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Arizona State Parks Mission Statement: Managing and conserving Arizona's natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of the people both in our parks and through our partners. To learn more about Arizona State Parks, visit our web site at

Planner III, Cultural Resources Manager

LOCATION: Arizona State Parks Phoenix Office

1300 W. Washington

Phoenix, AZ 85007

Arizona State Parks (ASP) oversees and manages thirty parks in Arizona. Fourteen of these parks contain forty-five historic buildings and additional structures listed on the National and State Register of Historic Places. There is one archaeological park and 1000+ archaeological sites within all thirty parks. The management, protection, and preservation of all of these historic and archaeological resources is mandatory by law and important to ASP and the State of Arizona. Half of this position will be responsible for the Agency's cultural resources compliance activities relating to Federal and State laws. Arizona State Parks coordinates a statewide network of 900+ volunteers trained and certified to monitor more than 82,000 recorded archaeological sites throughout the State of Arizona on public lands. The Arizona Site Steward program is managed by utilizing 27 leadership volunteers who coordinate other volunteers by region to monitor sites on Federal, State and local municipality lands for signs of vandalism. ASP has inter-government agreements that specify the extent of these volunteer activities. Half of this position will be responsible for the management of the Arizona Site Steward program.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: The Cultural Resources Manager is the Agency subject matter expert in archaeology and history. They advise and facilitate the protection, preservation, and management of historic and archaeological resources at ASP. They identify and make recommendations regarding paleontological resources at ASP. They coordinate the training, supervision and data collection of the 900+ Arizona Site Stewards. Responsibilities include following all applicable State and Federal Historic Preservation and Antiquities laws and guidelines; acts as a liaison between ASP, State Historic Preservation Office and Arizona State Museum regarding projects impacting cultural resources at the parks; acts as a liaison between leadership volunteers and other partner agency archaeologists for support of the Arizona Site Steward program; works in a team environment involving ASP staff (Park Managers, State Historic Preservation Office staff, Chief of Development, Architect, Park Research and Science Manager, Chief of Operations, ASP Curator), other State Agencies (examples: Arizona State Museum, Arizona Dept. of Transportation, State Lands Dept.) Federal Agencies (examples: BLM, US Forest Service, National Park Service), and outside contractors; works as a team member to support public outreach, interpretation and exhibition related to cultural resources. The Cultural Resources Manager is responsible for the management and interpretation of cultural resources of ASP. This includes working with the Site Stewards, conducting surveys of project areas that may impact cultural resources, writing technical/professional reports, writing contracts for survey work to be completed by outside firms, recording archaeological and historical sites and evaluating them for eligibility to the Arizona Register of Historic Places, recommending mitigation or preservation measures for cultural resources on ASP land, reviewing reports for accuracy written by outside firms, writing interpretive plans and exhibit text, training ASP staff, volunteers and Site Stewards in cultural resource issues and interpretation.


Master of Arts or Sciences degree with a major in Cultural Resource Management, Archaeology, Anthropology, or closely related field plus (1) at least one year of professional experience or equivalent specialized training in archaeological research, administration, or management; (2) At least four months of supervised field and analytical experience in general North American archaeology; and (3) Demonstrated ability to carry research to completion.

Must be AAA (Arizona Antiquities Act) permitted or permitable at the Principal Investigator and Project Director Level on ASP's Blanket Permit with ASM. Must have written at least two historic properties treatment plans (HPTP) and the reports resulting from the archeological research described in the plans. At least one of the required projects must be an excavation. Must have administered and supervised two archeological research projects including supervision of all the project directors in the laboratory or in the field, consultations with state and federal agencies and tribes, and supervision of all projects' phases until final delivery of all project materials and reports, so that the research and work is conducted and concludes according to the two HPTP's or two research designs with work plans as required above.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of Cultural Resource Management, Archaeology, Anthropology, or closely related field, including field school. Knowledge of field archaeology, historic preservation, historic sites/parks, cultural resource management, historic preservation, and preservation law. Knowledge of Archaeological field methods, particularly Southwest Native American prehistory. Knowledge of Arizona history and prehistory. Knowledge of State and federal laws pertaining to historic preservation, archaeology, and cultural resources management, Knowledge of National Historic Preservation Act, Section 106, Arizona Register of Historic Places eligibility criteria. Knowledge of Historic building preservation, Secretary of Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings. Knowledge of Fundamental principles, concepts, and practices of cultural resource management. Knowledge of Use and development of cultural resources, AZSITE, and Global Information Systems (GIS) databases. Knowledge of Best practices in volunteer resource management. Knowledge of Effective management of volunteer programs, including recruitment, placement, supervision and recognition of volunteers. Knowledge of Event, project and program coordination. Skill in effective individual and team interaction. Skill in effective written, oral and interpersonal communication. Skill in use of computer software programs in MAC and/or IBM operating systems, Microsoft and electronic communication. Skill in use of AZSITE for work on ASP lands Skill in use of ArcView, Global Information Systems (GIS). Skill in effective time and priority management. Skill in effective organization and event coordination. Skill in problem solving. Skill in data and trend analysis. Skill in technical/electronic database management. Skill in public presentation development and staging. Skill in reading and interpreting architectural and engineering plans or drawings. Ability to develop effective and positive interpersonal working relationships with diverse staff and volunteers at Arizona State Parks Phoenix office and field locations, professional colleagues at SHPO, ASM and other Federal and State agencies, contracting firms, and Native American Tribes, avocational archaeologists and historians in the Site Steward program, Arizona Historical Society and chapters, Arizona Archaeological Society and chapters, and others. Ability to write professional technical reports; photograph, document, record and evaluate archaeological sites, historic buildings and structures as to their eligibility to the Arizona Register of Historic Places. Ability to recommend appropriate mitigation measures. Ability to implement archaeological data recovery measures, as appropriate. Ability to research and write interpretive text for programs, exhibits, and community presentations. Ability to analyze complex situations and make sound recommendations. Ability to manage sensitive and delicate situations with a high degree of cordiality. Ability to perform fieldwork in extreme temperatures and to hike over rough terrain for 8 - 10 miles. Ability to travel frequently, drive alone for long distances, stay overnight when necessary. Ability to meet project deadlines Ability to evaluate and establish priorities. Ability to work evenings and weekends. Ability to speak articulately in public/private settings. Ability to react to changing program needs. Ability to posses and maintain a Class D Arizona Driver's license.

Requires possession of and 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.)

SELECTIVE PREFERENCES: Ability to communicate archaeological concepts, preservation practices and legal requirements to diverse audiences (age, ethnicity, and knowledge level) in a clear, positive and interesting manner - both oral and written. 3-5 years experience in field archaeology, historic preservation, historic sites/parks, cultural resource management, historic preservation, and preservation law.

All newly hired employees will be subject to the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification Program.

Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

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