Archaeologist/SHPO Liaison - Guam - Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands


POSTED BY: Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands


Archaeologist/SHPO Liaison - Guam

This position serves as an independent liaison between Department of the Navy (DON) and Guam State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to assist with coordination, communication, and document preparation and review during the construction phase of military buildup on Guam. The successful incumbent will support project review and assessment of impacts on archaeological sites and historic properties, and coordinate with project proponents and managers, as well as other programs/offices. Primary duties include coordinating with DON personnel/offices to collect and respond to SHPO requests for additional information, and preparing/consolidating project data and information for SHPO review and consultation in accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and agency implementing regulations. Relocation expenses may be available; conditions apply.


The successful incumbent will operate as a team member within the Guam SHPO’s Office, requiring excellent interpersonal skills, collaboration, flexibility, and diplomacy. This position will be duty stationed at the SHPO office in Agana Heights, Guam. The DON manages thousands of known terrestrial (and submerged) cultural resources on Guam and within the Joint Region Marianas Area of Responsibility, including Chamorro (prehistoric), Spanish-era, and World War II era historic properties retaining a high degree of historical integrity.


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  • MA/MS degree in anthropology/archaeology, or closely related field.
  • Meet the Secretary of Interior’s professional qualification standards in Archaeology (36 CFR, part 61).
  • Minimum of four (4) years of post-graduate archeological work experience that demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of professional archeology. Experience should include a combination of professional knowledge and experience working with applicable federal (most specifically Section 106 and 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act), and state regulations.
  • Candidates must have conducted Phase IA, IB and II field investigations and previously authored compliant documentation for state and local level review.
  • Have a thorough understanding of most standard computer programs.
  • Previous work experience in a highly structured, hierarchical workplace with a well-defined chain-of-command.
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States by proposed start date. CEMML will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.
  • Ability to pass a federal background check in order to obtain a DoD Common Access Card (CAC).
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license by the employment start date.


  • Highly qualified candidates will demonstrate expertise and knowledge working with U.S. federal historic preservation laws and regulations that govern federal historic preservation requirements; and demonstrated experience carrying out consultation and compliance activities under those regulations.
  • Highly qualified candidates will also possess experience managing complex cultural resources databases (e.g., archaeological sites, accessions, land acquisitions, etc.) appropriate for the scale of a large land-holding agency.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with cultural resource issues on U.S. military installations and knowledge of Department of Defense processes related to historic preservation and cultural resources management is desirable.
  • Working experience with ESRI ArcGIS/ArcGIS Pro software, Arc Catalog software, ESRI ArcGIS Online. Sound GIS dataset management skills.
  • Familiarity with federal Spatial Data Standards (SSFIE) formats.
  • Proficient with all aspects of archaeological research, including research design, mitigation plans, fieldwork, analysis, and report and site form preparation.
  • Working experience identifying, streamlining, organizing, and managing workflows associated with review processes (particularly historic preservation reviews).
  • Previous archeological field experience in the Pacific region, particularly the Mariana Islands, is highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with agreement documents such as Programmatic Agreements (P.A) and/or Memorandum of Agreements (MOA).
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to work to a deadline is also beneficial.
  • Ability to act with diplomacy and discretion at all organizational levels with excellent judgment, interpersonal, and communication skills is highly desirable.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Annual salary range: $63,000 - $76,000.

How to apply:

Interested applicants apply online at no later than December 29, 2020 for full consideration; position closes on January 19, 2021.


We do not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. CEMML/Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce, and complies with all federal and Colorado state laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action.