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  • 03/26/2014 11:12 | AAC Admin (Administrator)
    See the full posting here:

    Job Title: Cultural Resources Project Manager
    Closing Date: 04/03/2014
    Job Number: 14-1934
    Job Type: Regular Full Time
    Department: Cultural Resources Mgmt Prog
    City: Sacaton
    Location: Land & Water Complex
    Area of Interest: Anthropology
    Salary Type: Base Pay for Career Center
    Salary/ Hourly Rate: $60,144 Salary
    Tribal Driving Permit Required: Yes

    The Cultural Resources Project Manager functions as a manager for archaeological field research projects and coordinates and supervises all activities of field personnel for the Cultural Resources Management Program of the Gila River Indian Community. General supervision is provided by the Director.

    Assist the Director in all aspects of developing, directing, and administering the activities of the Cultural Resource Management Program.
    Assign, supervise, and evaluate the activities of all field personnel.
    Assist the Director in developing and preparing proposals and research designs; write/prepare reports and artifacts for publication to summarize results of research.
    Assist Director in hiring program staff.
    Ensure training in archeological field techniques is provided to field staff.
    Attend trainings and meetings and represent the Cultural Resource Management Program and cultural interest of the Gila River Indian Community.
    Perform other related duties as assigned.

    Demonstrated extensive knowledge of the archaeology of the southwestern United States.
    Knowledge of Native American culture.
    Extensive knowledge of equipment and techniques used in archaeological fieldwork.
    Ability to prepare reports that summarize the results of archaeologist surveys and excavation projects.
    Ability to design, implement and manage large scale archaeological projects.
    Ability to supervise field staff effectively.
    Demonstrate exceptional technical writing skills and ability to complete technical reports timely.
    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, Community
    Officials and the general public.
    Ability to perform all physical requirements of the position; agree to maintain a Drug-free workplace.

    Masters degree from an accredited college or university in Archaeology, or Anthropology or a closely related field and a minimum of five (5) years of progressive responsible experience in Archaeology and/or Cultural Resources Management; and which includes two (2) years of supervisory fieldwork, report completion and scheduling of projects related to cultural resources. Ph.D preferred.

    Required to qualify for a Tribal Driving permit. Valid state driver's license with a current proof of driving record for the past 39 months will be required to qualify for a tribal driving permit. Proof of driving record must be submitted with application.

    Supervisory, Salaried Position
    Reports to Director or designee
  • 03/06/2014 12:14 | AAC Admin (Administrator)
    At Tierra Right of Way Services, the Principal Investigator (PI) is responsible for the implementation of the research aspects of CRM, while Project Managers (PM) handle the business aspects of CRM projects. We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced person who can successfully handle the duties of both positions. The primary job responsibility is to design and oversee research aspects of cultural resource projects in Arizona. Additional job responsibilities include marketing to existing and new clients, responding to RFPs and RFQs, preparing scopes of work, cost proposals, and research designs, implementing all aspects of fieldwork and overseeing the work of employees assigned to projects, producing technical reports, and providing effective coordination with clients, agencies, SHPO, and tribes. The PI/PM works closely with the other PIs and PMs, Field Directors, GIS specialists, and the Environmental Planning and Cultural Resources Division Director; therefore, the successful candidate must work well in a team environment. The successful candidate must also have the ability to multi-task, including managing multiple small Class I, Class III, and monitoring projects simultaneously. The successful candidate must be currently permitted, or can be, with Arizona State Museum (ASM), Arizona Bureau of Land Management, and the Forest Service; holding permits in surrounding states is also desirable. A small to moderate amount of travel may be required as needed; a current valid Driver’s license is required. The successful candidate must be a United States citizen or hold a federally approved work visa; Arizona law requires verification.

    Duties Include:
    • Managing projects for the Tucson and Phoenix offices, and possibly the New Mexico offices.
    • Working closely with existing and new clients.
    • Preparing cultural resource components of proposals.
    • Writing research designs and overseeing research aspects of excavations and large-
    scale survey projects.
    • Directing large excavation projects.
    • Preparing scopes of work and budgets.
    • Working with the PIs and PMs in developing research goals for the Division.
    • Coordinating with the Field Directors to ensure that research goals are met.
    • Writing synthetic and interpretive chapters of reports.
    • Working with government agencies, ASM, et al. to ensure compliance with laws, regulations, and protocols.
    • Training personnel in field methods, analytical techniques, database management,
    report writing, research techniques, and archaeological theory and methods.
    • Content editing of all drafts and final reports.
    • Attending conferences and professional meetings; encouraging personnel to present papers at these conferences.
    • Analytic skills are a plus, including historic, shell, and ceramic.

    This is a full-time permanent position with benefits, including medical, 401k, and holidays.

    Salary is competitive, and is based on education and experience. The successful candidate can be based out of our corporate headquarters in Tucson or our Phoenix branch office, although occasional travel between the two offices and to meet clients is required.

