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Cultural Resources Specialist

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Cultural Resources Specialists, Oahu, Hawaii (Multiple Vacancies)

-Marine Corps Base Hawaii

-Bellows Air Force Station & Ka’ena Point Space Force Station

Multiple Cultural Resources Specialist (Research Associate III) positions are available with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii.

The Cultural Resources Specialist positions will support cultural resource compliance activities, prepare and evaluate National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Section 106 undertakings and documentation, coordinate and attend stakeholder meetings, and recommend cultural resource and compliance management activities to Command to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal regulations, as well as Department of Defense policies and procedures. A high degree of analytic acumen, initiative, and resourcefulness; proven leadership skills and team-building capabilities; and excellent oral and written communication skills are critical to success in this position.

The positions include a combination of office and field activities involving execution and oversight of cultural resources support tasks, including but not limited to, identifying, documenting, monitoring, and protecting cultural resources; preparing information and analysis in compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act and other historic preservation and environmental laws; managing cultural resources artifacts and records and geographic information; participating in historical research efforts; preparing and distributing material and assisting with consultation efforts; implementing treatment measures; developing and presenting outreach material; and facilitating safe public access to cultural resources.

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII: One Cultural Resources Specialist will provide on-site cultural resources management support for U.S. Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH). This position supporting MCBH will be duty-stationed at Kaneohe Bay with occasional travel to other MCB Hawaii installation areas, including Camp Smith, Pu‘uloa, Marine Corps Training Area Bellows (MCTAB), Camp Smith, Pearl City Annex, Manana Neighborhood Housing, and Waikane Valley.

MCBH LOCATION INFORMATION: Kaneohe Bay is located on the Mokapu Peninsula on the Northeastern coast of the island of Oahu. This area was initially a valuable agricultural area for the Kingdom of Hawaii with several home sites, fishponds, small ko’a shrines, and larger heiau temples. In 1918, Kuwaaohe Military Reservation was established by the U.S. Army. The military site experienced multiple deactivation, reactivation, and name changes between 1918 and 1939. In 1940, the U.S. Navy acquired much of the peninsula. On December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the station minutes prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Throughout World War II, the air station was a major training base in the Pacific Theater. Decommissioned by the Navy in 1949, the U.S. Marine Corps re-commissioned Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay in 1952.

BELLOWS AIR FORCE STATION: The second Cultural Resources Specialist shall provide on-site cultural resources technical support for the Department of the Air Force (DAF) and be duty-stationed at Bellows Air Force Station (BAFS) with frequent daytime travel to Ka’ena Point Space Force Station (KPSFS).

BAFS and KPSFS LOCATION INFORMATION: Bellows Air Force Station was initially established as Waimanalo Military Reservation in 1917, and later renamed Bellows Field, in honor of 2nd Lt. Franklin Barney Bellows, who was killed in action during World War I. This was also one of the sites involved in the December 9, 1941 attack. Bellows Field remained active throughout World War II, and became a separate permanent military installation in 1948. In 1973, a portion of Bellows was listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a site of archaeological significance with artifacts establishing this area as one of the oldest places of human habitation in the Hawaiian Islands.

Ka’ena Point Space Force Station sits on a remote ridge 1,500 feet above Yokohama Bay. KPSFS began operations in 1958 as part of the nation’s first satellite reconnaissance program. Today, KPSFS supports more than 185 satellites, performing mission operations around the world.

CEMML is a research, education and service unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University (CSU). CEMML applies the latest and most appropriate science to promote the sustainable management of natural and cultural resources on Department of Defense (DoD) and other public lands. We provide technical support, conduct applied research, and offer career development and learning opportunities to support resource stewardship. We collaborate with our sponsors and within CSU to resolve complex environmental issues, leaving a legacy of science-based decisions that sustain our resources for future generations. To learn more about CEMML’s contributions to land management, our mission, vision, and values, visit

PAY RATE: Annual salary range $84,000 – $100,000, commensurate with experience and qualifications. Relocation expenses may be available, conditions apply.


  • MS/MA degree in anthropology, archaeology, historic preservation, cultural resources management, history, or related field.
  • Meet the Secretary of Interior’s professional qualification standards (36 CFR, part 61) and/or applicable Office of Personnel Management (OPM) standards in accordance with Section 112 of the NHPA (54 USC 306131).
  • Minimum of two (2) years of post-graduate professional work experience that demonstrates a thorough understanding of the principles and theories of cultural resources management.
  • Experience should include a combination of professional knowledge and experience working with applicable federal (e.g. NHPA Section 106 and 110) and state regulations.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to conduct field work.


  • Highly qualified candidates will demonstrate expertise and knowledge working with U.S. federal historic preservation laws and regulations that govern cultural resource management, including eligibility analysis and assessment of effects, pursuant to National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Archeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA), and Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).
  • Prior experience advising and/or conducting NHPA Section 106 consultation with a State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and/or Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) in accordance with 36 CFR §800.
  • Greater than two (2) years of post-graduate professional work experience that demonstrates a thorough understanding of the principles and theories of cultural resources management.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of cultural resource issues on U.S. military installations and familiarity with Department of Defense, Navy, Marine Corps, and/or Air Force policies and procedures related to cultural resources management.
  • Demonstrate experience collating, tracking, reviewing, and preparing reports to ensure that all documentation and deliverables are complete and comply with professional/contractual standards.
  • Familiarity with osteological identification and analysis methods.
  • Professional cultural resources experience in the Pacific region, particularly the Hawaiian Islands

HOW TO APPLY: Prospective candidates should apply online at . Apply by December 5, 2022 for full consideration; position closes on 12/16/2022.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. CEMML/Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce, and complies with all federal and Colorado state laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action.

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