Tribal Historic Preservation Officer

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DEPARTMENT: Administration




Under the general direction of the Tribal Administrator, manages departmental staff, coordinates with Qualified professionals, informs the Cultural Committee and performs complex, professional level functions which include planning, organizing and directing the coordination of the Tribe’s THPO program. The Tribal Historic Preservation Officer exercises oversight of the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Tribal Preservation Office to ensure the preservation, protection, curation and management of our ancestors, sacred objects, archaeological sites, properties and archives significant to Habematolel Pomo history and culture. This position may contain information that is security sensitive and thereby subject to additional provisions.


Primary NHPA-related Functions

Pursuant to Section 101(d) (2) of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), the Habematolel THPO has officially assumed several NHPA functions from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) for tribal lands. The management and completion of the following adopted functions will be the responsibility of the THPO and are further detailed in the THPO Preservation Plan:

  1. (A) in cooperation with Federal and State agencies, local governments, and private organizations and individuals, direct and conduct a comprehensive survey of historic properties on tribal trust and fee lands, and maintain inventories of such properties;
  2. (B) identify and nominate eligible properties to the National Register and otherwise administer applications for listing historic properties on the National Register;
  3. (C) prepare and implement a comprehensive tribal historic preservation plan;
  4. (D) advise and assist, as appropriate, Federal and State agencies and local governments in carrying out their historic preservation responsibilities;
  5. (E) cooperate with the Secretary of the Interior, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and other Federal and State agencies, local governments, and organizations and individuals to ensure that historic properties are taken into consideration at all levels of planning and development;
  6. (F) provide public information, education and training, and technical assistance in historic preservation
  7. (G) consult with appropriate Federal agencies in accordance with the NHPA (Section 106) on –
  8. i. Federal undertakings that may affect historical properties; and
  9. ii. the content and sufficiency of any plans developed to protect, manage, or to reduce or mitigate harm to such properties on both tribal and non-tribal lands;
  10. (H) attend trainings and conferences in historic preservation, NAGPRA, the NHPA, curation of archaeological materials, archaeology, history, archiving historical documents, or any other preservation-related topic or issue;
  11. (I) seek funding opportunities for any preservation-related project or task including, but not limited to, NHPA consultations, NAGPRA consultations and repatriations, archaeological curation and management, or archival document curation and management.


1. Responsible for all grant related activities of the THPO office, including, but not limited to, coordinating grant tasks, grant reporting, grant budget oversight, and maintaining grant status of the THPO program.

2. Directly supervises Tribal Historic Preservation Office employees.

3. Development and maintenance of the THPO Digital Inventory Database of significant properties.

4. Development and maintenance of an archive and digital database of significant Tribal documents, treaties, oral histories, recorded interviews, written accounts and other appropriate historical documents.

5. Meet as needed with the Habematolel Executive Council to provide updates;

6. Provide educational outreach to Tribal members on a regular basis regarding culturally significant topics.

7. Meet monthly with the THPO Advisory Review Board, to direct and advise them on Section 106 and National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) duties and events;

8. Monitor all development, maintenance, or other activities initiated by the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake that may impact cultural or historic properties on Tribal lands;

9. When appropriate, coordinate archaeological surveys of Tribal lands before projects commence (in accordance with Section 106 of the NHPA) in order to Identify and preserve archaeological and culturally significant sites/properties that may be affected by an undertaking. This information will be added to the THPO Digital Inventory Database.

10. Curate and catalog artifacts recovered from archaeological survey or excavation work or donated/recovered collections;

11. Develop and maintain a cooperative and professional relationship with other Tribes, Tribal historic preservation and repatriation organizations, as well as other appropriate agencies;

12. Develop and maintain a cooperative and professional relationship with the California State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO);

13. Develop and maintain a cooperative and professional relationship with the local units of government and non-Tribally owned properties within the designated Tribal lands;

14. Develop and maintain a cooperative and professional relationship with the National Park Service in carrying out THPO duties and activities.


Required Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are a representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. To perform this job successfully, an individual must meet the minimum qualifications.

1. Preferred: Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in Anthropology or History, or eight years of working supervision experience related to the work position.

2. G.I.S. skills are preferred.

3. Possesses training and knowledge in historic and cultural preservation laws, regulations, grants, and issues.

4. Must maintain a valid driver’s license with good driving record

5. Must be able to travel, sometimes frequently.

6. Must be able to adjust schedule as needed or required.

7. Ability to work well independently and with team members and other staff in a team- oriented environment.

8. A willingness to initiate contacts with new people.

9. Ability to comprehend and abide by Tribal, federal and other relevant environmental regulations/codes.

10. Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.

11. Ability to organize and maintain electronic and physical files.

12. Ability to read and interpret documents.

13. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

14. Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment with capacity to change priorities quickly.

15. Understands the social, educational, training and cultural needs of the Native community.

16. Demonstrated leadership experience.

17. Demonstrated computer literacy in Microsoft office products and internet research and communications.

18. Professional demeanor and appearance.

Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from committees, Council, governmental officials, groups of managers, Tribal members, and the general public.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.

Working Environment: This position requires work I a variety of surroundings, including general office environment, and in other physical locations, including outdoors and at various off-site facilities. The position requires the ability to remain calm in difficult circumstances and to be physically active for extended periods of time. Position requires mobility, frequent walking, standing, sitting stationary, and carrying of light items frequently.

INDIAN PREFERENCE: Native American Indian preference shall apply to the position pursuant to the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (24 U.S.C. 450, et seq.), 25 CFR 271.44 and other relevant laws (Title 25, U.S. Code, Section 472 & 473); in addition to the Tribe’s Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance (TERO).


Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake requires the successful completion of a drug screening of all potential Tribal employees before the scheduling of an interview. The Tribe recognizes that the State of California has legalized the use of marijuana. However, as an independent sovereign, the Tribe maintains a prohibition of marijuana by its employees. Therefore, marijuana use is prohibited, and all drug tests will include a screening for THC. Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Tribe Page 4 of 4

has a zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy, and employees will be required to sign a Consent to Drug and/or Alcohol Testing. Employees may be selected for alcohol/drug testing upon reasonable suspicion and upon any/all accidents.


Confidentiality is an absolute requirement for this position and is cause for immediate termination if not followed to the highest standard. Given the nature of the positions, violations of confidentiality may also violate applicable federal health privacy laws.


Preference in hiring is given to (1) qualified Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Tribal Members; and (2) qualified American Indians in accordance with Title 25, U.S. Code, Section 472 and 473. Applicants claiming Indian preference must submit verification of Indian eligibility with their application.


Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake

Executive Council

P.O. Box 516, Upper Lake, CA 95485