ADOT - Environmental Science Specialist (Archaeologist)

10/25/2021 19:53 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

Job Summary:

This new position incorporates work that is being completed by a supplemental employee who is the HPT Portal Administrator and also fulfills a gap in our environmental compliance fo State funded projects. Under the direction of the Cultural Resources Program Manager, this position is responsible for coordinating with new and existing HPT Portal users, acting as a liaison between various ADOT departments, and consulting with state, federal, and Native American communities. Additionally, this position will manage the State Act PA and complete all consultation associated with these state funded projects.

Job Duties:

Manage Portal accounts of highly sensitive agency data, update contacts in the Portal including attaining security clearances, partners with FHWA on agency contact list, differentiates data sets to determine appropriate information for Portal Database, coordinates with the Arizona State Museum's AZSITE on data information transfer of ADOT highway system, and collaborates with ITG to improve the Portal mapping application

Interprets and applies applicable federal and state laws, regulations, policies and procedures in consultation and liaison with other state and federal agencies, local governments, and Tribes on cultural resources and historic preservation issues related to maintenance work orders, disposals, material sources, and encroachment permits.

Evaluates legacy cultural resources reports to ensure they still meet current archaeological standards, reviews and approves new cultural resources survey, monitoring, testing/data recovery reports to ensure that the work meets ASM and SHPO requirements. Drafts clear, concise consultation documents for project requirements and State Historic Preservation Act specifications. Determines whether consultation letters or memos are the appropriate form of documentation for the particular project.

Identifies and flags Archaeological sites for avoidance as needed for maintenance projects, assess archaeological sites using professional discretion and independent judgement for National Register of Historic Places eligibility, if previously unclear, Organize field visits with Tribes for Material Source projects

Responsible for independent decision-making implementing the PA between Arizona SHPO and ADOT, prepares quarterly batch reports and yearly reporting, interprets and evaluates conditions of PA stipulations and makes recommendations to management on whether current stipulations may need to be modified

Schedule and conduct travel, possible overnight Travel and lodging along with Driving a state vehicle in the course and scope of duties

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
State, Federal, Tribal, local agency environmental policies, procedures, statutes and regulations to effectively manage and facilitate cultural resources clearances/projects

Arizona State Historic Preservation Act, knowledge of the principles of historic preservation, archaeological methods, tribal consultation, and Arizona history and prehistory

Implements State Act consultation

Organizes project data with background information to determine whether additional cultural work is needed

Resolves problems with consulting parties and districts with minimal supervision

Skills In:
Verbal and written communication and collaboration to interact daily with ADOT personnel, outside agency personnel tribes, consultants, and the public; acts as a trusted source of guidance on environmental statutes regarding cultural resources

Project management to facilitate completion of projects on tight and often changing schedules, skills in phone and email usage

Address archaeological data recovery situations. Demonstrated analysis ability, basic computer skills, multi-tasking, use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positions System (GPS), are desired, but not required

Ability to:
Resolve conflicts when divergent points of view are involved

Resolves problems with consulting parties and districts with minimal supervision Organize project data to determine whether additional cultural work is needed

Partner with SHPO on complex issues and ability to insure proper contact lists are in order

Act as a liaison with AZSITE and ITG regarding critical data, mapping, resources including collaborate with ITG to insure the EPG Portal is reliable and sustainable

Demonstrated analysis ability and multi-tasking experience along with experienced use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positions Systems

Selective Preference(s):

Project Director for archaeological investigations (per AAA), experience in the assessment of historic buildings and structures, understanding of GIS databases and mapping application

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Valid Motor Vehicle drivers license

Master's degree or above in archaeology/anthropology/history or related field.

Meets the Professional Qualification Standards established by the Secretary of Interior (SOI) {48 FR 44716, Sept 1983, as updated} Meets qualifications to be listed as a Project Director on the Arizona Antiquities Act Permit as outlined in the Arizona Antiquities Act Policy Number 68-202(c)(1) (e)(l-4); ARS 41-841 et seq.


The Arizona Department of Administration offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:
• Sick leave
• Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
• Health and dental insurance
• Retirement plan
• Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
• Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


Mandatory participation in the Arizona Retirement System (ASRS) is required

Contact Us:

Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by calling (602) 712-7279. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation. ADOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All newly hired employees will be subject to E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification.

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