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Forest Archaeologist II

Company: Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation
Location: Toppenish
Posted on: March 19, 2023

Job Description:

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Announcement #2023-110Issue Date:03-10-23Closing Date:03-30-23Forest Archaeologist IITribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO)Department of Natural ResourcesHourly Wage: $29.11/Regular/Full-TimeResponsible for developing and coordinating identification, evaluation, preservation, and conservation of cultural resources as related to archaeological and historic properties important to the Yakama Nation in the Administrative Forest as established in the Lands and Natural Resources Policy Plan. Incumbent leads a staff of professional archaeologists and technicians to accomplish work objectives. Work involves use of contemporary archaeological methods and theory ensuring the comprehensive preservation of Cultural Places important to the Yakama Nation. Incumbent must qualify as an Archaeologist under Department of Interior Guidelines as referenced in 36 CFR, Part 800, in order to perform surveys of proposed logging units. Incumbent will serve on the Inter-Disciplinary Team (IDT) and serve as the custodian of the archaeological survey activity file for the BOF. Incumbent will be available to BOF Fire Management to advise fire suppression incident commanders of cultural resource concerns.Examples of Work Performed:

  • Uses contemporary archaeological methods and theory to ensure the comprehensive protection of cultural places important to the Yakama Nation.
  • Applies skills and knowledge for the enhancement of a living culture.
  • Conducts archaeological surveys in the Administrative Forest of proposed logging units or other proposed projects by program that are part of the YN Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
  • Monitors and evaluates timber sale operations for compliance with contract terms for the protection of tribal cultural properties and provides recommendations for Timber Sales Officers to assist them in applying appropriate protection measures.
  • Assesses proposed fire suppression tactics for potential impacts on tribal cultural properties.
  • Utilizes archival information for use in preparing cultural resource management reports. The information may include old photographs, manuscripts, oral history tapes, videotapes, and other documents important to the Yakama Nation cultural heritage.
  • Maintains archival and current project information security consistent with policy established by the YN Cultural Committee.
  • Abide by Yakama Nation Rules and Regulations.Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
    • Knowledge of federal and state laws as they relate to the protection of cultural resources. Specific knowledge of the National Historic Preservation Act.
    • Knowledge of geomorphology and resource mapping and distribution models using photoreconnaissance.
    • Knowledge of lithic technology as it applies to stone tool manufacture and a familiarity with the working key classification of prehistoric stone tools of the Columbia Basin.
    • Ability to become knowledge of the Treaty of 1855 and the case law or common law developed since its ratification.
    • Ability to become knowledge of tribal laws as they relate to the protection of cultural resources.
    • Ability to become knowledge of the historical relationship of BIA BOF and the Yakama tribal government and organization structure.
    • Skill in site mapping and description.
    • Skill in or ability to learn computers to process archaeological reports, archive and secure proprietary and confidential information.
    • Ability to express ideas in the general public to advocate for cultural resource protection.
    • Ability to effectively communicate and exercise interpersonal skills working with people from a wide variety of educational and cultural backgrounds to accomplish the administration of the supervised work unit as well as planning timber sales with work units within the BOF and DNR.
    • Ability to organize thoughts and write technical documents so they may be easily understood by others not skilled in archaeology.
    • Ability to apply contemporary archaeological methods and theories to the survey of lands included in proposed federal actions in the YN Administrative Forest.
    • Ability to work collaboratively with all Yakama Nation archaeological and cultural staff in developing, writing and implementing policies and practices for the management of cultural resources.Minimum Requirements:
      • Masters of Science Degree in Archaeology, Anthropology or related field.
      • Three years experience performing archaeological studies.
      • Required to pass pre-employment drug test.
      • Must be physically fit and ability to work under adverse weather conditions. Must be able to pass the moderate pack test for emergency response to wildfires.
      • Must possess a valid Washington State Driver's License with the ability to obtain a Yakama Nation Driving permit.
      • Enrolled Yakama Preference, but all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

Keywords: Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Yakima , Forest Archaeologist II, Other , Toppenish, Washington

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