The Department of Conservation and Recreation seeks qualified applicants for the position of Environmental Analyst III, Archaeologist.
The Archaeologist is responsible to carry out assigned duties and responsibilities relative to the identification, evaluation, protection and interpretation of archaeological and historical resources on DCR property. This position reports to the Director of the Office of Cultural Resources.
In close coordination with other Office of Cultural Resources staff, assist in the development of policies, procedures, protocols and programs that will ensure the wise stewardship of archaeological and cultural resources within DCRs forest, park, and reservation system.
Manage assigned projects to ensure adherence to historic preservation standards, practices and compliance with state and Federal review laws.
Prepare Project Notification Forms to facilitate review by the Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC) of proposed DCR construction and maintenance activities for impacts to archaeological and cultural resources. Initiates and manages projects to minimize or mitigate such impacts.
Maintain DCR archaeological site files and records that are secure and periodically updated.
Gather and analyzes data concerning known and potential historic and prehistoric sites on DCR property.
Prepare General Archaeological Permit and insure compliance with performance standards and reporting to MHC.
Conduct background research and walkovers to determine archaeologically sensitivity of a project area
Perform limited in-house subsurface investigations to evaluate impacts or potential impacts of a project activity to archaeological resources.
Curate artifact collections obtained through in-house treating in accordance with the guidelines set forth in 950 CMR 70.00 and the Society for Historical Archaeology Standards and Guidelines for the Curation of Archaeological Collections.
Produce written reports summarizing findings of archaeological research and investigation. Prepare Annual Report summarizing the results of all projects for which subsurface testing was performed.
Provide archaeological monitoring of project construction when requested to ensure that excavation does not impact intact soil deposits that may contain archaeological deposit.
Prepare archaeological site avoidance and protection plans when needed.
Train field staff, project engineers and contractors on protocols and procedures for unanticipated discoveries during construction.
Serve as a member of the DCR Lands Committee and evaluates potential acquisitions for archaeological significance.
Serve as DCRs liaison and consult with Tribal Historic Preservation Office as necessary.
Develop scopes and manages archaeological services contracts including archaeological and cultural resource inventories, assessments and surveys.
Establish standardized formats and systems for managing and disseminating archaeological data to be used by DCR. Prepares and submits site forms to the MHC.
Implement procedures for in-house review to ensure smooth coordination with Divisions of DCR and the MHC on projects impacting or potentially impacting archaeological resource including compliance with the General Archaeological Permit and the Programmatic Memorandum of Agreement with the MHC.
Assist in the planning and design of interpretive exhibits and programs addressing archaeological projects and issues.
Support public outreach on matters relating to archaeology including participating in public meetings, presentations, and briefings, and preparing informational materials, press releases, status reports, and technical bulletins.
Provide general preservation planning assistance to Divisions within DCR.
Provide technical assistance and training, as requested, on issues related to archaeology and cultural resource management to DCR staff, other state, federal & municipal government organizations, non-profits, and community groups.
Provide technical support to the Area of Critical Environmental Concern program by evaluating potential property candidates for their archaeological sensitivity as a compliment to their natural resource significance.
Provide technical support to toward the Resource Management Planning Program to insure that the protection of cultural resources is a core component of all plans.
MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must have at least (A) four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, technical or professional experience in the field of environmental science, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental health, meteorology, natural science, toxicology or public health, of which (B) at least two years must have been in a professional capacity, or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.
I. An Associate's degree with a major in the field of environmental science, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental health, meteorology,. natural science, toxicology or public health may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.*
II. A Bachelor's degree with a major in the field of environmental science, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental health, meteorology, natural science, toxicology or public health may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience.*
III. A Graduate degree with a major in the field of environmental science, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental health, meteorology, natural science, toxicology or public health may be substituted for a maximum of three years of the required (A) experience and one year of the required (B) experience.*
*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
NOTE: Educational substitutions will only be permitted for a maximum of one year of the required (B) experience.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's License.
A graduate degree in one of the following disciplines is preferred:
Anthropology with a specialization in Archaeology, Cultural Resource Management, Historical Archaeology, Public Archaeology or American Studies with a specialization in Archaeology; (B) a demonstrated ability to carry research to completion evidenced by timely completion of thesis, research reports, field investigations carried out under previous permits, or similar documents; (C) at least 2-1/2 years of full-time professional experience applying the theories, methods and practices of Archaeology that enable professional judgments to be made about the identification, evaluation, documentation, registration and treatment of archaeological resources within the DCR Forests and Parks, (D) at least sixteen (16) months of which included professional experience or specialized training in archeological field, laboratory, or library research including at least four (4) months of field experience in general North American archaeology an at least (6) months of experience in a supervisory role in northeastern archaeology, and; (E) at least six (6) months of which must be field and laboratory experience in sites and specimens of the type and period of the site which is the object of study (i.e. six (6) months experience in industrial archaeology if the site is industrial; six (6) months experience in northeastern historical archaeology if the site is historical; or six (6) months experience in prehistoric archaeology of glaciated North America if the site is prehistoric).
Candidate should have (1) a knowledge of historic preservation and planning principles, terminology and practices; (2) knowledge and experience in the techniques of archaeological survey, excavation and laboratory processing; (3) ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing; (4) ability to be flexible to perform a wide range of assignments to meet changing need and deadlines; (5) demonstrated ability to carry research to completion evidenced by timely completion of thesis, research reports, field investigations carried out under previous permits, or similar documents, and; (6) ability to participate in an interdisciplinary team effort. A general knowledge of the state and federal laws pertaining to the protection of archaeological resources, as well as the standards and methodologies of the Massachusetts Historical Commission is desired. Candidate should have the physical ability to perform field testing. Candidate should have a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office and experience using Global Positioning System (GPS) and ESRI/GIS software
This is a Civil Service position.