Historic Preservation Archaeologist

3009 Portland Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98404, USA Req #439
Thursday, March 9, 2023
The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is committed to protecting and exercising the inherent inalienable sovereign rights of the Tribe and Individuals in the interest of the Medicine Creek Treat Territories, as stewards to ensure preservation of our cultural and environmental integrity for common good and prosperity for all.

Close:               April 20, 2023

Job Title:         Archaeologist            Department:    Historic Preservation

Reports To:     Director/THPO            Hours:               40 Hrs/Wk – Full Time

Salary:             Based on Salary Matrix+Benefits    Requisition:                    


*Salaries are market competitive. For accurate salary information, call (253)573-7863 or email jobs@puyalluptribe-nsn.gov. The Puyallup Tribe of Indians provides a generous benefits package that includes employer paid medical, dental, vision, life insurance, a retirement/401(k) plan with profit sharing, paid holidays, and paid time off including birthday leave.

Position Summary: 

Responsible the cultural resource management and performing archaeological research. Going on-site and collecting data, interpreting findings, creating hypothesis and making conclusions regarding cultural resources (i.e. cultural sites, objects etc.), that may be of importance to the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. Corresponding and meeting with Federal, State, County, and Local agencies regarding permit applications impacts on cultural resources.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Researches and gathers pertinent cultural background data working with the Environmental, Fisheries, Planning, GIS and Legal departments for inclusion in environmental impact statements, NHPA 106 review, cultural resource inventories, or similar reports..
  2. Plans and organizes archaeological field research, including but not limited to surveys and full-scale excavations.
  3. Work with the Director/THPO to analyze diverse collections of artifacts of the Tribe. Cleans, conserves, preserves, analyzes, identifies and classifies objects and structures recovered by excavation.
  4. Works with Director/THPO in managing the cultural patrimony of the Tribe through interpreting and preserving archaeological and cultural resources that are of importance to the Tribe.
  5. Under the direction of the Director/THPO, surveys known and potential archaeological sites and cultural resource sites, using best practice methods in the field of archaeology.
  6. Records features and artifacts on site using photography, drawing and note taking.
  7. Working with the Director/THPO and Assistant THPO reviews project notifications to determine what level of cultural resource protections are needed.
  8. Reviews and comments on cultural resource surveys received from various agencies and makes recommendations to the Director/THPO regarding cultural resource management and protections needed. In Coordination with Director/THPO assists with conducting field surveys in coordination with cultural resource firms who have been hired by local agencies on sites important to the Puyallup Tribe.
  9. Under the direction of the Director/THPO, assesses archaeological sites for best cultural resource management practices that preserve the site and the cultural materials in the most effective way.
  10. Meets with local jurisdictions, agencies or other groups or their designee regarding formal consultation as to potential impacts to the Tribe regarding proposed projects.
  11. Organizes and checks information collected for accuracy and has ability to interpret details and make conclusions regarding impacts to cultural information.
  12. Assists in maintaining a filing system depicting/ mapping of cultural places of interest to the Tribe.
  13. Works with Director/THPO and Assistant THPO to input data into the GIS probability map to ensure cultural resource protected sites are documented.
  14. Working with the Director/THPO and Assistant THPO will create a Puyallup Tribe Historical Sites criteria and protection law to coincide with the NHPA
  15. Conducts ongoing research regarding data important to add to Historic Preservation Department database including significant cultural resources sites and other traditional cultural places.
  16. Performs other duties as assigned. 

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Qualifications and Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor's degree (B. A. or B.S.) or M.A. Degree in archaeology, anthropology, cultural resource management or a closely related field; or years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.    Must have demonstrated knowledge of archaeology and cultural resource management including conservation methods and field research, surveys, and reporting. Must have demonstrated ability to communicate both orally and in writing. Must have intermediate computer skills in word processing and Excel spreadsheets.

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.


Reasoning Ability

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Licenses or Certificates

Must have a valid Washington State driver’s license and proof of insurance.


Must demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity of personal history’s and historical documents.

Must demonstrate ability to conduct business confidentially and protect tribal member’s history.

Must demonstrate an ability to perform accurate research through extensive reading and in gathering oral history information.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Requires the ability to operate a typewriter, personal computer, multi-line telephone, calculator, facsimile and photocopier as well as various computer programs and audio/visual equipment.
  • Requires the ability to read, write, communicate, and interpret information accurately in English.
  • Requires the ability to concentrate and consistently produce accurate work.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to be outside in all-weather settings.
  • At times may require walking long distances on rough and uneven terrain to help conduct field surveys.
  • At times will operate dirt screens to sift out artifacts when helping conduct field surveys
  • At times will require standing for long periods when helping conduct field surveys
  • The employee occasionally is required to stand and walk.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus.
Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The noise level is low to moderate.
  • The physical exertion is low to moderate.
  • Work is generally performed in an office setting, however, this position is required to visit work sites and may be exposed to inclement weather conditions.


The Puyallup Tribe of Indians reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. This position description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

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If you have any questions about the positions or the online application, please call (253) 573-7863

or email jobs@puyalluptribe-nsn.gov.

3009 E. Portland Ave., Tacoma, WA 98404


Native American preference applies and job placements are given on a competitive basis, using job related factors.  Because of the large number of applications received and limited job positions, your application will not guarantee employment.

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