Archaeological Technician Part-time/Seasonal

Archaeological Technician Part-time/Seasonal  

Burns Paiute Tribe


Number of Positions:                1 – Archaeological Technician

Department:                           Cultural Resources

Location:                                Burns, Oregon – Burns Paiute Reservation

Open:                                    Monday, February 27, 2017

Closes:                                   Open until Filled         

Supervisor:                              Cultural Resources Program Director

Salary:                                    Commensurate to GS 7 Series / DOE

Status:                                    Non-Exempt Seasonal on call

Position Hours:                          Part-time/Seasonal


Primary Responsibilities:

This position is responsible for the preservation and protection of the cultural resources of the Burns Paiute Tribe.


Essential Duties:

Analyzes archaeological data in preparing reports, for situations where precedents are not fully applicable. Makes recommendations to be used in "determinations of effect" and "determinations of eligibility" by the archaeologist. Compiles and reports information about the nature and extent of known cultural resources.

Prepares Cultural Resource Inventory reports and site forms. Enters site and inventory information into databases and onto GIS maps. Responsible for the preparation of archaeological and historical information to create interpretive materials for display and dissemination. Monitors archaeological projects to ensure sufficiency of fieldwork.

Conducts inventories of cultural resources in areas of proposed projects. Researchers reference materials such as state and national register files, historic documents, archaeological reports, maps and aerial photos, and interviews source individuals concerning project areas.

Insures that archaeology work assignments are carried out in safe, timely manner according to established standards and procedures.

Reviews work in-progress to see that standards for pre-field research, survey design, site recording, graphics, and final report are being met.

Advises other employees on methods of cultural resource inventory and provides written instructions, research materials and supplies to all involved in planning and operation of natural resource activities.


Additional Duties

  1. Working knowledge of ArcGIS, with the ability to create project and site record maps, create and populate cultural geodatabases.
  2. Responsible for identifying, documenting, and protecting significant historic and pre-contact cultural properties of interest to the Burns Paiute Tribe.
  3. Keeps detailed notes of activities that may be impacting cultural sites.
  4. Provides preservation specific planning assistance to Tribal departments, federal and state officials, local government, and resource management specialists.
  5. Monitors activities conducted by other Tribal Programs to ensure that applicable Federal and State laws, regulations, and acts are followed in the protection of the Tribe’s cultural resources.
  6. Collaborates with archaeologists specific to site evaluation and assessment on tribally owned land.
  7. Assists with cultural preservation education to the community and staff.
  8. Develops and writes, as well as participates in, Federal and State grants.
  9. Prepares and submits archaeological reports within time designations.
  10. Researches funding and other resources for program activities.
  11. Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.



  • A Bachelor’s degree in archaeology, anthropology, history, classics or other germane discipline with a specialization in archaeology, or a documented equivalency of such a degree; 
  • Two years of supervised experience in basic archaeological field research, including both survey and excavation; 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including technical, regulatory, and persuasive writing skills are essential to the position. 
  • Competency of Northern Paiute culture preferred.

The position requires knowledge of federal laws protecting archaeological and cultural sites under the National Historic Preservation Act, the Archeological Resources Protection Act, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, etc., as well as applicable state and local laws and rules.

This position requires the ability to work well in rough terrain and inclement weather.  This position requires a fundamental knowledge of tribal history and culture in the Great Basin.

Additional Education and Experience: (desired, but not required):

  1. Working knowledge of ArcGis, with the ability to create project and site record maps, create and populate cultural geodatabases.
  2. Working knowledge or experience with accessioning and curation of archaeological artifacts.
  3. Knowledge of Great Basin archaeology and/or experience working with Great Basin Tribes.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work involves walking, talking, hearing, using hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls, and reaching with hands and arms. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. The employee may be required to push, pull, lift, and/or carry up to 40 pounds. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet.

Drivers License & Insurance Requirement

Must have and maintain a valid Oregon driver’s license, qualify for the Tribe’s vehicle insurance, and provide proof of personal vehicle insurance. Adequate transportation and eligibility to operate government vehicles required.  This position may include providing transportation for Native and non-Native American clients in tribally owned or the employee’s private motor vehicle(s).

Background Check

Candidates for this position are subject to criminal background check.

Must submit to a pre-employment drug and alcohol testing and/or the failure to successfully pass a drug and alcohol test may result in refusal to hire.

INDIAN PREFERENCE will be given to candidate showing proof of enrollment in a federally recognized tribe.  In the absence of qualified Indian applicants, all qualified applicants not entitled to or who fail to claim Indian Preference, will receive consideration without regards to Race, Color, Creed, Sex, Politics, Age, Religion or National Origin.

Questions may be directed to Diane L. Teeman, Culture & Heritage Department manager at 541-573-8096.

Submit application, resume and Curriculum Vitae to:

Human Resource Department
100 Pasigo Street
Burns, OR 97720

Or email to: 
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Burns Paiute Tribe

Welcome to the Burns Paiute Tribe.


  +1 (541) 573-2088 Administration
  +1 (541) 573-1910 Tribal Council
  100 Pasigo St. Burns Or 97720

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