Topic ID #41338 - posted 7/24/2019 1:22 PM

Region Archaeologist Wanted


Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?

Do you thrive in an environment where you get to research archaeological and cultural resources? Do you enjoy consulting and providing knowledge about archaeological sites? The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is seeking a Region Archaeologist to work out of their Ellensburg office. The individual who will fill this roll will provide consultative services to resource managers and field staff on archaeology and cultural resource issues throughout the Southeast Region.

What will we trust you with?
  • Preparing a cultural resource management plan for the Teanaway Community Forest that includes the reconnaissance level survey of the property to establish the broad historic resources and basic records available.
  • Being responsible for performing cultural resource surveys, site protection plans and report writing in support of region projects to meet the intensive survey levels required by DAHP.
  • Providing programmatic direction to resource managers and Department field personnel, including the production of teaching modules, guidance documents, planning, archaeological predictive models, standard practice memoranda, and procedures and policies.
  • Developing and defining the record-keeping procedures.
  • Coordinating and collaborating with cultural resource agencies and tribes, including the Yakima Nation, Confederated Tribes of the Colville, WDFW, DAHP, and others.
  • Remaining current on relevant literature in this professional field.
Why work for DNR?

At DNR, we value public service, innovation and creative problem solving, safety and well-being, and leadership and teamwork. At DNR you'll support the vision of a sustainable future by using your skills to protect and manage the state's natural resources for both current and future generations. As a DNR employee, you'll work with the public's interest in mind as we manage more than 5 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands. But managing lands is only half of our story. We house the Washington Geological Survey, a dynamic program that is the primary source of geological products and services in support of decision making in Washington. We also protect other public resources such as fish, wildlife, water, and provide public access to outdoor recreation. Two of our largest and most important state-wide resource protection responsibilities are fire prevention and suppression, and overseeing forest practices.

We are nearly 1,500 employees strong and dedicated to making DNR a great place to work. Our mission is to serve Washington's lands and communities; build strong and healthy rural communities; enhance forest health and wildfire management; strengthen the health and resilience of our lands and waters; and increase public engagement and commitment to our public lands and resources. In partnership with citizens and governments, we provide innovative leadership and expertise to ensure environmental protection, public safety, perpetual funding for schools and communities, and a rich quality of life.  At DNR we approach our work through the lens of making Washington a better place environmentally, economically and socially for current and future generations.

The Location

In the eastern shadow of the Cascade Mountains along Interstate 90, lies Ellensburg Washington, a college town that is just a hop, skip and a jump away from most everything. If you cannot find what you are looking for here, just drive about an hour or two in any direction to Yakima, Wenatchee, Seattle and the Puget Sound. Ellensburg has an arid, four-season climate, which averages only about nine inches of rain a year! The valley and surrounding mountains provide scenic trails for horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking. Kittitas County is home to the Yakima Canyon, the premier spot for trout fishing in the Northwest. The fall brings big game hunting to the hillsides of the valley. In the winter, snow shoeing and snowmobiling are prevalent. Ski and Snowboarding resorts are only a short drive away. In the summer months, try your hand at rock hounding to find an elusive Ellensburg Blue. Need a break from the outdoors? Downtown Ellensburg is one of the great historic shopping districts of the Pacific Northwest with a variety of clothing stores, bookstores, floral and gift shops to choose from. Ellensburg also offers many great restaurants, breweries, taverns and wineries with live music and dancing. Check out some great events in downtown such as Buskers in the Burg, Dachshunds on Parade, First Friday Art Walk, and Winterhop BrewFest. Take in all the excitement of the World Famous Ellensburg Rodeo every Labor Day Weekend or the simplicity of the local Farmers Market from May until October. Ellensburg has a little bit of excitement for everyone.
What makes DNR a great place to work?
  • Transitioning to a modern work environment
  • Mobile work
  • Infants at work program
  • Commitment to organizational health and wellness
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council
  • Leadership that empowers and supports employees
  • Work/life balance
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Educational aid and career development stipends
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Eligibility
  • Opportunities to participate in wildland fire suppression assignments
  • Opportunities to stretch your professional skills
  • A comprehensive benefit package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave and vacation days. Visit for more information.
Why do people choose to work for DNR?
"I enjoy the clients I support and there are a ton of smart, fun, passionate people in this agency that I have the privilege of interacting with and learning from. DNR is a great place because of the people who are here. They are passionate, hard-working, loyal, intelligent, kind, and FUN! The aspects of the agency that speak to me are how diverse the work is that we do; from forests to grass lands, from mountain tops to under water, the composition of the agency made up by various different responsibilities makes it so interesting."
"I am committed to this agency's purpose, the Washington Geological Survey is an amazing place full of innovative, creative, and open-minded people, and I get great satisfaction from serving Washington's residents. I love it here because this place loves me. I like how I am made to feel valued, appreciated, and I feel that my skills are constantly being broadened. I am generally my only limitation."
"The idea of managing the resources in perpetuity really speaks to me. I like that the work DNR does tries to strike a balance between business and conservation and that I don't have to compromise one for the other because I am expected to do both. We are expected to be good stewards of the resources and the decisions we make mean perpetuity." 
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Who are we looking for? 
Required Qualifications:

