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Renewable Energy Projects Archaeologist (Commerce Specialist 3)

State of Washington
Tumwater, Washington
Closing date
Jul 22, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
Organization Type
Schedule: The Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) office is in Olympia, WA. Flexible/Hybrid schedules are available. This position will require some in office work.

Who We Are:

The cultural and historic resources of a community tell the story of its past, a past that makes any single community distinct from all other places. From lumber mills to schools, sacred landscapes to archaeological sites, rustic cabins to office towers, our historic and cultural resources provide everyone with a tangible link to persons and events that have shaped our communities and ourselves. Preserving these physical reminders of our past creates a sense of place, the result being an environment that instills civic pride and community spirit.

By preserving significant cultural and historic resources, we are able to learn from past achievements (as well as mistakes) in order to improve, enrich, and even enliven, the Washington state that is passed to future generations. To learn more about the vision and role of historic preservation in the State of Washington, download our current Statewide Historic Preservation Plan (Download PDF reader)

What you will do:

As a state specialist in archaeology, you will be responsible for conducting Section 106, Governor's Executive Order 21-02 (EO 21-02), (Download PDF reader) and SEPA reviews for Climate Commitment Act and other renewable energy projects. On behalf of the State Historic Preservation Officer, you will make determinations of eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places and determinations of effect for publicly funded, licensed, or permitted activities for renewable energy projects. In addition to working on the development of archaeological policy, organizing special events and summits for renewable energy projects that includes developing and teaching various training courses including Section 106, state laws, cultural resources, and lectures on archaeological topics as requested. You will also work closely with tribal governments on tribal concerns on renewable energy projects and apply mediation skills in situations involving disputing parties, and must interact with a variety of stakeholders, including administrative and other personnel in the Department, public agencies, tribes, private consultants, property owners and the general public.

Some of what you'll enjoy doing include:
  • Participate in Federal, State and Local government review processes for cultural resources for renewable energy projects
  • Track and monitor project correspondence and compliance
  • Report GMAP/Results WA performance measures related to timeliness of review and compliance
  • Works with archaeologist, tribal representatives, industry and developers to ensure avoidance, or minimization and mitigation of impacts to archaeological sites and cultural resources
  • Work collaboratively and cooperatively with tribal governments, developers, archeologists, and planners, to develop solutions to complex identification, avoidance, treatment, and mitigation measures
  • Builds relationships with local planners and Tribal cultural resource staff in order to enhance programmatic workflow and effectively advise project stakeholders about potential impacts to cultural resources
  • Meets with Tribes and local governments to understand tribal and agency concerns and works to mediate those concerns with proponents of permits. Works closely with tribal governments on tribal concerns and apply mediation skills in situations involving disputing parties
  • As required, assist agency staff members with conducting complex reviews of project impacts to cultural resources on behalf of the SHPO pursuant to applicable regulations
  • Provides archaeological expertise and counsel to the SHPO, the state ACHP, DAHP staff, public agencies, Governor's office, AG's office and other members of the public
  • Develops and teaches various training courses including Section 106, state laws, Forest Practices Act and implementing regulations, ARPA, cultural resources training, and lectures on archaeological topics as requested
  • Conducts trainings on RCW 27.53, 27.44, and other topics as required for Tribes and public agencies when requested. Participates in the development and teaching of Cultural Resource Training and other relevant topics related to archaeology
  • Visit inadvertent discoveries, provide advice, expertise and oversight
  • Answer questions, confirm and clarify policies and procedures
  • Develop and participate in trainings on State Laws, SEPA, and the Section 106 process for Tribes and public agencies as requested. Undertake the planning of events and trainings
  • Give lectures and talks, develop materials for events and trainings, and manage scheduling and logistics for trainings and events as needed

  • Must meet Secretary of the Interior minimum Professional Qualifications for Archaeologists as defined in 36CFR Part 61.
  • Minimum of M.A. or M.S. degree in Anthropology or closely related field, 4 months lab and field experience, demonstrated ability to carry research to completion and two years of supervisory experience in archaeology or anthropology.

Professional qualifications for this position include the above plus:
  • Valid driver's license and able to conduct field visits statewide, including rural locations
  • Advanced training and experience in applying criteria for listing archaeological properties in the National Register of Historic Places, exceptions to the National Register, and considering integrity issues when applying the National Register criteria.
  • Expert knowledge of Washington state prehistory and history.
  • Expertise in archaeological field methods and theory.
  • Advanced knowledge of Section 106, RCW 27.53, RCW 27.44, SEPA and all federal and state laws and regulations as they apply to archaeological properties.
  • Commitment to pro-equity and anti-racism thinking;
  • Exhibits competencies in equity, inclusion, and belonging;
  • Clear and concise writing skills;
  • Demonstrate ability to work cordially and professionally with DAHP staff, constituents, and stakeholders and ability to exercise good judgment in representing the department to the public in a positive, professional manner;
  • Able to function in high stress environments;
  • Able to manage high conflict situations;
  • Exhibit public presentation abilities;
  • Demonstrate organizational and time management skills;
  • Ability and willingness to do extensive traveling including time for night meetings and overnight stays;

Please provide the following documents in order to be considered; failure to do so may result in you not being considered for the position:
  • A letter of interest, describing how you meet the qualifications for this position as outlined in the job posting;
  • A current resume, detailing experience, and education; and
  • A current list of at least three (3) professional references with current contact information (attached or available to provide at the time of interview)

NOTE: By submitting these materials, you are indicating that all information is true and correct. The state may verify information. Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from the applicant pool or dismissal if employed. A resume will not substitute for completing the "duties summary" section or supplemental questions of the application. Please do not "refer to resume" for detail, or your application may be disqualified.

NOTE: This position is included in a bargaining unit represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE).

Opportunity for All:

The Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation celebrates our differences and we are committed to a workplace that supports equal opportunity employment and inclusion regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, marital status, families with children (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sex, sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, status as a protected veteran, honorably discharged veteran or military status, status as an individual with the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with disabilities or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We will also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws.

You are welcome to include the name and pronoun you would like to be referred to in your materials and we will honor this as you interact with our organization.

Contact Information:

For questions about this recruitment or to request a reasonable accommodation in the application process, contact Angie Anderson at (360) 407-8446 or email

Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

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