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TPWD - Archeologist I - II - III (Cultural Resources Team)

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
TX, Texas
Closing date
Oct 15, 2023

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
Organization Type

To manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.


All applications must contain complete job histories, which includes job title, dates of employment (month/year) and hours worked per week, name of employer, supervisor's name and phone number and a description of duties performed.

Job history and volunteer experience should be listed in the work history section of the application to receive credit towards meeting the minimum requirements. Part-time experience credit is prorated based on the duration and hours worked per week. Please indicate hours worked for part-time/temporary/seasonal experience. If this information is not submitted, your application will be considered incomplete.

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Archeologist I-III

No Military Crosswalk. Qualified veterans are encouraged to apply.
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MILITARY EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE: If you choose to claim military employment preference as outlined by the State of Texas, you must complete the Military Employment Preference Survey and attach this form and required documentation referenced on this form at the time your application is submitted. If you have questions regarding this requirement, please visit our Military Employment Reference page at

Required forms that will need to be attached with application for Military Employment Preference:
  • Veteran- DD214 showing honorable discharge.
  • Surviving spouse of a veteran who has not remarried- Marriage Certificate and DD Form 1300 or appropriate documentation.
  • Orphan of a veteran killed while on active duty- Birth Certificate and DD Form 1300 or appropriate documentation.
  • Spouse of a member of the US Armed Forces/Texas National Guard serving on Active Duty- Marriage Certificate and copy of spouses active duty military orders.
  • Spouse of a veteran with disability and is the primary income for household- Marriage Certificate, Veterans DD214, and VA Benefits Summary Letter showing disability rating.

  • Documentation must be attached to the application before military preference can be granted.


    Texas Parks and Wildlife offers a variety of benefits for employees such as generous paid time off, group insurance, retirement and pension, and frequent training and staff development opportunities. Other benefits include longevity pay, merit pay, deferred compensation, flexible benefit plans, 401K/457 retirement plans, direct deposit, telework, staggered work hours, Employee Assistance Program and a Return to Work Program. For new employees or rehires, health insurance is available the 1st of the following month after a 60-day waiting period. Click HERE to view our Benefits page.

    HIRING CONTACT: Kevin Mote, (512) 217-2779

    PHYSICAL WORK ADDRESS: To be determined


    Under the direction of the Cultural Resources Program Director, this position is responsible for conducting archeological research and cultural resource management work. An archeologist I or II will conduct basic field surveys and report writing. An archeologist III will conduct moderately complex to advanced (senior-level) cultural resources management work on Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) statewide, and cultural resource compliance studies in support of federal wildlife habitat grants on state and private lands. An Archeologist III will be responsible for conducting due diligence reviews and assessing potential archeological impact of proposed wildlife division projects through the Texas Archeological Sites Atlas. Archeologist III will be responsible for ensuring agency compliance with state and federal antiquities laws, including the National Historic Preservation Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Antiquities Code of Texas and the Texas Administrative Code. Archeologist I and II assists the Cultural Resources Coordinator in reviewing agency and third-party proposed land disturbing projects at WMAs, including WMA facilities development research and grant habitat enhancement projects managed by TPWD's wildlife division staff on private and public lands. Archeologist III will conduct those reviews. This position is responsible for assisting the Cultural Resource Coordinator with developing scopes of work, requests for proposals, and selection, management, and oversight of contracted archeological consultants. Provides technical assistance and training to TPWD staff. Performs on-site surveys, prepares consultation documents and annual reports, including preparing and filing Texas Archeological Site forms and curating artifact collections. Performs additional duties as assigned. Complies with all Agency, Division and Program rules, regulations, and procedures.

    NOTE: Salary will be commensurate with experience and/or completion of an advanced degree.



    Arch I-II: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree or higher in Anthropology, Archeology, or closely related field;

    Arch III: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's Degree in Anthropology, Archeology, Applied History, Historic Preservation, or closely related field.


