Archive for June, 2015

Cape Krusenstern National Monument Excavation receives 2015 John L. Cotter Award for Excellence in National Park Service Archeology

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200 Generations: On the Beach of their Time: Human-Environmental Dynamics at Cape Krusenstern National Monument, Alaska (2006-2014): Adam Freeburg (Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve) and Shelby Anderson (Portland State University) directed survey and testing of archeological sites found on the extensive beach ridge system at Cape Krusenstern. Dozens of NPS personnel and volunteers, and 66 students participated in the project. Freeburg and Anderson’s work correlated climatic and environmental variability with observable culture change and led to a better understanding of late-Holocene prehistory.

The project was noteworthy also for the public outreach and education efforts in several local schools and beyond, as well as creating the first detailed map of the thousands of archaeological features found on the beach ridges at Cape Krusenstern.

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Job Opening – Intertribal Cultural Resource Specialist

The Intertribal Cultural Resource Specialist will serve as a liaison with the urban Native American Community in Portland to increase opportunities for Native people to experience the region’s natural areas to help preserve unique tribal culture and identity. Metro supports efforts to expand opportunities for all people to enjoy Metro’s parks and natural areas.

The objectives of this limited position are as follows:

  • To work with the urban Native American Community in Portland to identify, catalogue and assess cultural resources on a Metro managed property in a way that includes Native history and acknowledges contemporary use of natural areas
  • To connect Native people to Metro managed land and seek ways to increase culturally relevant accessibility for the urban Native American community
  • To restore cultural connections and promote traditional land management practices that promote spiritual, mental and physical wellness for urban Native people
  • To identify ways that Metro can increase Native American utilization of Metro parks and natural areas as places of stewardship and community learning
  • To provide an avenue where Metro staff and the public can learn from Native traditional practices of land management

American Indian Tribes in the United States have a unique government-to-government relationship with the federal government that is set forth in the US Constitution. Currently there are 566 federally recognized tribes in the United States. Indian termination and urban relocation was the policy of the United States federal government from 1940 into the 1960s. Oregon tribal governments were impacted by the Western Oregon Indian Termination Act, or Public Law 588, that was passed by congress in 1954. During this time many tribal governments were abolished and their members were relocated to urban areas. Tribes that were impacted quickly mobilized to regain their recognition, but tribal government restoration efforts were lengthy and arduous leading many tribal members to relocate in urban areas.

These unique factors have made Portland the 9th largest urban Indian population in the United States, with over 40,000 tribal members representing 380 tribes. Therefore, in the absence of tribal governments to advocate for them, Native people are seeking new ways to interact with local governments to see culturally significant policy objectives achieved.

With over 17,000 acres of regional parks and natural areas, Metro is seeking ways to expand opportunities for all people to enjoy Metro’s parks and natural areas. As a part of this effort, Metro facilitated a conversation with members from the Native American Community to better understand how to increase opportunities for Native people to experience the region’s natural areas to help preserve unique tribal culture and identity. Metro sought input from members of Portland’s Native American community to develop this limited one-year position to complete a scope of work desired by the Native community.

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Fulbright – Info Sessions

Fulbright Flyer Summer 2015

Fulbright is looking for seniors, graduate students and recent graduates who have research or teaching goals,  leadership potential, a strong academic record (possibly with language skills depending on country needs), and a desire to contribute to mutual understanding of cultures.

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Call for Abstracts: SfAA Tourism and Heritage Student Paper and Poster Competitions

**The SfAA Tourism and Heritage Student Paper Competition**

Student papers should entail original research on the themes of “tourism” and/or “heritage” broadly defined, including topics such as heritage, archaeology and tourism, ecotourism, and cultural resource management. Top papers will be selected for inclusion in an organized paper session at the 2016 Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) Annual Meetings in Vancouver, British Columbia, and an award of $500 will be presented to the best paper in the session. Winning papers will also be considered for publication in the journal Practicing Anthropology.

Eligible students must be enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program at the time they submit their paper. Submissions must be original work of publishable quality. The work may be undertaken alone or in collaboration with others, but for papers with one or more co-authors, an enrolled student must be the paper’s first author.

