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Description

History Nebraska is seeking an innovative and highly motivated archeologist to serve as Nebraska’s State Archeologist and manage the Archeology team. This position directly or indirectly manages up to ten staff members; assists state agencies and consulting firms in complying with historic preservation law; consults with Indigenous tribes; serves as NAGPRA and burial discovery coordinator; conducts and coordinates research; and provides education and training programs. The State Archeologist works with important research collections and irreplaceable archeological properties and we are looking for an individual who possesses a life-long passion for archeology and history. History Nebraska is a statewide educational institution that connects people to the past through our library and research center, conservation facility, interpretive sites, and the state archeology and historic preservation offices. History Nebraska’s objective is to become the most engaging and relevant state historical society in the nation. 

Our four core values are: 

  • We do it Better Every Time. We are always looking to improve. When we fail, we know why and learn from it.
  • We Have Each Other’s Back. We work in groups; we candidly support each other for the betterment of the organization. 
  • We Own It. If we say we are going to do something, we do our best to get it done. 
  • We Are Curious. We never stop learning and we encourage curiosity in others. 

**Annual salary range is $59,020-$88,533, commensurate with education and experience, if approved.**

Location: 5050 N 32nd St, Lincoln 

Examples of Work

  • Develop guidelines for state agencies and the public to comply with the Nebraska Archeological Resources Protection Act. 
  • Assist law enforcement and other parties in the discovery and recovery of human skeletal remains and work with tribes and other descendants in repatriation through compliance with state and federal burial protection laws. 
  • Prepare and manage budgets and agreements for the State Archeology Office to conduct cultural resource management projects for government agencies and private industry. Seek grant, private funding, and partnership support. 
  • Oversee cultural resource management projects from small, simple several acre surveys to large-scale multi-year mitigation projects. 
  • Develop a set of research and preservation priorities for the archeology of Nebraska. Engage in and direct research, and encourage and coordinate archeological investigations undertaken within the state. 
  • Present the results of Nebraska archeological research to the public and professional communities through lectures, publications, and social media. 
  • Be an advocate within and outside of History Nebraska, for archeological resources and those that care about them, within the context of existing laws and regulations. 
  • Work with the History Nebraska Collections Division to ensure material culture, digital, and hard copy documents are accessible, organized, and well-preserved for use by staff and outside researchers. 
  • Consult with Indigenous tribes and nations during the course of repatriation and historic preservation efforts. 
  • Provide staff supervision and technical assistance. 
  • All other duties assigned. 

Qualifications / Requirements

REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s degree in history, historic preservation, public/business administration or other field related to area of responsibility including: American studies, architecture, archeology, anthropology, archival studies, historic preservation, library science, museum studies or related field AND two years’ experience in cultural resource management; OR a Master’s degree in any of the above mentioned fields. Experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis. 

PREFERRED: Graduate degree in Anthropology, North American Archeology, or Geography/History with an Archeology emphasis; meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Professional Qualifications for Archeology; keen understanding of cultural resource management and federal/state historic preservation and burial protection legislation and regulations; strong background in Great Plains. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Understanding of archeological methods including: background research, survey, excavation, mapping, Geographic Information System (GIS) application and best practices in laboratory analysis, dissemination of results and curation. 
  • Knowledge of federal laws and regulations governing archeological and historic properties (i.e., National Historic Preservation Act, Archeological Resources Protection Act, and Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) and experience in management and administration of Section 106 review and compliance. 
  • In addition to a working knowledge of GIS, have extensive experience with MS Office and Adobe Acrobat. 
  • Ability to present archeology to the public via print, exhibit, public/professional talks, and social media. 
  • Ability to prepare budgets, scopes of work, and proposals related to cultural resource management work. 
  • Possess strong organizational skills and the ability to directly or indirectly manage up to 10 individuals within the context of a larger multi-facetted agency. 
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely both in technical reports, research papers, and more public-facing documents. 
  • Have an engaging personality with the ability to effectively and politely communicate with the public, landowners, government and tribal officials, and individuals in planning and engineering fields. 

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Description

History Nebraska is seeking an organized and self-motivated preservationist to serve as the agency’s Survey Coordinator. As a member of the Historic Preservation (SHPO) team, this position is accountable for organizing historic resource surveys, performing research, developing historic contexts, and looking for significance. With our organization’s commitment to inclusive history, the Survey Coordinator with help aid in uncovering stories and places of historically underrepresented groups in Nebraska. The Survey Coordinator will also be integral in developing the way we will do historic resource surveys going forward, moving from a geographically based model to a thematic model. History Nebraska is a statewide educational institution that connects people to the past through our library and research center, conservation facility, interpretive sites, and the state archeology and historic preservation offices. History Nebraska’s objective is to become the most engaging and relevant state historical society in the nation. 

Our four core values are: 

• We do it Better Every Time. We are always looking to improve. When we fail, we know why and learn from it. 

• We Have Each Other’s Back. We work in groups; we support one another to ensure our projects are amazing. 

• We Own It. If we say we are going to do something, we do our best to get it done. 

• We Are Curious. We never stop learning and we encourage curiosity in others. 

Examples of Work

• Plans and implements historic resource surveys in our state, usually by coordinating the work of contractors hired to perform the survey, but potentially in person for smaller areas of study. 

• Maintains the department’s data in an Access database or Excel spreadsheet, by uploading or inputting data from surveys, Section 106 compliance projects, or National Register efforts. 

• Designs methods of making our data available to the public. 

• Supports the work of SHPO colleagues by reviewing CLG grant applications or NR nominations. 

• All other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications / Requirements

REQUIREMENTS:  Master’s degree in history, archeology, architectural history or closely related field OR Bachelor’s degree in any of the above noted fields plus one of the following: a) two years experience in research, writing or teaching in a related field or b) substantial contribution through research and publication to the body of scholarly knowledge as determined applicable based on Secretary of the Interior Professional Qualifications Standards (36 CFR Part 61, Appendix A). 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Basic understanding of historic preservation and functions of a SHPO. 

• Detail-oriented and analytical in assessing the quality of data and how to best represent it in our databases. 

• Communicate effectively with both groups and/or individuals, including strong writing skills. 

• Commitment to the concepts of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) and willingness to incorporate them into the position. 

• Travel will be required on a periodic basis, therefore candidate must possess a valid driver’s license. 

• Some familiarity with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) would be helpful, but not necessary. 

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