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The Archaeologist is responsible for reviewing federal undertakings for compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, providing technical assistance

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Occasional in-state travel and exposure to the elements are required.

Typical Functions:

Supervises a staff by interviewing, recommending for hire, training or providing training, making work assignments, and evaluating the performance of incumbents Reviews federally funded, licensed, permitted, and assisted undertakings for compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, and evaluates project proposals, permit applications, agency planning documents, and Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements for potential impacts on historic properties. Conducts and requests archaeological surveys be conducted to identify and assess impacts on historic properties, critiques archeological scopes-of-work, data recovery plans, and reports of investigation for adequacy of fieldwork, and prepares archaeological data recovery plans, memoranda of agreement, and programmatic agreements. Consults with Native Americans and other interested parties on the excavation and repatriation of human remains and grave associated objects as per the Arkansas burial law (Act 53 of 1991) and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and develops agency guidelines and permitting procedures for the excavation of human remains in Arkansas. Provides technical assistance to federal and state agencies, city and county governments, planning and development agencies, engineering and consulting firms, Native Americans, historic preservation organizations, archaeological research firms, and state and federal archaeologists. Analyzes and interprets federal regulations and requirements for impact upon the agency’s review and compliance program, recommends implementation/application procedures to the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), and serves on the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program planning committee and other environmental review committees, as needed. Develops goals, procedures, and priorities for the archaeology section of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Plan, makes revisions to the Arkansas standards for archaeological fieldwork and report writing, and participates in the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s public education outreach program. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of the archaeology of the southeastern United States for both the prehistoric and historic periods. Knowledge of theories, methods, and practices in archaeology. Knowledge and ability to conduct and supervise archaeological surveys and excavations, laboratory analysis, and prepare archaeological reports. Knowledge of federal and state historic preservation laws, regulations, policies, and procedures. Knowledge and ability to assess the significance of archaeological sites, evaluate potential impacts, and provide mitigative options. Ability to deal with constituents, meet deadlines, and communicate orally and in writing. Ability to use computers, surveying instruments, and photography equipment.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education of a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, archaeology, or a related field; plus three years of experience in archaeology. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

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