    Minimum Qualifications
    • A minimum of 10 years experience in the cultural, heritage, and/or environmental compliance industry, at least 5 years of which has been in Arizona, is required. Experience should include directing large-scale data recovery excavations.
    • Knowledge of NEPA, NAGPRA, Section 106, Section 110, and associated federal and Arizona state laws and regulations is essential.
    • Experience working with the various municipal, county, state, and federal agencies, tribes, and SHPO in Arizona, or similar experience in the greater Southwest.
    • Candidates should also have established relationships in the archaeological and environmental communities in Arizona and surrounding states.
    • Graduate degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, Heritage Management, or related field required.

    Tierra has been conducting cultural resource projects since 1993 and environmental compliance since 2000. We are committed to meeting our customer’s land service needs in the highest quality manner, delivered with the highest ethical and professional standards. 

    Please email vitae/resume with cover letter to careers@tierra-row.com.
  • 02/26/2014 11:12 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Archaeological Consulting Services, Ltd. of  Tempe ,  AZ  (ACS) is seeking to hire a cultural resource Project Manager or Senior Project Manager. The ideal candidate will:


    • have a Masters degree in Anthropology (Archaeology);
    • qualify as a Project Director on an  Arizona  state permit;
    • have experience managing multiple small projects simultaneously and providing support for larger projects
    • have an understanding of cultural resource compliance within the framework of NEPA; and
    • have a close familiarity with the performance of such tasks under ADOT contracts.


    In short, we are looking for a detail-oriented multi-tasker who is able to get started in the very near future and can contribute to project management right away.


    The duties of this position involve completing cultural resource clearance projects from project initiation through project implementation and close-out, including preparing scopes and budgets for proposals of all types, permit applications, conducting some fieldwork, and preparing technical reports and agency consultation letters.


    The duties of this position regularly require sitting at a desk and using hands to manipulate a computer keyboard and mouse as well as paper work products. They will sometimes include in-town or out-of-town fieldwork, which would require standing, walking or climbing into and out of trenches and excavation units, using hands to manipulate items and to lift or carry them, talking, and hearing. They occasionally require crossing uneven terrain, climbing over fences, and stooping, kneeling, or crouching. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. All employees must be able to follow instructions, ask questions when needed, be able to work independently once parameters have been set, and work cooperatively as part of a team, at both the project and company-wide levels.


    The pay level is competitive and commensurate with experience. This is a salaried position, exempt from federal labor laws, eligible for the full ACS benefits package (after a three-month introductory period), including vacation, 10 paid holidays, sick leave, and a significant portion of the employee’s health and dental insurance paid under the company plan, and participation in a 401(k) program after six months.


    For additional information, interested parties should check the “Job Opportunities” section of the ACS website (http://www.acstempe.com). Please send your current resume with a cover letter identifying the level at which you wish to be considered and the names and phone numbers/e-mail addresses of three references who can comment on your project management, and specifically ADOT, experience to: acs_jobs’at’acstempe’dot’com. Please include the name of the position you are applying for in the subject line of your e-mail. ACS does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. No phone calls please. The position is open until March 28, 2014, or until filled, whichever is sooner.

  • 02/25/2014 15:29 | AAC Admin (Administrator)
    Each year, the Governor's Archaeology Advisory Commission recognizes individuals and/or programs that have contributed time and energy to promoting the protection and preservation of, and education about, Arizona's non-renewable archaeological resources. These awards can include the following categories of individuals or organizations that are worthy of recognition for their public service/educational endeavors: 1) professional archaeologists, 2) avocational archaeologists, 3) Site Stewards, 4) Tribes, 5) Private, non-profit entities, 6) government agencies, 7) Tribe, 8) Private or Industrial Development, and 9) Special or Lifetime Achievement.

    If you know of someone that deserves special recognition for their efforts in Arizona archaeology, please complete the nomination form found at https://azpreservation.com/awards.html. Deadline for Nominations is April 15, 2014. Any questions or to submit forms, please feel free to contact Kris Dobschuetz at kd2@azstateparks.gov or 602-542-7141.

    The awards will be presented at the 2014 Historic Preservation Conference in Rio Rico on Friday, June 13, 2014.
  • 02/03/2014 14:30 | AAC Admin (Administrator)
    Please see the following link for the full letter sent to the National Geographic Society. 

  • 11/20/2013 12:44 | AAC Admin (Administrator)
    See the pdf linked below for details. (deadline for submissions is Jan 13, 2014)

  • 07/08/2013 14:10 | AAC Admin (Administrator)
    Please see the linked pdf for the AAC letter to Rep. Kirkpatrick in support of House Bill 2497. 

  • 06/11/2013 10:04 | AAC Admin (Administrator)
    Statistical Research, Inc. (SRI), is seeking to fill the position of full-time, salaried, project director (PD) and ceramic analyst (CA) in its Tucson Office. The successful candidate would be primarily responsible for preparing and implementing survey, testing, monitoring, and data recovery plans in coordination with project principal investigators and project managers. Responsibilities include all field and analytic tasks associated with fieldwork, analysis, and report preparation. Traveling, fieldwork, and a solid understanding of the basics of cultural resource management (CRM) are position requirements. For all projects in which he or she participates, the PD is responsible for meeting his or her deadlines, remaining on budget, and for meeting SRI’s standard of care. A PD will typically work on 2–3 projects simultaneously and will need to effectively multitask. He or she will often be responsible for training crew members and crew chiefs in archaeological field methods. An M.A. degree in anthropology or other pertinent field is required, and at least two years of fieldwork and analytical experience is preferred. 

