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State Lands Archaeologist, Natural Resource Scientist 3 (NRSci3)

State of Washington
Tumwater, Washington
Closing date
Jun 11, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
Organization Type
State Lands Archaeologist, Natural Resource Scientist 3 (NRSci3)

Recruitment #2024-1-PL08/A322

Full-time, Permanent, Represented positions

Location flexibility may be available and considered: Olympia, North Bend or Sedro Woolley.

Work Hours and Partial Telework flexibility may be available and considered

Relocation Compensation may be available and considered

Salary: $5,479.00 - $7,368.00 Monthly

Positions with permanent duty stations in King County receive an additional 5% added to their monthly base salary. The salary listed in this announcement does not reflect the additional 5%.

In addition to the salary range listed, a general wage increase of 3% will be applied for all state employees on July 1, 2024.

Review of applications is ongoing. We reserve the right to make a hiring decision or close this recruitment at any time after 1/7/24. It is in your best interest to submit materials as soon as possible.

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?

Can you interpret the past to help guide future land management decisions? Does finding solutions to challenging projects inspire you? Will you be part of driving a positive organizational culture in a large and diverse state agency? If yes, apply to join our multidisciplinary stewardship team as the newest State Lands Archaeologist!

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) seeks to ensure that state trust lands are managed in collaboration with tribal nations and with respect for tribal sovereignty and reserved rights. To fulfill the responsibilities as the State Lands Archeologist, you will work closely with tribes, DNR regions, divisions and programs, and the executive staff to accomplish this collaborative goal.

In this position, you will provide professional cultural resources analysis and consultative services to resource managers and field staff throughout Washington State. You will conduct cultural resource desk and field reconnaissance; develop resource management and monitoring plans; train staff at all levels; and oversee survey, sample collection, field evaluation, and reporting work. You will coordinate with tribal representatives and state and federal agencies. You will produce and deliver teaching modules and collaborate on agency-level guidance and planning documents. You will assist with contract preparation and administration for cultural resource consultation services conducted by external entities.

You'll bring your substantial field experience and excellent project management skills to bear as one of four archaeologists responsible for cultural resource management on 3.1 million acres of state-managed uplands. Ingenuity and agility are ideal skills as you manage shifting priorities with multiple competing deadlines to meet agency commitments. You will effectively and positively communicate and network with internal staff from all regions, divisions, and executive management, as well as state, federal, and tribal agencies.

One of the best things about this job is the people you work with. The scientists of the DNR Forest Resources Division come from a variety of disciplines: ecology, forestry, wildlife biology, geography and spatial data management, geology, and more. We are dedicated to practicing sustainable land stewardship that provides conservation, recreation, and revenue opportunities throughout the state.

Given the diversity of Washington's landscapes and the breadth of the management solutions you will be responsible for coordinating, we are looking for an archaeological professional who is an adaptable generalist with considerable pedestrian survey experience. A successful applicant has at least five years of field and project management experience and must meet the state of Washington's standards for qualified professional archaeologists (WAC 25-48-020 (4)) and one or both parts of the Secretary of the Interior's professional qualification standards for archaeology (36 CFR Part 61). Preference will be given to applicants who meet the prehistoric archaeology standard or additional professional qualification standards in the related disciplines.

In your application materials, please demonstrate your understanding of and experience with GIS, cartography, technical writing, teaching, project management, and program development. This is a full-time, permanent, overtime-exempt position. It will require approximately 10-15 days away from the duty station per month, in addition to some overnight travel for fieldwork, meetings, conferences, and other events throughout the region. The duty Station is in Olympia, Washington, but locations in North Bend, Washington, or Sedro Wooley, Washington will also be considered.Responsibilities:
  • Identifying archaeological and cultural resources in the field, as well as effectively utilizing historic documentation and predictive models to guide field reconnaissance.
  • Working collaboratively with project managers and communicating the landscape, historical, and cultural context of management recommendations.
  • Understanding and staying current on federal, state, and agency guidance on cultural resource management.
  • Thinking creatively and strategically while also meeting project deadlines.
  • Communicating with inter-government partners in a thoughtful and respectful manner.
  • Staying current and active in the field of archaeology, including representing DNR at regional and national conferences and professional journals.

