A Native American Affairs Specialist (Research Associate IV Special) position is available within the Cultural Resources Management Program with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands. This position is located in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Approximately 75% of the work will entail handling of Native American affairs for the Environmental Branch of the Air National Guard (ANG) headquarters, National Guard Bureau/A7AN, headquartered at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, and will entail occasional travel to ANG installations around the United States. All Native American affairs activities and consultations will be coordinated with the program manager for cultural resources; position will also require quarterly meetings with the program manager at ANG headquarters, Joint Base Andrews, MD. Duties will include, but not be limited to the following:
- Review Integrated Cultural Resources Management Plans (ICRMP), Cultural Resource Surveys, and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents and comment on tribal-related issues.
- Develop and maintain a Microsoft-ACCESS database on consulting tribes and tribal point-of-contacts (POC) for all ANG installations.
- Assemble simple how-to training (e.g., PowerPoint slideshows) for Base-level Environmental Managers and Base level Senior Leaders on Tribal Consultation.
- Identify active tribes and forecast potential areas to focus outreach and education to local ANG managers.
- Engage and assist consulting tribes in repatriation and reburial activities as needed.
Work will include significant coordination efforts with installation-level staff and ANG headquarters staff, interfacing with State Historic Preservation Offices, the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation, consulting tribal representatives, the National Park Service, and other Federal and local governmental entities. Work products required include the following: developing agreement documents; managing inventories and studies; overseeing development of plans; reviewing drafts, draft final, and final documents; providing comments and coordinating comments from other reviewers; representing ANG interests with consulting tribes and ensuring all deliverables are submitted and meet generally-accepted professional standards.
The other 25% of the job duties will entail assisting the CEMML Associate Director for Cultural Resources with Native American consultation activities at military installations in Missouri, Colorado, and other states. These activities will include, but shall not be limited to: planning and executing on-going tribal consultations and outreach activities, engaging with and assisting consulting tribes with repatriation and/or reburial activities, assisting consulting tribes with cultural heritage surveys for the identification of Traditional Cultural Properties (TCPs) and/or sacred sites, as well as areas of traditional importance for plant and mineral collecting. Work products required include the following: developing agreement documents; managing inventories and studies; overseeing development of plans; reviewing drafts, draft final, and final documents; providing comments and coordinating comments from other reviewers; representing Department of Defense (DoD) interests with consulting tribes and ensuring all deliverables are submitted and meet generally-accepted professional standards.
MS/MA in anthropology, history, ethnic studies, Historic Preservation, Cultural Resources Management, Heritage Studies, or other related field, or a J.D. degree in American Indian law and policy relating to cultural heritage resources (especially the National Historic Preservation Act, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, the Archaeological Resources Protection Act, the American Indian Religious Freedoms Act, among others). Must have or be able to obtain a valid U.S. driver's license. CSU conducts a background check on all final candidates.
Demonstrated knowledge of American Indian laws and policies especially as they relate to cultural resources management and historic preservation on federal lands. Demonstrated knowledge and experience of Native American history and cultures in the United States, including Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian history and cultures, as well as experience with Native American consultation proceedings, including the organization and execution of tribal consultation meetings and the development of agreement documents. Knowledge of most standard computer programs, as well as proficiency in database management and SharePoint. Prior experience working with the DoD in the areas of cultural resources management and Native American affairs, and a strong basic knowledge of DoD Amer