Date Posted: Feb 25, 2022
Requisition ID: 325247
Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204
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About the Job:
The Archaeologist Environmental Manager 2 in the Cultural Resource Office within the Environmental Services Division conducts archaeological research and field reconnaissance work to determine impacts of proposed transportation projects on cultural resources; prepares, reviews and evaluates archaeological reports prepared by outside consulting firms; and coordinates with other division and district environmental staff and environmental consultants to review NEPA environmental documents for content and format to ensure compliance with federal and state requirements.
A Day in the Life:
The essential functions of this role are as follows:
- Acts as Principal Investigator, as qualified under the federal Secretary of the Interior standards and Indiana state qualifications, for archaeological documentation, research, lab analysis, and the production of professional reports in compliance with state and federal laws, including IC 14-21-1, Section 106 of the NHPA, Section 4(f) of the DOT Act, and NEPA.
- Conducts archaeological Phase Ia investigations independently or as part of a team. Must be able to use GPS instruments to record site boundaries and individual shovel probes and describe shovel probe stratigraphy using standard color and texture characteristics and terminology.
- Reviews and approves archaeological reports, section 106 documents, and NEPA environmental documents prepared by outside consulting firms and/or departmental district environmental staff for content and format to ensure compliance with federal and state requirements and agency policy and goals.
- Assists in development of survey methodology, analysis techniques, strategies, policies & procedures to accomplish INDOT’s archaeological program.
- Participates in developing procedures for preparation of archaeological documents necessary to obtain environmental clearance as mandated for all transportation projects. Works with the INDOT districts and State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the Tribes on issues pertaining to archaeological resources, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act to facilitate project compliance with state and federal cultural resource laws.
- Initiates and/or responds to inquiries concerning regulations for assigned area/projects.
- Responds to inquiries and provides technical expertise and guidance to communities, government officials, consulting firms, historic preservation and other special interest groups, consulting parties, and agency staff.
- Assists in training INDOT personnel and interns in recognition and treatment of archaeological and historical resources.
- Participates in Quality Assurance Reviews of districts to ensure compliance with guidance, rules, and laws.
- Utilizes GIS, archaeological site records maintained by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, and on-line sources to evaluate the potential of archaeological resources within a given project area and prepare archaeological assessments.
- Utilizes GIS to create shapefiles of survey areas, site boundaries, mapped structures, etc. to produce high-quality mapping.
- Assists in geophysical surveys and interpretation of collected data.
- Works with the archaeology unit and Team Lead to develop on-line training modules and updates to the Cultural Resources Manual.
What You’ll Need for Success:
You must meet the following requirements to be considered for employment:
• Must meet or exceed Secretary of Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards for Archaeology as per 36 CFR Part 61.
• Must also meet State of Indiana’s qualifications for Principal Investigator or Field Supervisor (312 IAC 21-3-4).
• Experience in Midwestern archaeology, including fieldwork and laboratory methods and techniques.
• General knowledge of state and federal preservation and environmental lawsy.
• High level of proficiency in ArcGIS and some knowledge of geophysics and use of related software desirable.
• Ability to perform in a professional manner and maintain confidentiality.
• Demonstrated ability to research, analyze cultural resource data and write accurate, precise, clear and thorough reports.
• Knowledge of the agency mission, programs, and administrative policies.
• Ability to effectively interact and orally communicate with parties of diverse levels of cultural resources expertise.
• Ability to develop and define procedures and accomplish objectives within the appropriate and established deadlines.
• Ability to conceptualize and initiate studies, formulate ideas, develop alternatives, make decisions and project recommendations based on knowledge of legal guidelines, INDOT policy, and cultural resources.
• Ability to maintain a heavy workload and meet assignment due dates set by the Team Lead.
• Valid Indiana Driver’s License.
Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:
This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.
Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:
The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:
- Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
- Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards)
- Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
- Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
- Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
- Group life insurance
- Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
- Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
- Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
- 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
- Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
- New Parent Leave
- Free Parking
- Free LinkedIn Learning
Equal Employment Opportunity:
The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.