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  • 02/21/2017 12:58 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Title: Archaeological Field Technician
    Date: February 21, 2017
    Location: Tucson, AZ

    Statistical Research, Inc. (SRI), a multidisciplinary cultural resources consulting firm, has several temporary, full-time, hourly positions available for archaeological Field Technicians headquartered from SRI’s Tucson office. Qualified candidates should possess, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, or a related field and have completed an accredited archaeological field school.  Candidates must also have a minimum of 1–2 years of field experience (i.e., survey, testing, and data recovery) and be physically fit and able to perform physically demanding tasks in adverse environmental conditions (i.e., extreme heat or cold).  Candidates should also have good organizational skills, a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and willingness to learn and execute new tasks.  Prior experience concerning the history and archaeology of southern Arizona is preferred, as is demonstrated past field experience working with Trimble global positioning system (GPS) receivers. It is anticipated that initial tasking will include local field survey at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, along with possible nonlocal field survey and excavation on the Barry M. Goldwater Range in southwestern Arizona. 

    Pay rates are based on individual qualifications and experience.  For field projects requiring an overnight stay, food allowance and double occupancy hotel room accommodations will be provided.

    Job Description:

    Reporting to the Project Director and Crew Chief, archaeological Field Technicians are responsible for conducting reconnaissance survey, the establishment of grids, artifact collection, test unit and feature excavation, and documentation.  To this end, archaeological field technicians are required to perform the following tasks in the field:

    ·  Conduct archaeological survey, testing, and data recovery

    ·  Point-locate observation and surface collection units as well as surface artifacts using a Trimble global positioning system (GPS) receiver

    ·  Draw features in plan and profile that conform to SRI mapping conventions

    ·  Clean and straighten the walls of a test unit or trench

    ·  Complete field forms accurately and concisely

    ·  Properly label collection bags and samples

    ·  Must be able to lift up to 40lbs

    Fieldwork is anticipated to last throughout the spring and into the summer.

    How to apply

    Applications can be submitted via e-mail to and should include a resume of relevant experience and references (with contact information). Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

  • 02/13/2017 12:25 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    On March 18, 2017 there will be a 1 day training session to provide recent college graduates with an introduction to the National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 Process and what cultural resource management is and how to get employed in the field. The instructors for this workshop include Deil Lundin and Glenn Darrington. Both are professional archaeologists with more than 50 years of combined experience in CRM. This workshop is sponsored by the Arizona Archaeological Council (AAC) and is free to active AAC members. Join today at

    Class size is limited to 15. To register contact Glenn Darrington via email at:

  • 10/19/2016 10:30 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    EcoPlan Associates, Inc., is now accepting applications for the position of Cultural Resource Principal Investigator/Project Director. The candidate will be responsible for designing, conducting, and reporting cultural resource survey, testing, and data recovery projects, as well as assisting our clients with regulatory compliance.
    Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a minimum of a Master’s degree in anthropology with a specialization in archaeology (Ph.D. preferred), at least five years’ prior experience as a Principal Investigator, and a familiarity with current cultural resource issues, archaeological methods, and the archaeology of the American Southwest. All applicants must be available for in-person interviews. The successful candidate will be based in the Mesa, Arizona, office.

    Compensation: EcoPlan offers a competitive salary (commensurate with experience) and full-time positions that include full vacation, medical, and retirement benefits.

    Please send resume, cover letter detailing your experience, and list of references by e-mail to:

    John C. Ravesloot, Ph.D.
    EcoPlan Associates, Inc.
    701 West Southern Avenue, Suite 203
    Mesa, Arizona, 85210


    EcoPlan Associates, Inc. was formed in 1991 with a vision to provide high quality environmental services to the public and private sectors. We presently maintain offices in Mesa, Prescott, and Tucson Arizona. EcoPlan’s growing team of highly qualified and motivated cultural resource specialists pride themselves in maintaining the company’s reputation for conducting high quality, state-of-the-art research in a timely fashion.
    EcoPlan Associates, Inc.
    Environmental Science & Resource Economics
    701 West Southern Avenue, Suite 203, Mesa, Arizona 85210

  • 10/19/2016 10:29 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    EcoPlan Associates, Inc., is now accepting applications for the position of Field Director/Project Director with a specialization in Historical Archaeology. The candidate will be responsible for conducting archival and historic research; writing national register nominations and historic contexts; preparing research designs; and conducting and reporting cultural resource survey, testing, and data recovery projects.

    Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a minimum of a Master’s degree in anthropology or archaeology, prior project director experience, and familiarity with current cultural resource issues and historic archaeology (19th century) of the American Southwest and Great Basin. All applicants must be available for in-person interviews. The successful candidate will be based in the Mesa, Arizona, office.

    Compensation: EcoPlan offers a competitive salary (commensurate with experience) and full-time positions that include full vacation, medical, and retirement benefits.

    Please send resume, cover letter detailing your experience, and list of references by e-mail to:

    John C. Ravesloot, Ph.D.
    EcoPlan Associates, Inc.
    701 West Southern Avenue, Suite 203
    Mesa, Arizona, 85210


    EcoPlan Associates, Inc. was formed in 1991 with a vision to provide high quality environmental services to the public and private sectors. We presently maintain offices in Mesa, Prescott, and Tucson Arizona. EcoPlan’s growing team of highly qualified and motivated cultural resource specialists pride themselves in maintaining the company’s reputation for conducting high quality, state-of-the-art research in a timely fashion.

  • 10/11/2016 11:05 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The deadline for the SAA's 2016 Fred Plog Memorial Fellowship is fast approaching on November 1. This award ($1,000) provides support for a graduate student with ABD status writing a dissertation on the North American Southwest OR northern Mexico OR on a topic, such as culture change or regional interactions, on which Plog himself did research. Please forward this information to eligible students. Here is a link to a pdf with all of the details.

    Please direct questions and applications directly to Deborah Huntley. Thanks much!

    Deborah Huntley, SAA Fred Plog Fellowship Committee Chair (

  • 09/22/2016 10:22 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    March is Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month in Arizona. Each year, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) collaborates with other organizations and groups to produce a FREE brochure listing the archaeological activities that are scheduled throughout the state in March 2017. SHPO then distributes this brochure across Arizona to inform the public about the many opportunities available to learn about our past. If you are planning an event and want to be included in the brochure -  please fill out the Listing of Events Form that can be downloaded from our website or can be obtained by contacting Kris Dobschuetz at or 602-542-7141. The Brochure comes out in January, so we will need to have the information by November 18, 2016. 

  • 08/20/2016 08:08 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    2016 Arizona Archaeological Council Fall Conference


    The Arizona Archaeological Council (AAC) is pleased to announce the 2016 AAC Fall Conference. The symposium will be held at the Arizona Museum of Natural History in Mesa on Friday November 18, with a reception to follow afterwards on the rooftop.


    Hoski Schaafsma will chair the morning session, and the theme is “The Archaeology of Queen Creek Drainage from the Phoenix Basin to Top of the World". Although extensive prehistoric and historic period settlements are present in this area, until recently comparatively little archaeological research had been focused on Queen Creek. Most of what is known about prehistoric and historic populations in south-central Arizona is based on work along the lower Salt and middle Gila Rivers, and papers presented in this session will compare and contrast the archaeology of the Queen Creek drainage from Top of the World on the east, to its confluence with the Gila River at Gila Crossing on the west. Despite the obscurity of the archaeology in this region, recent investigations have shown that Queen Creek was occupied consistently from the Archaic through the Historic Periods.

    The theme of the afternoon session is “New Advances in Arizona Archaeology”. We invite archaeologists who have recent research they would like to share with the Arizona archaeological community to participate. The session will include reports on current excavation projects, as well as papers on recent developments in archaeological method and theory. The session will also include a panel discussion on site naming conventions that will be lead by Glenn Darrington.  

    The AAC is inviting speakers to present papers for either session, and selected conference papers will be published in the peer reviewed AAC journal. Specific details for the conference agenda are forthcoming. Please direct any questions to

  • 08/15/2016 11:38 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    It’s that time again to start again to start planning for the Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month – and the Archaeology Expo. Please join us as we begin planning for the Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month on Friday, September 16, 2016 at 10 am at the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Building (behind the SHPO Evans house) at 1110 W. Washington Street in Phoenix. We will meet in Room 250, but please note that you will need sign in at the front desk to obtain a badge.

