Title:  Tribal Historic Preservation Officer

Schedule: Monday – Friday

Location:  Ridgefield

Classification: Exempt

Opening Date: May 31, 2022

Salary Range: $29.00 – $39.50 per hour DOE

Closing Date:  June 30, 2022 or until filled

Position Summary:

Under the supervision of the Director of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s Culture Department. The Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO) is responsible for the oversight to ensure the preservation, protection, curation, and management of our ancestors, sacred objects, archaeological sites, properties/traditional cultural properties (TCPs), and archives significant to Cowlitz history and culture. This position must have knowledge of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s culture and a strong commitment to preserving it. The THPO works closely with Culture Department staff, the THPO Advisory Review Board, consultants, and/or public officials (local, state, and federal), as applicable, on activities related to the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). The THPO will coordinate Tribal Historic Preservation efforts by maintaining and adhering to the requirements of the THPO grants through the National Park Service.

***If you are an American Indian/Alaska Native and/or a Veteran and would like this to be considered for hiring, please note this on your cover letter and/or resume***


Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities include the following, and other related duties as assigned.


·         Shall be primarily responsible for overall management of the grant(s) by providing direct oversight of the daily operations, inclusive of fulfilling goals and objections, as required by applicable grant regulations.

·         Compose and submit annual grant applications and proposals to funding agencies, also actively seeks and applies for funding from additional resources.

·         Conducts all aspects of cultural resources consultation (NHPA section 106, SEPA, NEPA, NAGPRA, and other) for the Tribe with local, state, and federal agencies, including attending meetings, correspondence, and research.

·         Conducts or facilitates field work, field reconnaissance, and construction cultural monitoring as needed.

·         Coordinate comprehensive surveys of historic properties and maintain inventories of such properties in cooperation with Tribal Government, Federal and State agencies, local governments, and private organizations and individuals.

·         Assists in evaluating permit applications for construction activities that could include the discovery, disturbance, excavation or removal of cultural/archaeological resources.

·         Administers Federal assistance for Tribal historic preservation.

·         Advises and assists Federal and state agencies and local governments in carrying out their historic preservation responsibilities.

·         Consults with Federal agencies on Federal undertakings that may affect tribal historic properties and on any plans to protect, manage, reduce, or mitigate harm to such properties.

·         Cooperates with the Secretary of the Interior, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and other Federal and state agencies, local governments, organizations, and individuals to ensure that tribal historic properties are taken into consideration at all levels of planning and development.

·         Identifies and nominates properties to the National Register of historic places, administering applications for listing in the National Register.

·         Prepares and implements historic preservation plans.

·         Provides public information, education and training, and technical assistance in historic preservation.

·         Surveys and inventories tribal historic properties.

·         Other duties as assigned.


In addition, the Cowlitz THPO will also perform duties deriving from the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA).


Supervisory Responsibilities:

Will administer the THPO program and existing (3) and planned (+1) program staff


Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



Requirements: Must submit to and pass a criminal background check and drug screen.

***If you are an American Indian/Alaska Native and/or a Veteran and would like this to be considered for hiring, please note this on your cover letter and/or resume***

The Cowlitz Indian Tribe is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and a Drug & Alcohol-Free workplace.


Except as provided by Title 25 CFR, Section 472 which allows for Indian preference in hiring, the Cowlitz Indian Tribe does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, sex, national origin, physical handicap, marital status, politics, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization.


Please mail or email resume and cover letter to:
Human Resource Department

Cowlitz Indian Tribe

P.O. Box 2547

Longview, WA 98632