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Cultural Resource Support Specialist (Two-Year Limited Term Position)

State of Colorado
Glendale, Colorado
Closing date
May 5, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Organization Type
Department Information

HISTORY COLORADO has a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion and cultural competency, because of that, we are continuously seeking to recruit individuals who will enhance this diversity and ultimately the effectiveness of our organization.

We believe that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. History Colorado and the State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.
  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including a PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans
  • Medical and dental health plans
  • Employer supplemented Health Savings Account
  • Paid life insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability coverage
  • 11 paid holidays per year plus 12 hours of vacation and 6.66 hours of sick leave a month
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness - A borrower may qualify for forgiveness by making 120 on-time payments while employed full-time in public service, if they have certain kinds of federal loans in a qualifying repayment plan
  • BenefitHub state employee discount program
  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules and more.

Description of Job

The Colorado Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (OAHP) will be hosting a 2-year post-master's fellowship for a Cultural Resource Support Specialist. The position is intended for junior and early career professionals to build their CV/Resume and prepare for an exciting career in government cultural resource management by training in a range of duties across the Colorado State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).

The primary duties include, but are not limited to, review of new and legacy cultural site and survey information for data accuracy and incorporation into the OAHP relational and Geographic Information System (GIS) databases, as well as consultation pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), the Colorado State Register Act (SRA), and Colorado Historical, Prehistoric, and Archaeological Resources Act. This position provides primary support to the OAHP's Information Management Unit with additional support, as needed, for the Intergovernmental Services Unit, Preservation Planning Unit, or providing technical assistance for the Office of the State Archaeologist of Colorado.

Data Management
  • Builds skills to effectively identify and rectify conflicting data using archaeological, historic preservation, established unit guidelines, and/or GIS knowledge.
  • Makes corrections to data entered into the two office-wide databases at the suggestion of the Cultural Resource and GIS database managers.
  • Organizes and prepares documents for scanning; using hardware and software, scans rectified cultural resource forms and documents to meet OAHP standards, as well as to the requirements of recent State Accessibility legislation (HB 21-1110).
  • Evaluates forms and documents to determine which material is protected by copyright law and cannot be scanned and uploaded to the online database.

Compliance and Review
  • Builds skill over the fellowship in order to ultimately review compliance projects independently and provide technical comments and assistance in writing within legally prescribed time limits to federal and state agencies pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and the Colorado State Register Act, and the Colorado Historical, Prehistoric, and Archaeological Resources Act.
  • Researches and interprets federal and state laws and regulations in its program areas.
  • Reviews and provides comments regarding compliance work completed by other Intergovernmental Services Unit staff upon request.

Technical Assistance and Production Performance
  • Builds skills and relationships with History Colorado staff in other departments and participates in opportunities for collaboration to advance the different program goals and needs to better serve the people of Colorado.
  • Builds skills in developing and coordinating guidelines and regulations between other units within OAHP, including the Information Management unit, Intergovernmental Services unit, Preservation Planning unit, and the Office of the State Archaeologist, as needed and at the request and/or guidance of their direct supervisor.
  • Builds skills to effectively communicate with federal, state, local agencies, and/or contractors, under the direction of their direct supervisor, in order to obtain supplementary information needed to resolve any technical or data issues.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

A successful candidate will possess Master's degree in anthropology, archaeology, or closely related field as well as additional experience as described by the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines (36 CFR Part 61), which includes:
  • The ideal candidate has finished master's level course work or has finished/is finishing their Master of the Arts degree in Anthropology within the last year. Minimum qualifications are a Bachelor's of the Art's degree in Anthropology and two years of direct experience including but not limited to employment with a Cultural Resource Management (CRM) company, museum, or non-profit.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry research to completion.

Must have:
  • Ability to use computer hardware, networks, and associated peripherals,
  • Exceptional writing skills, attention to detail and concern for accuracy, strong interpersonal and team building abilities, effective problem solving, and successful negotiation skills.
  • Strong degree of self-motivation and able to work independently.

Supplemental Materials to Submit with Application

In addition to filling in the online application, please provide a CV/Resume, a cover letter, and awriting sample. Candidates who make it past the first round of interviews will be requested to provide transcripts and letters of recommendation, but please only provide these additional documents when they are requested.

Cultural Resource Support Specialist (Two-Year Limited-Term Position)

Supplemental Information

Benefits: The State of Colorado offers permanent employees a variety of benefits including medical, dental, life and disability insurance, as well as a comprehensive leave program. Please click the following link for detailed information:

A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted as part of the selection process. Felony convictions or conviction of crimes of moral turpitude or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being considered for this position. Should your background check reveal any charges or convictions, it is your responsibility to provide the Human Resources Unit with an official disposition of any charges.

History Colorado is committed to anti-racism practices across its institution and outlined in these grounding virtues: ( (Download PDF reader) ). As such we encourage members of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) LGBTQ+ and differently abled communities to apply for this position.

ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete the application. To request an accommodation, please contact Abbas Montoya @ (303) 866-2136 or email

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