Stewardship Archaeologist (Environmental Planner 4)

State of Washington

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission

Job Title: Stewardship Archaeologist (Environmental Planner 4)

Location: 100% remote within Washington State (Parks Headquarters)

Salary: $5,900 – $7,932 monthly

Closes: First review will be July 31st. It is in the candidate’s best interest to apply as soon as possible. The hiring manager may make a hiring decision at any time. It is to your advantage to apply as soon as possible.

Note: Frequent travel including overnight stays is required.

Who We Are: Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages one of the largest, most diverse–and most beautiful-parks systems in the country. With more than 120,000 acres, the system includes 124 developed parks, including 19 marine parks, 11 historical parks, 35 heritage sites, 13 interpretive centers and approximately 700 miles of in-park and long-distance recreation trails. We employee some of the most passionate employees you’ll find anywhere – from law enforcement park rangers, park managers, and other field staff who take care of our parks; to planners, engineers, administrative professionals, and central support staff. We love what we manage and what we do. For more information on Washington State Parks, click here.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is currently seeking a full-time, Stewardship Archaeologist (Environmental Planner 4). The position will be focused on revisiting previously recorded cultural resources on lands currently owned and managed by State Parks and collecting information about their current condition, noting any new damage/impacts/changes, and making treatment/protection recommendations

The work of the Stewardship Archaeologist is critical to our mission statement by providing data and recommendations for the management and the protection of our cultural resources.

What we are looking for:

This is a new position for State Parks and we need a special candidate that can fulfill our mission statement while continuing to build strong relationships with our Tribal partners. We are looking for someone with developed tribal relationships and engagement with Pacific Northwest tribes.

The Stewardship Archaeologist provides technical leadership on cultural resource management to State Parks and other federal, state, local, and non-governmental organizations as well as working statewide with groups external to State Parks regarding constantly changing interpretations to laws, policies, and program needs. This position works remotely reporting to the Parks Headquarters (Tumwater, WA.) and routinely collaborate with cultural resource and project planning personnel located at the other regional offices.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

Continual Monitoring of Cultural Resources

  • Compiling and maintaining data in the office and in the field on the current condition of all known cultural resources located on State Park owned/managed lands including creating and maintaining control/observation points for future visits to assess natural (e.g., erosion, flooding, scouring) and recreational impacts (e.g., social trails, vandalism); this data is dynamic and will fluctuate with the number of State Parks properties and number of cultural resources identified on State Park lands (e.g., cultural resource surveys, inadvertent discovery, etc.).
  • Working with GIS personnel to develop gps data dictionaries/digital field forms that adhere to Washington State security protocols for confidential archaeology data collection and handling while recording consistent site condition data for applicable State Park geodatabases.
  • Updating site forms in DAHP’s WISAARD after site visits, as needed.
  • Damage assessment documentation as appropriate including making management recommendations and obtaining necessary permitting (e.g., DAHP site alteration permit, ARPA, etc) for implementing approved recommendations; Damage assessments may include both natural (e.g., erosion, flooding, scouring, wildfire) and recreational and development impacts (e.g., social trails, vandalism, looting, unpermitted construction activities).
  • Developing a communication and engagement plan to ensure our Tribal partners are part of the cultural resource monitoring process with an emphasis on consultation when impacts are observed.
  • Develops cultural resource management and programmatic agreements for specific State Parks, as needed, as well as site treatment plans.
  • Collaborating with State Parks Climate Change Coordinator on identifying climate change impacts to cultural resources, developing management recommendations, and supporting the implementation of any accepted protective measures.

Responsible for new initiatives, major modifications to existing laws, policies, and program planning needs regarding cultural resource protection.

  • Providing a yearly update to affected Tribes for sites monitored, observations of conditions, and management recommendations.
  • Coordinating partnerships with.Tribal communities regarding cultural resource protection and management.


  • Master’s degree in Anthropology with a specialty in Archaeology, Cultural Resource Management, or a closely related field.
  • Four (4) years of professional work experience in archaeology and/or cultural resource management that includes at least three (3) years of archaeology fieldwork, cultural resource data collection and management, collecting archaeology filed data with GPS unit, analyzing spatial data, making maps using GIS software, and maintaining databases and project files.
  • Full understanding of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, and Governor’s Executive Order 21-02 as it affects cultural resources.
  • Must meet Secretary of Interior Archaeology Qualifications Standards.
  • A valid (unrestricted except for corrective lenses) driver’s license.


  • Experience working with tribes for Section 106 and/or Governor’s Executive Order 21-02 (formerly 05-05) compliance.
  • Experience with construction monitoring, survey and excavation.
  • Experience conducting site monitoring visits to document current conditions and establishing control points for future monitoring visits and preparing damage assessments.
  • Experience with developing archaeology and monitoring work plans.
  • Experience obtaining state and federal permits to conduct archaeology fieldwork.
  • Experience managing several cultural resource projects concurrently.
  • Experience in Washington State or Pacific Northwest.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including technical report preparation.
  • Capable of working independently with a diverse, multi-disciplinary team.


To ensure consideration, please complete the online job application and profile at

You must attach or embed in your application the following:

  • Letter of Interest specifically addressing both the required and desired qualifications and the job competencies listed in this announcement.
  • Current curriculum vitae in chronological order.
  • Attach writing assignment of a 1-page essay about why cultural resource stewardship is important to you.
  • Three professional references including one Tribal THPO, cultural resource or natural resource program.

All requested materials must be submitted. Incomplete or late application materials will not be accepted. Failure to follow application process may disqualify you from further consideration.

The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the application questions. Answers will be verified and documentation may be required. Responses not supported in your application will disqualify you for consideration of employment from this recruitment.

This position is included in the non-supervisory bargaining unit represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE). For more information:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion –

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is committed to creating an equitable, hospitable, appreciative, safe, and inclusive park environment – one that embraces and values the full spectrum of all community members’ contributions. The Commission makes this commitment because:

  • Diversity strengthens the workforce in competence and ability.
  • Celebrating diversity appreciates and values individual differences.
  • Diversity serves an increasingly heterogeneous society.
  • Diversity helps ensure the relevance of a state park system, its mission, properties, and programs to all people of this state today and in the future.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strengthens our ability and commitment to serve all citizens.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating and sustaining a working environment that includes, welcomes, and respects diverse identities of race, culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, and more. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are invited to apply.

Persons desiring any accommodations in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the human resources office at (360) 902-8565. Applicants who are deaf or hearing impaired may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

For information about this position, please contact Jennifer Wilson at [email protected] or (360) 787-6511.

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