Arizona Archaeological Council

SHPO - Archaeological Compliance Specialist

06/11/2021 12:37 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

AZ SHPO is now hiring a full time position for an archaeological compliance specialist (Planner III).

https://www.azstatejobs.gov/jobs/archaeological-compliance-specialist-phoenix-arizona-united-states

Job Summary:

This position is required by both state and federal legislation for the implementation of Arizona's State Historic Preservation Program; this program is certified and funded by the National Park Service (NPS). Under general supervision, the position is responsible for the following:

• Participating in statewide cultural resources planning with federal and state agencies.
• Reviewing and commenting on federal undertakings and state plans that could affect properties listed on or eligible for the Arizona and/or National Registers of Historic Places.
• Advising federal and state agencies on historic preservation issues.
• Participating in consultation with federal and state agencies, tribal governments, and other Interested parties.
• Participation in, and review of Programmatic and Memorandum of Agreements for federal cultural resources programs and projects.
• Compiling statistical reports on compliance activities for the End of the Year Report submitted to the NPS and Congress.
• Advising federal and state agencies on compliance with state and federal laws and regulation.
• Writing documents for program guidance for use by federal and state preservation programs and professionals.
• Providing technical review of cultural resources survey, testing, stabilization, excavation, and treatment plans and reports for federal and state agency projects.
• Evaluating National Register eligibility of properties, especially those that are eligible for their information potential.
• Evaluating research designs against current archaeological method and theory and the adequacy of the scientific approach to obtain information potential. 
• Entering project and property data into a compliance database.
• Providing training in state and federal laws and regulations for state and federal agencies, tribes and private consulting firms.
• Participate in planning and execution of annual historic preservation conference.
• Provide technical support to Site Steward Coordinator and agencies participating in Site Steward program.                                                                                  • Be able to work remotely with one day in the office per week. 

Job Duties:

• Manage, coordinate, and provide technical assistance and review of federal agency undertakings and stale agency plans.
• Advise federal and stale agencies on compliance with federal and state historic preservation laws, regulations and policies.
• Ensure that the agencies are following the legally defined consultation process.
• Review and advise federal and stale agencies on the adequacy of cultural resources identification efforts.
• Ensure the consultation on property Identification with tribes, other agencies, and other interested parties is adequate.
• Review and consult with federal and state agencies on the eligibility of identified properties for inclusion on the Arizona and National Registers of  Historic places.
• Conduct technical review of reports.
• Evaluate the Arizona and National Register status of properties based on the "information potential" of that property.
• Establish the "information potential" on current research issues and historic contexts.
• Consult with federal and state agencies, tribes and other interested parties to determine the effects of federal undertakings and state plans on identified register-eligible properties.
• Consult with agencies, tribes and other interested parties on appropriate mitigation measures for Register-eligible properties that will be adversely affected by a federal undertaking or state plan.
• Evaluate research designs for their ability to address current issues and the "information potential" of the property(ies) being treated.
• Assists with planning and execution of annual historic preservation conference.
• Routinely engages in session panels and participates in programming to represent SHPO policy and perspectives.
• Provides technical archaeological support to the Arizona Site Steward Program.
• Provides public education and training on laws and regulations for federal and state agencies, tribal governments, and private sector.
• Participates in development of Memorandum and Programmatic Agreements (MOAs & PAs) with federal agencies.
• Participates in consultation among federal agencies, tribes, and other consulting parties on the development of project specific MOAs and PAs related to Agency programs and/or large complex projects.
• Provides technical review of agreement language, and ensures compliance with the NHPA.
• Ensures the participation of all consulting parties and the best treatment for affected Register-eligible properties.
• In most agreements, acts on behalf of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, a federal agency that has oversight responsibility for all other federal agency compliance with the NHPA.
• Assists in negotiating the terms of MOAs and PAs. This involves consideration of all parties comments, perspectives and concerns.
• Maintains consultation and project documentation in compliance with the approved Records Retention schedules.
• Enters project and property information into compliance databases.
• References electronic inventory (databases and GIS), paper records, AZSITE, and maps.
• Prepares and compiles statistical information for the federal end-of-year report.
• Participates in annual cultural resource planning.
• Participates and contributes to annual planning and objectives.
• Develops planning questionnaires and solicits input from federal and state agencies.
• Perform other duties, as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
• Anthropology or archaeology.
• Archaeological field and laboratory methods (including survey, testing, stabilization, excavation, analysis, interpretation, and report generation).
• Historic Preservation practices and the Secretary of Interior's Standards.
• Arizona's history and prehistory.
• Current archaeological theory.
• Arizona and National Registers of Historic Places and criteria for eligibility and listing.
• Computer operations, databases, and PowerPoint.
• National and State preservation legislation.
• Federal regulation implementing Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Skill in:
• Oral and written communication.
• Public speaking;
• Leading meetings.
• Technical writing.
• Leading meetings under the Open Meeting Law and Robert's Rules of Order.
• Diplomacy when dealing with difficult compliance situations.

Ability to:
• Read and comprehend technical reports related to archaeology and historic preservation.
• Plan and organize work (includes manipulation of paper reports, COs, maps, and books).
• Research and produce a report.
• Operate a computer, printer, and scanner.
• Analyze data and problem solve.
• Maintain effective relationships with co-workers and other professionals.
• Travel throughout the state and stay overnight.
• Obtain and maintain an Arizona class D driver's license;
• Work independently.
• Work as part of a team.
• Work with the public.
• Work with volunteers.
• Interact appropriately with the media (and according to Agency procedures and policies).
• Provide electronic review of documents
• Conduct data entry.

Selective Preference(s):

An interest in, and a sensitivity to, tribal issues and concerns. Respect for tribal perspectives and beliefs. Diplomacy in dealing with difficult situations and people. Patience and good listening skills.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

By federal regulation, Compliance Review staff must meet the Secretary of Interior's Professional Standards. For archaeological compliance positions, the Standards require a minimum of a Master's Degree in Archaeology or Anthropology, plus:

1. At least one year of full-time 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.

In addition to these minimum qualifications, a professional in prehistoric archaeology shall have at least one year of full-time professional experience at a supervisory level in the study of archaeological resources of the prehistoric period. A professional in historical archaeology shall have at least one year of full-time professional experience at a supervisory level in the study of archaeological resources of the historical period.

Benefits:

The State’s comprehensive benefits package includes, affordable medical, dental, life, and short-term disability insurance plans. Top ranked retirement and long-term disability plans, deferred compensation plan. Accrued sick leave and vacation leave, ten paid holidays per year and wellness plans.

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

Retirement:

Eligible for Arizona State Retirement System pension. Enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment for newly hired State of Arizona employees.

Contact Us:

RecruitmentHR@azstateparks.gov

Closing date: Jun 24, 2021


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