The competition involves a two-step process. Step one involves the solicitation and selection of expanded paper abstracts (of 500 words or less; saved as a Word document) for the organized session. Abstracts must be submitted by SEPTEMBER 15, 2015 to the SfAA Office ( Students selected for participation in the session will then submit full papers for judging by the December 15, 2015 deadline. The winning paper will receive a cash award of $500 and will be honored at the 2016 SfAA Meetings in Vancouver. Email the SfAA Office ( or Melissa Stevens ( for more info.

 **The Valene Smith Tourism Poster Competition**

This is a special competition for the best posters on the theme of “tourism,” broadly defined, including topics such as heritage, archaeology and tourism, ecotourism, and cultural resource management, during the annual meeting. Posters are an excellent means of communicating your research and allow you to interact directly with others interested in your work. Three cash prizes will be awarded – $500 for first prize, and $250 each for two honorable mentions. Poster abstracts are submitted directly through the SfAA website ( Please go to the SfAA web site for additional information on the Meetings and the poster abstract submission process. You will also find a more detailed description of the Competition as well as information on the winners from previous years (click on “About SfAA” and go to “Awards and Prizes”). The deadline for the receipt of poster abstracts for the 2016 Competition is OCTOBER 15, 2015. Email the SfAA Office ( for more info.

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Planning and Sustainability Internship Opportunities – City of Portland

Planning and Sustainability Internship Opportunities – 

The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is currently offering several internship opportunities. The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) develops creative and practical solutions to enhance Portland’s livability, preserve distinctive places and plan for a resilient future.

Equal Opportunity

City of Portland (also referred to as the City) is fully committed to the concept and practice of equal opportunity and affirmative action in all aspects of employment.


Wages range between $15 and $16/hour, depending on experience.

All positions are classified as Community Service Aids, and limited to no more than 1,000 hours per calendar year. This is a seasonal/casual classification. Casual/Casual Other employees do not accrue vacation or sick leave, service credit, and are not eligible for health benefits.


Submit a brief cover letter and resume, by June 30, 2015. Please note in the letter which positions you are interested in. For each position review and respond to the specific qualifications in the position description and the GENERAL qualifications above. Mail or email your applications to:


The Comprehensive Plan Team, Public Testimony Coordinator

The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission will recommend a new Comprehensive Plan for City Council consideration in the fall of 2015. There will be a series of public hearings, and we expect a large volume of public comments in the form of letters, emails, and personal testimony. This position would help project staff catalog, track, and respond to public comments. Job duties would include filing, implementing systems to track public comments, identifying common themes, and drafting initial responses for more senior planning staff to review.

Qualifications, desired skills and experience:

  • Urban planning, political science, or public administration background
  • Interest in public policy development and legislative decision-making
  • Database management, strong Excel skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Fluency in a second language desirable

The position is roughly 20-24 hours a week through June 2016.

This position will work closely with the Help Line Coordinator (described below), the two Principal Planners overseeing the project, and the City Council Clerk.
Contact: Eric Engstrom, Principal Planner

The Comprehensive Plan Help Line Coordinator

As part of the Comprehensive Plan Update Project, there will be several significant amendments to the City’s zoning maps and codes in 2015. Public notices will be mailed to a large number of Portland residents and property owners in late summer or fall.  A help line will be set up to handle land use-related questions from the public and impacted property owners, by phone and at scheduled “office hours” at various locations (e.g., public libraries and senior centers) in the community.  This help line will be staffed by a team of several people, with a lead coordinator.   The coordinator will be responsible for ensuring that the help line is appropriately staffed. Tasks will include scheduling help line staff, assisting with training, and coordinating ongoing check-ins with staff to identify and address process issues. The coordinator may also offer general assistance to more senior public involvement and communications staff.

Qualifications, desired skills and experience:

  • Urban planning background or interest
  • Customer service experience
  • A good communicator with a variety of audiences
  • Ability to translate complex planning and zoning related issues into plain language
  • Fluent in both Spanish and English desirable
  • Highly organized and detail oriented

The position is roughly 20-24 hours a week through December 2015.