    Preference will be given to applicants with experience successfully completing CRM projects in Arizona. The ideal candidate will also have formal training and demonstrable professional experience in the analysis and interpretation of the prehistoric ceramics of southern and central Arizona. The ability to work harmoniously and productively with SRI staff and clients is essential, and it is expected that the PD is a professionally active member of the discipline.

    Salary will be commensurate with experience. SRI offers a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance; short-term and long-term disability coverage; life insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan; and paid personal time off and pay for all federally recognized holidays. PDs are also eligible for professional development time.

    How to Apply

    Applications can be submitted via e-mail to srijobs@sricrm.com and should include a letter of interest, a resume of relevant experience, and a list of a references (with contact information, including email addresses and telephone numbers). Please include the phrase “Project Director and Ceramic Analyst, Tucson, Arizona” in the subject line of your e-mail. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. SRI is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, or sexual orientation.


  • 05/23/2013 11:12 | AAC Admin (Administrator)
    Administrative Services Officer II
    “Cultural Compliance Manager”
    FLSA –Exempt
    SALARY GRADE 21 ($39,983 - $68,156)
    ANNOUNCEMENT#2674/ CLOSING DATE: 06/07/2013 

    Description of Duties: This position will be responsible for advising and facilitating the protection, preservation, and management of historic and archaeological resources for Arizona Game and Fish Department properties or activities. Responsibilities will include the following: ensuring Department projects are in compliance with all applicable State and Federal Historic Preservation and Antiquity laws and guidelines; acts as the cultural resource liaison with other state and federal agencies; forms partnerships related to ensuring the protection and preservation of cultural resources; Develops programmatic agreements or other agreements to partner on compliance issues on private, state and federal lands; provides information on sites that may be eligible for listing to State Museum for inclusion in statewide database; develop cultural awareness training and an archaeological program for the Department; Conducts cultural resource surveys necessary for implementing Department projects; prepares documentation, report writing, GIS and database creation of cultural resources; project management, planning and review; work in a team environment involving AGFD staff, other State and Federal agencies, and outside contractors. The position will be responsible for coordinating cultural compliance on any project that may impact cultural resources to assist the Department in carrying out its trust responsibilities to manage, conserve, and protect wildlife and fisheries resources, and safe and regulated watercraft and off-highway vehicle operations for the benefit of Arizona’s citizens. Performs other duties as needed, attends meetings, conferences and training sessions.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: The candidate must have knowledge of state and federal laws pertaining to historic preservation, archeology and cultural resource management; methods and techniques of sources of information for archaeology resources; principles and fundamental concepts and practices of cultural resources management; criteria that qualifies properties for the National Register; review and implementation of compliance regulations.  The preferred candidate will have skills in: current scientific archaeological theory, methods and techniques in the identification, evaluation and preservation treatment of cultural resources, working with complex project proposals, technical reports, Federal and State regulations, legislation, and guidelines. Must be skilled to interpret criteria for the National Register, handle negotiations, make decisions, and evaluate impacts, and archaeological preservation planning.  The ideal candidate will be able to work independently and as part of a team and be able to manage multiple project tasks simultaneously, analyze and prepare detailed cultural resource compliance reports and documentation including maps, images, and diagrams that will assist with agency planning and compliance. The candidate must be able to travel frequently statewide including overnight stays. The preferred candidate will have a Master’s degree in archaeology, anthropology or closely related field and two years of professional experience in archaeology or cultural resources management and compliance or any combination of training and experience that meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities may be substituted. Preference will be given to individuals with experience coordinating and ensuring compliance for a natural resource or land management agency. 

    Licenses and Certifications: Candidate must be able to obtain Arizona Antiquities Act permits and accompanying Repository Agreements, as issued through the Arizona State Museum (ASM), in addition to archaeological/cultural resource-use permits issued by various federal agencies throughout Arizona (e.g., Bureau of Land Management, USDA National Forests, Department of Defense Military Installations, etc.). This position requires possession of and the ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment.  Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.)

  • 03/12/2013 09:46 | AAC Admin (Administrator)
    The Governor's Archaeology Advisory Commission (GAAC) is sponsoring its 27th annual Awards in Public Archaeology. The Commission is a statutory board that advises the State Historic Preservation Officer on issues of relevance to Arizona archaeology. The Awards are presented to individuals, organizations, and/or programs that have significantly contributed to the protection and preservation of, and education about, Arizona's non-renewable archaeological resources. Download the nomination form at http://azstateparks.com/SHPO/downloads/2013_Nomination_GAAC.pdf. For more information or questions, contact Kris Dobschuetz at kdobschuetz@azstateparks.gov or 602-542-4171.

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