Cultural Resources Division Manager – WMS Band 3 – Permanent – *13212-22

Department of Fish and Wildlife
Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Category
Full time Positions
$95,000.00 - $105,000.00 Annually
Last Date to Apply
FULL-TIME/PERMANENT CULTURAL RESOURCE DIVISION MANAGER WMS BAND 3 Capital & Asset Management Program (CAMP) Olympia, Washington - Thurston County This recruitment is posted continuously and will remain open until a selection is made. 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. As WDFW’s expert in historic preservation, you will advocate for the stewardship and protection of cultural resources and become the cultural resources spokesperson and representative! Serve as the responsible official for compliance with state and federal cultural resource laws and the lead for cultural resource policy implementation and coordination with the Department of Archaeology, Historical Preservation, and Native American Tribes in the stewardship and protection of cultural resources. Bring your knowledge and innovation to this role, You will provide leadership for the protection of the state and Tribal heritage and ensuring WDFW-managed work meets cultural resource protection needs. In this dynamic position, You will be accountable for tactical and strategic planning regarding confidential and sometimes controversial cultural resource issues, with precedents. Motivate and provide leadership and vision for staff, You will be responsible for the supervision, accountability, and professional development of two Commerce Specialist 5’s that will be direct reports, five Commerce Specialist 4’s, and three part-time Admin Interns. You thrive on building collaboration and teamwork, You will serve as the liaison to the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP), other state and federal agencies, and Tribal Cultural Resources programs. Duties Some of what you will do as our Cultural Resources Division Manager, Supervise cultural resources staff to accomplish tasks that address Agency Strategic Goals, Program directives, and Division objectives. Provide cultural resource support for the agency’s capital budget project workload, Land Management, and other development, restoration, and acquisition activities. Develop policies addressing the stewardship and protection of cultural resources on WDFW-managed lands or affected by WDFW activities. Consult with Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP), Indian Tribes, organized constituents’ groups, other state, county, city and federal agencies regarding cultural resource policies and protection of cultural resources. Manage the cultural resource division budget. Manage the Department-owned cultural resources in concert with other staff who are responsible for land and/or facility management across the state. Direct efforts to protect and perpetuate cultural resources on WDFW-managed lands or affected by WDFW activities. Act as the agency’s Cultural Resources contact for state and federal elected officials and agencies. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: 90% - Office work, duties are performed in an office setting, requiring extensive computer use. Telework opportunities are subject to supervisory approval. 10% - Travel/Field work which includes working in all weather conditions, in rough terrain, riverbanks, slippery slopes, and other surfaces. Schedule: Position is overtime exempt and is expected to schedule their time within a typical 40-hour work week, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. However, incumbent is expected to adjust schedule and work additional hours as needed to meet business demands and deadlines. Some weekend and evening work may be required - a flexible work schedule may be considered at the incumbent’s request, subject to supervisory approval. Travel Requirements: Some travel may be required throughout the State to attend trainings, meetings, and conferences. Occasional overnight travel may be necessary. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Closely related qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-by-year basis. Must meet the U.S. Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualifications Standards for Archaeologist or equivalent (36CFR 61), which are: A graduate degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, Historic Preservation, or a closely related field, with coursework in Archaeology and History. At least four (4) months of supervised field and analytic experience in general North American studies. Demonstrated ability to carry research through to completion (Master’s Thesis). Publications may include inventory reports, cultural resource plans, and other documents that have passed SHPO review and Tribal consultation. A minimum of one (1) year of full-time professional experience at a supervisory level in the study of archaeological resources of the precontact or historic period. Additional Requirements: A minimum of five (5) years professional work experience in archaeology, historical or cultural resource research, administration, or management of which includes at least two (2) years of full-time professional experience at a supervisory level in the study of archaeological resources. Two (2) years of regional experience in the Pacific Northwest Coast and/or Columbia Plateau. Demonstrated ability to review and consult on projects under state and federal laws (ex. Executive Order 21-02 and/or Section 106). Experience consulting with Native American Tribal communities with interests in the cultural resources of the Pacific Northwest. Demonstrated ability to analyze laws, regulations and policies that are used to assess the significance of cultural and historical resources or information (ex. National Historic Preservation Act, Executive Order 21-02). Management and leadership skills necessary to supervise and lead professional/career employees and to work in alignment with the needs of cross-programmatic work units. Long-term planning, budget development and monitoring, establishing work unit goals and objectives. Strong communication, collaboration, and interpersonal skills. Independent decision-making skills in response to internal and external agency issues. Proven ability to manage budgets and proven fiscal responsibility. Certifications: Valid Driver’s License. Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment: Must have the qualifications to acquire professional level access to WA DAHP’s WISAARD database. Must be able to pass a background check – working with at-risk populations and accessing restricted areas (e.g., McNeil Island, Yakima Training Center). Must be able to meet the minimum professional requirements to hold a Washington State Archaeological Site Excavation and Alteration Permit (RCW 27.53.030 (11) and Chapter 25-48 (20.4) WAC.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge of: Washington State cultural resources. Contract preparation and administration. Experience with: Contributing to and using DAHP’s database (WISAARD). Volunteers and/or public archaeology. Applied Ethnography, particularly in the area of Ethnobotany/Traditional Use of Natural Resources. ArcGIS spatial analysis and database management. Virtual meetings and Microsoft suite. Ability to: Collaborate effectively across complex, cross-programmatic work units. 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. VETERAN PREFERENCE NOTICE: To take advantage of veteran preference, please do the following: Email a copy of your DD214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22 or USDVA signed verification of service letter to Subject line should include recruitment number, position, and Vet (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – Veteran) Include your name as it appears on your application in MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE NOTICE: To take advantage of military spouse preference, please do the following: Notify us of your military spouse status by email at Subject line should include recruitment number, position, and MS (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – MS) Include your name as it appears on your application in Note: Please blackout any PII (personally identifiable information) data such as social security numbers. 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. The Department of Fish and Wildlife is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-2276 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (800) 833-6388. If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing, or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or
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