Archaeologist Senior (R-6969)
Job Details
Nespelem - , WA
Full Time
Graduate Degree
$27.06 - $32.14 Hourly

CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled: Next Review Date: 2/26/2021

POSITION: Archaeologist Senior

SALARY: $27.06- 32.14, per hour DOE

REPORTS TO: Program Manager

LOCATION: History and Archaeology; Nespelem, Washington

Basic Functions: The position will entail both office and field work. The incumbent will prepare scopes of work and budgets for projects. Incumbent will conduct archaeological fieldwork. (i.e., survey/inventory, evaluative testing, mitigation, and treatment activities) on a project-by project basis. Incumbent is expected to have experience in all phases of archaeological projects and understand site recording, mapping, photography and site interpretations. Experience using GPS and GIS technology, graphic programs, and either lithic analysis or historic-era artifact analysis is preferred. The ability to identify human remains (as opposed to faunal remains) is preferred. Incumbent  conducts documentation of archaeological sites, including site mapping preparation of all field forms, screening of artifacts during projects, and post-field artifact processing. The incumbent will conduct report preparation following the end of fieldwork. Incumbent may serve as a Field Director or Crew Chief on specified projects if necessary. Incumbent will review Section 106 compliance letters and documents. Required to supervise or assist in the training of less experienced staff in field procedures and methodologies.



Education and Training: 

  • Requires a Masters of Arts degree in Anthropology or closely related field (i.e., History, Archaeology, or Cultural Resources Management) AND forty-eight (48) months of archaeological field experiencing in prehistoric archaeology with an emphasis in CRM contract work, and two of which must be at a supervisory level. 
  • Requires a valid driver's license and be eligible for the Tribes' vehicle insurance.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Requires knowledge of cultural resources laws and regulations. 
  • Requires knowledge of the  process of implementing Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act as described in 36CFR800.
  • Requires the knowledge of the methods, principles, and techniques associated with the archaeological profession and experience in conducting various CRM tasks including crew organization, logistics, orienteering, site documentation, and artifact processing.
  • Requires the knowledge of standard archaeological equipment and techniques required.
  • Requires knowledge of GIS technology and able to use GPS equipment and other field equipment.  
  • Requires the ability to demonstrate knowledge of cultural resources management.
  • Requires the ability to demonstrate knowledge in the culture history of the CCT.
  • Requires the ability to demonstrate knowledge in the geography of the Upper Columbia River.
  • Requires the ability to work independently and under deadline. Proficiency with field equipment (cameras, mapping instruments, GPS equipment). 
  • Requires the ability to produce and maintain spreadsheets and databases. 
  • Requires the ability to learn computer graphics (Corel Draw, etc.).
  • Requires the ability or experience to conduct background research. 
  • Requires the ability to demonstrate writing abilities and preparation of project reports. 
  • Requires the ability to type professional letters and/or memorandums.
  • Requires the ability to multi-task and perform tasks in a timely manner and meet deadlines. 
  • Requires the ability to communicate effectively verbally or in writing. 
  • Requires the ability to maintain emotional stability under stressful situations. 
  • Requires the ability to work independently after initial training development. 
  • Must be willing to work on tedious tasks such as photocopying documents. 
  • Requires experience with archaeological collections (e.g., post-field materials processing, preparation of artifacts for curation, database management).
  • Must be proficient with standard field techniques associated with survey, excavation, and preparation of paperwork. 
  • Must be able to demonstrate experience using computers and computer software: MS Office 2010 or higher. 
  • Must have good organizational skills.
  • Requires the availability for emergency response to burial discoveries.
  • Must understand and be able to represent the cultural interests of the CT when needed and at the direction of the Program Manager.
  • Must have an active understanding of anthropological ethics, including an ability to respect and support the sovereignty of the Colville Confederated Tribes
  • Must be wiling to work in occasionally strenuous working and weather conditions. 

Note: Pursuant to Tribal Policy, if this position is safety sensitive it is subject to pre-employment drug testing. In addition, this position is subject to reasonable suspicion and post-accident drug testing.




If required of this position, you must possess and maintain a valid Washington State driver’s license and be eligible for the Tribes’ Vehicle Insurance.  In addition, this position may be subject to pre-employment background clearances.  If applicable, these clearances must be maintained throughout employment.


INFORMATION: Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Human Resources Office, P. O. Box 150, Nespelem, WA  99155, 509-634-2295,