Required Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in archaeology, anthropology, cultural resource management, or a closely related field.
  • At least 1 year of full-time professional experience or equivalent specialized training in archaeological research, administration, or management.
  • At least 1 year of work experience in archaeological research, administration, or management.
  • At least four months of supervised field and analytic experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of federal and state cultural resources laws and regulations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of archaeological field research methods and scientific report writing.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of state archaeological and historic inventory information, DAHP database.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify archeological and cultural resources in the field and help design land management activities to minimize or avoid impacts.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and work closely with tribal governments and other tribal entities.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry research to completion.
  • DNR Core Competencies:
  • Personal Accountability
  • Value Others
  • Compassionate Communication
  • Inspire Others
  • Commitment to Excellence

Special Requirements and Conditions of Employment:
  • This position's assigned duty station is the Natural Resources Building, Olympia, WA. This position requires both office (60%) and fieldwork (40%). Assignments may occur in all DNR regions and may require overnight travel to all areas of the state. Position requires work on uneven broken terrain in various weather conditions using the necessary tools and equipment to conduct tasks.
  • Overnight travel is required and is estimated to be 5-15% of the work year.
  • A valid unrestricted driver's license and have two years of driving experience. This position requires driving as an essential function. Finalists and/or interview candidates will be asked to provide a driving record from all states in which they have held a license during the past three years.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of DNR cultural resource-related programs, policies, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of principles of training, contracting, negotiation, and planning.
  • Knowledge of GIS systems and ability to read/create/display spatial information in ArcGIS.
  • Experience using cultural resources predictive models.

Don't let doubts stop you from applying for this position - If you have any questions about the required qualifications or how your past experience relates to them, please contact us at A note to potential candidates: Studies have shown that women, trans, non-binary, Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) are less likely to apply for jobs unless they feel they meet every qualification as described in a . We value diversity and inclusion in our organization, and we are looking for the best person for the job. Don't hesitate to apply! Application Requirements:
  • Apply online: at (Click on the APPLY button above).
  • Letter of interest: describing your specific qualifications to the position and position required, desired, and special requirements.
  • Resume: that details your experience and qualifications.
  • References: at least three professional references with current telephone numbers- you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include it with your resume.
  • Copy of your college degree certificate or an unofficial copy of your transcripts. If you have questions regarding attaching this document please contact If you do not attach your college degree certificate or an unofficial copy of your transcript your application will not move forward in the application process.
  • Important: Do not attach any documents that include photos or private information (social security number, year of birth, etc.).
  • Complete all supplemental questions.
  • Candidates who move forward in the recruitment process may be contacted via email at with interview information/scheduling instructions. Please monitor the email listed in your application materials and check your junk email folder to ensure you receive those communications.

Questions? Please contact Louis Fortin at; 360-529-7222 or e-mail us at

About the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

At DNR we approach our work through the lens of making Washington a better place environmentally and are dedicated to serving Washington's lands and communities through diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Our Vision - Our actions ensure a future where Washington's lands, waters, and communities thrive.

Our Mission - Manage, sustain, and protect the health and productivity of Washington's lands and waters to meet the needs of present and future generations.

Our Core Values:
  • Safety and Well-Being -Our top priority is the safety of the public and our employees.
  • Public Service -We value and respect the public we serve, and we value and respect the people of the Department of Natural Resources who step up to serve.
  • Innovation and Creative Problem-Solving - We solve our state's most pressing challenges through innovative thinking, dedication, and bold and creative vision.
  • Leadership and Teamwork -We are committed to building leaders at all levels and building teams for success.

DNR provides excellent benefits, a few of which include:
  • Commitment to organizational health and wellness
  • Work/life balance
  • DNR Employee Resource Groups (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, Women's Employee Resource Group, Veterans Employee Resource Group, etc.)
  • Statewide Employee Business Resource Groups, visit here to learn more
  • Leadership that empowers and supports employees
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Educational and career development aid
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Eligibility
  • Opportunities to participate in wildland fire suppression assignments
  • A comprehensive benefits package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave, and vacation days. Visit for more information.

Additional Information:

This recruitment may be extended and may also be used to fill future similar vacancies for up to sixty (60) days.

DNR does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit

Veterans wishing to claim Veteran's preference please attach a copy of your DD-214, NGB-22, or other verification of military service. Please black out your social security number prior to attaching it. We thank you and are grateful for your service!

Equal Opportunity Employer: The Washington State Department of Natural Resources 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, veterans, military spouses or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 522-2500 or email Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.

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