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Tribal Archaeologist

Spokane Indian Tribal Government
Springdale, Washington
Closing date
May 4, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
Organization Type







INTRODUCTION: This position serves as the project lead for the Spokane Tribe of Indians Preservation Program (STIPP) on contract cultural survey and monitoring jobs performed on and off the Spokane Reservation. (S)he will submit bids for cultural survey and monitoring contracts, prepare contracts if awarded, and see through to completion the fulfillment of the responsibilities as stated in the contract. The Tribal Archaeologist will adhere to professional standards of archaeological practice and ethics. This position reports to the STIPP Principal Investigator (PI).

  • Assist Principal and Lead Archaeologists on all project efforts including research designs, archival, ethnographic research, compiling data, finalizing projects, and complete tasks as needed or required.
  • Create projects on DAHP WISAARD and upload reports/site forms.
  • Work with Tribal Elders as needed, confirming and recording pertinent site information including evaluation of archaeological and ethnographic sites on and off the Spokane Indian Reservation.
  • Manage multiple bids and contracts for clients on and off reservation that require cultural resource survey and/or cultural monitoring, and field survey planning.
  • Lead a crew of technicians in reconnaissance, intensive sub-surface survey; sampling by predictive modeling; handling of field collections.
  • Document and compile resulting data collected from investigations that include i.e., daily field notes, daily summary reports, management recommendations to the PI; site reports for all sites located during survey.
  • Supervise Archaeological Technicians in safe and best field practices especially proper use of safety equipment and safe work practices.
  • Produce professional quality site forms and technical reports under supervision of PI.
  • Manage multiple contracts and project deadlines.
  • Attend and contribute to technical meetings as needed.
  • Minimal overnight travel as required for occasional technical meetings and trainings.

  • Knowledge of professional archaeological theory and methods.
  • Professional writing ability to produce clear and concise field reports summarizing theory, methods, and results of investigations.
  • Knowledge of WISAARD
  • Effective time and resource management skills.
  • Knowledge and ability of safe field practice, common archaeology hand tools shovel, pick, trowel, screens, etc. and should be able to lift 5-gallon buckets of dirt.
  • Great Attitude: Must be flexible to change and have a positive work attitude, outlook working with co-workers, colleagues, clients, Tribal Elders.
  • Communication Skills: Must have excellent writing and oral communication skills to present work clearly and concisely to others.
  • Active Listening Skills: Must have strong listening skills to successfully complete projects and facilitate your communication with other staff, crew, and colleagues.
  • Critical Thinking Skills: Must have good problem-solving skills and sound reasoning to make decisions in the field.
  • Reading Comprehension: Must have the ability to read and understand written material for contracts, report writing, and research.
  • Perseverance and Flexibility: Must be able to work with fast changing environment, working with others, contractors, and clients extended periods of time to complete short and long-term projects.
  • Active Learning Skills: It is essential that you have a curiosity and desire to read and learn and incorporate new methods and new skills to keep growing in your job.
  • Physical Stamina: Must be able to bend, kneel, stand, hike, and stand for extended periods of time, often while carrying field and personal gear.
  • Research Aptitude: Must be able to conduct research of archival literature and maps pertaining to tribal and non-tribal lands
  • Guidance and Training: Must be able to provide safe and sound guidance and supervision of field personnel
  • Archaeological Methods: Must understand field methods and proper artifact handling.
  • Project Planning: Must understand how to efficiently plan projects and understand contracts and scopes of work for pedestrian monitoring, surveys, and excavation.
  • Field Skills: Must be able to perform test unit and shovel test excavations; identify, describe artifacts and features, sketch profiles of excavated units, etc.
  • Documentation: Must understand the importance of documenting field investigations
  • Data Collection: Must be familiar with field data collection using Trimble GNSS, GPS, GIS, and iPads, taking and logging digital photographs.
  • Laboratory Skills: Must understand how to conduct laboratory analysis and secondary research of artifacts and features exposed/recovered from survey and excavation.
  • Excavations: Must be sensitive to burial recovery practices, excavations, and documentation of naturally disinterred ancestral remains.
  • Report Writing: Must be able to compile results of field investigations in professional quality reports in a timely manner to fulfill contractual obligations.

  • A Bachelor's degree in Anthropology with focus on Archaeology required, Master preferred.
  • Must have at least 2 years of full-time archaeology field experience (Plateau culture area desired) including some supervisory experience.
  • Experience with ArcGIS Pro (ArcMap Ok), ability to create clear maps, and GIS data management
  • Must be able to walk up to 5 miles per day in various weather conditions (often inclement) and over difficult terrain at times.
  • Must have computer experience.
  • Valid driver's license and good driving record for insurance purposes.

Contact: Sabrina McCoy or Empero Corral

P.O. Box 206 Wellpinit, WA 99040

509-458-6583 or 458-6527 Fax: 509-458-6556


Applications must be received in the Human Resource Department no later than 4:30 p.m. on the closing date.

The Spokane Tribe reserves the right to hire according to its Indian Preference Policy

All Applicants are subject to a Pre-Employment Drug Test

Positions Considered Safety Sensitive Also Test for Marijuana

All Positions with the Spokane tribe of Indians are subject to a 90-day orientation period

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