Job Listing: Tribal Preservation Officer

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Pamunkey Indian Museum & Cultural Center - King William, VA

Closes - Open until filled

Position Title – Tribal Preservation Officer

Salary - $58,000 - $65,000 per year

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  • Bachelor's (Required)
  • NHPA, NAGPRA, NEPA, or ARPA: 1 year (Required)
  • Eastern Woodland Tribes or mid Atlantic region: 1 year (Required)
  • tribal government and/or tribal community: 1 year (Required)
  • Work authorization (Required)

Job Summary:

The Preservation Officer is a full-time position (1 FTE) under the Pamunkey Indian Tribe’s Cultural Resources Department. This position will be tasked with managing federal, state, and local regulatory consultation projects that may impact significant cultural and historic resources on and off Pamunkey Indian lands. The Officer will serve as the representative and liaison for the Pamunkey Indian Tribe regarding these consultation projects under the guidance of the Chief and Council and will report directly to the Cultural Resources Department Director. The Officer will establish policies, guidelines, and processes to direct and manage the Tribe’s various Tribal Historic Preservation initiatives located off and on Tribal lands. The Officer will primarily work from the Pamunkey Indian Tribal Resource Office on the Pamunkey Indian Reservation in King William, Virginia.

Job Responsibilities:

Manages the day-to-day operations of the Tribe’s various historic preservations initiatives as outlined below;

Coordinates the development and implementation of policies and procedures for consultation processes regarding federal and state undertakings that may impact important cultural and historic resources off of Tribal lands to include the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA), and other applicable federal, state, and/or local preservation codes and laws as necessary;

The Officer will also coordinate the development and implementation of policies and procedures for these same federal and state undertakings that may impact important cultural and historic resources on Tribal lands;

In consultation with the Cultural Resources Department Director, develop and implement a Historic Preservation Plan for the Pamunkey Indian Reservation and other Tribal lands as appropriate;

Survey and inventory culturally and historically significant properties, sites, and landscapes located on and off Tribal lands;

Develop GIS map and corresponding database of these surveyed significant properties;

Identify and nominate properties to the National Register of Historic Places;

Develop and implement policies and procedures for additional applicable programs as required;

Manage consultation with federal agencies on federal undertakings that may affect historic and cultural properties located both on and off Tribal lands;

Serves as the tribal representative on consultation projects with federal and state agencies, as well as local governments and organizations on the development and implementation of any plans (e.g., MOU/MOAs) to protect, manage, reduce, or mitigate harm to historic and cultural resources and properties the Tribe defines as significant;

Advise and assist federal and state agencies and local governments in carrying out their historic preservation responsibilities as related to Tribal consultation and engagement;

Cooperate 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;

When requested and necessary, provide public information, education and training, and technical assistance in historic preservation;

Perform grant management duties for grant funded programs to include monitoring and evaluation to ensure program success, programmatic reporting, financial reporting, and budget modifications/adjustments as needed;

Works with the Tribe’s Chief Financial Officer and Cultural Resources Department Director to maintain appropriate financial, procurement, and property records to manage and report expenses;

Develop partnerships and collaborations with appropriate educational, professional, and museum organizations;

Assists the Cultural Resource Director with collection management;

Additional duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Abilities:

Ability to perform detailed work with a high degree of accuracy and flexibility;

Ability to use tact, discretion, and courtesy in dealing with staff, tribal citizens, volunteers, and the public;

Ability to respond effectively to management direction and adapt to frequent changes, delays, and unexpected events;

Able to learn and follow complex written policies, procedures and compliance guidelines;

Thorough knowledge of the region and socio-economic and cultural variables impacting the people and the area therein;

Knowledge of planning, developing, and monitoring budgets;

Exceptional interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills, including in both professional and community settings;

Must have strong time management skills;

Must maintain strict confidentiality of sensitive data, records, and files, etc.;

Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite;

Ability to develop and manage electronic databases.


Masters of Arts or Science Degree in Archaeology, History, Anthropology, Historic Preservation, Historic Architecture (or a closely related field) with a minimum of two (2) years’ work experience or a Bachelors of Arts or Science degree with a minimum of five (5) years’ work experience in the fields listed above;

Knowledge in NHPA, NAGPRA, NEPA, ARPA and other applicable federal, state, and/or local preservation codes and laws;

Expertise and knowledge pertaining to Eastern Woodland Tribes (preferred) or Native history within the Middle Atlantic Region;

Experience working with Tribal governments and Tribal communities;

Experience managing complex projects and multi-stakeholder situations

Preferred experience in grant writing, grant management, program development, and program management.


NHPA, NAGPRA, NEPA, or ARPA: 1 year (Required)

Eastern Woodland Tribes or mid Atlantic region: 1 year (Required)

Tribal government and/or Tribal community: 1 year (Required)


The position requires the ability to carry out the noted essential job duties as outlined above. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the Tribal Preservation Officer.

Supervisory Relationships:

Tribal Preservation Officer reports to and shall receive general direction from the Cultural Resource Director. They will show initiative in carrying out assigned duties and responsibilities in a professional and businesslike manner, consistent with Pamunkey Indian Tribe policies and Federal and VA State program requirements.

Indian Preference:

Qualified persons with Indian Preference are given priority for this position. If you are claiming Indian Preference, you MUST submit documentation verifying Indian Preference. Examples of verification documentation include: Certification by an authorized representative of the tribe, band or other organized group of Indians, a Tribal membership card or a Tribal voter registration card.

Other Details:

Benefits: Medical, Holidays, and Paid Time Off

Schedule: Monday to Friday, 8:00AM – 4:30 PM

Work Location: Pamunkey Indian Reservation

Benefit Conditions: After completion of 90 Days Probation Period

Work Remotely: Hybrid

Ability to commute/relocate: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Preferred)

Subject to a background check upon hire