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Cultural Resource Program Manager (archaeologist)

State of Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Closing date
Feb 24, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Organization Type

The Department of Emergency & Military Affairs (DEMA), led by The Adjutant General, provides emergency management and military capabilities to the citizens of Arizona and the nation. The Emergency Management Division consists of three sections-operations, preparedness, and financial administration. Each section works collaboratively across the agency and with external partners to manage emergency responses and reduce the impacts of disasters. Additionally, DEMA is the headquarters for the Arizona National Guard, the primary combat reserve of the United States military. The Arizona Army and Air National Guard provide military forces and equipment to accomplish community, state, and federal missions.


Job Location:

Work Location: Papago Park Military Reservation (PPMR), Phoenix, AZ

Posting Details:

Salary: $21.1449 - $38.0769 per hour (DOE)

Grade: 21

Closing Date: February 19, 2024

Job Summary:

The Environmental Management Office (EMO) Cultural Resources Manager / Archaeologist (CRM-A) will perform work of considerable difficulty under the general direction of the Senior Cultural Resources Manager (SCRM), but with full authority and independence of action. The CRM-A functions as the Cultural Resources Project Director (PD) and federal representative on all National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Section 106 and Section 110 consultation requirements with the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) and 23 federally recognized tribes in Arizona. The legal requirements, roles, and responsibilities of this position are required by AR 200-1 and defined in the U.S. Secretary of the Interior standards for Cultural Resource (CR) Positions and the Arizona Antiquities Act. The CRM-A is responsible for the archaeological management of a major state-wide cultural resource program. This position works closely with professionals and technical personnel engaged in conservation / preservation of cultural resources on all AZARNG-managed land / facilities (both state and federal). Establishes program goals and oversees program implementation including contract budgets and contractor work, provides review of AZARNG projects for compliance with cultural resource laws, and makes recommendations to the SCRM on changes to the cultural program and standard operating procedures (SOPs). This position exercises a high degree of independent decision making, contractor and project management, and is responsible for the success of the cultural resources archaeological program.

Job Duties:

Responsibilities include:
  • Advise management and project teams of risk relating to the protection of cultural/archaeological resources. Develop project-specific strategies and mitigation measures to maintain agency compliance. Serve as a subject matter expert for archaeological resources statewide and provide the SCRM with technical and professional recommendations.
  • Ensure compliance with federal and state laws and regulations. Oversee application of federal historic preservation laws and standards, to include Section 106 and 110 of the NHPA, the Arizona Antiquity Act, and their integration with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Conduct studies, develop resource management plans and integrated approaches toward acquisition of permits and clearances.
  • Coordinate projects related to cultural resource management and oversee ARPA permitting process. Seek contractors, as needed, to augment workloads / OPTEMPO of AZARNG projects and missions; maintain contract oversight. Develop, review, and manage contracting documents (scopes of work / proposals / invoices), survey strategies, monitoring plans, and schedules. Set overall priorities for the CRP field / survey teams.
  • Manage project-specific budgets related to cultural / archaeological resources. Assist the SCRM in the planning of out-year program budgets and project goals.
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders; seek involvement with outside research / education programs; participate in regional, state and national committees and working groups; build interdisciplinary partnerships; develop integrated approaches to compliance and resource protection that will benefit the ARNG. Direct and oversees consultation efforts between federal, state, local agencies and Tribal governments.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
  • Professional knowledge of techniques, concepts, principles, and practices in the areas cultural resource conservation / management and archaeology; understanding of ARNG cultural resource management priorities, policies, and procedures.
  • Competency in interpretation and application of local, state and federal fiscal and environmental laws; Department of Defense, Army, National Guard Bureau and State of Arizona regulations, policies, and procedures as they relate to management of state and federal military lands.
  • Experience applying principles of project management; to include programming future year projects, writing statements of work and cost estimates, evaluating contractor proposals, managing work performed by contractors, and review of technical documents.
  • Working knowledge of NEPA and NHPA, particularly as they relate to Department of Defense and Land Management Agencies. Must have experience working on impact analyses for NEPA, Section 106 consultation, and experience with tribal consultation.
  • Knowledge of American Southwest historic and pre-historic periods. Understanding of local tribal customs, values, and traditions.
  • Field experience in archaeological survey, excavation, artifact identification, and the analysis & synthesis of archaeological data. Supervisory experience in the study of archaeological remains.
  • General knowledge of public and tribal-specific etiquette; recognize and understand public perception, values, and act with professionalism in conducting relations with stakeholders, Native American tribal leaders, and preservation officers.

