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Cultural Resource Specialist 1

OBEC Consulting Engineers
Eagle River, Alaska
Closing date
Jun 3, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Organization Type

The Cultural Resource Specialist 1 performs under the direct supervision of a Cultural Resources Management (CRM) professional and contributes by conducting baseline archaeological, historic, anthropological, and ethnographic research in support of projects, performance of field surveys, assembling data to support evaluation of sites for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places, and support Section 106 or other regulatory consultation efforts. They work with cultural resource research, field surveys, lab work and managing of field data, and contributing to the production of small-scale reports. This position requires entry-level qualifications and is supervised, led, or mentored by a higher level CRM employee. This position is characterized by a high level of on-the-job training. The person in this position should have the knowledge and analytical skills provided by a Bachelor's Degree in anthropology, archaeology, architectural history, or a closely related field.

Job Responsibilities and Duties

To be successful in this position, 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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel) - Basic
  • Market Sector Software - Basic

Technical Expertise
  • Basic understanding of technical fundamentals
  • Performs basic technical tasks assigned by market sector with oversight from others
  • Motivated to learn new technical skills through self-study and mentoring


Team player who mostly functions in a supporting role in a project team setting. Collaborates, listens, takes direction well, and retains information provided. Is motivated to grow skills and help the team.

Project Delivery

Produces the following under close direction/oversight from others:
  • Technical reports and memos
  • Cultural Resource Baseline Reports
  • Phase 1 and Phase 2 reports
  • Section 106 documentation
  • Other cultural documents as assigned
  • Field studies and investigations

Understanding Budget and Schedule

Basic understanding of scopes, schedules, and budgets. Collaborates with supervisor and/or resource manager to plan work time on assignments. Conducts basic monitoring of budget and schedule for simple project tasks assigned.

Industry Standards and Regulations

Demonstrates basic familiarity with the following laws and regulations:
  • Relevant state laws

Client Interaction

Infrequent direct client interaction. Read emails, occasionally attends client meetings, listens, and prepares meeting minutes.


Other duties as assigned.

Level of Work/Accountability

Performs basic levels of technical work on projects in support of more experienced staff within the market sector. Operates with minimal autonomy - work is closely supervised by more senior staff.

Supervisory Duties


Education and/or Experience
  • Bachelor's Degree required
  • Enrolled in Master's Degree program preferred
  • Years of experience required: none
  • Years of experience required with advanced degree: none

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Must have a valid driver's license and a good driving record.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and use hands. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

Ability to cut brush using chain saw or machete; ability to walk and hike through rough terrain, snow, and ice; ability to dig with shovel and hand tools; ability to screen dirt and sediment; routinely lift and carry between 30 and 50 pounds; ability to work on uneven ground surfaces and within small excavations. May need to work at rural and remote sites and travel by small fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work may be split between the field and office. Field work is performed outdoors during year-round weather conditions. Work ranges from high-density urban to extremely remote settings. Individuals must be prepared to adapt quickly from one extreme to the other.

In the field: The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to moderately loud due to the proximity to construction sites and related equipment.

In the office: The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Geographical locationis taken into consideration with respect to compensation.

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