    At this meeting, we will brainstorm on the “theme” for the month and take suggestions on potential poster designs. Bring your creative ideas and join us on Friday.


    For our partners that are not within the Phoenix area, but still would like to participate, please email me separately, and I will provide you with a conference call number to participate via teleconference. Please feel free to forward the email to anyone you think would be interested.


    This year’s Archaeology Expo will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Himdag Ki - The Tohono O’Odham’s Cultural Center and Museum in Topowa (south of Sells, Arizona) from 10 am to 4 pm. Any questions, please feel free to contact Kris Dobschuetz, SHPO Compliance Specialist at 602-542-7141 or

  • 07/18/2016 15:40 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Administrative Services Officer II

    “Cultural Compliance Manager”


    FLSA –Exempt

    SALARY GRADE 21 ($39,983 - $71,563)

    REQUISITION # 24042 / CLOSING DATE: 08/2/2016


    Description of Duties: The Cultural Compliance Manager 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 and acts as the cultural resource liaison with other state and federal agencies. This position will form partnerships related to ensuring the protection and preservation of cultural resources and develop programmatic agreements or other agreements to partner on compliance issues on private, state and federal lands. Additionally, this position will: provide information on sites that may be eligible for listing to the State Museum for inclusion in a statewide database, develop cultural awareness training and a cultural compliance program for the Department, supervise cultural compliance program staff, conduct cultural resource surveys necessary for implementing Department projects, prepare, plans, and reviews documentation including reports, use GIS and create databases for cultural resources and project management.

    This position works in a team environment involving department staff, other State and Federal agencies, and outside contractors, and 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 in order 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 have at least 2 years of supervisory experience and 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 in accordance with Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.


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


    The State of Arizona offers an outstanding comprehensive benefits package including:


    * 13 days’ of vacation

    * 12 sick days

    * 10 paid holidays

    * Participation in the nationally recognized Arizona State Retirement System

    * Superior health care options

    * Vision care, dental care, pharmacy benefits, and flexible spending account (options available)

    * Life, long-term disability, and short-term disability insurance options are available

    * Many more benefit programs are available


    Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer





    Direct link:


  • 06/26/2016 11:51 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Commission

    Awards in Public Archaeology 2016

     Award:        Avocational Archaeologist

     Recipients:   Walter Gosart and Tom Woodall

     Nominator:  Peter Pilles, Jr., Forest Archaeologist, Coconino National Forest

    Tom Woodall and Walter Gosart are inseparable friends who have made great contributions to all aspects of the Coconino National Forest’s Heritage Program for over 25 years.  Both participated in the Arizona Archaeological Society’s field school at Elden Pueblo, completed several AAS certification courses, and now provide many of the educational programs at Elden Pueblo, including participation at events like Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Appreciation Month and V Bar B Days celebrations.  They developed specialization in stabilization and practice and teach those skills, working at places like Homolovi and Honanki as well as Elden Pueblo, and stabilization needs assessment for Oak Creek Ruin.  They have become experts in prehistoric pottery identification in the Flagstaff area, and teach this as well.  They have conducted site surveys and updated site records.  Tom and Walter have dedicated many years of their lives to preserving, recording and understanding sites and artifacts, and sharing this knowledge and enthusiasm with members of the public and other archaeologists.

    Award:        Site Steward

    Recipients:   Fran Maiuri and Carl Evertsbusch

    Nominator:  Robin Rutherfoord, Tucson Regional Coordinator

    Fran Maiuri and Carl Evertsbusch, site stewards since 2011, have already made their mark in the Tucson area.  They have assisted land managers with site relocations and evaluations prior to sites being placed into the Region 6 inventory.  They are on crews that monitor over 90 sites in Pima County, 35 sites for the Forest Service and a number of sites on State Trust land.  Fran and Carl work at a large rock art site not on the inventory.  At Saguaro National Park, they monitor some of the most difficult and physically demanding archaeological sites to access in the park, requiring long strenuous days of off trail hiking to sites in the rugged Saguaro wilderness.  During a period of vandalism, they not only recorded and reported the events, they set out motion detecting cameras to monitor the sites.  The park archaeologist writes that “there are no words strong enough to describe the importance of the Site Steward Program to us here at Saguaro, and Fran and Carl are two of the most exceptional site stewards at the park.  Fran and Carl meet and exceed the seven goals of the Site Steward Program.”

