Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


Position Number:  00006007

Description Activated On:  1/18/2023 1:06:08 PM

Position Purpose:
Describe the primary purpose of this position and how it contributes to the organizationís objectives. Example: Provides clerical and office support within the Division to ensure its operations are conducted efficiently and effectively. 

General responsibilities of this position relate to the consideration of historic and prehistoric archaeological resources in the development of state and/or federal projects or state/federal assisted projects. Archaeological research experience, including but not limited to compliance-related field work and artifact analysis in the U.S., is essential as is knowledge of state and federal preservation programs, regulations and legislation and consistency with the Secretary of the Interiorís Standards for Archaeology and Historic Preservation.

Description of Duties:
Describe in detail the duties and responsibilities assigned to this position. Descriptions should include the major end result of the task. Example: Types correspondence, reports, and other various documents from handwritten drafts for review and signature of the supervisor.

Assist state and federal agencies with the consideration and management of archaeological resources within their project planning and assisted programs.

Review state and federal program requests and evaluate their effects on archaeological resources as required under state and federal legislation.

Evaluate decisions made by federal and state agencies in the review of their undertakings in accordance with the National Register criteria, the Criteria of Effect and other appropriate federal and state regulations and procedures.
Participates in the management and collection of archaeological site, survey and compliance review information in association with a comprehensive electronic database and review system for all SHPO programs (PA-SHARE)

Prepares appropriate review responses and/or replies to inquiries about archaeological survey and preservation programs.

Reviews, plans, and conducts or causes to be conducted archaeological survey projects to collect new archaeological data through the OSM Funded field investigations and SHPO proactive survey efforts. This may include coordination with other SHPO staff, guiding and assisting interns or other researchers or contactors.

Analyzes archaeological information to assists agencies, the public and professional community in developing contexts and evaluating resources.

Participates in the evaluation of the significance of cultural resources and their eligibility for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

Develops and presents public programs and agency presentations concerning archaeological resources and the functions of the PA State Historic Preservation Office and PA-SHARE.

Reviews and assists in the management of archaeological survey and planning grants projects.

Participates in meetings and field views when requested under a Programmatic Agreement with the PA Department of Transportation (PennDOT) for all federally assisted transportation projects. Communicates regularly with the PennDOT district archaeologists and central office cultural resource managers.

Participates in Section 106-related consulting party meetings when requested by PennDOT or other state and federal agencies.

Applies federal and state laws and regulations regarding historic preservation and archaeology; keeps abreast of changes and additions to relevant laws and regulations.

Participates in continuing education opportunities to maintain proficiency in current practices associated with the field and technology that will assist the SHPO in more effectively carrying out its work.

Adheres to Commonwealth and Commission general safety rules and any specific to this position and immediately corrects any safety hazards in the work area and report same to supervisor.

Performs other duties as required to assist the SHPO with fulfilling priorities.

Decision Making:
Describe the types of decisions made by the incumbent of this position and the types of decisions referred to others. Identify the problems or issues that can be resolved at the level of this position, versus those that must be referred to the supervisor. Example: In response to a customer inquiry, this work involves researching the status of an activity and preparing a formal response for the supervisorís signature.

Review state/federal project requests and evaluates effects on archaeological resources. Prepare responses under supervisorís signature.

Evaluate and recommend action concerning National Register eligibility for committee decisions.

Develop recommendations for archaeological mitigation in consultation with federal or state agency officials and any formal consulting parties.

Makes decisions on whether projects examined in the office or field need additional archaeological study.

Research public inquiries for information and prepares responses on behalf of supervisor.

Requirements Profile: Identify any specific experience or requirements, such as a licensure, registration, or certification, which may be necessary to perform the functions of the position. Position-specific requirements should be consistent with a Special Requirement or other criteria identified in the classification specification covering this position. Example: Experience using Java; Professional Engineer License


Previous cultural resource management experience conducting archaeology preferred.

Need combination of education and experience to meet the criteria under the Secretary of the Interiorís Standards for either Historic Archaeologist, Prehistoric Archaeologist or both.

Licenses, registrations, or certifications:




Essential Functions
: Provide a list of essential functions for this position. Example: Transports boxes weighing up to 60 pounds.
 1. Review environmental review projects under Section 106 and State History Code.
 2. Prepare project correspondence.
 3. Communicate effectively in both speaking and writing.
 4. Travel to project sites.
 5. Compile and analyze complex information
 6. Conduct archaeological reconnaissance surveys and minor testing
 7. Meet with state and federal agencies, project applicants, and consulting parties.
 8. Manage projects effectively and meet mandated deadlines
 9. Lift and move up to 25 pounds.
 10. Use electronic project, report, survey, and resource files in PA-SHARE.