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Posted: 09/24/2014

Huntsville Executive Search
Environmental Science / Historic Preservation

Underwater / Maritime Archaeologist
Professional Opportunity
Trenton, PA
Open Until
Until Filled

Job Title:  Underwater Archaeologist

State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
  501 East State St, Trenton, NJ 08625
Contract Length:  1 year (Target end date is 09/30/2015)
Overtime: Expected paid time and one half

The NJ Historic Preservation Office (HPO), Division of Natural and Historic Resources, NJ Department of Environmental Protection is seeking to fill one temporary underwater archaeology position for a one year term. The Underwater Archaeologist shall be responsible for:
a) Managing the completion of a maritime historic context for New Jersey
b) Reviewing projects under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, in accordance with the Secretary of the Interiors Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation and the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties
c) Advising on the proper methods to use in identifying historic properties within a projects area of potential effects
d) Evaluating properties for eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places in accordance with the 36 CFR 60, including assessing whether the elevation of historic properties would affect the qualities and characteristics that make those properties eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places;
e) Assessing the effects of a project on National Register eligible resources by applying the Criteria of Adverse Effect at 36 CFR 800.5; 
f) Recommending and negotiating measures to avoid, minimize, and/or mitigate adverse effects on historic properties. If Standard Mitigation Treatments outlined in the Program Agreement are not applicable to a particular project, ensures appropriate mitigation measures are adequately documented and spelled out in a Memorandum of Agreement; and reviews adequacy of draft Memoranda of Agreement for carrying out appropriate mitigation measures prior to signature by the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer;
g) Reviewing, and evaluating technical and substantive sufficiency and recommends approval of archaeological research and survey Quotes, survey reports, and historic preservation plans;
h) Performing reviews required under the New Jersey Register of Historic Places Act, including reviewing applications for completeness and encroachment, for encroachments, prepares written recommendations in resolution format to the HSC; and
i) Preparing Section 106 comments, in written format, in accordance with Historic Preservation Office policies and procedures, for signature by the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer.

Skills Required:
Must have knowledge of the theory and method of archeological research and knowledge of the theory and method of professional research diving in order to blend archeological and research diving skills into a meaningful submerged cultural resource management program. Such knowledge is used to assist in planning, carrying out, and evaluating submerged cultural resources and assist in studies and assessing the value and quality of investigative results; and to evaluate the significance and proper management or interpretive treatment of submerged archaeological resources. A professional knowledge of anthropological and archaeological theory, methods, and techniques is required so that the incumbent comprehends the reasons for implementing field and archaeological sampling techniques. Knowledge of marine architecture and maritime history. Must be able to conduct library research on general and specific topics related to marine history, vessel history, general and economic history and archaeological method and past work. Knowledge of the study of submerged landscapes for identification of pre-Contact archaeological resources. Ability to use and interpret the results of a variety of diagnostic and test equipment such as voltmeters, ohmmeters, intermediate pressure gauges, etc. to solve in-field equipment problems Ability to plan, supervise/direct, and complete marine remote sensing archaeological projects within the scope and specifications provided by the project director or higher level archaeologist. Ability to gather accurate and precise remote sensing survey data from marine contexts via use of hardware such as side scan sonar, single or multibeam echo sounders, magnetometers and bottom classification instruments

Education Required:
A graduate degree or equivalent experience in archaeology, anthropology, history, or a closely related field

Experience Preferred:
Demonstrated ability to carry research to completion, usually evidenced by timely completion of theses, research reports, or similar documents; 
1. At least 12 months of professional experience and/or specialized training in archaeological field, laboratory, administration, or management
2. At least four months of supervised field and analytic experience in general maritime archaeology 
3. In addition to these minimum qualifications, a professional in underwater archaeology shall have at least one year of full-time professional experience at a supervisory level in the study of maritime resources. 
4. Diving certification from one of the recognized national agencies


How to apply
To apply, please email your resume (Word document preferred) to Erin Saba at erin@huntsvillesearch.com Thanks!
Erin Saba

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