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Archaeologist 1-2 Flex (PCN 10-5239)

State of Alaska
Anchorage, Alaska
Closing date
Feb 18, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
Organization Type
What You Will Be Doing

The incumbent's primary responsibilities involve conducting literature research, field investigations, laboratory processing and analysis, and report writing. Other cultural resource projects include research and writing for National Register of Historic Places nominations and database projects for the Alaska Heritage Resource Survey unit. Literature research includes but is not limited to agency files, library and archival research. Field investigations occur throughout Alaska in urban, rural, and remote locations, often under adverse weather and other environmental conditions. Laboratory analysis and report writing are conducted in the office and at the office's laboratory.

Mission and Culture

The Department of Natural Resources mission is to "develop, conserve and maximize the use of Alaska's natural resources consistent with the public interest." One of the Department of Natural Resources' focus areas is to "ensure sufficient data acquisition and assessment of land and resources to foster responsible and community development and public safety. The mission of the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation is to "provide outdoor recreation opportunities and conserve and interpret natural, cultural, and historic resources for the use, enjoyment, and welfare of the people." The Office of History and Archaeology's contribution to the Department's mission is to provide a historic preservation program to encourage the preservation and protection of Alaska's historic, prehistoric, and archaeological resources. This position in the Office of History and Archaeology is part of the core services of the Office to identify, document, evaluate, and protect archaeological and historic sites.

Benefits of Joining Our Team

The position involves active participation in projects to preserve Alaska's heritage resources. The position offers both general opportunities to gain experience in all aspects of historic preservation, as well as learning or improving the incumbent's knowledge of the diverse archaeological and historic resources of the State of Alaska. This is a permanent seasonal position. The incumbent returns to their position following seasonal leave. Depending on the number of projects in the Survey Unit, the position's season may last 10 to 11 months. As part of the Office's larger historic preservation program, the incumbent will gain or improve their knowledge of cultural resource management programs and Alaska's heritage.

The Working Environment You Can Expect

The duty station for the position is Anchorage in the Atwood Building. Field work includes traveling to and conducting field investigations in cities, towns, communities, and remote locations throughout Alaska.

The knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies needed to be successful in this position include -
  • Considerable knowledge of archaeological research practices and procedures.
  • Considerable knowledge of archaeological excavation documentation and recording methods, including mapping, photography, and AHRS site data.
  • Considerable knowledge of state and federal laws, regulations and standards applicable to archaeological and cultural resource programs.
  • Considerable knowledge of writing standards for professional report writing and publication.

Minimum Qualifications

Archaeologist 1 - Starting Salary $2123.25

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college in archaeology or anthropology, and two field seasons, of at least two months duration each, in archaeology.

Substitution: One year of graduate study at an accredited university in anthropology or archaeology may be substituted for one season of field experience.

Archaeologist 2 - Starting Salary $2446.50

Master's degree from an accredited college in archaeology, or anthropology with course emphasis in archaeology, including or supplemented by two field seasons experience, of at least two months duration each, in archaeology site location, identification and excavation. One field season must have been as a team supervisor.

Substitution: Two years of professional archaeological research which included field experience, beyond the specified bachelor's degree, may be substituted for the required master's degree.

Additional Required Information


At the time of application,the applicant must attach as individual documents the following items (If unable to attach documents, please fax or email the contact listed below):
  • Cover letter

If selected for an interview, the applicant must provide the following:
  • Transcripts
  • Driver's license
  • Three professional references

  • Field investigations occur throughout Alaska in urban, rural, and remote locations, often under adverse weather and other environmental conditions.

Application Notice

You can ONLY apply for this position through the Workplace Alaska website or via a hardcopy application. If you accessed this recruitment bulletin through a job search portal, such as AlaskaJobs or any other database, you MUST use a Workplace Alaska online or hardcopy application to apply successfully. Instructions on how to apply with Workplace Alaska may be found on the Workplace Alaska "How to Apply" page. Your application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on the closing date.

Cover Letter

A cover letter is required for this position. The cover letter should highlight your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience as they pertain to the key responsibilities and desired traits listed in the job description. The letter should address your archaeological field work experience in Alaska. Your cover letter will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment.

Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach it, fax or email it to the contact number provided below.


