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Posted: 07/13/2018

MN Department of Transportation
Environmental Stewardship

At MnDOT, we are driven to find talented, innovative employees for Minnesota’s nationally recognized transportation system. We work to build the best team in the transportation industry to ensure that Minnesota thrives with a safe, sustainable and leading edge transportation system. You will be surrounded by a diverse community of experts, each driven by challenging work and motivated by the greater good. You will understand the impact of the work you are doing and be able to see the benefit you are providing to the citizens of Minnesota. You can set your sights high and use your strengths to grow within the organization. MnDOT offers superior health and retirement benefits as well as a solid commitment to work-life balance, which provides you the tools to thrive both at work and outside of work.

Professional Opportunity
St. Paul, MN
$$26.30 - $38.75/hourly
Open Until

This position will be responsible to maintain and oversee the development of MnDOTs Cultural Resources Unit (CRU)s streamlining products and project, specifically the Cultural Resources Information System (CRIS) and associated portals to the State Archaeologist (OSA), Minnesota Indian Affairs Council (MIAC), and State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). This position involves communication with federal agencies, MnDOT offices and districts, MN.IT (State of Minnesota Information Technology), local agencies, SHPO, Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPOs), OSA, MIAC, consultants, and members of the public. Other responsibilities include:

  • Aiding in the performance of statewide cultural resources contract management, consultation, training, and liaison activities related to a variety of federal undertakings (FHWA, FTA, Corps, and others), as well as MnDOT funded state projects.
  • Working to help CRU Project Managers, or completing reviews on their own for select projects to ensure compliance with federal and state historic preservation laws, rules, procedures, and policies that must be satisfied for transportation projects throughout the state.
  • Aiding in project intake from project proposers, initiation of consultation with other agencies and interested parties, including tribes; coordination with staff consultants to perform preliminary records and background searches.
  • May perform occasional fieldwork on small-scale projects.

Why Choose MnDOT? We offer excellent employee benefits, such as low cost health and dental insurance and afforable dependent coverage.  Other benefits include:

  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • Earn up to 29 paid vacation days per year
  • Earn up to 13 paid sick days per year
  • Defined pension plan
  • Paid life insurance
  • Short term disability available
  • Training opportunities and more!


All candidates must meet at a minimum the federal requirements for an archaeologist as outlined in 36 CFR 61: the Secretary of the Interiors Professional Qualification Standards. These include:

Must have a graduate degree in archaeology, anthropology, or closely related field AND

  • At least one year of full-time professional experience or equivalent specialized training in archaeological research, administration or management;
  • At least four months of supervised field and analytical experience in general North American archaeology, and
  • Demonstrated ability to carry research to completion.
  • A professional in prehistoric archaeology shall have at least one year of full-time professional experience at a supervisory level in the study of archaeological resources of the prehistoric period. A professional in historic archaeology shall have at least one year of full-time professional experience at a supervisory level in the study of archaeological resources of the historic period.


A minimum of two (2) years of advanced professional field experience conducting archaeological surveys, evaluating sites for eligibility for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, report writing, working with consulting parties, and developing and implementing the terms of a Section 106 agreement (MOA or PA).

  • Knowledge of and experience working within federal historical procedures and guidelines related to cultural resources reviews, especially Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended; the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; and Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966.
  • Knowledge of Minnesota legislation, including the Field Archaeology Act, the Historic Sites Act, and the Private Cemeteries Act.
  • Strong project management experience skills and abilities
  • Experience with GIS sufficient to understand coordinate systems, projections, data conversion, data extraction, buffering, overlay analysis, queries, data creation and editing.

How to apply
HOW TO APPLY: 1. Go to mn.gov/careers and click “Search for Jobs Now” 2. Use the keyword search box to find the job, 25166 3. Click on the job, review the posting, and use the “Apply” button on the bottom of the posting to start your application 4. When prompted for the Referral Source, list: Other-Please Explain, Preservenet ***Applications must be submitted on mn.gov/careers by 7/23/2018 to be considered*** Questions? Please contact Harry Fitzgerald at harry.fitzgerald@state.mn.us or 651/366-3395.
Mao Lowe
395 John Ireland Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55155

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