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Preservation Archeologist

State of Nebraska
Air Park, Nebraska
Closing date
Jun 13, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
Organization Type
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History Nebraska - Agency 54


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$21.48 - $31.67

Job Posting:

JR2023-00002335 Preservation Archeologist (Open)

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History Nebraska is seeking a motivated, organized, and detail-oriented archeologist to serve as the State Historic Preservation Office's (SHPO) Preservation Archeologist. As a member of SHPO, this position serves as the State of Nebraska's recognized expert, commenter, and coordinator of archeology based Section 106 and other federal and state review projects. This position is accountable for conducting project reviews for federal agencies per Section 106 requirements, consulting with federal agencies to minimize impacts on archeological resources, and interacting with and educating the public and government officials on archeology topics as they relate to historic preservation. With these responsibilities comes the opportunity to travel throughout the state to visit project sites, interact with a wide range of federal agencies, consultants, and tribal entities, and have an impact on Nebraska's changing landscape and its preservation of cultural resources.

History Nebraska is a statewide education institute that connects people to the past through our library and research center, conservation facility, interpretive sites, collections, and the state archeology and historic preservation offices. History Nebraska's goal is to become the most engaging and relevant state historical society in the nation. The SHPO and its department programs strive to fulfill this mission by empowering Nebraskans to build and sustain culturally vibrant communities by connecting to the people, places, and points of pride that define our state.

Job location is 1500 R Street, Downtown.

Hours: Monday - Friday, flexible.

Job Duties
  • Independently conduct project reviews within prescribed time limits for federal and state agencies, or their designees per Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and 36CFR800.
  • Conduct detailed reviews and edits of Programmatic Agreements and Memoranda of Agreement and provide guidance in the development of Phase III archaeological data recovery plans.
  • Provide written and oral comments on Section 106 reviews, cultural resource survey reports, archaeological site forms, and other documents.
  • Consult and promote collaboration with Native American Tribes in the creation, review, and monitoring of agreement documents and historic preservation laws.
  • Attend and participate in out-of-office project meetings, including multi-agency meetings and site visits to project areas to consult with agencies and the public.
  • Other duties as assigned, including but not limited to helping other departments, contributing to the Comprehensive Statewide Historic Preservation Plan, planning archeological survey projects, participating in interdepartmental committees and working groups, or participating in community outreach events.

REQUIREMENTS: Master's degree in history, archeology, architectural history or closely related field OR Bachelor's degree in any of the above noted fields plus one of the following: a) two years' experience in research, writing or teaching in a related field or b) substantial contribution through research and publication to the body of scholarly knowledge as determined applicable based on Secretary of the Interior Professional Qualifications Standards (36 CFR Part 61, Appendix A).


Master's degree in archeology, anthropology or a closely related field and at least 1 year of full-time professional experience or equivalent specialized training in archeological research, administration, or management.

A background in archeology and experience in general North American archeology.

OTHER: Position requires frequent in-state travel. Must possess a valid driver's license, be able to provide independent authorized transportation, or drive a state vehicle as necessary.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Knowledge of Great Plains or North American Archeology.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize time and workload to accomplish tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Capacity to conduct outreach activities including in-person meetings, workshops, and trainings for federal and state agency staff, consulting parties, and the public regarding compliance responsibilities.
  • Knowledge and/or ability to learn contemporary archaeological methods and theory; federal laws pertaining to cultural resources and antiquities on public lands; archaeological survey and site excavation techniques; and how to analyze projects for potential effects on archeological resources.
  • Capacity to work with spatial data, including GIS data, making and reading maps, and familiarity with ArcGIS software.
  • Familiarity with the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and ability to evaluate the eligibility of sites for listing in the NRHP.
  • Ability to develop interpersonal skills to help negotiate, mediate, and collaborate with a wide variety of individuals and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and the public.
  • Must be committed to the organization's core values and demonstrate them regularly in their work.

History Nebraska collects, preserves, and opens to all; the histories we share. We believe a diverse and inclusive workforce is an essential element in making Nebraska's rich history available to everyone. History Nebraska is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage and welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds. Our work is meaningful and challenging, and we believe diverse perspectives will make it better.

Our five core values are:
  • We Do It Better Every Time. We are always looking to improve. When we fail, we know why and learn from it.
  • We Have Each Other's Back. We work in groups. We candidly support one another for the betterment of the organization.
  • We Own It. If we say we are going to do something, we do our best to get it done.
  • We Are Curious. We never stop learning and we encourage curiosity in others.
  • We Are Inclusive. We seek multiple perspectives and value the uniqueness of each individual.


We offer a comprehensive package of pay, benefits, paid time off, retirement and professional development opportunities to help you get the most out of your career and life. Your paycheck is just part of your total compensation.

Check out all that the State of Nebraska has to offer! For more information on benefits currently offered to permanent teammates, please visit:

Equal Opportunity Statement

The State of Nebraska values our teammates as well as a supportive environment that strives to promote diversity, inclusion, and belonging. We recruit, hire, train, and promote in all job classifications and at all levels without regard to race, color, religion, sex. age, national origin, disability, marital status or genetics.

Current employees of the State of Nebraska should NOT apply on this external career. Instead go to Workday and access the Jobs Hub - Internal Apply app from your home landing page.

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