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Cultural Resources Manager

Agua Caliente Casinos
Barona Rancheria, California
Closing date
Apr 18, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Details

Job Location
Tribal Administration - Palm Springs, CA

Position Type
Full Time


Come work for the leading employer in the Coachella Valley. Agua Caliente offers a comprehensive benefit and compensation package that includes rich medical and dental benefits, a 401k plan with employer match, more than 3 weeks of paid time off per year for newly hired employees, and other great benefits like food and beverage discounts at our three casinos, fuel discounts, tuition and wellness reimbursement, plus much, more.

WHO ARE WE: The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is a federally recognized Indian Tribe located in Palm Springs, California, with 32,000 acres of reservation lands that spread across Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, and into the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains. The Tribe currently owns and operates two 18-hole championship golf courses, 3 casinos located in Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, and downtown Palm Springs, two world class spas, and a fuel station. For more information about the Tribe, visit


The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians (ACBCI) seeks a Cultural Resources Manager for its maturing Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO). The Manager's primary job function is to manage the THPO's cultural information data (digital and hard copy) including but not limited to: cultural resource material, development project documents, historical data, images, facilities, GIS, archaeological sites, historic properties and features, and other legally mandated information. The Manager will conduct themselves in a respectful and professional manner in the THPO environment and work as a dynamic team member to foster interdepartmental work productivity and relationships; and serve as an ambassador for the Tribal Historic Preservation Office which includes three divisions: General Operations, Cultural Monitoring Program and Cultural Resource Management.

The primary work of the Tribal Historic Preservation Office is to:
  • Represent the Tribe and its Members Interests on the Reservation and beyond, including participation in environmental reviews under CEQA and NEPA including Section 106, ARPA and Other Authorities
  • Represent the Tribe in both NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA proceedings and negotiations
  • Maintain a Reservation-wide Inventory, a Traditional Use database and Agua Caliente Historic Register
  • Operate an in-demand Cultural Monitoring Program serving the Reservation and the Traditional Use Area to protect Culture and Heritage
  • Work with Tribal Council and Members in Protecting and Preserving Burials while Maintaining a Tribal Registry for the Protection of Culturally Sensitive Sites
  • Work in Nominating Properties to the National Register
  • Assist in Educational and Public Outreach for Cultural Preservation Awareness
  • Manage all THPO databases in cooperation with Tribal GIS.
  • Process data collected in the field and train staff in Trimble and GPS field data collection.
  • Oversee preparation of artifacts, archives, and ephemera for curation.
  • Maintain all records according to current preservation standards.
  • Supervise and coordinate curation of archaeological materials
  • Assist with research as needed.
  • Selects, coach, monitor, and appraise, maintains, and trains Department personnel.
  • Ability to speak effectively in public including presenting staff reports, public presentations and respond to questions from Tribal Council, Tribal Members and members of the public.
  • Maintain a safe and clean working environment.
  • Maintain confidentiality of all THPO and proprietary information.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Is responsible for the management of cultural resources data of the Department. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.


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To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Must be computer literate in Microsoft Office Suite or equivalent software.

  • Bachelor's degree in anthropology, archaeology, historic preservation or a related field, Masters degree preferred.
  • Five (5) years of practical experience in cultural resource management, including working with archaeological collections, archives and/or databases.
  • Must be Proficient in ArcGIS Pro
  • Must be Proficient in data management of archaeological field, laboratory, reporting, research methods and curatorial practices
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Federal laws, state laws and regulations that govern historic preservation and environmental requirements, as well as demonstrated experience in carrying out tribal consultation and compliance activities under those regulationsincluding interpretation, analysis, and enforcement.


To perform this job successfully, the individual must work in both the office and field environments. The position requires physical activity and you must be physically fit. Other activities may include hikes of various durations, with packs/equipment for projects that are inaccessible by vehicle. Individuals will be required to walk/hike 8+ miles, climb stairs and walk on uneven surfaces. Additionally, the individual must be able to work long hours in outdoor weather conditions year-round, ranging from 32 degrees F. to 125 degrees F. and in direct sun, must be able to lift at least 50 lb. to waist level and be able to walk carrying the weight. Must be able to travel in and out of Palm Springs, California.

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