Job: Tribal Archaeologist, Cultural Resources

Title Tribal Archaeologist, Cultural Resources
Salary TBD
Post Date 01-31-19
Location Highland, California
Job Information

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Job Summary

Under the direction of the Director of Cultural Resources Management (CRM), the Tribal Archaeologist will assist in the organization and execution of a comprehensive heritage stewardship program that seeks to facilitate the culturally-appropriate management of Serrano cultural resources and landscapes and expand tribal sovereignty via the furtherance of successful consultation efforts with various Federal, state, and local agencies and organizations. The incumbent will create and implement a robust tribal archaeology program as a complement to the mission of the CRM Department—a program that will necessarily need to apply the best of archaeological science while at the same time giving preeminence to the Tribe’s vision, mission, values, and cultural resources treatment preferences and protocols. The creation and implementation of such a program will require the incumbent to plan, track, and undertake or oversee the conduct of all field-based archaeological investigations and monitoring to occur across Serrano territory. The position will also require the creation of various technical documents and correspondence in response to project-based scoping inquires and requests for tribal consultation. The Tribal Archaeologist is responsible for developing a tribal register of historic places, listing sites on the appropriate state registers, nominating resources for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, and conducting damage assessments. The Tribal Archaeologist shall also build capacity within the tribal community regarding heritage stewardship, bolster monitor recruitment and create new field-based training and educational opportunities for both internal and external customers.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide professional cultural resources technical support to the CRM Director and staff to address cultural resources concerns within Serrano ancestral territory due to proposed Federal, State, and local-level infrastructure development;
  • Assist the CRM Department Director in ensuring compliance with all relevant tribal, federal, state, and local laws, regulations, executive orders, codes, policies and procedures with respect to the identification, assessment, protection, mitigation, discovery, monitoring, preservation, repatriation and management of cultural resources of significance to SMBMI, including compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act, California Environmental Quality Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act; Archaeological Resources Protection Act; American Indian Religious Freedom Act; Presidential E.O.s 13007; 13175 and; 12898; and CA Gubernatorial E.O. B-10-11;
  • Undertake or cause to have undertaken all archaeological sensitivity assessments/probability modeling and investigations to occur on tribally-owned lands and across the broader Serrano ancestral territory via the use of varied tools and techniques;
  • Create, communicate, and execute expertly written archaeological Scopes of Work/Levels of Effort; culturally-appropriate and creative mitigation options; discovery and monitoring plans and protocols; and treatment protocols and plans for artifacts, including culturally-appropriate curation and/or on-site reburial options; 
  • Facilitate  all SMBMI tribal monitor activities throughout Serrano ancestral territory, including the conduct of periodic field visits/inspections to project locations and cultural resources locations during archaeological investigations, project construction, natural disaster response, , and the tracking of the results of those efforts;
  • Conduct cultural resources sensitivity training for contractors, agencies, developers, etc., and train tribal monitors to confidently and accurately perform the same;
  • Identify and screen new tribal monitors, and maintain an accurate list of SMBMI– approved tribal monitors/participants;
  • Provide on-going field-, safety-, and regulatory-based training to both new and seasoned tribal monitors and update training materials as necessary;
  • Assist with providing data points to the CRM team, via the conduct of background research and in-field mapping to further build out the CRM Department’s ArcGIS Desktop geodatabase;
  • Conduct archaeological, ethnographic, historical, and other literature-based research and prepare expertly crafted written reports, memoranda, correspondence, and other departmental literature, including cultural resources management-based training materials, cultural overviews, best practices/guidance documents, etc.;
  • Participate in tribal consultation meetings, field meetings, and conference calls with various Federal, state, tribal, local agencies and organizations, developers, and contractors;
  • Assist the CRM Department Director in planning, coordinating, and providing–or otherwise supporting–other Tribal departments and the SMBMI Tribal community with cultural education and programming and/or special events or training regarding heritage stewardship, including those related to plants, animals, water resources, etc.;
  • Attend local, regional, and/or national conferences and training events pertaining to the work of the CRM Department, as deemed appropriate;
  • Willingness to carry out other duties as assigned by the CRM Director.


  • Master’s degree in Anthropology, Archaeology or related field required
  • Five (5) years of relevant and progressive experience in the conduct of all phases of archaeological investigation, with no less than two
  • Minimum 2 years operating in a supervisory role is required
  • Thorough knowledge of Federal and state laws and regulations that govern historic preservation and environmental requirements, as well as tribal consultation, and demonstrated experience in carrying out consultation and compliance activities under those regulations–including interpretation, analysis, and enforcement–is required
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting both team-oriented and independent research and document reviews and performing high-level technical writing is required
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully managing every aspect of a cultural resources project—from scoping, budgeting, and staffing, to implementation, interpretation, analysis, and reporting– with little supervision and little support or technical staff is required
  • Comprehensive and advanced knowledge of contemporary archaeological field, laboratory, reporting, and curatorial practices is required
  • Demonstrated skill in effectively communicating-both orally and in writing- -via the use of multiple media and vehicles–with tribal communities, governmental agencies, developers, contractors, cultural resources management/environmental corporations, universities, museums and other institutions is required    
  • Thorough knowledge of Southern California history—pre-contact to the contemporary era is required
  • knowledge of the archaeology of the Mojave Desert and/or San Bernardino Mountains preferred
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat Pro  required
  • Advanced proficiency in GPS technologies and associated software required
  • Basic knowledge of ArcGIS desired
  • Ability to meet the professional requirements necessary to gain access to and perform confidential records searches at California Historical Resources Information Centers is required 
  • Understanding of the federal trust relationship with Indian Tribes, California’s unique history with respect to CA native communities, tribal governments, and tribal sovereignty is preferred
  • Experience working for or with Tribal governments and indigenous communities is desired 
  • Knowledge of Serrano history, culture, traditional life ways, and contemporary community is desired
  • Knowledge pertaining to bio archaeology or osteology is desired
  • Experience employing remote sensing and geophysical technologies is desired


  • Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record as determined by the company’s insurance carrier.
  • Must undergo and successfully pass pre-employment background investigation.
  • At the discretion of the San Manuel Tribal Gaming Commission you may be required to obtain and maintain a gaming license.
  • Must be willing and able to become licensed and/or certificated in other skillsets, such as HAZMAT, HAZWOPER, and Incident Qualifications Card (Red Card), when and if requested/needed.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and San Manuel Casino will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

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