If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of the interview.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the minimum qualifications listed above. If utilizing this education, you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the post-secondary institution. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

Work Experience

If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer's name, job title, employment dates, and whether full or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine whether the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the recruitment interview and selection phase.

Note: Attaching a resume is not an alternative to filling out the application entirely. Noting, "see resume" or any similar response on any portion of your application may lead to a determination that your application is incomplete and removal from consideration for this job posting.

Bargaining Unit

If you are a current state employee, please mark the union you are a member of at the time of application. Do not complete this question if you are not a current state employee.

Flexible Staffing

This position is flexibly staffed. The level of the job offer will be based on the selected candidate's eligibility. If hired at the lower level, you will be promoted to the higher-level job class after completing the training plan and meeting the minimum qualifications.

Driver's License Requirement

Applicants must possess a valid driver's license. Proof of licensure will be required prior to reporting to duty.

EEO Statement

The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or 465-4095 in Juneau or (907) 465-3412 (TTY) or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at P. O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal-opportunity employer.

Contact Information

Workplace Alaska Application Questions & Assistance

Questions regarding application submission or system operation errors should be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 1-800-587-0430 (toll-free) or (907) 465-4095 if you are in the Juneau area. Requests for information may also be emailed to

For applicant password assistance, please visit the reset password page.

For specific information about this position, please get in touch with the hiring manager at the following:

Judith Bittner

Chief, History and Archaeology

Phone: 907-269-8715

Fax: 907.269-8909


Careers with the State of Alaska offer MANY benefits

The following information describes typical benefits available to employees of the State of Alaska. Actual benefits received may differ by bargaining unit or branch of government, position type, or be prorated for other than full time work.

For a quick breakdown of the insurance, health, and retirement benefits available for State Employees you can view an orientation video from Division of Retirement and Benefits. (Please note this video is specifically designed for new State Employees.)

Insurance Benefits
  • Health insurance, which includes employer contributions toward medical/vision/dental
  • The following employee groups are under AlaskaCare Benefits administered by the State: See for additional information.
  • Confidential
  • Correctional Officers
  • Marine Engineers
  • Mt. Edgecumbe Teachers
  • Supervisory
  • Unlicensed Vessel Personnel/Inland Boatman's Union
  • Exempt employees (not covered by collective bargaining)

The following employee groups are covered by Union health trusts. Contact the appropriate Union for additional information.
  • General Government
  • Labor, Trades and Crafts
  • Public Safety Employees Association
  • Masters, Mates & Pilots

Employer paid Basic Life insurance with additional coverage available (amount depends on Bargaining Unit)

Optional Insurance Benefits
  • Group-based insurance premiums for
  • Term life (employee, spouse or qualified same sex partner, and dependents)
  • Long-term and short-term disability
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
  • Long-term care (self and eligible family members)
  • Supplemental Survivor Benefits

Employee-funded flexible spending accounts for tax savings on eligible health care or dependent care expenses

Retirement Benefits
  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Teachers' Retirement System (TRS)
  • Matching employer contribution into a defined contribution program (new employees)
  • Employer contribution into a defined benefit or defined contribution program (current employees)
  • Contributions to the Alaska Supplemental Annuity Plan in lieu of contributions to Social Security
  • Option to enroll in the Alaska Deferred Compensation Program
  • Note: The Defined Contribution Plan, Supplemental Annuity Plan and Deferred Compensation Program offer a variety of investment options

See for additional information

Paid Leave & Other Benefits
  • Personal leave with an accrual rate increase based on time served
  • Eleven paid holidays a year


Do you possess a valid driver's license?
  • Yes
  • No


A cover letter is required to complete your application for this position; failure to provide may result in your not being eligible for an interview. Have you attached a cover letter that follows the directions listed in the job announcement?
  • Yes
  • No


I understand that the education and/or experience being used to meet the minimum qualifications for this position must be adequately documented in this application in order to be considered. Attaching a resume is not an alternative to completing the application in full. Failure to submit a complete application may lead to a determination that your application is incomplete and your removal from consideration for this job opening.
  • I acknowledge that I understand this requirement.

Required Question

Agency State of Alaska

Address PO Box 110201

Juneau, Alaska, 99811

Phone (800) 587-0430 (Statewide toll-free number)

(907) 465-4095 (Juneau and out-of-state callers)


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