Contact: Deborah Stein, Principal Planner

Mixed Use Zoning Project, Project Intern

The Mixed Use Zones Project will develop new mixed use planning and zoning designations to help implement the ‘Centers’ and ‘Corridors’ concepts from the Comprehensive Plan Update. Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan proposes to focus commercial activity and a majority of new household growth in mixed use centers and corridors that will serve as the anchors of convenient, walkable neighborhoods. The project will focus on revising the development regulations for the city’s Commercial and Central Employment zones to better implement the Comprehensive Plan.  Job duties may include organizing, staffing and promoting advisory committee meetings and other public events; maintaining event calendars; organizing and summarizing information for presentations; data collection and organization; research, analysis and development of zoning-related materials; writing and editing summary reports and other products such as blog/social media posts, web copy, promotional flyers, newsletters and email blasts.

Qualifications, desired skills and experience:

  • Urban planning background or interest
  • Knowledge/interest in real estate development, urban economics, zoning code, architecture/design
  • Comfort in public situations and working with community, neighborhood or business groups
  • Web and social media savvy
  • Strong organizational skills

The position is roughly 20-24 hours a week through early 2016.

Contact: Barry Manning, Senior Planner


Code Development Intern

This position would support the policy and zoning code work conducted by the Bureau’s urban planners. The Code Development Section is responsible for coordinating amendments and improving Portland’s Zoning Code, ensuring that it is user-friendly and consistent with city policy, state law, and court rulings.  Responsibilities include collecting, organizing, and synthesizing data into easy-to-read and understandable formats, researching and analyzing multiple jurisdictions’ regulatory approaches, producing a variety of outreach materials (emails, press releases, promotional flyers, newsletters, web copy, social media and blog posts) and distributing to various stakeholders, residents and businesses, maintaining event calendars, promoting events and meetings, and providing logistical support for meetings, including meeting facilitation and note taking.

Qualifications, desired skills and experience:

  • Excellent writer and editor
  • Ability to conduct research online and follow-up with other city agencies or jurisdictions to clarify regulations and program
  • Comfortable in public situations and making clear presentations
  • Experience conducting research and summarizing key findings
  • Experience writing concise reports explaining technical information
  • Web and graphics skills
  • Familiarity with Sketchup

The position is roughly 15-20 hours a week through June 2016, with possible extension.

Contact: Sandra Wood, Code Development Studio Manager

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Students look to unearth history at Fort Vancouver

The Columbian published an article about the PSU Archaeology Field School today:

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Outstanding Teaching Award – Dr. Charles Klein

JEA Invite

Please join us for the 18th annual John Eliot Allen Outstanding Teaching Award Ceremony

Friday June 5, 3-5 PM, SMSU Ballroom

Anthropology’s winner: Dr. Charles Klein

Refreshments will be served.

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Trimet Lecture: Archaeological Finds on the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project

Archaeological Finds

June 3, Noon-1 p.m.
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave., Portland

Jo Reese, M.A., R.P.A., Vice-President and Senior Archaeologist of Archaeological Investigations Northwest, TriMet’s archaeological contractor, will provide an overview and highlights of archaeological discoveries made during construction of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project. The discoveries touch upon the region’s transportation history, Portland’s evolving urban development, early manufacturing/industries and ethnic neighborhoods in early Portland.

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First Thursday Lecture: Human Settlement of the Puget Sound Lowland at the Late Pleistocene-Holocene Transition as seen from the Bear Creek Site (45KI839)

The PSU Anthropology Department and the Anthropology Student Association invite you to join us on June 4th, for the last Archaeology First Thursday presentation of the 2014-2015 academic year.

Robert Kopperl (SWCA),  Amanda Taylor (SWCA), and  Kenneth Ames (PSU)  will present:

Human Settlement of the Puget Sound Lowland at the Late Pleistocene-Holocene Transition as seen from the Bear Creek Site (45KI839)

The Bear Creek site in suburban Seattle is the first archaeologically excavated site dating to the Late Pleistocene-Holocene (LPH) transition in Western Washington that has yielded lithic artifacts.  The information it provides regarding very early settlement, technology, and land use in the Puget Lowlands is therefore singular at this time.  Researchers will present the results of the 2013 large-scale data recovery excavation and subsequent analyses.

The presentation will take place at 4 pm  in Smith Memorial Student Union in Room 236.
We look forward to seeing you all here.

June 4 Bear Creek Presentation at PSU

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