the position

duration is open ended. All projects conducted on Navajo Nation require ethnographic interviews to

determine potential impacts of a project on Traditional Cultural Properties (TCP) formal or informal; or other traditional places or properties within project areas of potential effect (APE). The ethnographer is responsible for conducting interviews with designated persons determined by the project scope of work and location. This is a project specific position requiring 1 or more days per project. Contracts will determine project specific needs. 


Duties and Responsibilities:  

Travel to specific locations and conduct personal TCP interviews/ethnographies with local individuals and chapter representatives in support of cultural resources compliance. Document results of interviews in appropriate forms and reports for submittal to the NNHHPD. Maintain strict confidentiality about resource locations.   


Skills Required:  

• Fluent Diné bizaad speaker/comprehension

• Experience working on the Navajo Nation

• Familiarity with the Traditional Properties personnel and records search procedures at the NNHHPD

• Experience conducting ethnographic interviews

• Must be able to translate native language to standard English documents

• Be able to read and utilize topographic maps for location information


Technical Skills Required:  

Precise and legible note keeping with paper and pencil in the field and ability to translate questions and responses from English to/from Dine


Competencies Required:  

• Fluent Diné bizaad speaker/comprehension

• Minimum of two years’ experience with a wide range of field methodologies, including archaeological survey, prehistoric and historic site identification, documentation and assessment, testing, and monitoring

• Knowledge of Traditional Cultural Properties and other terminology related to sensitive and/or

traditional use areas

• Ability to comfortably conduct home visits and interview individuals about sensitive topics

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, the ability to closely follow instructions, attention to detail, organizational skills, problem-solving and critical thinking skills

• Complete all related paperwork in a legible manner

• Demonstrated ability to work independently, and to work well with others as part of a team.

• Excellent communication skills.

• Ability to take direction, willingness to learn and work effectively within a highly diverse team


Physical Requirements:   

* Must have a valid driver’s license and own transportation to the project area(s)

* Drive and walk in remote locations


Education Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, or closely related


Certifications Preferred: Listing on NNHHPD CR permit

Email Resumes Directly To:    Job ID # 2019-2509 


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