Grand Coulee Dam Archaeologist position with the Bureau of Reclamation

Reclamation is advertising a GS-11/12 position for an archaeologist based at Grand Coulee Dam, which is in north-central Washington State about 90 miles west of Spokane.  Please see the job listing on USAJOBS:

The Grand Coulee Power Office (GCPO) Archaeologist oversees a cultural resources program that includes Grand Coulee Dam in Washington State and Hungry Horse Dam in Montana.  The job has three main responsibilities:

  • assisting Reclamation with its compliance responsibilities under the National Historic Preservation Act and other cultural resources laws;
  • functioning as a member of the Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS) Cultural Resources Program, which focuses on the impacts of reservoir operations & maintenance to historic properties; and
  • managing a collection of over 100,000 pieces of museum property.

In Washington, the GCPO Archaeologist interacts closely with the Colville Confederated Tribes, Spokane Tribe of Indians, Washington SHPO, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), National Park Service, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Some of the important stakeholders in Montana are the Montana SHPO, Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, BPA, and Flathead National Forest.  Skills in relationship building would be valuable.

The position is in based in Grand Coulee, Washington, which is one of four contiguous towns (Electric City, Grand Coulee, Coulee Dam, and Elmer City) with a total population of about 4000.  It is situated at the head of the Grand Coulee, a canyon carved out of the basalt and granite bedrock during the Ice Age.  Hiking, hunting, and other outdoor recreational opportunities abound.  Coulee Community Hospital, which just moved into a new facility, provides excellent health care.  Local amenities include two grocery stores, a small movie theater, and numerous shops.  Urban shopping opportunities are available in Spokane, Wenatchee, and Moses Lake, all of which are about 1.5 hours away.

If you are interested in a dynamic job that covers issues ranging from Depression-era structures to Native American languages to pictographs, please consider this position.

Please direct any questions about this position to the Reclamation Human Resources office as described in the announcement.


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