Position: Lead Cultural Resources Management (CRM) Archaeologist

Classification: Full-Time, Permanent

Location: Fort Polk, Louisiana

Colorado State University (CSU), Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Lead Archaeologist for our cultural resources team at Fort Polk, Louisiana. The position will provide cultural resource technical support for the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) and Fort Polk Conservation Branch, Environmental and Natural Resource Management Division (ENRMD), Department of Public Works (DPW). Responsibilities include coordinating with installation agencies to identify and evaluate archaeological and historical resources, regulatory project review and guidance, preservation of historic cemeteries and facilities, curation, public outreach and education, and historical research. Assigned duties include, but are not limited to, preparing, supervising, executing, supervising, and coordinating implementation of the Integrated Cultural Resource Management Plan (ICRMP); participating in weekly meetings and prepare briefing materials for the ENRMD; annual site monitoring and condition assessments of all National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) eligible and potentially eligible archaeological sites; frequent coordination with the U.S Forest Service (Kisatchie National Forest); conducting public events and oral histories; investigation restoration, and maintenance of historic cemeteries; as well as restoration and maintenance of Heritage Memorial Park and historic sites associated with the Heritage Trail.

LOCATION: This position is located at Fort Polk, Louisiana. The surrounding community is comprised of the towns of Leesville, DeRidder, New Llano, & Anacoco. The nearest cities are Alexandria & Lake Charles. Nearby Kisatchie National Forest offers hunting and recreational activities, Also located nearby are Toledo Bend Lake, Vernon Lake, and Anacoco Lake, which offer fishing, boating, swimming, etc.  Fort Polk is rich in both prehistoric and historic cultural resources. Extensive surveys have taken place on the installation since 1972 with over 4,000 recorded sites. When the military took control of the area in 1941 there were approximately 250 historic homesites. In addition, there are 23 historic cemeteries maintained by Fort Polk.


* Masters degree in anthropology, archaeology, Cultural Resources Management, or related field.

* Minimum of three (3) years of post-graduate professional work experience

* A successful candidate will also demonstrate a firm understanding of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), its underlying geographic principles, and products such as ESRI ArcGIS Pro 2.x, ArcMap 10.x, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS for Collector, and Field Maps for ArcGIS


* Desired qualifications include prior experience in supervising cultural resources projects and/or programs including all aspects of planning, logistical support, execution of field work, and oversight of laboratory processing and artifact analysis, and final report generation.

* Two (2) years of experience using GIS tools and producing maps for CRM investigations is highly desirable. This includes creating, maintaining, and editing geodatabases and spatial files, conducting spatial analyses (vector and raster), and georeferencing/geometry replacement. This also includes experience using AGOL and the ESRI apps such as Survey123, Field Maps, Collector, Workforce, Dashboards, and Insights.

* Highly qualified candidates will also demonstrate professional experience in working with U.S. federal historic preservation laws and regulations that govern cultural resource management (e.g. Section 106 and 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act).

* Demonstrated knowledge of the archaeological field and laboratory methodologies and analytical techniques is beneficial.

* Familiarity with cultural resource issues on U.S. military installations and US Army polices and processes related to cultural resources management, as gained through working for, or with, the Department of Defense is beneficial.

* Previous field experience in Louisiana is highly desirable.


Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Annual salary range $60,000-$65,000


Prospective candidates should apply online at https://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/112571 . Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the announcement to be considered for hire. Position closes on November 5, 2022.

For more career opportunities, and to learn more about CEMML’s contributions to land management, our mission, vision, and values, please visit http://www.cemml.colostate.edu/

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.