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Posted: 08/01/2017

North Carolina Office of State Archaeology
NC Dept of Natural and Cultural Resources

The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) vision is to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Our mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development. The Office of State Archaeology (OSA) serves North Carolina's citizens through programs that identify archaeological resources on land and beneath state waters. OSA archaeologists and staff are specialists with decades of academic training and practical experience, which we apply to gather and share knowledge about the vast time range (more than 12,000 years) of North Carolina's historic experience. We protect the state's legacy of Native American villages, colonial towns, farmsteads, and historic shipwrecks through application of State and Federal archaeology laws and regulations, and by maintaining inventories of site data and artifact collections. OSA furnishes professional archaeology services to government agencies, museums, schools and the general public. Appreciation of our state's cultural heritage enhances the social, educational, cultural and economic future of North Carolina.

Deputy State Archaeologist - Land
Professional Opportunity
Raleigh, NC

Description of Work:
The Deputy State Archeologist-Land (DSA-L) is responsible for the following: 

Environmental Review: 
The DSA-L supervises staff and participates directly in SHPO environmental review operations. As a program manager, he or she is responsible for directing the actions of staff members in: a) reviewing project plans, b) preparing formal comment letters, c) providing consultative and technical assistance to government agencies and the public, and d) maintaining comprehensive records of review activities. The DSA-L, on behalf of the State Archaeologist, ensures that OSA review actions are consistent with a wide variety of state and federal laws and regulations. Environmental review duties primarily involve terrestrial archaeological resources. Supervisory control of OSA environmental review staff assignments and performance is done in consultation with the State Archaeologist. He or she acts as liaison to the SHPO and his deputy. He or she provides comments to supervisors on complex or controversial projects, reviews program and policy documents for the SHPO and other agencies, and assists agencies with preparation of formal agreement documents. The DSA-L conducts on-site consultations and frequently attends meetings to resolve issues of archaeological site impacts and development of mitigation alternatives.

Records Management: 
The DSA-L oversees all OSA records management operations; including site inventories, computer databases, general correspondence and technical report files. Archaeological site data inventories, environmental review project tracking, report bibliographies, and artifact collections are all maintained in computer formats. The DSA-L supervises OSA staff members responsible for development of office-wide system needs for networking, and Geographic Information Systems, and manages OSA records retention procedures established by the department.  Supervision and operation of the OSA Research Laboratory (Raleigh), including assignment of staff duties, artifact collection intake, organization, inventory, rehabilitation, cleaning, analysis and storage. Incoming and outgoing loans are made to qualified researchers, institutions, and museums. Supervised staff includes permanent and temporary OSA staff, public volunteers, and university graduate students (extra duties are above and beyond traditional work assignments, and are necessary due to previous OSARC staff RIFs).  OSA Geographic Information System (GIS), for mapping, analysis, reporting and sharing of complex data on archaeological sites throughout North Carolina. Work closely with OSA GIS technician, colleagues, and DCR IT staff to input and export data from archaeological survey projects connected to environmental review, grant or other research projects Stay current with new GIS developments and applications, as they affect performance of these duties.

Personnel Management and Administration: 
The DSA-L is responsible for personnel management, utilizing the NCVIP system, for OSA staff based in the Raleigh and Asheville offices (but exclusive of members of the Underwater Archaeology Branch). Work plans are prepared in consultation with staff members, and their individual performance is frequently monitored and evaluated. Staff duties vary, based on program needs and individual skills and abilities, and range from clerical and technical staff tasking (to professional archaeology work in prehistoric and historic archaeology). Work assignments involve regional (mountains, northern Piedmont, southern Piedmont, northern Coast, etc.) or subdiscipline specialties (prehistoric or historic archaeology, and records management) and are made in consultation with the State Archaeologist to reflect changing program needs and available resources. Frequent (monthly, semiannual and biennial) reports on OSA duties and accomplishments are prepared for submission to supervisors.

