Cultural Anthropologist

Job Title: Cultural Anthropologist
Department: Culture & Heritage
Reports to: Culture & Heritage Director
FLSA Status: On Call
Opens: November 22, 2023
Closes: Open until filled
Salary: Commensurate to GS9/11 DOE


This Candidate must pass a pre-employment drug screen and Criminal and Character Background Check.




Oversees and coordinates cultural anthropological field work, literature searches, and subsequent report writing related to assigned project areas and topics.  Provides applied cultural anthropological training to Tribal Research Technicians assisting with project tasks.  Works within the parameters of assigned contract and grant budgets and deliverables and completes benchmarks for the same within allotted timeframes.  Organizes and leads the research team to perform and document office, home, and in-field interviews related to research subject locations.   Collaborates with Burns Paiute tribal community members to document oral history and tradition, as well as further document important historical to present day tribal practices.   




  1. Conducts interviews with tribal community members related to their knowledge and understanding of specific project areas and locations.   
  2. Establishes a systematic process for obtaining data related to specific project areas and locations.  
  3. Works efficiently to gather, synthesizes, interpret, and report research related findings.
  4. Provides training, guidance, and work tasks to tribal research technicians that supports the overall research objectives.
  5. Coordinates interview, field trip, and project meeting schedules with the support of Tribal Research Technicians, and other Culture & Heritage staff.
  6. Provides regular progress updates of project activities to the Culture& Heritage Director.
  7. Manages Projects within the approved budgetary parameters.
  8. Provides updates of project activities to the Cultural Advisory Committee, and the Tribal Council as requested by Department Director.
  9. Collaborates with Prevention, Social Service to define, plan and implement new programs to address Tribal needs.
  10. As needed, performs general office support to others in the Culture & Heritage Dept. including such tasks as letter writing, mailings, processing meeting minutes, correspondence to education program recipients and colleges, etc.
  11. Project grant management as applicable.
  12. Other duties as assigned.


The above statements reflect the general duties considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the job.  Other duties may be assigned.



  1. A Master’s degree in anthropology is required.
  2. Ability to work effectively with tribal community members (demonstrated experience preferred).
  3. Possess a working understanding of Indigenous Great Basin cultures, and the ability to incorporate those cultural norms into research methods and practice.
  4. High energy individual who is a self-starter with the ability to coordinate up to three multifaceted cultural anthropology research projects simultaneously.
  5. Extensive knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite programs (GIS experience also a plus).
  6. Experience with various digital media related to data collection and reporting.
  7. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  8. Ability to collaboratively collect, synthesize, interpret, and report cultural anthropological data in a manner meaningful to the Burns Paiute Tribe.   
  9. Ability to train and lead a team of tribal research technicians (1-4) in aspects of cultural anthropology pertinent to assigned research projects.
  10. Valid Oregon Driver’s License required.



Return completed Burns Paiute Indian Tribe Application Curriculum vitae, college transcripts, and a writing sample (25 page minimum) to:

Human Resources Director
100 Pasigo Street
Burns, OR 97720

Telephone: 541-573-8013

Fax:             541-573-2323


Email: [email protected]


Application for employment available at 100 Pasigo Street, Burns, OR 97720 Monday – Friday 8-5pm or request one via email or online