Archaeologist (WSRRI Archaeologist) – Commerce Specialist 4 – Permanent – *08043-22

Department of Fish and Wildlife
ultiple Locations - Eastern Washington, WA
Job Category
Full time Positions
$63,216.00 - $82,896.00 Annually
Last Date to Apply
FULL-TIME/PERMANENT WASHINGTON SHRUBSTEPPE RESTORATION AND RESILIENCY INITIATIVE (WSRRI) ARCHAEOLOGIST COMMERCE SPECIALIST 4 WDFW Wildlife Program Eastern, Washington Spokane, Ephrata, and Yakima, Washington are the current duty stations, however, depending on the successful candidate, other duty stations may be considered. Please note: This recruitment is posted until filled, with a first review of applications to take place on February 15, 2022.  Application review will be ongoing, and therefore, we encourage you to submit your application materials as soon as possible.  The hiring manager reserves the right to close the posting at any time once a selection has been made. WDFW is charged with preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities.  The WSRRI Archaeologist would join an existing staff of archaeologists at WDFW that ensures WDFW is also an exemplary steward of cultural resources. You will lead the development of cultural resource consultation agreements and processes, and the execution and delivery of cultural consultation services, in support of WSRRI.  This position provides consultation to management, and interstate, interagency, and intra-agency coordination, as well as coordination with Tribal Governments, on cultural resource policies. The WSRRI Archaeologist will also develop programmatic agreements with Native American Tribes and associated workflows and processes for implementation; conduct cultural resource surveys; develop cultural resource management plans and site protection plans, documenting all results and coordinating with agency staff; contract and review similar work by consultants; and formulate and justify conclusions, recommendations, and plans. With that in mind, Picture yourself overseeing and administering cultural resource review for assigned projects, including contracting and contract management. In this dynamic role in which you will lead consultations with Tribes and the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) to develop Programmatic Agreements for the Washington Shrubsteppe Restoration and Resiliency Initiative (WSRRI), to expedite, where possible, future cultural resource review for the program. With your experience, you will prepare and manage contracts for the purposes of contracting cultural resource consultation services from outside contractors. You are excited to advise and consult with Tribes and DAHP to support project implementation through WSRRI. You will consult with and advise the Shrubsteppe Restoration Coordinator, Landscape Conservation Section Manager, Wildlife Diversity Division Manager, Lands Division Archaeologist, Tribal Policy Liaison, program staff, partners, and contractors. We are seeking a candidate who will support and facilitate resolution of pertinent cultural resource management issues arising from proposed undertakings that are complex, culturally sensitive, involve multiple programs, and are major cultural resource issues facing the department. Duties Our WSRRI Archaeologist, Drafts and negotiates programmatic agreements with Tribes and DAHP. Consults, as necessary, WDFW Archaeologists, Tribal Policy Lead, and other program staff. Builds workflows and products to implement programmatic agreements. Conducts or facilitates records review, cultural resource surveys, field evaluation/data collection and report writing. Works directly with DAHP to provide cultural resource site information and access site records in DAHP database. Utilizes contracting software, reviews contractor credentials and expertise, and reviews work for contract completion. Ensures consistent application of rules, analyzes data, develops record-keeping procedures, and identifies protective measures pertaining to cultural resource management. Contributes to a multidisciplinary team assigned to resolve project issues including cultural resource laws, regulations, and policies. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: Duties are performed mostly in an office setting. Work will also be performed at project sites on both public and private land. This position may require walking in uneven terrain and steep slopes for extended periods. Work during inclement weather conditions may also be required. Schedule: Standard business hours are Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A 40 hours/week is expected. Workload may require additional hours and the incumbent may be expected to adjust the work schedule to meet business needs. Travel Requirements: Some statewide and overnight travel is required to meet with clients, conduct business, or attend or provide training. State vehicles are available for use during required travel. Tools and Equipment: Duties require the use of standard office furniture and equipment (e.g., desk, filing cabinet, computer, printer, telephone, fax machine, copy machine, etc.). Other equipment used will include a GPS unit, camera, and hand tools for digging. Customer Interactions: Frequent contact (likely daily) with other archaeologists, clients and project managers, including some contact with those who may be angry, distraught, or frustrated. CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  WDFW requires all employees to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment.  You will be required to provide proof of vaccination as part of the hiring process. Please do not upload your vaccination documentation with your application materials - your vaccination status will be verified by your supervisor before you will be allowed to work. Exemptions may be granted for religious or medical purposes. Supplemental Information Please note: Failure to follow the instructions below may lead to disqualification. In order to successfully apply for this position, you MUST complete your profile at and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application: A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (Generic cover letter will not be accepted). A current resume.  Three professional references.  IMPORTANT NOTES:  All new employees must complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9 Form) on their first day of work. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide documentation proving you are eligible to work in the United States. For a list of acceptable documents, please use the following link: JOIN THE WDFW TEAM: Learn about our agency and the perks of working for WDFW! The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has some of the most talented people in the natural resource field.  We celebrate and value diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community, and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfilling the agency’s mission. We value demonstrated skill in living WDFW values of Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE). WDFW employees may be eligible for the following: Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth. UNION - WAFWP: This position is in the bargaining unit represented by the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Professionals and is subject to the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Professionals. 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For further information, please contact us at As part of WDFW’s efforts to advance respectful and inclusive work environments, the Agency expects inclusivity as part of our professional interactions and communications.   Therefore, we want to ensure that all individuals feel welcome, are treated fairly and respectfully.  All staff are empowered to fully contribute to serving their work unit, Agency, and the citizens of Washington. 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Qualifications REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Meet the U.S. Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualifications Standards for Archaeologist or equivalent (36 CFR 61), which are: A graduate degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, or closely related field. At least four (4) months of supervised field and analytic experience in general North American archaeology. At least one (1) year of full-time professional experience or equivalent specialized training in archaeological research, administration, or management. Demonstrated ability to carry research through to completion. License: Valid driver’s license. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Experience in/with: Two (2) years of regional experience in the Columbia Plateau. Consulting with Native American tribes. Applied Ethnography, particularly in Ethnobotany/Traditional Use of Natural Resources. Knowledge of: Agency’s mission, goals, and objectives. Contract preparation and administration. Planning principles, techniques, and current trends concerning all phases of state resource development. Methods and objectives of natural resource planning. Governmental administrative structure at all levels. Federal and state cultural resource laws and regulations. Prehistoric and historic archaeological field research methods. Scientific report writing and evaluation of written reports. State archaeological and historic information, DAHP database. Ability to: Carry research to completion. Identify archaeological and cultural resources in the field. Communicate and work closely with tribal governments and local communities. Write clearly and concisely both for technical experts and for lay readers. Other skills and abilities: Ability to work with sensitive data and determine appropriate actions given laws, regulations, and policies pertaining to these data. Ability to accept responsibility for major program activities. Ability to interpret and apply agency policy. Ability to develop long-range work plans, think conceptually, observe, and interpret trends, analyze data, identify key relationships, and draw logical conclusions. Knowledge of Agency’s mission, goals, and objectives. Knowledge of principles of training; contract preparation and administration; principles of negotiation; principles and techniques of planning. Knowledge of GIS systems and ability to read and create maps through ARC GIS/Arc VIEW. Some experience or knowledge in creating and utilizing cultural resource predictive models.
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