Skilled in:
  • Analyze and assess potential risks / significant impacts of proposed projects on cultural / archaeological / tribal resources as they relate to the military mission.
  • Develop program plans and standard operating procedures (SOPs) to assist with compliance of cultural resource laws and regulations.
  • Utilize problem-solving and analytical skills to identify and address program needs, develop solutions to resolve complex issues, and adjust plans and processes.
  • Review reports and analyze / evaluate technical historic property and cultural data for completeness and accuracy.
  • Baseline Computer Software: MS Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, ArcGIS, and various Army / NGB / State project tracking and database applications.
  • Strong written communication; management of correspondence (memos, letters, comprehensive plans); develop high-concept and technical-level presentations.
  • Well-developed verbal communication; establish and maintain effective interpersonal relationships / partnerships with diverse stakeholders; public speaking / briefing; communicate technical information to lay audiences and military leadership; present at local, regional, and national conferences / forums with varying audiences; lead external workshops on legal / regulatory changes.
  • Employ strong organizational and time management skills; react to numerous shifting priorities driven by EMOs wide range of customers / proponents.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in scientific methodology, conducting research, and statistical / spatial analysis.
  • Support the SCRM with stewardship of CRP funds; pursue project and external funding opportunities; conduct grant writing and execution; identify opportunities to simplify CRP processes, reduce program costs, and increase efficiencies for both internal staff and project stakeholders.

Ability to:
  • Align CRP components with the vision, mission and needs of the AZARNG while maintaining legal / regulatory compliance.
  • Think clearly and respond appropriately in high-pressure situations; ability to stay calm and perform in a professional manner at all times.
  • Execute a diverse set of daily tasks while setting short-term and long-term program priorities; make spontaneous adjustments to priorities and work tasks as conditions demand.
  • Lead day-today field team operations; provide service and contract oversight of archaeological surveys, monitoring, and associated report production.
  • Identify, evaluate, and train in the use of new technologies, applications, and processes used by the CRP team.
  • Maintain the ability to translate / shift between scientific, planning, engineering, and policy-driven efforts.
  • Plan, scope, implement, and integrate cultural resources studies and mitigation measures with limited input.
  • Plan, coordinate, and direct a variety of activities and complex projects to support a broad range of customers.
  • Conduct awareness training for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Review reports and analyze / evaluate technical cultural data to ensure completeness and accuracy.
  • Analyze potential risks / significant impacts of proposed projects on cultural resources as they relate to the military mission.
  • Work effectively in collaborative multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Travel in-and-out of state to conduct training, inspect construction projects, and attend conferences/workshops.

Selective Preference(s):

Desired qualifications include any combination of experience, education, and training that meets the knowledge, skills, and abilities as described. The preferred candidate should have a Master's degree in Anthropology/Archaeology: Combination w/ 5 years work exp. and experience with NEPA planning efforts as they relate to the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) on DoD lands. Ability to meet AZ Antiquities Act (8-202) as a Project Director.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Special Job Requirements:
  • This position requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver's license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver's license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.)
  • In State travel required.
  • Must have a BS in Archaeology/Anthropology or related field.
  • Ability to be listed on Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) (within 2-years of hire.
  • Candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background investigation as well as possess the ability to achieve a favorable Tier 1 investigation for the purpose of obtaining a Common Access Card (CAC) within one year of hire.

If this position requires driving or the use of a vehicle as an essential function of the job to conduct State business, then the following requirements apply: Driver's License Requirements.

All newly hired State employees are subject to and must successfully complete the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify).


The State of Arizona offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:
  • Sick leave
  • Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
  • Health and dental insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
  • Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance

Learn more about the Paid Parental Leave pilot program here. For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


Eligible DEMA employees participate in excellent retirement programs provided by the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) and for fire personnel the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS).

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The State of Arizona is an Equal Opportunity and Reasonable Accommodation Employer

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