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The Department of Emergency & Military Affairs (DEMA) is the headquarters for the Arizona National Guard. The Army National Guard is "Always Ready - Always There" providing military forces to accomplish community, State and Federal missions. The Air National Guard maintains excellence with flexible, sustainable, expeditionary and joint interoperable capabilities in all facets of current Federal and State missions. The Division of Emergency Management’s mission is to coordinate emergency services and efforts to governmental agencies to reduce the impact of disaster on person and property. The Division of Administrative Services maintains the business operations of human resources, finance, purchasing/contracting, and legislative activities. Many positions posted do not require military membership.



Job Location:

Work Location:  Papago Park Military Reservation (PPMR), Phoenix, AZ

Posting Details:

Salary: $19.2226 - $34.4057 per hour (DOE) 

Grade: 21

This position will remain posted until filled. Resumes will be reviewed weekly.

Job Summary:

This Archaeologist position works closely with professionals and technical personnel engaged in conservation/preservation of cultural resources on all Arizona Army National Guard (AZARNG)-managed land/facilities (both state and federal). Establishes program goals and oversees program implementation including contract budgets and contractor work, provides review of AZARNG projects for compliance with cultural resource laws, and makes recommendations to the Senior Cultural Resources Program Manager (SCRPM) on changes to the cultural program and standard operating procedures (SOPs). This position exercises a high degree of independent decision making, contractor and project management, and is responsible for the success of the cultural resources archaeological program.

Job Duties:

Responsibilities include:
• Advising management and project teams of risk relating to the protection of cultural/archaeological resources.
• Developing project-specific strategies and mitigation measures to maintain agency compliance.
• Serving as a subject matter expert for archaeological resources statewide and provide the SCRPM with technical and professional recommendations.
• Ensuring compliance with federal and state laws and regulations.
• Overseeing application of federal historic preservation laws and standards, to include Section 106 and 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), the Arizona Antiquity Act, and their integration with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
• Conducting studies and developing resource management plans and integrated approaches toward acquisition of permits and clearances.
• Coordinating projects related to cultural resource management and oversee Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA) permitting process which may include seeking contractors, maintaining contract oversight, developing/reviewing/managing contracting documents, survey strategies, monitoring plans, and schedules.
• Managing project-specific budgets related to cultural/archaeological resources.
• Assisting the SCRPM in the planning of out-year program budgets and project goals.
• Collaborating with internal and external stakeholders; seeking involvement with outside research/education programs; participating in regional, state and national committees and working groups; building interdisciplinary partnerships; developing integrated approaches to compliance and resource protection that will benefit the ARNG.
• Directing and overseeing consultation efforts between federal, state, local agencies, and Tribal governments.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
• Professional knowledge of techniques, concepts, principles, and practices in the areas cultural resource conservation / management and archaeology; understanding of ARNG cultural resource management priorities, policies, and procedures.
• Interpretation and application of local, state, and federal fiscal and environmental laws; Department of Defense, Army, National Guard Bureau and State of Arizona regulations, policies, and procedures as they relate to management of state and federal military lands.
• Applying principles of project management; to include programming future year projects, writing statements of work and cost estimates, evaluating contractor proposals, managing work performed by contractors, and review of technical documents.
• NEPA and NHPA, particularly as they relate to Department of Defense and Land Management Agencies. Must have experience working on impact analyses for NEPA, Section 106 consultation, and experience with tribal consultation.
• American Southwest historic and pre-historic periods. Understanding of local tribal customs, values, and traditions.
• Field experience in archaeological survey, excavation, artifact identification, and the analysis & synthesis of archaeological data. Supervisory experience in the study of archaeological remains.
• Public and tribal-specific etiquette; recognizing and understanding public perception, values, and act with professionalism in conducting relations with stakeholders, Native American tribal leaders, and preservation officers.

Skilled in:
• Analyzing and assessing potential risks/significant impacts of proposed projects on cultural/archaeological/tribal resources as they relate to the military mission.
• Developing program plans and SOPs) to assist with compliance of cultural resource laws and regulations.
• Utilizing problem-solving and analytical skills to identify and address program needs, develop solutions to resolve complex issues, and adjust plans and processes.
• Reviewing reports and analyzing/evaluating technical historic property and cultural data for completeness and accuracy.
• Utilizing MS Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, ArcGIS, and various Army/National Guard Bureau/State project tracking and database applications.
• Strong written communication; management of correspondence (memos, letters, comprehensive plans); develop high-concept and technical-level presentations.
• Well-developed verbal communication.
• Demonstrating proficiency in scientific methodology, conducting research, and statistical / spatial analysis.

Ability to:
• Align CRP components with the vision, mission and needs of the AZARNG while maintaining legal / regulatory compliance.
• Think clearly and respond appropriately in high-pressure situations; ability to stay calm and always perform in a professional manner.
• Execute a diverse set of daily tasks while setting short-term and long-term program priorities; make spontaneous adjustments to priorities and work tasks as conditions demand.
• Lead day-today field team operations; provide service and contract oversight of archaeological surveys, monitoring, and associated report production.
• Identify, evaluate, and train in the use of new technologies, applications, and processes used by the CRP team.
• Maintain the ability to translate/shift between scientific, planning, engineering, and policy-driven efforts.
• Plan, scope, implement, and integrate cultural resources studies and mitigation measures with limited input.
• Review reports and analyze/evaluate technical cultural data to ensure completeness and accuracy.
• Analyze potential risks/significant impacts of proposed projects on cultural resources as they relate to the military mission.
• Travel in-and-out of state to conduct training, inspect construction projects, and attend conferences / workshops.
• Ability to be listed on Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) (within 1-year of hire).
• Has the ability to successfully complete Wildland fire courses S130/190 and pass a work capacity test ("pack test"), outlined in PMS 310-1 Wildland Fire Qualifications System Guide (within 1-year of hire, funded through Appendix 2).
• Has the ability to meet the Wildland fire incident responder requirements as Cultural Resource Technical Specialist (THSPs) and Wildland Fire Cultural Resource Advisor (READ), outlined in PMS 310 Wildland Fire Qualifications System Guide (within 1-year of completing work capacity test; funded through Appendix 2).

Selective Preference(s):

Desired qualifications include any combination of experience, education and training that meets the knowledge, skills, and abilities described. Master’s degree in Anthropology/Archaeology: Combination w/ 5 years work exp. Experience with NEPA planning efforts as they relate to the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) on DoD lands. Ability to meet AZ Antiquities Act (8-202) as a Project Director.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state issued driver's license. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver's license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete a required driver training (See Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12).
• In and out of State travel required.
• Candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background investigation as well as possess the ability to achieve a favorable Tier 1 investigation for the purpose of obtaining a Common Access Card (CAC) within one year of hire.
• Must have a BS in Archaeology/Anthropology or related field.
• Ability to be listed on Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) (within 2-years of hire).


The State of Arizona offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:
• Sick leave
• Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
• Health and dental insurance
• Retirement plan
• Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
• Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


Eligible DEMA employees participate in excellent retirement programs provided by the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) and for fire personnel the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS).

Contact Us:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact hr@azdema.gov.
DEMA is a smoke-free work environment.
ADA/EEO Employer
The State of Arizona is an Equal Opportunity and Reasonable Accommodation Employer


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.