State of Utah

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Job Title: Archeologist

Job Description:
Employee directs and participates in surveys of archaeological and anthropological sites; directs and reviews archaeological surveys and excavation permitting and assists in 106/104 project review cases; directs projects on archaeology and provides technical assistance to the Division of Conservation and other divisions within the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF); conducts archaeological consultation and field investigations, and works closely with the State Historical Preservation Office (SHPO) to verify that all projects implemented by UDAF programs have been properly evaluated and are in compliance with state and federal archeological requirements. This job either requires experience with a related BS/BA Degree or an MS/MS Degree in Archaeology.

Principal Duties:

Conducts archeological reviews for projects implemented by UDAF programs.
Submits proper documentation to SHPO showing that undertakings being proposed by UDAF programs have no adverse effects on historical sites, or that proper mitigation and documentation of historical sites is properly documented prior to project implementation.
Plans and manages projects and/or programs. Writes (or discusses) project/program plan(s), recommendation(s) and/or finding(s).
Reviews cultural resource and contracts and submissions from consultants/proponents on behalf of the Division.
Works closely with SHPO to train and certify para archeologist within UDAF that will assist with Archeological reviews.
Ensures compliance with applicable federal and/or state laws, regulations, and/or agency rules, standards and guidelines, etc.
Ideal Candidate:
Has extensive experience with a related BS/BA Degree or an MS/MS Degree in Archaeology.
Have a high degree of self-motivation and work with minimal supervision. Must work well with technical and professional staff, elected officials, and local stakeholders.
Possess a valid Utah vehicle driver’s license. This position requires the use of a personal vehicle on both public and private roads during daylight hours and after dark. Mileage will be compensated for business use of personal vehicle.
Offer services to individuals and groups without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or other such designations protected by law.
Why You Should Join Our Team:
The State of Utah has great benefits and the Department of Agriculture and Food is made up of a group of great people with a farmer’s work ethic. If you have a passion for agriculture, the Department of Agriculture and Food is the place for you.

The Agency:
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Example of Duties

Manage, preserve, protect, and conserve cultural resources in compliance with applicable federal and/or state laws, regulations, and/or agency rules, standards and guidelines, etc.; develop, direct, and evaluate division/agency cultural resource program.
Manages programs associated with cultural resources; determines programs goals and objectives and/or chairs committees established to support the program; serves as an agency liaison on various committees or teams.
Serves as the Principal Investigator on cultural resource activities; work closely with the State Historic Preservation Officer and the Public Lands Policy Coordinator’s Office regarding activities impacting the states cultural resources.
Acts as an expert resource for management, co-workers and others; provides support within area of responsibility, provides consultation and/or expert advice, makes recommendations, give appropriate advice, and/or facilitates decisions.
Analyzes, summarizes and/or reviews data; reports findings, interprets results and/or makes recommendations.
Conducts inventories, clearances and issues contracts; conducts field investigations and/or research.
Writes or drafts technical documents and reports such as Environmental Impact Statements and Assessments, Records of Environmental Consideration, programmatic agreements, policy and position papers, etc.
Coordinates program activities and services such as contracts for archaeological and historic preservation services, etc.; directs, coordinates and participates in surveys of cultural sites.
Maintains and/or creates files or record keeping systems. Sorts, labels, files and retrieves documents, or other materials.
Develops, modifies and administers internal/external standards, policies, procedures, contracts and implementation methods in support of the program plan.
Performs other related tasks as assigned.

Typical Qualifications

Possess effective communication, organization, planning, and time management skills.
Understand principles, theories, and practices of land and/or range management.
Have a knowledge of state and federal conservation programs.
Have a knowledge of state and federal archeological regulations.
Possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Attend meetings and coordinate projects among various parties
Speak clearly, concisely and effectively; listen to and understand information and ideas as presented verbally.
Have experience working within the agricultural community.
Communicate information and ideas clearly, and concisely, in writing; read and understand information presented in writing.

Supplemental Information

BA/BS Degree in a related field of study.
Risks found in the typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated, e.g., safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.
Work requires physical exertion. May require the ability to stand; walk over rough surfaces; bend, crouch, stoop, stretch, reach, lift moderately heavy items (up to 50 lbs.) in a recurring manner and/or for long periods of time.
Valid driver license required to drive a motor vehicle on a highway in this state per UCA 53-3-202(1)(a) granted the privilege to operate a motor vehicle by being licensed as a driver by the division under this chapter.
The work may require overnight travel.
Work and/or office hours are generally from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Regular travel throughout the state is required.
Evening and weekend meetings and occasional overnight trips are required to attend various state and federal agency meetings.

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