The right candidate has:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of federal and state cultural resources laws and regulations
  • Demonstrated knowledge of archaeological field research methods and scientific report writing
  • Demonstrated knowledge of state archaeological and historic Inventory Information, DAHP database
  • Demonstrated ability to identify archeological and cultural resources In the field and help design land management activities to minimize or avoid Impacts
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and work closely with tribal governments and other tribal entitles
  • Demonstrated ability to develop site protection/management plans for cultural resource sites.
  • The incumbent in this position is required to travel.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and have three years of driving experience. This position requires driving as an essential function.  Employees who drive for state business, whether in a state or privately-owned vehicle, are required to possess a valid license as defined in policy PO02-006 and abide by all other driver responsibility requirements. Finalists and/or interview candidates will be asked to provide a driving record from all states in which they have held a license during the past three years.
  • Must meet US Secretary of Interior standards for professional archeologists. The minimum professional qualifications in archaeology are:
    • A graduate degree in archeology, anthropology, or closely related field
    • At least 1 year of full time professional experience or equivalent specialized training In archaeological research, administration, or management;
    • At least four months of supervised field and analytic experience In general North American archaeology:
    • Demonstrated ability to carry research to completion.
  • In addition to these minimum qualifications,
    • A professional in pre-historic archaeology shall have at least one year of full-time professional experience at a supervisory level in the study of archaeological resources of the pre-historic period.
    • A professional in historic archaeology shall have at least one year of full-time professional experience at a supervisory level in the study of archaeological resources of the historic period.
Desirable Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of DNR cultural resource-related programs, policies, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of principles of training, contracting, negotiation, and planning.
  • Knowledge of GIS systems and ability to read/create/display spatial Information in ARCGIS.
  • Experience using cultural resources predictive models.
To be considered you must apply online at You must complete the entire online application to be considered for the position.
  • You must attach the following:
    • A letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile, required and desired position qualifications, and special position requirements. 
    • A resume including the names of three to five professional references
Carefully review your application materials before submitting. If you fail to submit the required documents or complete the entire online application, you may no longer be considered for the position by the supervisor.
Application Status – once you submit your online application, you can check your status by logging into your account.  Finalists for the position will be contacted by the hiring managers directly. 
Questions?  Please contact Larry Leach at 509-925-0923, or e-mail us at
Washington State Department of Natural Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind.  We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities in a fair and impartial manner for all persons without regard to age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, creed, color, national origin, religion, pregnancy/parental status, genetic information, military status, political affiliation, criminal history or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained service animal by a person with a disability.  Persons with a disability who need assistance during the screening process or those needing this announcement in an alternative format may contact DNR Recruiting staff (360) 902-1350 or (360) 902-1128.  DNR may be contacted using the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) by dialing 711.


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