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Cultural Resources Supervisor - NRS 4 - Permanent - Two Openings - 13989-23

State of Washington
Tumwater, Washington
Closing date
Jun 2, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Organization Type




Capital and Asset Management Program (CAMP)

Cultural Resources Division

Please note: This recruitment is posted until filled. First review will be November 13, 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 options within the state.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is excited to announce a unique opportunity within our Capital and Asset Management Program (CAMP) that could be your next career adventure!

Lead the charge in preserving our cultural heritage while contributing to the protection and perpetuation of our wildlife and ecosystems. As a Cultural Resources Supervisor, you'll guide complex strategic planning, direct research, and collaborate with a diverse range of stakeholders, all in the name of our mission.

Sunlight in the forest - Photo credit: Rachel Blomker

Some of what our Cultural Resources Supervisor does,
  • Serve as a Principal Investigator responsible for directing the development of science-based and culturally appropriate resource management plans and site protection plans.
  • Plan and implement cultural resource strategies that address legal requirements regarding state and federal cultural resource regulations and Department policy.
  • Facilitate resolution of pertinent cultural resource management issues arising from proposed undertakings that are complex, culturally sensitive, involve multiple programs or agencies, and deal with major cultural resource issues facing the Department.
  • Supervise and mentor a team that performs scientific research, implementing management strategies addressing legal and stewardship requirements.
  • Direct and facilitate consultation with Tribal Cultural and Natural Resources Programs; and coordinate with state and federal cultural and natural resource experts, environmental planners, and regulatory review staff.
  • Advise/provide cultural resource consultative services to WDFW Program Managers, Program Directors, higher level managers, and agency staff.

  • Work Setting, including hazards:
  • Duties are performed mostly in an office setting.
  • Work will also be performed at construction sites, fish hatcheries, wildlife areas, and newly acquired properties.
  • This position may require maneuvering over uneven terrain and steep slopes for extended periods.
  • Work during inclement weather conditions may also be required.
  • Schedule:
  • Standard core business hours are Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A 40 hour/week work schedule is expected.
  • 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 standard office furniture and equipment (e.g., desk, filing cabinet, computer, printer, telephone, fax machine, copy machine, etc.).
  • Other equipment used will include a phone or tablet 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.

  • Meet the U.S. Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualifications Standards for Archaeologist, Cultural Anthropologist, or equivalent. See 36CFR61

The minimum professional qualifications for archaeologist are:

  • A graduate degree in archaeology, physical anthropology, historic preservation, or closely related field, with coursework in archaeology history

  • A bachelor's degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, Historic Preservation, or closely related field

  • At least one year of full-time professional experience or equivalent specialized training in archeological/anthropological research, administration, or management.


  • At least four (4) month's training under the supervision of a SOI-qualified archaeologist/anthropologist, with work focusing on field investigations and results analysis. This is usually achieved via field school and/or coursework, but this qualification may also be reached by field crew or cultural resources technician or other similar early-career professional experience.

Additionally, WDFW requires:
  • Five (5) years professional work experience applying the principles of cultural resources management, archaeological, historical, or cultural resource research, administration or management to land use, environmental, or natural resource planning.
  • At least two years of this work must be associated with managing multiple or multi-part projects and the development of procedures and/or policies to support regulatory compliance with federal, state, local, or Tribal laws and regulations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of:
  • Methods and objectives of natural resource and environmental restoration planning
  • Governmental administrative structure at all levels.
  • Federal and state cultural resource laws and regulations.
  • Prehistoric and historic archaeological field research methods.
  • Scientific report writing and evaluation of written reports.
  • State archaeological and historic information.
  • Creating and utilizing cultural resource predictive models.
  • Demonstrated ability to:
  • Obtain access to and effectively use the WISAARD database.
  • Identify archaeological and cultural resources in the field.
  • Communicate and work closely with tribal governments and local communities.
  • Knowledge of contract preparation and administration.

  • Valid driver's license

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
  • Must meet the Secretary of the Interior qualifications for Professional Archaeologist and/or Cultural Anthropologist and must have specialized experience, training, or education in Cultural Resources Management.

  • At least five (5) years of regional experience in the Pacific Northwest Archaeology and/or Anthropology.
  • Demonstrated experience consulting with Native American Tribes with interests in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Demonstrated experience with Applied Ethnography, particularly in Ethnobotany/Traditional Ecosystem, Environment, or Natural Resources Management.
  • Demonstrated experience managing cultural resources review of projects subject to Section 106, Forest Practices, State Environmental Policy Act, Executive Order 21-02 or subsequent regulation, or other similar state and federal regulations.

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 (Generic cover letter will not be accepted).
  • A current resume.
  • 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.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Employer


To take advantage of veteran preference, please do the following:
  • Email a copy of your DD214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22 or USDVA signed verification of service letter to
  • Subject line must include recruitment number, position, and Vet (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 - Veteran)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in


To take advantage of military spouse preference, please do the following:
  • Notify us of your military spouse status by email at
  • Subject line must include recruitment number, position, and MS (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 - MS)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in

Note: Please blackout any PII (personally identifiable information) data such as social security numbers.

As part of WDFW's efforts to advance respectful and inclusive work environments, the Agency expects inclusivity as part of our professional interactions and communications. Therefore, we want to ensure that all individuals feel welcome, are treated fairly and respectfully. All staff are empowered to fully contribute to serving their work unit, Agency, and the citizens of Washington.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.

Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format please contact Jayme Chase by phone 360-902-2278 or email, or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at 800-833-6388.

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