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Archaeologist III

Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation
Harwood, Washington
Closing date
Dec 10, 2021

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Archaeologist III

Fisheries YKFP

Department of Natural Resources

Hourly Wage: $35.04/Regular/Full-Time

Location: Yakima

Is responsible to conduct historic and archival research, Phase 1 cultural resource inventory surveys and Phase II site evaluation of Yakama Nation (YN) ceded lands. Work involves field surveys for prehistoric, historic and traditional land use areas. Interviews and seeks advice from tribal elders and other individuals with historic knowledge. Works with local, state, federal and other Yakama Nation DNR programs for protection and preservation of cultural and natural resources.

Examples of Work Performed:
  • Take on field surveys of proposed land projects.
  • The field archeologist is expected to work closely with the YN Wildlife Archaeologist, YN Cultural Resources Program, and US Forest Service Archeologist.
  • This position works with broad latitude, and is expected to be self-directed in many instances.
  • Reviews consultation letters and provides comments when required.
  • A review published materials and provide data for inclusion in the YN Atlas of Cultural Places.
  • Work encompasses archaeological collections, databases as they pertain to the identification, evaluation, protection, stabilization, and preservation of cultural, historical and geological places.
  • Prepares and writes reports and handles photographic and digital image work including ArcGIS.
  • Is responsible to make decisions in the field regarding the cultural importance of specific places.
  • Works side-by-side with all YN Cultural Specialists on all field work.
  • Presents lectures and directs field trips for educational purposes.
  • Provides training of field personnel, summer youth workers, and interns.
  • Duty station is at the US Forest Service Naches District and the field archaeologist will work frequently with Forest Service staff and other resource managers.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge and experience in principles or archaeologist field survey and data recording.
  • Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices.
  • Knowledge and experience in the use of tools and equipment used in archaeological, field survey and site evaluation (inventory and site significance).
  • Knowledge of traditional and tribal culture information and archaeological data, the purpose of which is to maintain a sound balance between cultural preservation and current land use needs.
  • Knowledge and experience reading USGS topographic maps, using 35mm and digital cameras, using surveying instruments.
  • Ability to work with multiple stakeholders in project planning.
  • Ability to construct and stay within a Scope of Work within allocated timeline.
  • Experience working in rough terrain and in harsh climatic conditions.
  • Experience in report writing using the American Antiquity Journal style or appropriate alternative.
  • Experience and knowledge of plants, animals, fish and other traditional and modern resources within the Yakama Reservation, ceded lands and usual and accustomed places

Minimum Requirements:
  • Master's Degree in Anthropology, or related field, with emphasis in archaeology required.
  • Four years of archaeological field experience with one year in a supervisory position.
  • Required to pass pre-employment drug test.
  • Must possess a valid Washington State Driver's License with the ability to obtain a Yakama Nation Driving Permit.
  • Enrolled Yakama Preference, but all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

Preferred Requirements:
  • Twelve years of anthropological/archaeological work with Native American tribes.
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