Program Implementation: 
The employee helps implement program goals for OSA. Discipline-specific items shape most OSA program areas, and include archaeological resource protection, technical assistance needs for the public and for other government agencies, management of records and artifact collections, public education, and other items noted in this position description. The DSA-L is responsible for directing and evaluating personal and staff performance toward defined program goals and priorities.

Legal and Regulatory Activities: 
The DSA-L receives and processes applications, and prepares legal permits for the State Archaeologist--on the authority of the Secretary of Cultural Resources--for archaeological investigations on state-owned or -controlled public lands. These duties are performed according to General Statutes 70, Art. 3 (the Archaeological Resources Protection Act, or ARPA). The DSA-L maintains case files on ARPA permits, research reports and correspondence.

Public Educational Outreach and Publications: 
The DSA-L makes public appearances, in the form of lectures, demonstration, media interviews and panel discussions. Public requests for information on North Carolina and regional archaeology topics must be met, or assigned to knowledgeable staff members. He or she may prepare news releases, popular and professional newsletter and journal articles, and increasingly, Web-based and electronic mail information sources which are employed by OSA to share knowledge of archaeological sites, events and educational resources in North Carolina.

Field and Laboratory Archaeology: 
Occasional fieldwork is involved, particularly in situations involving evaluations of threatened archaeological sites. The DSA-L may direct or participate in archaeological surveys or excavations, perform detailed site mapping, or monitor field operations by staff, contractors or other agency personnel. Emergency operations for the identification, protection or recovery of human burial sites require rapid responses and close coordination with landowners, law enforcement, medical examiners and other interested parties. Most fieldwork is of short duration, but  may include overnight travel. OSA staff and the DSA-L perform associated tasks, but the State Archaeologist bears ultimate responsibility for the proper care and handling of the state's artifact collections and associated records. The State Archaeologist, acting on behalf of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, approves acquisitions and loans of state-controlled collections and records.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies


*** To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the application form.  Any information omitted from the application form, listed under the text resumes section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit*** 

You must meet ALL the following KSA's listed below:

  1. Must be knowledgeable with state personnel management and evaluation systems, plus policies and regulations governing compensation, leave, recruitment and hiring, EEO/diversity, travel, and health and safety issues.
  2. Must be able to organize, lead meetings of staff, other professionals, and the public while having the ability to prepare and present concise intelligible reports.
  3. The ability to manage well-trained, experienced and highly motivated professional and technical staff.
  4. Ability to review and comprehend a variety of policy and planning documents on the goals and operations of the OSA, division and department. In particular, the individual must possess and use knowledge of archaeological resource protection laws and procedures, and be able to address a variety of technical assistance requests from the public and other government agencies.
  5. Must have demonstrated experience with management of records, and personnel involvement with public archeology programs at both local and statewide levels.
  6. Experience with state and federal archaeology and historical resource protection laws and regulations.
  7. Must be able to demonstrate a history of effective diplomacy and negotiating skills, needed in situations involving legal permits, landowners, attorneys, government agency personnel, Indian tribes, and artifact collectors. The individual should possess, and be able to apply, extensive knowledge North Carolina archaeology and history to specific decision-making situations
  8. Knowledge and understanding of both OSA and SHPO regulatory compliance review procedures, state and federal laws and regulations, formal and informal agreements between agencies, and regional archaeology, history and prehistory.
  9. Valid NC driver's license is required.
  10. Must be able to safely lift 30 lbs, unassisted.
  11. Participate in archaeological field investigations by walking through rough and uneven terrain and work in unfavorable weather conditions including exposure to noise, dust, animals and insects.

Management preferences:

  1. Experience with ARC GIS v10.
  2. Demonstrated Supervisory experience


Minimum Education and Experience Requirements


Master's degree in archaeology, anthropology, or a closely related field and two years of archaeological experience; or graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in archaeology, anthropology, or a related field and four years of progressive experience in archaeology or archaeological preservation; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
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