ARCHAEOLOGIST

Recruitment #19-S4-2009

Job Description

The Loudoun County, Virginia Department of Planning & Zoning is seeking an experienced specialist to review and make recommendations on the evaluation and preservation of historic and archaeological resources associated with land development applications in a large and expanding multifaceted community. Loudoun County has a rich cultural history that spans at least 12,000 years of land use and settlement, which is reflected in the large number of surveyed archaeological and heritage resource sites in local and state databases. The County’s fast-paced growth at the forefront of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, coupled with progressive preservation policies, creates meaningful challenges and opportunities for the successful candidate to recommend and carry out protection, interpretation and stewardship of these sites. The position also assists with implementation of the County’s comprehensive plan through a countywide Heritage Preservation Program and coordinates with heritage resource organizations, state officials, agencies and departments.

Job Requirements

Requires any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology or Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology or related field and four years of directly related work experience. Field experience in the Mid-Atlantic region is a plus. Progressively responsible work experience at a level that required independent analysis of cultural resources, environmental regulations, and application of the principles, practices, and methodologies of the archaeology profession is preferred. Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) certification is desired.

Special Requirements

This position requires an analytical thinker with practical knowledge of the principles, practices, and methodologies of the archaeology profession such as the Virginia Department of Historic Resources’ Guidelines for Conducting Historic Resource Surveys and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The ability to manage a high case load, prioritize tasks and meet critical deadlines is required. Must have strong written and verbal communication skills as well as the ability to adapt to a variety of situations including frequent interactions with staff, applicants, top governmental officials, and citizens. Field work at undeveloped properties and construction job sites is occasionally required. Some attendance at night meetings after normal business hours is expected.

Post Conditional Offer Contingencies

This position requires a valid driver’s license and driving record check. Teleworking is an option after successful completion of probationary period.

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