Cultural Preservation Specialist


Recruitment #021424-MEAZ04-200600


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Summary Statement

This is cultural preservation work conducting and administering programs for the identification and protection of archaeological and historic resources. Duties include consulting with government agencies and various constituents concerning the effects projects may have on historic properties; reviewing archaeological work involving the identification, evaluation, and treatment of sites; engaging the public in educational programs on archaeology and historic preservation; and occasionally planning and conducting archaeological investigations.

Selective Requirement

Selective Requirements must be met in addition to the job requirements.  Applicants who do not possess the selective requirement will not be qualified.

  1. Four months of supervised field and analytic experience in general North American archaeology.
  2. One year experience at a supervisory level in the study of archaeological resources of the historic and/or prehistoric period.
  3. One year experience in conducting research which includes collecting data, analyzing data collected, and preparing a comprehensive report to achieve objectives of the research.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Review projects for and evaluate the eligibility of architectural, archaeological, and/or historical properties; review plans, proposals, reports, applications or property nominations; determine and recommend revisions, certification, approval, eligibility, alternatives to mitigate effects; write or review scope of work; provide technical and program direction and guidance.
  • Review and evaluate proposed work, work in progress, reports of completed projects, and previous project covenants and agreements to determine compliance.
  • Plan and conduct cultural resource/historic property surveys; identify and assess significance of historic, pre-historic resources; conduct research.
  • Plan and conduct archaeological excavations and analysis.
  • Interpret and explain state/federal historic preservation program laws, regulations, standards, and procedures, and technical aspects of historic preservation to property owners, federal/state/local agencies, contractors, consultants, and the public.
  • Write various activity, program, and research reports; prepare brochures, news articles,  or other public relations materials: and, present talks on preservation topics to the public  and other agency staff.
  • Review restoration and development plans for historic structures and make recommendations as to their compliance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
  • Coordinate public participation processes for historic and cultural preservation priorities; research and write program plans; and track implementation of plan priorities.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Cultural Preservation Specialist - Archeology
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas: 

  1. Possession of a Bachelors degree or higher in Archeology, Anthropology or related field AND (1) at least one year of work experience in archeological research, administration or management OR (2) at least four months of supervised work experience in general North American archeology.


Possession of a Masters degree or higher in Archeology, Anthropology or related field.

Conditions of Hire

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The State of Delaware Executive Branch participates in the Federal E-Verify system where the State will provide the federal government with each new hires Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. For more information refer to our job seeker resources.


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Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.

The State of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek out a workforce representative of Delaware including race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.