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WA State Parks Hiring Archaeologist

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is currently seeking a full-time, Environmental Planner 4 located at Parks' Northwest Region office in Burlington, WA.

The duty station for this position is in Burlington, WA.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, employees are working a combination of in-office and teleworking based on the position and business needs. Once the restrictions are lifted, this position may be available for continued partial telework opportunities, depending on business needs and supervisor approval. 

This posting will remain open until filled. It is in the candidate's best interest to apply before July 31st, 2022 when a first review of applicants will be completed. The hiring authority reserves the right to fill this position at any time after that date without notice. 


This position is a senior level archaeologist implementing agency mission, goals, and policies for the management and protection of cultural resources in State Parks.  This includes identification, evaluation, and protection of over 900 cultural resources throughout the state with a focus on our northwest region.  This position provides technical leadership on cultural resource management to State Parks and other federal, state, local, and non-governmental organizations as well as working statewide with groups external to State Parks regarding constantly changing interpretations to laws, policies, and program needs.  This position will be stationed in the Northwest Region but will routinely collaborate with cultural resource and project planning personnel located at HQ and other regional offices.  

Duties include, but are not limited to:

Responsible for new initiatives, major modifications to existing laws, policies, and program planning needs regarding archaeology.  This includes, but is not limited to:

RCW/WAC regarding archaeology
Appropriate treatment plans to avoid adverse effects to cultural resources on lands under Parks' stewardship.
Coordinating partnerships with Indian Tribal Governments regarding cultural resources.
Representing Parks' interests regarding the identification and recovery of disturbed human remains.
Developing procedures and verifying the appropriate application of Governor's Executive Order 21-02, agency Cultural Resources Management Policy and federal, state, and local regulations for conservation and protection of these resources.
The position develops agency procedures and sets priorities for the conservation of cultural resources within State Parks.

Researches archives, libraries, and other regional repositories to prepare background histories for reports and technical documents.  
Provides support for generating and maintaining program records.
Coordinates cultural resource related permitting of capital projects.
Conducts formal consultation as required by Governor's Executive Order 21-02.
Provides technical consultation on protection and interpretation of cultural resources.
Provides quarterly consultation with regional construction and maintenance staff on project review, technical advice, training, and support. 
Manages agency archaeological records.



Master's degree in Anthropology with a specialty in Archaeology, Cultural Resource Management, or a closely related field.
Four (4) years of professional work experience in archaeology and/or cultural resource management that includes at least 3 years of all of the following: 

Archaeology fieldwork
Cultural resource data collection and management
Collecting archaeology field data with GPS unit
Analyzing spatial data
Making maps using GIS software
Maintaining databases and project files

A full understanding of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended and Governor's Executive Order 21-02 (Download PDF reader) as it affects cultural resources.
Must meet the Secretary of Interior Archaeology Qualifications Standards (Download PDF reader)
A valid (unrestricted except for corrective lenses) driver's license.  


Excellent written and oral communication skills, including technical report preparation.
Capable of working independently with a diverse, multi-disciplinary team.


Experience with tribes for Section 106 and/or Governor's Executive Order 21-02 (formerly 05-05) compliance. 
Experience with construction monitoring, survey, and excavation.
Experience with developing archaeology and monitoring work plans.
Experience obtaining state and federal permits to conduct archaeology fieldwork.
Experience managing several cultural resource projects concurrently.
Experience in Washington State or Pacific Northwest.  

Pursuant to Emergency Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader), all Washington State Parks employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the time of hire.  As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 Vaccination as part of the hire process for all positions within our agency.  If you have questions about this requirement, please contact the recruitment team at Please note, a medical or religious accommodation may be requested, once an offer of employment is made. 

Supplemental Information

To ensure consideration, please complete the online job application and profile at

You must attach or embed in your application the following:

Letter of Interest specifically addressing the qualifications listed in this announcement.
Current resume in chronological order.
Three professional references.

**All requested materials must be submitted. Incomplete or late application materials will not be accepted. Failure to follow application process may disqualify you from further consideration.**

The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the application questions. Answers will be verified and documentation may be required. Responses not supported in your application will disqualify you for consideration of employment from this recruitment.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - 

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is committed to creating an equitable, hospitable, appreciative, safe, and inclusive park environment – one that embraces and values the full spectrum of all community members' contributions. The Commission makes this commitment because:

Diversity strengthens the workforce in competence and ability.
Celebrating diversity appreciates and values individual differences.
Diversity serves an increasingly heterogeneous society.
Diversity helps ensure the relevance of a state park system, its mission, properties, and programs to all people of this state today and in the future.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strengthens our ability and commitment to serve all citizens.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating and sustaining a working environment that includes, welcomes, and respects diverse identities of race, culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, and more. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are invited to apply. Persons desiring any accommodations in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the human resources office at (360) 902-8565. Applicants who are deaf or hearing impaired may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.  

For information about this position, please contact Jennifer Wilson at or (360) 787-6511.