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Archaeologist - Natural Resource Scientist 3 - Five Openings - Permanent - 12713-23

State of Washington
Tumwater, Washington
Closing date
Jun 27, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
Organization Type




Cultural Resources Division

Capital and Asset Management Program (CAMP)

Please note: This recruitment is posted until filled. First review will be October 12, 2023. It is in the candidate's best interest to apply as soon as possible. The hiring manager may make a hiring decision at any time. It is to your advantage to apply as soon as possible.

Multiple Locations Statewide

WDFW offers telework work options within the state.

The Cultural Resources Division is looking to increase staff by adding five dedicated Cultural Resources Specialists (Archaeologists) to play a pivotal role in assisting with WDFW's mission and developing meaningful cultural resource stewardship practices.

If you're ready to make a meaningful impact, collaborate with natural and cultural resource experts, and lead the way in cultural resource stewardship and culturally appropriate scientific research, then apply with us today.

Your journey starts here, with WDFW.

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What makes this role exciting:

Under the direction of the WDFW Cultural Resources Division Manager and Cultural Resources Supervisors, Archaeologists will provide consultative services to agency staff on archeology and cultural resource issues and develops and implements cultural resource management strategies that address legal requirements regarding Executive Order (EO) 21-02 and State Environmental Protection Act (SEPA) and Forest Practices Act (FPA) for State Funded Projects and/or Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) for federally funded projects that occur on WDFW lands.

This position consults with interested parties including the Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP), Native American Tribes, and partner state and federal agencies.

Collaboratively and as part of a team of Cultural Resource professionals you will also…

Provide consultative services:
  • Coordinates with Program Managers and staff, providing intra-agency cooperation and efficiencies to achieve consistent department-wide and statewide processes, and to integrate cultural resource stewardship goals into broader agency efforts. Develops or assists in the development of management plans.
  • Facilitates resolution of pertinent cultural resource management issues
  • Develops and implements cultural resource strategies that address the agency's legal and ethical cultural resource requirements.
  • Creates procedures/programmatic measures, ensures consistent application of rules, analyzes data, develops record-keeping procedures, and identifies specific protective measures.
  • Serves as a Principal Investigator responsible for science-based and culturally appropriate resource management plans and site protection plans.

Consult and facilitate consultation with Tribes, DAHP, and other interested government agencies:
  • Consults, coordinates, and builds partnerships with state, federal, and Tribal cultural and natural resource experts, as well as state and federal environmental planners, regulatory review staff.
  • Plans and maintains work systems, procedures, and workflows that enable and encourage respectful and transparent communication between the agency and affected Tribes.
  • Leads and participates in team meetings, communicates status of on-going projects and/or job tasks, and coordinates work schedule with team members for the purpose of maintaining open communication.

Provide contract administration, development, and management:
  • Assists or leads contract preparation and administration of the Master Contract for Cultural Resource Services. Uses the agency's contracting software and processes.
  • Selects or assists in the selection of contractors. Reviews contractor credentials and expertise.
  • Monitors and inspects work in progress of contractors to ensure continuity and timely completion of work.
  • Reviews natural and cultural resource scientific studies performed by other programs, agencies, and contractors on WDFW-managed lands or in support of WDFW projects.

  • Work Setting, including hazards:
  • Duties are performed in an office setting (60%). Office hazards include working under fluorescent light, repetitively entering data into computer, looking at computer monitor for long periods of time.
  • Schedule:
  • 40 hours per week. Core business hours are Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Flex time is available when exceeding a 40 hr week.
  • Workload may require additional hours and the incumbent may be expected to adjust the work schedule to meet business needs.
  • A flexible work schedule will be considered at the incumbent's request, subject to supervisory approval.
  • Travel Requirements:
  • Statewide travel is required to meet with clients, conduct business, or attend or provide training.
  • State vehicles are available for use during required travel.
  • Tools and Equipment:
  • Duties require the use of agency provided standard office furniture and equipment, a phone or tablet, handheld GPS units, and hand tools for digging.
  • Customer Interactions:
  • Frequent contact (likely daily) with clients and project managers, including some contact with those who may be angry, distraught, or frustrated. This position requires staff to present themselves in a professional manner and communicate with the public, other staff, and outside entities daily.


Candidate must meet the U.S. Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualifications Standards for Archaeologist or equivalent (36 CFR 61), which are:
  • A graduate degree* in Archaeology, Anthropology, Historic Preservation, or closely related field, with coursework in the above.
  • At least 4 months of supervised field study and analytic experience in general North American studies. This can be demonstrated as coursework, participation in a field school, or as work experience. A successful candidate would be expected to be able to list specific experiences that demonstrate this criterion.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry research through to completion.
  • For SOI qualified positions this may take the form of a thesis or a peer reviewed publication.
  • For developmental positions, publications may include inventory reports, cultural resource plans, and other documents that have passed DAHP or other State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) review and Tribal consultation. A successful candidate would be expected to provide a citation of the publication or report that fulfills this requirement.
  • A minimum of 1 year of full-time professional experience at a supervisory level in the study of archaeological resources of the precontact or historic period. This criterion may be met with one or more years of work experience as a crew lead, project manager, field school Teaching Assistant, or other similar position.
  • Note: 5 years' experience managing cultural resources projects in the PNW, and active pursuit of the "qualifications necessary to meet the federal secretary of the interior's standards for a professional Archaeologist" may be substituted for a graduate degree (see RCW 27.53.030[11]) providing that degree is acquired within two years of appointment. Candidates choosing to apply under this exception will be asked to agree to an "in training plan."

  • A valid driver's license

  • Two (2) years of regional experience in the Pacific Northwest Archaeology and/or Anthropology (see above). In order to meet this qualification, candidate's Curriculum Vitae (CV) should demonstrate two years of work in the Pacific Northwest; work experience does not have to be continuous.

  • Demonstrated experience working with Native American Tribes with interests in the Pacific Northwest. To meet this criterion, A candidate should include a Tribal Historic Preservation Officer or Tribal Program staff as a reference for evidence.

  • Demonstrated experience with Applied Ethnography, particularly in Ethnobotany/Traditional Ecosystem, Environment, or Natural Resources Management. A candidate should be prepared to submit a citation for a publicly available report or paper or include a Tribal Historic Preservation Officer or Tribal Program staff as a reference for evidence of meeting this criterion.
  • Demonstrated experience managing cultural resources review of projects subject to Section 106, National Environmental Policy Act, Forest Practices Act, State Environmental Policy Act, Executive Order 21-02 or subsequent regulation, or other similar state and federal regulations. A candidate should be prepared to submit a citation for publicly available reports or papers or include a Tribal Historic Preservation Officer or Tribal Program staff as a reference for evidence of meeting this criterion.

Please note: Failure to follow the instructions below may lead to disqualification.

Experience and education selected, listed, and detailed in the Supplemental Questions must be verifiable in the application.

In order to successfully apply for this position, you MUST complete your profile at and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:
  • A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (A generic cover letter will not be accepted).
  • A current resume or CV.
  • Three professional references.


All new employees must complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9 Form) on their first day of work. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide documentation proving you are eligible to work in the United States. For a list of acceptable documents, please use the following link:


Learn about our agency and the perks of working for WDFW!

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has some of the most talented people in the natural resource field. We celebrate and value diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community, and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfilling the agency's mission. We value demonstrated skill in living WDFW values of Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).

WDFW employees may be eligible for the following:

Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave , 11 Paid Holidays per year , Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth.


This position is in the bargaining unit represented by the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Professionals and is subject to the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Professionals.

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