Salary: $5,268.00 – $7,085.00 Monthly
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Job Number: 2023-DAHP-004
Department: Archaeology & Historic Preservation
Opening Date: 06/05/2023
Closing Date: 6/18/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Schedule: The Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) office is in Olympia, WA. Flexible/Hybrid schedules may be available, however, this position will require some in office work on a regular basis.

Who We Are:
The DAHP is the principal Washington State agency charged with the identification, protection, and regulation of cultural resources, historic properties, and archaeological sites under state and federal laws. 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 visit our website.
Olympia is in Thurston County.  We acknowledge that we occupy the ancestral and traditional lands of the Coast Salish Peoples, particularly the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, Nisqually Indian Tribe, Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Squaxin Island Tribe, and the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are values central to DAHP’s workplace culture. We strive to be a collaborative workplace that honors and respects authenticity and unique perspectives while advancing our goals of protecting and preserving historical and cultural resources for future generations. We support taking time for self-care and work-life balance to promote personal and professional growth. DAHP recognizes this is a journey and we are constantly learning and taking steps to enhance our commitment to a vision where each one of us is seen, heard and valued.

What you will be doing
This position functions as the agency’s Liaison for Climate, Transmission and Energy Projects and is expected to function independently. You will be responsible for participating in consultations with Tribes and State Agencies on behalf of the Agency Director.  You will also consult and coordinate with Tribes, the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC), and transmission entities pursuant to RCW 80.50, as well as State Agencies and project stakeholders required by the Climate Commitment Act and RCW 70A.65.  In addition, you will be interacting with a variety of stakeholders, including administrative and other personnel in the Department, public agencies, private consultants, project applicants, property owners and the public.
Some of what you’ll enjoy doing includes:

  • Coordinate with affected Tribes and project applicants to assess potential effects to Tribal cultural resources, archaeological sites, and sacred sites. Ensure Tribal perspectives are accurately communicated to state officials and that the state’s positions are accurately understood by Tribal representatives.
  • Review technical studies related to cultural resource impacts as provided in “applications for certification” to the Chair of EFSEC by an applicant or to the appropriate federal agency. These technical studies will be transmitted from EFSEC to DAHP and the affected Tribes. 
  • Must be cognizant of various Tribal concerns, rights, and interests. The goal of the consultation process is to identify tribal resources or rights potentially affected by the proposed energy facility and to seek ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate any adverse effects on tribal resources or rights.
  • Accurately and completely communicate Tribal reactions and positions to the Director, Agency staff, and stakeholders.
  • Represent the Agency in meetings, conferences, and other public forums.
  • Reviews and advises on proposed cultural resource survey methodologies.
  • Provides training on tribal consultation in Washington State to project proponents who are either considering projects in WA or in the pre-planning / scoping process.
  • Builds relationships with local planners and Tribal cultural resource staff to enhance programmatic workflow and effectively advise project stakeholders about potential impacts to cultural resources.
  • Meets with Tribes and local governments to understand Tribal and agency concerns and works to mediate those concerns with proponents of energy project siting. Works closely with Tribal governments on Tribal concerns and apply mediation skills in situations involving disputing parties. 
  • Works collaboratively and cooperatively with tribal governments, federal agencies, developers, archaeologists, and planners, to develop solutions to complex identification, avoidance, treatment, and mitigation measures.
  • Some project reviews may require travel to sites or jurisdictions in order to conduct field assessments of archaeological sites or to participate in in-person meetings with Tribes and stakeholders.
  • Works with archaeologists, tribal representatives, industry representatives and developers to ensure avoidance, or minimization and mitigation of impacts to archaeological sites and cultural resources.  Under Section 106 also works with federal agencies.
  • Consult with project stakeholders on Climate Commitment Act projects to ensure effects to cultural resources are avoided, minimized, or mitigated.
  • In collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs (GOIA) and the Tribes, develop and continually update a state agency Tribal consultation process, including best practices for early, meaningful, and effective consultation, early notification, and engagement by applicants with federally recognized tribes as a part of the preapplication process. The process should also include protocols for communication and collaboration with Federally recognized Tribes.
  • Adhere to and educate stakeholders regarding the state agency Tribal consultation process outlined above.
  • Tracking and reporting to the SHPO and DSHPO on performance measures pertaining to this position. 
  • Assist Archaeology Unit with project reviews under SEPA, particularly when associated with climate related projects.
  • Engage with the public, stakeholders, Tribes, and professional communities in order to effectively communicate Agency positions on various issues pertaining to the protection of cultural resources such as archaeological sites, Traditional Cultural Places, and Tribal sacred sites.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, Native American Studies, Public Policy or a related field 
  • 2 years of professional experience in anthropology, archaeology, Native American studies, public policy / administration, or related professions
  • At least 2 years of significant, first-hand knowledge of appropriate protocols and engagement practices with Native Nations with a detailed understanding of Tribal Consultation procedures – including both legal and ethical concerns
  • Previous experience consulting with government agencies and Tribal governments about cultural resources such as archaeological resources, Traditional Cultural Places (TCPs), and sacred sites
  • Ability and willingness to represent the DAHP during consultation with Tribes, EFSEC, and other State Agencies
  • Valid Driver’s license


  • Previous experience working on multiple jurisdiction projects, specifically projects crossing private and public land ownership, and projects with Tribal and State Agencies.
  • An understanding of issues surrounding clean energy projects, including conflicts between different resource classes and strategies for finding resolution.  
  • An advanced understanding of Washington State laws and regulations related to cultural resource protection and human remains.
  • Ability and willingness to represent the DAHP during consultation with Tribes, EFSEC, and other State Agencies.
  • Previous experience working with Tribes on the east side of Washington State. 
  • Previous experience working on large land area projects such as energy, pipeline, or transportation projects. 
  • Experience with projects being reviewed through the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), and working through the SEPA EIS process. 
  • Able to travel to meet with Tribal nations for regular in-person meetings.
  • Experience working in local or Tribal government.

Additional preferred skills and competencies include:

  • Commitment to pro-equity and anti-racism thinking.
  • Exhibits competencies in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Clear and effective communication skills.
  • Strong ability to work collaboratively, cordially, and professionally with DAHP staff, constituents, stakeholders, and represent the agency in a positive, professional manner.
  • Public presentation abilities.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.

To Apply
Please provide 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 interestdescribing how you meet the qualifications for this position as outlined in the job posting; 
  • A current resume, detailing experience, and education; and 
  • A current list of at least three (3) professional references with current contact information (attached or available to provide at the time of interview)

For more information and to apply:

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