Transportation Archaeologist at Washington SHPO

Dennis Wardlaw

Transportation Archaeologist (Commerce Specialist 3)



$4,577.00 - $6,003.00 Monthly


Thurston County – Olympia, WA

Job Type

Full Time - Permanent


Archaeology & Historic Preservation

Job Number



7/2/2019 11:59 PM Pacific



Transportation Archaeologist (Commerce Specialist 3) description image

~The salary does not reflect the 3% general raise increase effective July 1, 2019~


A little bit about us

The cultural and historic resources of a community tell the story of its past, a past that makes any single community distinct from all other places.  From lumber mills to schools, sacred landscapes to archaeological sites, rustic cabins to office towers, our historic and cultural resources provide everyone with a tangible link to persons and events that have shaped our communities and ourselves.  Preserving these physical reminders of our past creates a sense of place, the result being an environment that instills civic pride and community spirit.


By preserving significant cultural and historic resources, we are able to learn from past achievements (as well as mistakes) in order to improve, enrich, and even enliven, the Washington state that is passed to future generations.  To learn more about the vision and role of historic preservation in the State of Washington, download our current Statewide Historic Preservation Plan (Download PDF reader) or request a printed copy.


 If you are passionate about Pacific Northwest History and Archaeology, this may be what you've been waiting for!



Some of what you will be doing includes:


Conducting reviews of federal undertakings for transportation related projects, state undertakings under the Governor's Executive Order, and the State Environmental Policy Act.

Determining as to whether archaeological sites and traditional cultural properties are eligible to the National Register of Historic Places.

Reviewing and commenting on proposed project areas of potential effect (APE).

Determining as to the effects of federal undertakings (licenses, permits, projects, under the direct or indirect jurisdiction of a federal agency) on archaeological and traditional cultural properties.

Working closely with the Built Environment Unit (BEU) on analysis of direct and indirect effects as well as eligibility of historic buildings and structures.

Conducting reviews of project impacts for the purposes of the State Environmental Policy Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.

Conducting field assessments of archaeological sites when they are accidentally disturbed by construction or development activities.

Working with archaeologists, tribal representatives, industry and developers to ensure protection or removal of cultural resources.

Acting as mediator between tribal governments, developers, and archaeologists when the various parties are unable to agree on solutions.

Acting as mediator between archaeological consultants unable to agree as to the nature of a site.

Organizing training seminars and lectures on federal and state site protection laws.

Organizing and promoting training sessions specifically for prosecutors, law enforcement officials, and planning officials.

Assisting with the archaeological component of DAHP's GIS initiative.

Making recommendations as to survey, and site database fields and recordation standards.

Assisting in developing web-based tracking and managing archaeological resources across the state.

Attending scoping meetings, planning meetings, etc.

Attending all annual transportation project review meetings.

Participating as a presenter or facilitator when appropriate.





Master's degree with a major emphasis in Archaeology or Anthropology,

At least two years of experience with construction projects. 

At least two years of experience that includes project management of survey testing, and evaluation of archaeological sites, archaeological lab experience, and report writing.

Valid driver's license free from serious traffic violations.




Experienced with computers, GIS database.

Experience with transportation projects.

Experience with research, teaching, and outreach with an academic institution, historic organization, agency, museum, or other professional institution.

Consultation experience with Tribes in the Pacific Northwest.

Supplemental Information


Please attach the following documents in order to be considered, failure to do so may result in you not being considered for the position:


A letter of interest that shows your personality and voice to describe why you are the successful candidate and how you meet the specific qualifications for this position;

Current resume, detailing experience, and education; and

A list of at least three (3) professional references with current telephone numbers.


By submitting these materials, you are indicating that all information is true and correct. The state may verify information. Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from the applicant pool or dismissal if employed.


The Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation celebrates our differences and we are committed to a workplace that supports equal opportunity employment and inclusion regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We will also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws.


Persons with a disability who need assistance with their application or need this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 664-1960 or toll free (877) 664-1960. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.


Should you have any questions regarding this position or the online application, contact Angie Anderson at (360) 407-8446 or jobs@....


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