Topic ID #40641 - posted 2/5/2019 6:14 AM

Historic Cemetery Specialist, North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources


The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources'
 (DNCR) vision is to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Our mission is to improve quality of life by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature throughout North Carolina.  The Department works to stimulate learning, inspire creativity, preserve the state's history, conserve the state's natural heritage, encourage recreation and cultural tourism, and promote economic development.  Our goal is to promote equity and inclusion among our employees and our programming to reflect and celebrate our state's diverse population, culture, and history by expanding engagement with diverse individuals and communities. We encourage you to apply to become a part of our team. 

As part of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Office of Archives and History, and Division of Historical Resources, the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology (OSA) serves North Carolina's citizens through programs that identify archaeological resources on land and beneath state waters, including documenting statewide archaeological resources, issuing permits for archaeological study, assisting in listings to the National Register of Historic Places, and providing long-term curation of some of the state's most valuable collections. OSA archaeologists and staff are specialists with decades of academic training and practical experience, which we apply to gather and share knowledge about the vast time range (more than 12,000 years) of North Carolina's historic experience. We protect the state's legacy of Native American villages, colonial towns, farmsteads, and historic shipwrecks through application of state and federal archaeology laws and regulations, and by maintaining inventories of site data and artifact collections. OSA furnishes professional archaeology services to government agencies, museums, schools and the general public. Appreciation of our state's cultural heritage enhances the social, educational, cultural and economic future of North Carolina.

Description of Work:
In order to fulfill North Carolina's commitment to identify, record, and protect both marked and unmarked cemeteries, this position provides a full complement of technical assistance to both public and governmental entities, including educational and religious institutions and non-profit organizations, for the identification, documentation, and preservation of historic cemeteries throughout the state.

This position requires extensive public contact, including with local government and community leaders, through site visits and presentations.

The following procedures were established by the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology, and the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office.  The employee's duties will include, but are not limited to:
  • Provide expert technical knowledge to constituents through consultations and responses to individual inquiries, and through educational outreach programs and public speaking engagements, including but not limited to historical societies, civic groups, educational institutions, governmental agencies, local historic preservation commissions, and professional organizations. Also aid constituents in the identification, documentation, preservation and maintenance of historic cemeteries.
  • Develop, populate, and maintain an electronic statewide cemetery database using information obtained from existing electronic and paper inventories.  This position will also be responsible for entering any new cemetery related data generated from governmental, public, and private research projects.
  • Assist the OSA Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist with mapping, analysis, reporting, and sharing of complex data on cemeteries throughout North Carolina.
  • Assist the OSA Archaeological Site Registrar with the inventory, assignment, and management of archaeological site numbers including those assigned to cemeteries.
  • Assist other state agencies with the inventory of cemeteries on state lands, pursuant to North Carolina General Statute (NC GS) § 70-21.
  • Respond to inquiries and requests for cemetery data from governmental agencies and public and private individuals and groups.
  • Coordinate preparation of a North Carolina-specific cemetery preservation primer for the public.
  • Collaborate with the Survey/National Register program of the State Historic Preservation Office to aid constituents seeking listing of a cemetery in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the state archaeologist, including environmental review of federal and state projects involving cemeteries under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and NC GS § 121-12(a) and other applicable state law, assistance with field projects, laboratory research, archaeological collections management, and report preparation tasks.
 Management Preferences:
  1. Experience with Arc GIS v.10.
    Knowledge of historic cemetery documentation and preservation best practices.
  2. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, and digital mapping programs.
  3. Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form.
  4. Thorough knowledge of Federal and State laws, statues, and regulations pertaining to the protection of cemeteries and archaeological resources including Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, North Carolina General Statues 14, 65, 70, and 121-12(a).
  5. Must have exceptional organizational skills, and the ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with other professionals and the public.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

**To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must provide the information on the application form. Any information omitted from the application form, listed as general statements, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit.**  

  1. Must have demonstrated proficiency with personal computer applications, particularly with word-processing, spreadsheet, and database management.
  2. Must have working knowledge of records management standards and techniques.
  3. Must have working knowledge of the techniques involved in the inventory, identification, labeling, and classification of prehistoric and historic artifacts and their attendant records.
  4. Must have demonstrated experience creating and maintaining records, spreadsheets and databases.
  5. Must have thorough knowledge of archaeological method and theory and experience participating in archaeological field investigations.
  6. Must have thorough knowledge of North Carolina prehistory and history, including regional cultural sequences and a wide variety of artifact types.
  7. Must be able to lift 30 lbs., unassisted.
  8. Must have a valid NC Driver's License or the ability to obtain for employment.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Master's degree in North American archaeology, anthropology, or a closely related field from an appropriately accredited institution and two years of archaeological experience.

ORBachelor's degree in North American archaeology, anthropology, or a related field from an appropriately accredited institution and four years of archaeological experience.


Supplemental and Contact Information

The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) selects applicants for employment based on required education and experience and job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, political affiliation or political influence.
Please be sure to complete the application in full. Resumes may be uploaded with your application but will not be accepted in lieu of a fully completed application and will not be considered for qualifying credit.  "See Resume" or "See Attachment" will NOT be accepted. Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.  Transcripts, and degree evaluations may be uploaded with your application. 
To obtain veterans preference, you must scan and upload a copy of your DD-214 or discharge orders. 
Technical issues submitting your application, please call the NeoGov Help Line at 855-524-5627.
Applicants requesting and receiving an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are eligible to submit paper applications via mail or by fax.  Please call the human resources office for assistance.
If multiple applications are submitted to an individual posting, only the most recent application received prior to the closing date will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the closing date.
Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. To check the status of your application, please log in to your account.  Upon the closing date, applications are "Under Review" and will be screened by Human Resources for the qualified applicants. The hiring process may take an average of 6 – 8 weeks.  
It is the policy of the State of North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources that all employees provide proof of employment eligibility (immigration and naturalization) on the first day of employment.   We participate in E-Verify (Employment Eligibility Verification System).



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