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Posted: 02/22/2019

North Carolina Office of State Archaeology
North Carolina Department 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 quality of life by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature throughout North Carolina. The Department works to stimulate learning, inspire creativity, preserve the state's history, conserve the state's natural heritage, encourage recreation and cultural tourism, and promote economic development. Our goal is to promote equity and inclusion among our employees and our programming to reflect and celebrate our state's diverse population, culture, and history by expanding engagement with diverse individuals and communities. We encourage you to apply to become a part of our team.

Deputy State Archaeologist Underwater
Professional Opportunity
Kure Beach, NC
Open Until

Description of Work:
UAB Supervision: The employee is responsible for the selection, supervision, and evaluation of the professional archaeologists, conservators, and support staff that comprise the UAB. In addition to permanent staff, the Branch Head supervises temporary staff, students, volunteers, and interns participating in various UAB activities. In consultation with the State Archaeologist, the employee is responsible for both long term planning and the day-to-day operations of the UAB, including policy decisions, budgetary planning and management, as well as supervising maintenance and upkeep of all facilities, vehicles, vessels, and other UAB equipment and purchase of new materials and equipment.

Shipwreck Law: The UAB Branch Head serves as the main point of contact between the Department and "Any qualified person, firm or corporation desiring to conduct any type of exploration, recovery or salvage operations, in the course of which any part of a derelict vessel or its contents or other submerged archaeological site may be removed, displaced or destroyed," as defined in NCGS 121 Article 3. The employee advises permit applicants for exploration, recovery, or salvage on Departmental policies for issuing permits and reviews the completed application. Permit applicants must submit to criminal background checks by the State Bureau of Investigation, and the Deputy State Archaeologist and State Archaeologist handle confidential information generated as part of that process (NCGS 121-25.1). Based on thorough reviews, the employee prepares permits with appropriate conditions. Permits are reviewed and signed by the State Archaeologist as the authorized representative of the Secretary of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The employee is responsible for monitoring permitted activities and reviewing project reports and requests for permit renewals.

The employee is also responsible for responding to reports of violation of the "Shipwreck Law" and coordinating enforcement with state and local law enforcement agencies, District Attorneys, and the NC Attorney General's Office.

Administration of the Shipwreck Law is a primary function of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources as stipulated by NCGS 121 Article 3 and the Federal Abandoned Shipwreck Act of 1987. Managing the permitting system requires a careful balance between the interests of various user groups and the responsible management and protection of the state's submerged cultural resources. The investigation of shipwrecks by other parties can entail the expenditure of large sums of private funds and at times may lead to legal action by conflicting interest groups. The employee must be completely familiar with state statutes, administrative procedures, and policy pertaining to archaeological sites.

Field Work: The employee establishes schedules and priorities for UAB field projects, and coordinates those activities with local groups (museums, historic sites, local history organizations, and volunteers), other state and federal agencies (Division of Coastal Management, Corps of Engineers, National Park Service, US Coast Guard, etc.), and educational institutions. He/she supervises and participates in all phases of underwater archaeological field work including remote sensing surveys, diving investigations, site mapping, excavations, artifact recovery, record keeping, artifact and data analysis, and report preparation.

Environmental Review: The employee is responsible for supervising the review of development projects affecting state waters throughout North Carolina and upland projects in the state's 30 eastern counties. Federal or state compliance review regulations, plus instructions and procedures of the OSA and HPO guide review activities.

The position involves extensive consultation with federal and state agencies and private development interests. Duties may involve one or all of the following steps:
evaluation of proposed project plans relative to known or predicted archaeological sites and preparation of draft review letters to the responsible project sponsor, developer, or agency;
technical consultations on and, if requested, preparation of formal scopes of work and budgets for investigations required to satisfy federal or state regulations;
transfer of site and project data to maps and digital tracking systems;
substantive review of all documentation of investigations;
preparation of formal opinions on the significance and preservation/protection requirements for specific archaeological sites
close coordination of all phases of work with State Archaeologist and OSA and HPO staff members, including maintenance of files, reports, maps, and other project data that are shared with the Raleigh OSA offices.

The environmental review process is a primary, required function of the Office of State Archaeology, in concert with the State Historic Preservation Office, and acting on behalf of the State Historic Preservation Officer (Deputy Secretary, Office of Archives and History). Specific procedures are internally defined, and the process is conducted in accordance with federal and state historic preservation and environmental protection laws. Significant sums of public and private funds may be affected by the decisions made during the review process.

Technical Assistance: The employee responds to requests from the general public, other state and federal agencies, and educational institutions for information on North Carolina shipwrecks, maritime history, archaeological site management, and other aspects of the UAB program.

Conservation Laboratories: The employee is responsible for supervising operations of an archaeological conservation laboratory at Ft. Fisher, NC. This entails working with the archaeological conservator and staff, to insure artifacts are properly inventoried, stored, accessioned, and receive appropriate conservation treatments; and that artifact records are maintained in digital databases. The laboratory staff are sometimes supplemented with temporary staff and volunteers. An adequate safety program must be maintained to protect all laboratory personnel. The Deputy State Archaeologist also works with the conservator to coordinate artifact loans to various museums throughout NC and other states, and to provide access to researchers interested in artifacts in UAB collections.

Public Education and Outreach: Formal and informal presentations and workshops are made frequently to civic, school and professional organizations. Topics include general archaeology, maritime history and archaeology, prehistory, archaeological resource planning and management, and related subjects. Publications may include professional pamphlets or brochures pertaining to North Carolina maritime history and related archaeological topics. In addition, the position assists museums, historic sites, and other public facilities through the loan of artifacts or technical assistance on exhibits related to shipwrecks and other aspects of NC's maritime history. Increasingly, the World Wide Web is emerging as a popular medium for dissemination of archaeological information, particularly through the "NC Archaeology," and UAB Web site. Many of the tasks described here may involve the employee's production of Web-related text and images to meet OSA's public education commitments. The employee also is responsible for handling frequent "walk-in" or "call-in" inquiries and requests for information from the general public, and for conducting on-site inspections of archaeological properties reported by private individuals or government officials.

Management Preferences:

  1. Current/active diving instructor from a nationally recognized organization or member of the Recreational SCUBA Training Council
  2. Current/active instructor for Health Care Provider level CPR, First Aid, and Emergency Oxygen Administration
  3. Current certification as a SCUBA equipment re

How to apply
Apply online here: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/northcarolina/jobs/2334617/deputy-state-archaeologist-underwater

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