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Shoreline Archaeologist

Citizen Services Chelángen (Culture)
$24.74 – $29.41 FLSA Exempt
40 hours per week, Monday-Friday, with some weekends and evenings
Reviewing Applications
Feb 22, 2024
First Review:
Mar 7, 2024
Based on available funding of 12 months from date of hire, Full-time Regular status at completion of six month probationary period

The Shoreline Archaeologist will work with the Samish Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO) and Samish Natural Resources Department on shoreline cultural resource identification and surveys. The Shoreline Archaeologist will provide expertise on archaeological and cultural resource protection and management issues and projects along shorelines in Samish traditional territory. 

Why work for Samish?

The Samish Indian Nation provides a very competitive compensation package, which includes medical, dental, vision, STD/LTD, Life Insurance, optional supplemental coverage plans, a 401(k) Plan, paid vacation and sick leave, and approximately 16 paid holidays. Best of all, we offer a great environment with passionate and caring staff!

Benefits Summary

  • Health insurance including medical, dental & vision
  • Life, AD&D, STD and LTD insurance
  • Annual & Sick Leave
  • Paid holidays (up to 16+ days per year)
  • Paid jury, bereavement & cultural leave
  • Wellness & Employee Assistance Plan
  • 401(k) retirement plan
  • Wage increases at 6 months, 1 year and annually (based on performance evaluation and available funds)
Principle Duties
  1. Conduct cultural resource field work and field reconnaissance along shorelines.
  2. Conduct cultural resource consultation for shoreline projects including attending site meetings, correspondence, and research.
  3. Using a Mesa GPS, map extent of cultural resources while in the field.
  4. Plans and organizes daily project and field work in coordination with Samish Natural Resources Department to access shorelines not otherwise feasibly accessible by road.
  5. Maintain up-to-date records of archaeological reports, cultural resource reports and correspondence.
  6. Attend meetings as requested.
  7. Other duties as assigned.

 The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed in such a position.

Required Qualifications
  1. Must possess Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, or Cultural Resources Management.
  2. Must possess the ability to walk long distances and perform physically demanding tasks in varying environments and conditions.
  3. Must have knowledge of federal and state cultural resource laws.
  4. Must have archaeological field experience.
  5. Must have experience with archaeological field work/report writing.
  6. Must possess strong written, verbal, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  7. Must be highly proficient with Microsoft Office to include Word, Access, Excel, and Outlook.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Knowledge of Coast Salish culture, both contemporary and historical. 
  2. Experience with PastPerfect Museum Software.

 **Obtaining full COVID-19 vaccination no later than 60 days from the hire date will be a condition of employment for all Samish employees**

Applicants must be a Washington State resident or willing to relocate to Washington State.

Working Conditions

Physical Demands: Long periods of sitting (40% of time); occasional bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, lifting, carrying, and pushing (20% of time); and occasional standing and walking (40% of time). Occasionally lifts/carries up to 20lbs. Must possess manual dexterity sufficient to use office equipment with frequent repetitive motion such as writing, typing, cash-handling, and phone use. Must possess the ability to view print on a computer screen and/or paper document; the ability to speak and hear exchanging information with end users by telephone Mental/Visual Demands: Frequent mental and/or visual attention to task is required. Occasionally work requires heavy concentration. Frequent interruptions. Tasks involve eye-hand coordination. Working Environment: Work environment varies depending on project and can include indoors office work with heat and some air conditioning, as well as field work with varying weather conditions. Must be able to sit or stand at desk for the majority of shift, as well as withstand adverse weather conditions (rain, cold, wind) in the field. Occasionally works alone without benefit of supervisor or co-worker. Unavoidable hazards/risks: Work requires minimal risks which require safety precautions and environmental safety precautions. Protective clothing or equipment may be required.

 Samish Indian Nation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively encourages applications from all persons regardless of race, religion, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, or ancestry.  Samish preference and Indian preference will be applied to the selection for this position as defined in Title 25, US Code Section 473.

CONFIDENTIALITY:  This position develops, maintains, and is responsible for safeguarding the computer/electronic and hardcopy file folders containing sensitive and proprietary information about the Tribe and its members.  The incumbent must maintain confidentiality of all work and files pertaining to enrollment, clients, survey results, and all other material that may identify individuals by name (either directly or by reference), as set forth by the Tribal Council in the Personnel Manual.  Any violation in this matter may result in immediate termination of employment.

 Please state your eligibility for Indian preference in your cover letter.  Indian preference must be documented prior to interview or hiring.  BIA Form 4432 or tribal enrollment ID may be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference.

 All persons who are offered employment with the Samish Indian Nation must give permission for a thorough background check of previous work performance, motor vehicle history, credit history and criminal history, as well as a pre-employment drug screen. The Drug Free Workplace Policy has not changed since the passing of WA State I-502. While Initiative 502 legalized marijuana within Washington State, employers maintain the right to decide on their tolerance policy. Because we receive federal grant dollars from the federal government, we still consider marijuana as an illegal substance and its use and possession completely prohibited.

 This position is a “covered position” under the Tribe’s Indian Child and Family Violence Act Policy and all applicants must undergo a fingerprint background investigation in order to be hired for this position.  The Tribe will not hire, permit anyone to work or volunteer in a covered position if the person has ever been found guilty or entered a plea of no contest or guilty to any offense under federal, state, or Tribal law which involves violence, threat of violence, sexual assault, molestation, exploitation, prostitution, crimes against persons, or offenses committed against children.

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