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Archeologist (Temporary)

State of Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Closing date
Nov 25, 2023

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
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Department of Transportation

Salary Range:

3,884.00 - 5,932.00

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Position Title:

Archeologist (Temporary)


Environmental Program Coordinator 1 - Archeologist

Oregon Department of Transportation

Delivery & Operations Division - Engineering & Technical Services Branch

Environmental Section / Cultural Resources Unit


The role:

Our Cultural Resources Unit is recruiting for an archeologist to monitor, evaluate and document the impacts of transportation projects and other department activities on archaeological resources. Your work documenting our compliance with laws and regulations will support the preparation of permit applications and legal findings. In this role, you will often coordinate with Indian Tribes, the State Historic Preservation Office, and other agencies and organizations. Apply today!

This job posting is for a temporary position and does not include the typical benefits available for permanent employees. Temporary employees may be eligible for employee health benefits offered through the Public Employees Benefit Board (PEBB) as outlined in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for our positions and hope you will join us on our path to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are an agency that embraces social equity through our values, strategic planning, and actions. Leaning into our equity priorities means we continually examine what we do, the impact we have, and our progress toward weaving social equity into who we are. To learn more about our social equity commitments, visit our Social Equity website.

Our first application screening is scheduled for 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 8, 2023. We encourage interested applicants not to delay in applying.

If you are a current State of Oregon employee, you must apply through your employee Workday profile.

A day in the life:
  • Assist with monitoring construction excavation for potential impacts to archaeological resources.
  • Coordinate schedules for archaeological surveys, testing and data recovery with the Oregon Museum of Anthropology (OSMA) and other contractors.
  • Assist with maintaining records for archaeological work and prepare estimates.
  • Evaluate archaeological testing and data recovery proposals for compliance with applicable laws.
  • Assist with research to assess the effects of transportation projects on archaeological resources, traditional cultural properties and other cultural resources.
  • Draft technical reports, memos, determinations of eligibility and other cultural resources compliance documentation.
  • Communicate with other ODOT personnel, consultants and various state and federal agencies whose expertise or jurisdiction is related to cultural resource management and regulating functions.
  • Work in both office and field environments - hybrid work options available.
  • Statewide travel including overnight stays required.
  • Travel and field work can involve exposure to traffic hazards, rough terrain and all weather conditions.
  • To request a copy of the position description, which includes all duties and working conditions, please email

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What we need:

Three years of technical office, lab, or field work experience developing environmental programs.


A bachelor's degree in an environmental science, a physical science, a natural science, engineering, or a closely-related field.

Driving is an essential function of this position. You must have a valid driver license and an acceptable driving record. We will conduct pre-employment driving records checks on our final candidate(s). Your license does not have to be issued in Oregon to be considered.

What we'd like to see:

If you have these qualities, let us know! It's how we will choose whom to move forward!

Note: You do not need to have all these qualities to be eligible for this position.
  • Bachelor's degree in archaeology, anthropology or a closely related field, and at least one year of experience with archaeological field work in reconnaissance, testing or data recovery.
  • Knowledge of Oregon and federal cultural resources laws and regulations and experience conducting regulatory compliance activities for Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act - experience with transportation projects is preferred.
  • Experience conducting archaeological research and field work to determine and document effects of projects or programs on cultural resources.
  • Experience developing and managing contracts for cultural resources work.
  • Strong organizational and technical writing skills.

How to apply:
  • Before applying, click here to visit our applicant information website to learn more about our process.
  • Complete the following required steps:
  • Fill out the application or attach a resume. Please contact the recruiter under the 'Need help?' section if you have any questions about how to fill out the experience fields or to attach a document. Your submitted experience fields or attached resume must include dates (MM/YYYY) for each employer.
  • Attach a cover letter. Your cover letter should clearly demonstrate how your experience and training relates to the qualities that you have under the "what we'd like to see" section above.
  • Your cover letter must be limited to no more than two (2) pages.
  • Please address your cover letter to Jim Collins, NEPA/Cultural Resources Unit Manager.
  • Generic cover letters and/or cover letters that do not address the qualities that you have under the "what we'd like to see" section may receive lower scores than those that addressed the desired qualities.
  • If you are an internal applicant, you must upload your cover letter in the 'Resume/Cover Letter' section of the application.
  • If you are an external applicant, you must upload your cover letter in the 'Resume/CV' section of the application.
  • Complete questionnaire. Answer the checkbox-style questions before submitting your application.
  • After you submit your application, please respond to the public records request authorization and gender identity questionnaire. This screen will come after you submit and will complete the process. If you are an employee, the tasks will come to your Workday inbox.
  • If you are a veteran, you may receive preference. The task to upload your documents will come before the public records request and gender identity questionnaire tasks. For privacy reasons, please do not attach your military service document(s) to your application or combine it with any other required document attachments.

Need help?
  • For questions, call 971-273-8687 or email

Additional information:
  • This recruitment will remain open until filled. Our first application screening is scheduled for 8 a.m. on Thursday, 06/08/2023, but we may close the announcement at any time after this date when we have received an adequate number of applications. We cannot guarantee that we will consider applications received after this screening date. We encourage interested applicants not to delay in applying.
  • Temporary appointments may be full- or part-time and will not exceed six months or 1,040 hours.
  • We may also use other factors to help us decide who will move forward, such as transferable skills, experience, education, and alignment with ODOT values.
  • We do not offer visa sponsorship. If you are hired, you will be required to fill out the US Department of Homeland Security's I-9 form confirming you are able to work in the US. We are not an E-Verify participating employer.
  • Don't attach extra documents. We will only look at documents that we ask for.
  • We may use this recruitment to fill multiple or future vacancies.
  • We will conduct name-based criminal background checks on final candidates, not including current ODOT employees. All applicants may be subject to additional pre-employment check(s) such as driver license, LEDS (Law Enforcement Data System), and/or education verification as required for the position.
  • This position is not represented by a union (unrepresented).

Human Resources/Recruitment, MS12

355 Capitol St NE

Salem OR 97301-3871

Fax 503-986-3895

ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other class protected by state or federal laws in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring, and employment practices. Applicants with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation during the application process. For questions, concerns, or complaints regarding EEO/AA/ADA, contact 1-877-336-6368 (1-877-EEO-ODOT). This information can be made available in an alternative format by contacting ODOT Recruitment at 503-986-3700. Oregon Relay Service can be reached by calling 7-1-1.



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