Susanville Indan Rancheria: THPO/NAGPRA Coordinator
OPENING DATE OF ANNOUNCEMENT:
May 8, 2023
CLOSING DATE OF ANNOUNCEMENT:
May 17, 2023
POSITION TITLE: THPO/NAGPRA Coordinator SUPERVISES: Yes
STARTING SALARY: $26.14 – $32.67 or Depending on Experience
FLSA STATUS: Non-Exempt
NUMBER OF POSITIONS: 1
HOURS: Full Time
BENEFITS: Highly competitive package *See below
SUBJECT TO P.L. 101-630: Yes This position works with and around our children and youth and is therefore subject to P.L. 101-630.
GENERAL STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
The THPO/NAGPRA Coordinator will do background research pertaining to cultural and environmental issues and assist assists with the day-to-day operations of the Natural Resources Department. The position will develop the Susanville Indian Rancheria’s (SIR’s) Tribal Historic Preservation Office by applying, implementing, and reporting on the THPO grant from the National Park Service (NPS); develop tribal codes and ordinances to protect cultural resources on tribal lands; review tribal and outside projects for adverse effects to tribal cultural resources; and plan and consult with federal, state, and local agencies regarding cultural resource protection.
THPO/NAGPRA Coordinator surveys inventoried sites and develops new inventories on tribal lands, as well as new Trust land sites; oversees cultural monitors who oversee aboriginal lands; and reviews cultural resource inquiries per NEPA, NHPA, NDOT, CEQA, etc., The THPO/NAGPRA Coordinator promotes cultural awareness and the need for cultural protection through education outreach and events for the Tribal community.
This position will coordinate the re-establishment of a Tribal Liaison Committee (TLC) and provide administrative support towards the implementation of a cultural resource protection plan. This will include developing tribal codes and ordinances to protect cultural resources on tribal lands; review tribal and outside projects for potential effects to tribal cultural resources; and consultation with federal, state, and local agencies regarding cultural resource protection.
The NAGPRA duties involve orchestrating the Northeastern Organizing and implement bi-annual Northeastern California Tribal NAGPRA Coalition (NECATNC): a Susanville Indian Rancheria (SIR) organized, culturally based, collaborative organization that strives for the return of certain Native American cultural items-Human Remains, Funerary Objects, and Objects of Cultural Patrimony tied to Northeastern California, Western Nevada) meetings, and Central California Tribes that are currently held in federal, state, private and international collections throughout the nation and world. Annually update SIR’s NAGPRA Strategic Plan.
SPECIFIC AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Coordinates meetings with Tribal Liaison Committee (TLC) for cultural resource site
identification, inventory, and to determine policy and protocol for the cultural resource
- Develop reports and minutes documenting TLC meetings and training.
- Review plans for tribal projects and develop mitigation plans to protect tribal cultural
- Develop Cultural Resource Protection Codes, Ordinances, and Resolutions.
- Advising and assisting in evaluating proposals for rehabilitation projects that may qualify
for Federal assistance.
Surveying and Inventory:
- Supervise and manage SIR’s Cultural Monitoring Program and maintain and update the 5-
year Site Heritage Plan.
- Coordinate with contracted archaeologist to conduct reservation-wide surveys of historic
properties and newly acquired lands and maintain inventories of those properties.
- Attends required workshops, meetings, and trainings.
Review and Comment
- Consulting with the appropriate Federal agencies in accordance with the National Historic
Preservation Act on Federal undertakings that may affect historic properties and the content and sufficiency of any plans developed to protect, manage, or to reduce or mitigate harm to such properties.
- Review incoming correspondence including cultural resource inquiries, public notices, and
the federal register, and respond to the appropriate agencies regarding cultural resource
- Research and obtain knowledge of tribal issues and applicable laws including the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (NAGPRA), the California
Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA),
the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA) and California Public Resource
Education and Outreach
- Research available funding for cultural resource identification and protection and assist staff
in the preparation of grant applications.
- Assist with developing educational programs including cultural resource education
campaign for public agencies.
- Conduct research to determine cultural sites within the ancestral territories of the tribes and bands associated with the SIR that are potentially eligible for inclusion on the National
Register of Historic Places (NRHP).
- Create and maintain a cultural resource reference library.
- Assist with other EPD programs, as necessary.
- Protect cultural resources associated with the tribes and bands of the SIR.