    Award:        Site Steward

    Recipients:   Richard and Sandy Martynec

    Nominator:  Adrianne Rankin, Barry M. Goldwater Range East

    Richard and Sandy Martynec have been regional site steward coordinators for 20 years.  They have exceeded in this capacity, and have coordinated over 30 site stewards on the Barry M. Goldwater Range East, Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, and previously at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.  They have learned site mapping and repeat photography, and have provided additional training to site stewards who wished to do more than monitor sites.  At a very large petroglyph site, they directed the mapping and recording, including point provenience mapping of all artifacts, extensive field recordation, and detailed recording of the petroglyphs.  They have been willing to assist all agencies in fulfilling Section 110 requirements of the National Historic Preservation Act.  They conducted obsidian analysis and determined that much of the obsidian at sites in the area came from the site of Los Sitios.  Rick and Sandy’s work has gone well beyond site monitoring duties.  The nominator summed up the Martynec’s contributions in this way:  “Julian Hayden would be smiling and toasting them with a shot of tequila.”

    Award:        Private, Nonprofit Entity

    Recipient:     Friends of the Forest, Cultural Resources Committee

    Nominator:  Travis Bone, Red Rock Ranger District, Coconino National Forest

    The Cultural Resources of the Friends of the Forest, Coconino National Forest, formed in 1994 in response to vandalism and graffiti in the Verde Valley, especially at Palatki and Honanki.  Since then the volunteers provide staffing at Palatki and V Bar B sites that allows them to be open year around.  Good works expanded over the years to include highly skilled and professional graffiti removal.  The group also took the initiative to digitize the Coconino National Forest’s collection of 15,000 transparencies and over 65,000 photographic prints, ultimately about 100,000 images, and creating a searchable database.  This led to the realization that there were gaps in the record, and a field crew was formed to visit 100 sites, 20 of which were not previously photographed, and discover and photograph 21 previously unknown sites, creating over 25,000 new images to add to the database.  The group also participates in Verde Valley Archaeology Discovery Days, during Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month. 

    Award:        Government Agency

    Recipient:     City of Flagstaff Open Space Program

    Nominator:  Karen Enyedy, Museum of Northern Arizona

    Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve is 478 acres of land sheltering nearly 800 petroglyphs, Northern Sinagua habitation sites, and other culturally significant artifacts.  Picture Canyon was first explored professional by Harold and Mary-Russell Colton beginning in 1916.  In 2008, Picture Canyon was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  In 2012, the City of Flagstaff obtained Picture Canyon from State Trust land expressly to set it aside as designated open space for educational and recreational purposes.  The city of Flagstaff’s Open Space Program has worked with local partners to restore the natural and cultural integrity of the Preserve, host volunteer events, education the public about the importance of the area, and provide outdoor recreational opportunities.  Accomplishments include restoring the riparian habitat of the Rio de Flag, refurbish or decommission trails, roads and a bridge, launch a Site Steward program at the Preserve, install interpretive signs, provide guided tours, and offer recreational activities.  The award for Government Agency recognizes the City of Flagstaff’s Open Space Program for providing and supporting volunteer efforts, partnerships and public education programming to preserve the archaeological, historical, and natural resources at Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve.

    Award:        Special or Lifetime Achievement

    Recipient:     David Abbott

    Nominator:  Douglas Mitchell, Archaeological Consulting Services

    Dave Abbott is a southwestern archaeologist whose focus is dedicated to modeling the exchange systems and social networks that composed the prehistoric Hohokam regional system, investigating the impact of large-scale irrigation on sociocultural evolution, and developing the unique contribution that ceramic research can make to the study of prehistoric communities.  This work has engaged multidisciplinary teams of graduate students, private sector archaeologists, geologists and chemists.  Dave has provided public service through board membership and participation with nonprofit organizations such as Old Pueblo Archaeology, Arizona Archaeology Council, Arizona Archaeological Society, Tempe Historical Society, Arizona Museum of Natural History, Deer Valley Rock Art Center, Pueblo Grande Museum, and Arizona State Museum.


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