Project Archaeologist/Field Director - Hawaii

Colorado State University - Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands

Pohakuloa, Hawaii

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $74,000 - $85,000
Deadline Jul 01, 2024
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

CEMML is a research, education, and service unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University (CSU). CEMML applies the latest and most appropriate science to promote the sustainable management of natural and cultural resources on Department of Defense (DoD) and other public lands. We provide technical support, conduct applied research, and offer career development and learning opportunities to support resource stewardship. We collaborate with our sponsors and within CSU to resolve complex environmental issues.

To learn more about CEMML’s contributions to land management, our mission, vision, and values, visit http://www.cemml.colostate.edu/.

The USAG-HI CRMP is part of the Environmental Division, and is comprised of two geographically separated sections: one at Schofield Barracks on the Island of O‘ahu and one at PTA on the Island of Hawai‘i. The goal of the CRMP is to develop and implement policies and procedures to protect against encumbrances to mission by effectively managing cultural resources at multiple USAG-HI installations in the State of Hawai‘i. The values of the USAG-HI CRMP are dedication, integrity, reliability, and teamwork.

The USAG-HI CRMP supports the Army’s military mission while keeping the garrison in compliance with historic preservation laws and regulations and reducing impacts on cultural heritage from training and other activities. The CRMP supports the Army’s military mission while keeping the garrison in compliance with historic preservation laws and regulations and reducing impacts on cultural heritage from training and other activities. The CRMP includes Department of the Army Civilian employees and CEMML Cooperative Agreement support staff. It manages more than 1,300 Traditional Hawaiian and historic archaeological sites including stacked rock structures, stone markers, shrines, habitation and agricultural sites, caves and rock shelters, irrigation systems, burials, petroglyphs, pictographs, trails, historic buildings and structures, as well as sites, Historic Districts and Landmarks listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Project Archaeologist/Field Director works closely, and in collaboration with, the CEMML Cultural Resources Project Director and/or Principle Investigator, USAG-HI Cultural Resources Program Manager, and Army Archaeologists. This position involves a combination of office and field activities, and serves as the primary contact for fieldwork, and therefore must be able to accurately document field actions and brief appropriate parties. The Project Archaeologist/Field Director must be able to communicate and interact with internal/external staff, Army officials, Soldiers, and the public in a personable and professional manner.

Hawaiˊi is located 2,200 miles west of California and 4,000 miles east of Japan. Hawaiˊi offers endless opportunities for recreational and cultural activities, including camping, surfing, diving and snorkeling, hiking trails, museums, and parks.

Pōhakuloa Training Area (PTA) is located on the island of Hawaii in the Saddle region between Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea, and the Hualalai Volcanic Mountains. It extends up the lower slopes of Mauna Kea to approximately 6,800 feet in elevation and to about 9,000 feet on Mauna Loa. The training area is about midway between Hilo (pop. 50,000) on the east coast and Kawaihae Harbor to the west with approximately 50 minute commute times. PTA is the largest DoD installation in Hawaii. USAG-HI provides installation management service and support for three Army installations on Hawaii Island including PTA, Kilauea Military Camp, and Kawaihae Harbor.

Schofield Barracks is located on the Island of Oahu, nestled at the foot of the Waianae Mountain range and is approximately 18 miles north of Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. The installation is located a few miles from the towns of Wahiawa (pop. 16,000) and Mililani (pop. 27,000) and approximately 45-minute drive to metro Honolulu (pop. 905,000). USAG-HI provides installation management service and support for 19 Army installations on Oˊahu, including Schofield Barracks, Fort Shafter, Fort DeRussy, Tripler Army Medical Center, Aliamanu Military Reservation, Dillingham Military Reservation, Pililāˊau Army Recreation Center, Wheeler Army Airfield, Kahuku Training Area, and Makua Military Reservation.

The Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) at Colorado State University (CSU) is hiring multiple Project Archaeologist/Field Director positions to provide on-site program support for the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii (USAG-HI) Cultural Resources Management Program (CRMP). There are up to three vacancies at Schofield Barracks, Oahu, and up to two vacancies at Pōhakuloa Training Area, Big Island.

These position function as part of a team to support Department of the Army cultural resources management and compliance tasks pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act (54 USC 300101 et seq.); Archaeological Resources Protection Act (16 USC 470aa-mm); Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (25 USC 3001-3013) and Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS § 6E-43); Army Regulation 200-1, Environmental Protection and Enhancement; and Department of Defense Instruction 4715.16 for Cultural Resources Management. Position is roughly 40% Fieldwork (inventory and documentation), 50% Cultural Resources Management, and 10% other duties as assigned. Relocation allowance is available.

The position functions as part of CEMML’s team providing critical support for all aspects of cultural resources management conducted by USAG-HI Cultural Resources Section Offices on O‘ahu and Hawai‘i Islands in accordance with the missions of the DoD and the Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit (CESU) Cooperative Agreement through implementation of cultural resources program requirements identified by the USAG-HI Cultural Resources Program Manager.

The position provides endless opportunity for developing leadership roles, making professional contacts, and exposure to Federal Laws and regulation, and taking part in discussions relating to complex issues surrounding land management in Hawaii. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Lead and supervise a team of archaeologists and/or field technicians when implementing fieldwork and post-field processing, including pedestrian surveys, construction monitoring, and testing, collection of field data (spatial data using Trimble GPS units, artifact, site/feature, and environmental), digital photography, artifact identification, and mapping. May include in-field training, problem resolution, and performance evaluation.
  • Participate in planning and coordinating schedules to accomplish fieldwork and project scope.
  • Regularly communicate with CEMML Project Director, USAG-HI Cultural Resources Program Manager, and Army Archaeologists regarding project status.
  • Conduct Quality Assurance/Quality Checks (QA/QC) on field data.
  • Responsible for preparing site forms and technical reports for submittal.
  • Complete work in accordance with applicable Army, Federal, and State regulations and laws, especially regarding historic/cultural preservation, endangered species, safety, and health.
  • May be assigned control and coordination of additional tasks under the guidance from the CEMML Project Director, Cultural Resources Program Manager and Army Archaeologists.
  • Work requires independent judgment/decision making, technical writing and organizational skills, attention to detail, and people skills.
  • Preparation of displays and materials, and participation in Army related and public outreach presentations may also be required

Required Qualifications:          

  • BS/BA degree in anthropology, archaeology, historic preservation, history, or related field.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of professional work experience in archaeological field procedures including pedestrian survey, mapping, recording archaeological sites, photography, and participating in National Register evaluations.
  • Minimum of one (1) year of professional work experience as a Field Director, Supervisor, and/or Crew Chief.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with Federal historic preservation laws and regulations, especially the National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 (36 CFR 800).
  • Working knowledge of cultural resource applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) technology.
  • Working knowledge and experience with use of compass and maps.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Must be physically able to hike several miles per day, and carry and handle equipment weighing up to twenty-five (25) pounds. Will be asked to work in dense jungle, high desert, steep slopes, rough terrain, high altitudes, and occasionally subterranean environments (lava tubes). Fieldwork spanning several hours is commonly required over rough terrain at elevations of 5,000 to 10,000 feet.
  • Upon hire, must attend the U.S. Army Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) safety awareness training, since this position will be asked to work in areas with UXO hazards.
  • Must possess certification in First Aid/CPR/AED (or obtain certification within three (3) months from date of hire).
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license by the employment start date.
  • The successful candidate must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. by proposed start date; CEMML will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Employee Benefits:

Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas: https://hr.colostate.edu/hr-community-and-supervisors/benefits/benefits-eligibility/ & https://hr.colostate.edu/prospective-employees/our-perks/.

Colorado State University conducts background checks on all final candidates.

CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer.


Full job description: https://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/145368 

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Category General / Stewardship
Tags GIS, Cultural Resources, Outreach, Environmental Consulting