Cultural Monitor

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Purpose of this Position: To serve a crucial function in the protection and preservation of Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake cultural and historic resources. The Tribal Cultural Monitor will work to avoid destructive ground disturbances by locating and identifying cultural resources and making in-the-field recommendations on mitigation measures. The Tribal Cultural Monitor will also oversee ground disturbing activities to prevent desecration of cultural resources during construction within the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake’s aboriginal territory or the Pomo Linguistic boundary. Independent work and judgment must be exercised to carry out the overall responsibilities. Additionally, this position will work with the Cultural Resource Department; Tribal Cultural Committee; federal, state, and local agencies and developers to protect and provide culturally appropriate insight to cultural sites, mitigation measures, and treatment and preservation or disposition of artifacts or any other items of cultural interest to the Habematolel Pomo.

Essential Duties:

  • Ensure the protection of cultural resources during pre-construction/development within the Pomo Linguistic boundary.
  • Ensure Native American remains and associated grave items are treated with appropriate dignity, according to Pomo traditions.
  • Act as liaison between archaeologist consultants and the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake.
  • Attend consultation meetings between governmental entities and Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake representatives regarding site protection mitigation.
  • Assist in evaluating Environmental Impact Reports/Studies for proposed development projects.
  • Conduct cultural surveys within the boundaries of Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake tribal properties or within the Pomo Linguistic boundary.
  • Prepare Habematolel Pomo Site Record Forms or other forms as determined by the Executive Council.
  • Assist in maintenance of historic and cultural properties inventory on Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake tribal lands.
  • Assist in the education of staff and contractors working on tribal properties with an awareness of cultural resources and observance of undiscovered cultural resources.
  • Assist in the education of governmental officials, property owners, and developers to create an awareness of the importance of cultural resources and observance and proper treatment of undiscovered cultural resources; assist the Tribe in forging alliances with neighboring persons and governments in cultural preservation.
  • Keep detailed notes and record information in appropriate format for Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake site protection records.
  • Produce daily and weekly reports of monitoring activities.
  • Travel to construction/project sites as needed. 

    Required Education:

  • High school diploma or GED required.
  • Some work experience preferred but not required.
  • Exposure to Native American culture and/or spirituality preferred.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and maintain a driving record that is satisfactory to the Tribe’s insurance carrier.Skills and Abilities:
  • Excellent communication skills in verbal and written form to communicate clearly with Cultural Resources Department, Cultural Committee, Tribal Government, federal, state, or local governmental agencies and archaeological consultants.
  • Effectively able to present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Strong interpersonal skills (both in person and by phone) using professional and courteous etiquette with cultural sensitivity to the diversity of a multi-cultural audience.
  • Maintains a high level of accuracy and confidentiality concerning Tribal matters by using tact, diplomacy, and an understanding of the organizational culture, climate, and/or politics.
  • Performs duties with high integrity and responsibility and able to recognize and protect sensitive information.
  • Ability to work in a rapidly changing fast-paced environment.
  • Must be able to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
  • Strong writing skills for writing reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
  • Able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
  • Able to compute rate, ratio, and percentages and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
  • Able to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Capable of interpreting a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications with the ability to use email, spreadsheets, database management software including internet software, and spreadsheet software.Physical Requirements:
  • Must be able to sit, stand, walk stoop, kneel, and crouch on a continuous basis.
  • Must be able to use hands and fingers to handle or feel work related items, manipulate (i.e., lift, carry, and move) light to medium weights of 10-50 pounds on a regular basis and over 50 pounds on an occasional basis, and/or perform heavy manual labor (occasionally in extreme weather conditions).
  • Sufficient hand-eye coordination, hand and finger dexterity including the ability to grasp items as needed, is required.
  • Visual acuity to operate equipment and read technical and safety information is a must.
  • Specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.Additional Conditions of Employment:
  • Must recognize, maintain confidentiality, and ensure security of sensitive Tribal Council matters and actions.
  • Ability to work with diverse population and with cultural sensitivity is required.
  • Hours worked may vary depending on special projects or as needed by the Department, including some evening, weekend, and occasional holidays.
  • Must be willing to sign the Tribe’s Non-Disclosure and Confidentiality Agreement and such other documents as the Executive Council may determine appropriate.