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Cultural Resource Assistant - Division of state Parks

State of Virginia
Ampthill, Virginia
Closing date
Feb 23, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Organization Type
Title: Cultural Resource Assistant - Division of state Parks

State Role Title: Hist/Arch and Preservationist II

Hiring Range: $20.03 - $24.50 per hour

Pay Band: 4

Agency: Dept Conservation & Recreation

Location: Main Street Center

Agency Website:

Recruitment Type: General Public - G

Job Duties


The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation is the state's lead conservation agency and it takes a diverse agency to work for a diverse commonwealth. DCR protects what people care about - access to the outdoors, natural habitats, open spaces, clean water and safe infrastructure. We manage 42 Virginia State Parks, which has thousands of campsites, hundreds of cabins, beaches, festivals, educational programs, more than 500 miles of trails … the list goes on. If you're someone who wants to love what you do, and make a difference, DCR is the place for you!


The Division of Virginia State Parks fulfills its mission "to conserve the natural, scenic, historic and cultural resources of the Commonwealth and provide recreational and educational opportunities consistent with the good stewardship of these lands, waters and facilities that leaves them unimpaired for future generations" by operating a system of 42 state parks that encompass over 75,000 acres; over 1200 buildings, almost 1700 campsites; over 300 cabins; over 700 miles of trails; nearly 500 miles of shoreline; 36 lakes and ponds; 11 swimming beaches; 4 international dark sky sites, and offers over 20,000 educational programs and workshops each year. Managed by a full time staff of 275 and a wage staff of 1000+ during the prime season, Virginia's award-winning state park system boasts an incredible and diverse array of natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources; including parks in the mountains; on the ocean; on the Chesapeake Bay; on 8 major rivers; on 4 major lakes; 4 rail trails; 3 battlefield sites; and 32 sites listed on the National Historic Registry. It is our honor and privilege to play host to more than 10 million visitors annually and to offer recreational enjoyment that positively impacts local communities and the Commonwealth overall (to the tune of an economic impact that exceeds $324 million).


This position will assist the Resource Management Team at Virginia State Parks with various support functions. This position reports to the State Parks Cultural Resource Manager but will also work collaboratively with all members of the Resource Management Team. The Resource Management Section of the State Parks Division provides guidance and oversight of resource management for Virginia State Parks including natural and cultural resources, physical resources (infrastructure and the built environment), as well as coordination of division resource data and planning efforts. This position will assist headquarters and field staff on assigned cultural resource tasks and related resource management field work.

This position will have the opportunity for telework and will need to report to the Richmond, VA office at times. Occasional daily and overnight travel will be required. A valid driver's license will be required.

Job Duties

Cultural Resource Management Duties:
  • Aids in the inventorying and assessment of cultural resources within current and future Virginia State Parks.
  • Works closely with the GIS Manager to develop and implement an Esri-based framework for cultural resource inventories and catalogs.
  • Enters and updates entries in the Virginia Cultural Resource Inventory System (V-CRIS) as related to Virginia State Parks.
  • Provides field support for Cultural Resource projects, such as studies, surveys, data collection, and maintaining various geospatial and non-geospatial databases on an as-needed basis across the Commonwealth.
  • Participates in occasional daily and overnight travel for field work and trainings.
  • Assists with future Cultural Resource Management needs, as directed.

Cultural Resource Research Duties:
  • Assists with historical and archival research focused on cultural resources.
  • Assists with writing cultural resource inventories and assessments.
  • Assists with writing research reports on cultural resources.
  • Assists with reviewing cultural resource related research.

Other Routine Duties:
  • Attends staff meetings and employee training as required.
  • Other team support duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Demonstrated knowledge of cultural resources in the Middle Atlantic region.
  • Demonstrated experience in cultural resource work focused on archaeology, historic architecture, museum collections, or cemeteries.
  • Demonstrated writing, editing and communication skills on cultural resource topics.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft applications including Microsoft Suite, including Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Teams, Adobe Acrobat, and Google Suite, including Gmail, Calendar, Drive, and Docs, and Sheets.

Additional Considerations
  • Experience creating and editing entries in V-CRIS.
  • Demonstrated Geographic Information Systems (GIS) skills and abilities, including familiarity with Esri software such as or equivalent to ArcPro, Field Maps and ArcGIS Online.
  • Proven ability to develop and produce ArcGIS Maps, ArcGIS StoryMaps, utilize ArcGIS HUB or equivalent, as related to cultural resource management.
  • Experience working with Tribal Nations.
  • Demonstrated experience in Historic Preservation, Anthropology, Museum Studies, History, or a related field.

Special Instructions

You will be provided a confirmation of receipt when your application and/or résumé is submitted successfully. Please refer to "Your Application" in your account to check the status of your application for this position.

There are no health benefits or paid vacation leave associated with the job. Employees are limited to working no more than 1500 hours in 12 months from May 1 to April 30. Position does not include benefits. Employment in all positions within the Virginia State Parks is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background check including a criminal history record check. Employer participates in E-Verify.

State applications will only be accepted as submitted online by 11:55 pm on the closing date through the PageUp. State applications submitted via email, postal mail, fax, or in person will not be considered. You will be provided a confirmation of receipt when your application and/or resume is submitted successfully. Please refer to "Your Application" in your account to check the status of your application for this position. DCR is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and the highest ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that our greatest strength lies in the individual differences, experiences, and skillsets that our employees bring to the table. Because of this, we strongly encourage applications from all walks of life and we welcome all contributions in terms of age, beliefs, color, culture, disability, education, ethnicity, gender identity/expression, language, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and veteran's status.

Contact Information

Name: Amber K. Wiley

Phone: 804-510-3420


In support of the Commonwealth's commitment to inclusion, we are encouraging individuals with disabilities to apply through the Commonwealth Alternative Hiring Process. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants will need to provide their Certificate of Disability (COD) provided by a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor within the Department for Aging & Rehabilitative Services (DARS), or the Department for the Blind & Vision Impaired (DBVI). Veterans are encouraged to answer Veteran status questions and submit their disability documentation, if applicable, to DARS/DBVI to get their Certificate of Disability. If you need to get a Certificate of Disability, use this link: Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities, or call DARS at 800-552-5019, or DBVI at 800-622-2155.

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