    Arch I: One year increasingly responsible experience in conducting archeological field investigations, laboratory analysis, and archeological collections processing work;

    Arch II: Two years increasingly responsible experience in cultural resource management, preparing reports, and coordinating archeological field investigations, laboratory analysis, and archeological collections processing work;

    Arch III: Three years of progressively responsible archeological experience, to include: (1) archeological fieldwork; (2) Project management, (3) cultural resources management; (4) writing professional monographs; (5) reports on archeological or cultural resources issues; (6) Supervising the work of others.

    NOTE: Experience may have occurred concurrently.


    Must possess or be able to obtain, within 30 days of employment, a valid class "C" Texas driver's license;

    Must adhere to the Secretary of Interior's Professional Qualifications Standards.

    NOTE: Retention of position is contingent upon maintaining required license and meeting the Secretary of Interior's Professional Qualifications Standards.


    Arch I

    Knowledge of archeological theory and methods;

    Knowledge of research techniques;

    Knowledge of artifact identification and analysis techniques;

    Knowledge of archeological field methods;

    Knowledge of preservation techniques;

    Knowledge of laboratory procedures and analysis;

    Knowledge of prehistoric and historic material culture;

    Knowledge of Texas prehistoric and historic archeology;

    Knowledge of historic architecture;

    Knowledge of state and federal antiquities laws;

    Arch II Knowledge of Archaeologist I PLUS:

    Knowledge of natural resources protection and stewardship practices;

    Arch III Knowledge of Archaeologist I and II PLUS:

    Knowledge of natural resources protection and stewardship practices;

    Arch I:

    Skill in using MS Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook;

    Skill in archeological laboratory procedures and analyses;

    Skill in effective verbal and written communication;

    Skill in working as a member of a team, while establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with co-workers and work-related contacts;

    Skill in archeological survey, site recognition, and report writing;

    Arch II: Skills of an Archaeologist I PLUS:

    Skill in effective verbal and written communication;

    Skill in archeological/technical report writing;

    Skill in archeological site identification and/or testing, and archeological field recording;

    Skill in archeological field techniques;

    Skill in recording archeological field data with global positioning system (GPS) technology;

    Arch III: Skill of an Archaeologist I and II PLUS:

    Skill in interpretation of state and federal antiquities laws as they relate to agency project compliance;

    Skill in site documentation using photography;

    Skill in preparing scopes of work and budgets for all phases of archeological investigations;

    Skill in site documentation using photography;

    Skill in preparing scopes of work and budgets for all phases of archeological investigations;

    Arch I:

    Ability to walk long distances and perform physically demanding tasks in varying environments and conditions (steep terrain, heat, cold, etc.);

    Ability to organize large amounts of data;

    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships;

    Ability to meet the Secretary of Interior's Professional Qualifications Standards;

    Ability to utilize GIS/GPS for field recording and database compilation;

    Ability to work with individuals with different types of training and backgrounds to create solutions and bring projects to completion;

    Arch II: The Abilities of an Archaeologist I PLUS:

    Ability to interpret state and federal antiquities laws.

    Ability to apply cultural resource management theory and methods;

    Ability to apply research techniques and methodologies;

    Ability to plan, organize and work independently, as well as within a team environment;

    Arch III: The abilities of an Archaeologist I and II PLUS:

    Ability to obtain a Texas Antiquities Permit from the Texas Historical Commission.

    Ability to plan and organize research projects and fieldwork;

    Ability to work under minimal supervision, exercise initiative, and accomplish several tasks simultaneously;

    Ability to supervise the work of others.


    Required to work from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday;

    Required to work overtime as necessary;

    Required to perform work outdoors, occasionally in adverse weather and/or difficult environmental conditions;

    Must conform to TPWD dress and grooming standards, work rules, and safety procedures;

    Required to use and transport hand tools;

    Required to travel 25% with possible overnight stays;

    Required to operate a State vehicle;

    Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles.


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