Senior Archaeologist (heritage Resource Specialist Iii)

Fairfax, Virginia
$68,720.08 - $114,533.12 Annually
Jan 02, 2021
Jan 16, 2021
Full Time
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Under general supervision of Park Authority Archaeology and Collections Branch, position performs advanced, specialized cultural resource duties, and serves as a project manager responsible for managing cultural resource management programs, planning initiatives, and curatorial tasks as well as staff. Directs the process of identifying, evaluating, and documenting archaeological resources countywide and on parkland. Makes recommendation for study, preservation, interpretation, and subsequent use or reuse. Provides information to the public regarding archaeological issues; provides technical information concerning archaeological matters to county agencies and boards, as assigned.

Illustrative Duties

  • Identifies, surveys, researches, and records cultural and heritage resources to make recommendations related to their study, preservation, planning and or development projects;
  • Reviews and assists in developing revisions to the County's Heritage Resources Plan, Comprehensive Plan, and the Park Authority's Cultural Resource Management Plan;
  • Reviews public and private planning and development proposals for compliance with local, state, and federal preservation guidelines and requirements, as well as potential impact on cultural resources;
  • Works with developers, construction contractors, utility companies and owners of historic properties to negotiate a balance between development plans and historic preservation;
  • Communicates with owners of historic properties and the public on issues dealing with historic overlay districts, including design review guidelines;
  • Researches and reports on issues related to an area of expertise;
  • Provides information to the public related through reports, publications, lectures, and meetings;
  • Provides professional counsel and administrative support to boards and commissions such as the Board of Supervisors, the Park Authority Board, the Planning Commission, the Architectural Review Board, and the History Commission;
  • Works with other county staff on team projects when expertise in a specialty area is required;
  • Assists in the establishment and revision of agency and division policies and procedures when expertise in a specialty area is required;
  • Develops Requests for Proposal, participates in selection of contractors, and monitors their work;
  • Represents the agency and county at meetings with boards, authorities, and commissions;
  • Recruits, trains, and schedules staff and volunteers;
  • Plans, directs, and evaluates the work of subordinate staff.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Expert level knowledge of historic preservation, architectural history, or museum curation;
  • Expert level knowledge of local, state, and federal regulations, codes, and ordinances related to cultural resources in Virginia, which may include the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 (ARPA), Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (NAGPRA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the Virginia Antiquities Act;
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and methods of a specialty area such as archaeology, museum collections, or historic preservation, and the ability to effectively apply them;
  • Knowledge of the county's planning process as it affects heritage and cultural resources;
  • Knowledge of historic classification methodologies;
  • Knowledge of the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties;
  • Knowledge of the Guidelines for Conducting Historic Resources Survey in Virginia;
  • Ability to train volunteers in the work methods of the specialty area to which assigned, and to monitor their work;
  • Ability to communicate technical information effectively to a wide range of audiences;
  • Ability to set priorities and manage time efficiently.

Employment Standards

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a master's degree in history, anthropology, historic preservation, architectural history, historical architecture, archaeology, museum studies or other closely related field; plus four years of professional experience in specialized field such as such as archaeology, historic preservation, architectural history, museum collections, of which two years must have been in a supervisory role.

Valid state motor driver's license.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a check of the Child Protective Services Registry, and a driver's license check to the satisfaction of the employer.

  • Master’s Degree or higher in anthropology, archaeology, history, historic preservation, or a closely related field with 5 or more years’ experience in directing or supervising archaeological projects at the equivalent of an HRS II.
  • Five or more years supervising or conducting archaeological projects in the Middle Atlantic region, particularly northern Virginia.
  • Five or more years or more years of experience using computer applications as they pertain to archaeology.
  • Five or more years working with public outreach as it pertains to archaeology.
  • Five or more years’ experience with federal, state, and local historic preservation legislation.

Must be capable of visiting and examining archaeological and historic sites and structures in the field, conducting archaeological excavations, supervising archaeological excavations. Ability to lift 20 pounds. Ability to communicate orally and in writing. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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