History Nebraska is seeking a motivated and quality-focused cultural resources professional to lead the Nebraska Highway Archeology Program (HAP). Under direction of the Nebraska State Archeologist, the Manager is accountable for the planning, organization, implementation, and evaluation of all Program components and supervision of the HAP team. The Manager also serves as the primary liaison between History Nebraska and the Nebraska Department of Transportation. While knowledge of best field practices is expected, this position provides a unique supervisory opportunity to manage a dynamic team dedicated to exploring, preserving, and protecting Nebraska’s archeological resources. Apply Here

Compensation: $24.923 – $37.387 hourly, commensurate with experience, within agency fiscal constraints, if approved.

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 one another 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.

    Job location is 5050 North 32nd Street.

Examples of Work

  • Serves as the lead liaison with Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) on proposed state and local construction projects; determines whether identified project areas support an archeological review.
    • Administers the work of HAP archeologists and architectural historians, including coordinating assignments, developing work plans, supervising field and laboratory work, and reviewing completed projects to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal cultural resource laws and regulations.
    • Collaborates and engages with tribal governments.
    • Presents consistent, high-quality review findings to NDOT on schedule and applies archeological expertise in negotiating mitigation efforts with stakeholders.
    • Develops and recommends to the State Archeologist new or revised policies, procedures, and guidelines to respond to changes in program needs, objectives, and priorities, and to maintain or improve the effectiveness/consistency of the program.
    • Ensures all objects, artifacts, and other cultural evidence identified during NDOT archeological reviews are protected, preserved, or disposed of in accordance with appropriate state and federal laws and procedures.
    • Prepares and adheres to the program budget, and oversees contractual agreements with NDOT in consultation with the State Archeologist.
    • Develops and provides educational programs to the general public and other stakeholders through meetings, writings, lectures, and other activities on Nebraska archeology related to NDOT projects.
    • As needed, assist with development of scopes of work and budgets, and oversee fieldwork, laboratory work, and report preparation for non-NDOT projects carried out by the State Archeology Office.
    • Other duties may be assigned, including but not limited to: participating in interdepartmental committees and working groups; participating in community outreach events.

Qualifications / Requirements

REQUIREMENTS:  Masters Degree in Anthropology or Archeology with experience in both prehistoric and historic archeology and 1 year of supervisory experience; five years experience in cultural resource management and 3 years archaeological field experience.

OTHER: Must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to provide independent authorized transportation and drive a state vehicle as necessary.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of Great Plains archeology field and laboratory best practices and techniques, diagnostic artifact identification, and site formation processes.
    • Understanding of and ability to interpret and apply state and federal laws and standards, regulations, agency rules, policies and procedures, and technical narrative material.
    • Project management experience, including the ability to plan, assign, direct, and review the work of staff, and implement objectives and performance goals.
    • Demonstrated ability to successfully supervise a team, including providing mentorship, guidance, and professional development opportunities, and aligning performance expectations with program objectives.
    • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with all stakeholders, including the HAP team, public, tribes, NDOT staff, and contractors.
    • Strong organizational and time-management skills; ability to manage multiple projects concurrently to provide on-time results.
    • Experience preparing and maintaining a budget.
    • Competence to adapt, be decisive, and delegate tasks as project needs require.
    • Demonstrated experience interacting and working with a multicultural and diverse group of teams and individuals.

    **History Nebraska collects, preserves, and opens to all, the histories we share. We believe a diverse and inclusive workforce is an essential element in making Nebraska’s rich history available to everyone. History Nebraska is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage and welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds. Our work is meaningful and challenging, and we believe diverse perspectives will make it better.

More information and how to apply is available here.