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Assistant State Physical Anthropologist (Forensic Scientist 2)

State of Washington
Tumwater, Washington
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Aug 1, 2021

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This position works in the field with at least 80% in office/lab A little bit about us: The Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) is Washington State's primary agency with knowledge and expertise in historic preservation. We advocate for the preservation of Washington's irreplaceable historic and cultural resources - significant buildings, structures, sites, objects and districts - as assets for the future. At DAHP, we help the cultural and historic resources of a community tell the story of its past, a past that makes any single community distinct from all other places. From lumber mills to schools, sacred landscapes to archaeological sites, rustic cabins to office towers, our historic and cultural resources provide everyone with a tangible link to persons and events that have shaped our communities and ourselves. Preserving these physical reminders of our past creates a sense of place, the result being an environment that instills civic pride and community spirit. By preserving significant cultural and historic resources, we are able to learn from past achievements (as well as mistakes) in order to improve, enrich, and even enliven, the Washington state that is passed to future generations. To learn more about the vision and role of historic preservation in the State of Washington, download our current Statewide Historic Preservation Plan. What you will be doing: As the Assistant State Physical Anthropologist will work under the direction of the State Physical Anthropologist implementing provisions of the RCW on the identification, notification, removal, and re-interment of non-forensic human skeletal remains. Why you would want this job: Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) are core values central to DAHP's work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance historic and cultural resources for current and future generations. Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions. Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive. Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to DAHP's work. Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement. We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued. In addition to working in a place you are valued, we also offer: * A comprehensive benefits package * A flexible work environment * Career Growth Opportunities * An opportunity to be part of a team of dedicated professionals responsible for historic preservation throughout the State of Washington * Work/Life balance opportunities such as: * Infants at Work * Telework * Alternate Work Schedules * Public Service Loan Forgiveness program If you are passionate about Pacific Northwest history or archaeology, this may be the job you've been waiting for! Some of what you will do includes: * Visits human remains discoveries, provides advice, expertise, field analysis, fieldwork, reporting and oversight as necessary reporting directly to the State Physical Anthropologist * Utilizing the Human Remains Database, records information relevant to current human remains cases and uses the program to generate notification letters to affected tribes and cemeteries * Tracks responses to those notifications in the case file and database * Utilizing standard archaeological excavation and recording techniques excavates non-forensic human skeletal remains when necessary * Passes locational information regarding non-forensic human skeletal remains onto relevant staff within the agency. Works with those staff to correctly record human remains finds * Utilizing standardized osteological methods and forms inventory and analyze non-forensic human skeletal remains * Using clear and concise writing skills prepares draft summary reports of human skeletal remains cases. These tasks may include the compilation of archaeological site or cemetery forms Schedule and Setting: Work setting is an office and lab setting in Olympia, but extensive fieldwork should be expected in all portions of the state. Field hazards include potential work in construction areas and use of hand excavation equipment. Work schedule is generally Monday through Friday, forty hours per week, but extensive travel requirements requires a flexible schedule with potential for possible night, overnight, and weekend travel. REQUIRED: * Master's degree in either anthropology or archaeology * Must have experience in human osteology and skeletal analysis, or other relevant aspects of physical anthropology * Must meet minimum qualifications for a professional archaeologist as defined in RCW 27.53.030 * Must have experience in preparing professional reports summarizing the analysis and documentation of human skeletal remains, and education and experience in the identification, analysis, and treatment of human remains * Expertise in archaeological field methods and theory * Advanced knowledge of Section 106, RCW 27.53, RCW 27.44, RCW 68.60, SEPA, NAGPRA and all federal and state laws and regulations as they apply to archaeological properties, cemeteries, and human remains * Must have a valid Washington driver's license free from serious traffic violations and will be expected to travel statewide on short notice DESIRED: * Doctoral degree in either anthropology or archaeology * Significant experience in human osteology, bioarchaeology, and/or forensic anthropology * Experience working with Tribes and/or in Northwest Coast archaeology * Knowledge of GIS applications, land use history, mapping, and land use divisions * Knowledge of osteological standards and forensic osteological programs including FORDISC Please provide the following documents in order to be considered, failure to do so may result in you not being considered for the position: * A letter of interest, describing why you are the best candidate and how you meet the specific qualifications for this position; * A current resume or vita detailing experience, and education; * A copy of your transcripts (unofficial is acceptable), listing your completed courses and credits * A current list of at least three (3) professional references with current contact information (attached or available to provide at the time of interview) By submitting these materials, you are indicating that all information is true and correct. The state may verify information. Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from the applicant pool or dismissal if employed. NOTE: Please do not refer to resume for detail, or your application may be disqualified. The DAHP celebrates our differences and we are committed to a workplace that supports equal opportunity employment and inclusion regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, marital status, families with children (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sex, sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, status as a protected veteran, honorably discharged veteran or military status, status as an individual with the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with disabilities or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We will also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws. You are welcome to include the name and pronoun you would like to be referred to in your materials and we will honor this as you interact with our organization. Persons with a disability who need assistance with their application or need this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 664-1960 or toll free (877) 664-1960. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service. Should you have any questions regarding this position, you may contact Dr. Guy Tasa at (360) 790-1633 or If you have questions about the online application contact Angie Anderson at (360) 407-8446 or

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