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  • 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 Deadline for Nominations is April 15, 2014. Any questions or to submit forms, please feel free to contact Kris Dobschuetz at 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 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 For more information or questions, contact Kris Dobschuetz at or 602-542-4171.
  • 01/17/2013 12:33 | AAC Admin (Administrator)


    Posting Date: 1/16/13


    Job Description

    ·          Have strong communication skills and the ability to work closely with clients, contractors, and fellow employees

    ·          Be able to work independently on one’s own initiative as well as a member of a diverse team

    ·          Perform cultural resource surveys, testing, monitoring, and data recovery investigations

    ·          Complete standard forms and maps (sites, features, etc.)

    ·          Participate in data analysis

    ·          Prepare or assist with preparation of technical reports

    ·          Make initial site evaluations and recommendations for significance, effect, and treatment

    ·          Conduct site file searches at federal, state, and private repositories

    ·          Ability to travel with overnight stays for extended periods

    ·          Ability to climb stairs without assistance

    ·          Ability to lift 30 pounds and carry a 30-pound backpack for at least 1 hour

    ·          Ability to sit and use a computer for extended periods on a daily basis

    ·          Basic knowledge of GIS software and GPS equipment is a plus

    ·          Ability to use computer hardware, software, and other related information technologies


    Company OverviewAZTEC Engineering is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, and provides diversified technical and consulting services to clients around the globe. AZTEC also has offices in California, Colorado, Nevada, Texas, and Florida. AZTEC is part of the TYPSA Group, a global consulting firm with offices in over 30 countries and a staff of over 2,000 professionals world-wide. AZTEC has a diverse culture that focuses on providing rich opportunities for its employees. AZTEC offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, life insurance, short and long-term disability, flexible spending accounts, and a 401K program. AZTEC is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to affirmative action planning.


    Required Skills:

    Minimum Requirements:

    ·          B.A. or B.S. degree in anthropology or related field and archaeological training

    ·          Minimum of 1 year relevant experience

    ·          Knowledge of Arizona prehistory, Section 106 compliance, NEPA, and state regulations regarding the management of cultural resources


    Please respond by emailing your resume to


    Job Type:         Employee

    Job Status:       Part Time


    Contact Information:

    Contact Person: April Romero – Human Resources Administrator

    Phone: 602-659-9318



  • 11/12/2012 12:16 | AAC Admin (Administrator)
    The 11th annual Arizona Historic Preservation Conference, which brings together archaeologists, tribal members, architects, planners, and preservations of all varieties will be held at the Mesa Hilton Inn on June 12th -14th. We invite archaeologists to submit ideas for topics, speakers, or workshops they would like to see at this year’s conference.  The theme is: Making Preservation Relevant: The Past in Future Tense. Please contact Sarah Herr at or Ann Howard at by December 14, 2012. 

    For more information about the conference, visit or “Like” Arizona Historic Preservation Conference on Facebook.

  • 11/12/2012 12:14 | AAC Admin (Administrator)
    The Tucson office of Statistical Research, Inc. (SRI), a multidisciplinary cultural resources consulting firm, has one full-time, salaried position immediately available for a Crew Chief. SRI provides comprehensive cultural resource management services to private and government clients at the federal, state, and local levels throughout the western United States from offices in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas, and Washington. SRI is a member of the American Cultural Resources Association.
    At SRI, CCs are responsible for assisting project directors (PDs) and principal investigators (PIs) in implementing survey, testing, monitoring, and data recovery plans and for coordinating through the appropriate channels all field and analytical tasks associated with fieldwork, analysis, and report preparation.  CCs are responsible for supervising field staff; descriptive report writing; and for ensuring, along with other project management staff (e.g., PDs and PIs), that all tasks associated with project implementation are accomplished professionally and in a timely and fiscally responsible manner. The position will also involve but not be limited to out-of-town traveling, fieldwork, and archival/Class I research. 

    SRI is seeking an individual with extensive experience with the archaeology of southern and central Arizona and with regional cultural resource management practices. Experience with both prehistoric and historical-period archaeological resources, including material culture, is desirable. The ideal candidate will possess superior writing, communication, and organizational skills and a keen attention to detail. We are seeking an individual with the experience to assist in completing a variety of small- to mid-sized projects independently and who can be identified as a candidate for promotion to assistant project director/project-director status in the short-term future. A Master’s degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, or a related field is required.

    SRI offers a compensation package that includes competitive pay; medical coverage; retirement plan; and paid vacation, sick, and holiday leave. Other benefits include working as a part of one of the largest groups of cultural resources professionals in North America and the opportunity to contribute to SRI's innovative research program. The salary for this position will be commensurate with the applicant's credentials, experience, and market forces.

    How to apply

    Applications can be submitted via e-mail to and should include a resume of relevant experience and a list of references (with contact information, including email addresses and telephone numbers). Please include the phrase “Crew Chief, 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.

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