Topic ID #41926 - posted 12/27/2019 3:06 PM

Senior Archaeologist (Administrator II)



$49,476.00 - $79,203.00 Annually


01/06/20 11:59 PM


Maryland Department of Transportation 
State Highway Administration (OPEN)
Senior Archaeologist
(Administrator II)
Grade 17 (2587) SP# 19-50.02-17



RECRUITMENT: The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is recruiting for a Senior Archaeologist (Administrator II) position in the 
Office of Planning and Preliminary Engineering-Environmental Planning Division. This recruitment is open to anyone who meets the minimum and selective qualifications* listed below by the closing date. This is a position specific recruitment.  The resulting list of eligibles will be used to fill this vacancy or function only. 
The primary duties for this position include complying with cultural resource state and federal laws including Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Section 4(f), NEPA, and the Maryland Historical Trust Act.  This position is knowledgeable, and possesses education and professional qualifications, to usher the agency through the process of complying with these laws and regulations.  Specifically, the position contributes her/his expertise in the planning of transportation projects with regards to cultural resource management; and determines the level of effort and coordination needed to comply with the laws and secure concurrence from the state regulatory agency, the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT).
Duties also include coordinating with other teams in the Environmental Planning Division (EPLD) and offices across MDOT SHA.  These responsibilities include providing technical assistance; preparing schedules, budgets, and scopes of work to meet project deadlines; planning, implementing and supervising archaeology fieldwork; preparing correspondence, reports, and agreement documents for the Administrator's signature; and coordinating with state and federal review agencies to comply cultural resource laws and regulations.  Furthermore, the position manages, plans, budgets, reviews, and approves the work of consultant archaeologists. 
The Senior Archaeologist also manages consultant open-end contracts and individual work orders, including preparing of cost estimates and negotiating budgets; tracking of expenditures; reviewing consultant invoices for approval, and preparing of ratings of completed work.  In addition, the senior archaeologist provides cultural resources training and develops guidance on cultural resources to MDOT SHA employees across the agency.
This position also serves as the Cultural Resources Section's Native American Consultation Program Manager.  The duties include serving as a resource for in-house staff and management on federally recognized Indian tribes, Maryland state-recognized Tribes, as well as Maryland Indian groups.  This manager coordinates with Maryland Historical Trust on Native American issues including curation, repatriation, and potential recognition issues.



Minimum Qualifications

  A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience:  Four (4) years of experience in administrative or professional work. 

Selective Qualification: Two (2) years of archaeological survey work and cultural resource management

*This statement contains a selective qualification, which is more focused in scope than the minimum qualifications for this classification.  Selective qualifications are utilized when the position requires specific or additional bona fide occupational qualifications (i.e., knowledge, skill or ability). 


1.  Additional experience in administrative or professional work may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2.  Additional graduate level education at an accredited college or university may be substituted at the rate of 30 semester credit hours on a year-to-year basis for the required general experience.

3.  Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience involving staff work related to the administration of rules, regulations, policies, procedures and processes, or overseeing or coordinating unit operations or functioning as a staff assistant on a year-for-year basis for the required education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Experience in Section 106 compliance related to archaeology
  • Knowledge of federal and state environmental statutes, laws, regulations, policy procedures, etc., especially those related to Section 106 of the NHPA
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and methods in cultural resources management, such as archaeological investigation methods, documentation, and report writing
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and methods of historic standing structures and archeological features identification, evaluation and mitigation
  • Knowledge of research methods including data collection, organization, artifact and site analysis and interpretation of survey and excavation results
  • Knowledge of the management and preservation of cultural resources
  • Skill in negotiating in an adverse setting with state, federal, local, private, and public agencies to resolve conflict

Consideration for employment may be based solely on the contents of your application; therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information.  Please include all relevant experience on your application.  This includes, but is not limited to, full or part-time, volunteer, military, acting capacity, or any other experience that is relevant to the position you are applying for.  

If you have held more than one position at the same employer, please list each position that you held and the length of time that you held each position.  
The selected candidate may be subject to background and reference checks. A conviction is not an automatic disqualification from employment. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.



All applicants must list their license number and expiration date on the application. 


TO APPLY: All applicants must submit an application online at (use of this option allows the application to be saved). Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. To receive credit for your work history and credentials you must list the information in the online DTS-1 application form. You may refer to a resume only to expand on information offered in the body of the online DTS-1 application.
The State of Maryland offers excellent health and leave benefits, 401k benefits, pension plan a free transit program, and advanced education and training opportunities.

The incumbent in this position may be a member of a covered bargaining unit.

Please Note: The Maryland State Highway Administration is not sponsoring new employees in application of the H-1B Visa or providing an extension of an existing H-1B Visa at this time due to budgetary constraints.  All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.  Federal regulations prohibit H1B Visa candidates from paying sponsorship fees, all sponsorship fees must be assumed by the potential employer. 

Applications must be submitted online by the closing date.
If you have any questions, please contact the Recruitment and Examination Division at the number(s) listed below:
410-545-5554 or 1-877-743-9311
Appropriate auxiliary aids and services for individuals with disabilities will be provided upon request. Please call at 410-545-5554 or the Maryland Relay Service at 1-800-735-2258. SHA is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER and is committed to complying with the letter and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
SHA does not discriminate based on age, ancestry, color, creed, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, national origin, race, religious affiliation, belief or opinion, sex, or sexual orientation.



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