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)
- Conduct research from museum inventories /on NAGPRA-related cultural items important
to the SIR.
- Update the SIR’s THPO/NAGPRA Strategic Plan annually.
- Organizing and implementing bi-annual NECATNC meetings, disseminating minutes to
attendees and members of the NECATNC. Develop bi-annual reports regarding NAGPRA
research, museum visits, and training attended to date.
- Coordinate travel arrangements for NECATNC members to visit museums and attend
training workshops; develop interim and final progress reports for the grant.
- Consult with archaeologists, museum staff, college professors, and graduate students
regarding NAGPRA issues.
- Coordinate visits to museums for members of the SIR’s Tribal Government Liaison
Committee to meet with museum staff, review collections, and consult regarding NAGPRA
issues and concerns.
- Develop grant applications, work plan, and budget for the annual submission of SIR’s
- Submit reports in a timely manner to the National Park Service, the federal agency, with
whom we partner as a Tribal Historic Preservation Office and other potential partners
regarding the progress made on the described activities of a grant workplan during that grant period.
- Maintain SIR’s THPO & NAGRPA program by managing and applying for NPS THPO &
NAGRPA grants annually.
- Implement SIR’s Tribal Historic Preservation plan and update it annually.
- Assist with other Natural Resource Department programs, as necessary.
- Perform clerical and office management duties including preparing correspondence, forms,
letters, reports, filing and accounting for grant compliance.
- Other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
A. Ability to retain neutrality and confidentiality pertaining to information and cultural
resources of SIR associated tribes.
B. Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
C. Knowledgeable about Native American history and community relations.
D. Ability to initiate and complete work independently.
E. Ability to travel for work-related training, repatriation, meetings, and conferences.
F. Knowledge of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990
(NAGPRA), the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental
Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA) and
California Public Resource Codes.
- Must have a high school diploma or equivalent from an accredited high school.
- Must have a valid California driver’s license or license from current residence state.
- Must pass P.L. 101-630 background check OR pre-employment background check.
- Must pass a pre-employment drug test.
- Must have a valid CPR card or be able to obtain one within ninety (90) days of hire.
- (1) Four-year college degree in Archaeology or Anthropology, or related field.
- One (1) to three (3) years of similar or related experience.
- One (1) year of office setting work with computers, telephones, printers, copy, and fax
- Two (2) years of experience utilizing Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel,
PowerPoint, and Outlook.
- Must be able to relate to Native Americans and work well with the public.
PHYSICAL SAFETY: Copy and paste from the position description and modify.
WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Copy and paste from the position description and modify.
• Uphold all principles of confidentiality.
• Adhere to all professional and ethical behavior standards.
• Interact in an honest, trustworthy, and respectful manner with employees, visitors, and
1st Preference: Enrolled member of a Federally Recognized Tribe.
2nd Preference: Documented proof of Veteran Status, i.e., DD-214, Veterans Benefit Card.
3rd Preference: All other applicants.
SIR BENEFITS PACKAGE:
The Susanville Indian Rancheria offers its full-time employees a highly competitive benefits package, including annual cost-of-living increases (based on SSA COLA); eligibility for annual merit increases; twelve paid holidays; thirteen days paid sick leave; up to twenty-six days paid annual leave (depending on length of service); maternity leave; paternity leave; affordable group health, dental, vision, and life insurance; and 401(k) retirement plan.
HOW TO APPLY AND APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:
All applicants are required to submit a Susanville Indian Rancheria/ Lassen Indian Health Center application. Applications can be found on our website at: www.sir-nsn.gov/human-resources/ (SIR – LIHC – Gaming Commission Application for Employment P.L. 101-630 Requirements) or picked up at 745 Joaquin Street, Susanville, CA.
Only complete applications will be considered. For your application to be considered complete you must attach the following:
Completed Susanville Indian Rancheria/Lassen Indian Health Center Application.
Copy of your High School Diploma AND College Degree or transcripts documenting your graduation or completion of your Degree.
Copy of your valid Driver’s License.
Copy of any other certifications required.
Copy of Tribal Card, if claiming Indian Preference.
Copy of DD214 or other proof of Veteran status, if claiming Veteran’s Preference.
Complete applications can be dropped off in person to the Human Resources Office at 745 Joaquin Street, Susanville, California, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. They may also be emailed to email@example.com or faxed to (530) 251-1895 or mailed to the above address. All applications must be received by 5:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement.