Topic ID #41860 - posted 12/3/2019 7:07 AM

Ethnographer- Seminole Tribe of Florida Tribal Historic Preservation Office


The Seminole Tribe of Florida Tribal Historic Preservation Office is seeking an experienced ethnographer to assist in chronicling the Tribe's history. The incumbent in this position will perform project based ethnographic studies for the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The individual will conduct background research, ethnographic literature review, draft appropriate interview scripts, and provide technical expertise in ethnographic theory.  The selected individual will lead in the production of a final ethnographic study of the Southern Florida Region, which will include synthesizing research and oral history interviews into a detailed project report. The ethnographic study will tell the Tribe’s history from the perspective of the Seminole Tribe. This position reports to the THPO Collections Manager and is an exempt position.


The listed duties are only illustrative and are not intended to describe every function that may be performed by this position. The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed, if such duties are a logical assignment to the position.

·    Assists in the planning and completion of an in depth literature survey to create a comprehensive database of existing research. 

·    Utilize the Tribe’s internal collections including the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum’s archival library and oral history collections.

·         Develops interview questions in coordination with STOF staff and the Tribal community.

·    Responsible for the production of a final technical report which will be a synthesis of all gathered research data and oral history interviews from the Southern Florida Region. The report will serve as a comprehensive cultural history of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

·       May present research and findings to Tribal Council, tribal communities, or other federal agencies in the form of interpretive presentations.                                

·      Provides on-going project support to the Collections Staff, the THPO Office, and Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum staff including occasional field related duties.

·        Adheres to all Seminole Tribe of Florida’s policies and procedures.

·         Performs other duties as assigned.


·         Knowledge of the cultural history of the STOF.

·        Knowledge of, or interest in and ability to learn, Florida and Southeastern U.S. archaeology and history; environmental sciences—climatology, biology, geology, soils, etc.—applicable to Florida and Southeastern U.S.                                                                                                     

·         Ability to maintain confidential and culturally sensitive information in a professional setting.

·         Demonstrate excellent organizational and writing skills.

·    Proficiency in current technologies, including desktop publishing, spreadsheets, GIS, and database management. 

·       Ability to work independently, conduct meaningful research, and produce a high quality technical report.

·   Ability to communicate with and build relationships with other staff, departments, and the tribal community.

·         Ability to handle multiple projects and of seeing projects to a point of completion.

·         Ability to serve the Tribal community, the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity.

·        Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the STOF tribal community, general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials.

·         Knowledge or ability to communicate in Mikasuki or Creek is highly desirable.


Master’s Degree in ethnography, anthropology, or other humanities research or related discipline is required. A minimum of three (3) years of experience in the practice of ethnography is required. Prior relevant experience in the study of Native American history but not limited to oral history, research design, archaeology, or history is preferred. Demonstrated interest in Native American studies is required. Demonstrate proficiency in current technologies, including desktop publishing, spreadsheets, and database management is required. Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrate excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to communicate in Mikasuki or Creek is desired. Prior experience working for a tribal government on a Native American Reservation is preferred. Ability to travel across the South Florida region and work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays. 

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Please email resume and cover letter to The position will be posted until filled. No phone calls please.


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