Loudoun County, Virginia, “DC’s Technology Corridor,” is an innovative, globally competitive community known for its favorable business environment, exceptional quality of life, and strong sense of community. Located in northern Virginia, approximately 45 minutes northwest of Washington, D.C., Loudoun County is a thriving community of more than 336,000 residents. Loudoun has been one of the fastest growing communities of its size for two decades and over that time has developed a dynamic planning environment. The County offers a unique combination of a compact suburban community with mixed use centers offering new retail, entertainment, employment and housing in the east and a distinctly rural community in the west offering a combination of historic towns and country environments offering a vibrant rural economy with a growing number of farms, craft breweries and wineries. The Washington Metrorail transit service will open in 2020 and has brought with it new planning and community development opportunities. Loudoun also has a rich cultural history that spans at least 12,000 years of land use and settlement in the County reflected in the large number of surveyed historic and archaeological sites in the county and state databases. The County’s continued fast-paced growth coupled with progressive preservation policies and regulations brings both challenges and opportunities for the protection and interpretation of these sites. The Loudoun County Department of Planning and Zoning is seeking qualified applicants for the part-time position of Archaeologist. This position will have work responsibilities within the County’s land development application review process and will be responsible for reviewing required archaeological and heritage resource reports for county and state compliance. This will include conducting necessary site visits and preparing concise, objective referrals for legislative applications within the Department of Planning and Zoning and subdivision and site plan applications for the Department of Building & Development. The Archaeologist will primarily work with applicants, staff, engineers, developers, attorneys, government officials, and the general public to recommend avoidance and mitigation strategies as well as respond to general cultural resource and project-related questions. In addition, the Archaeologist maintains the County’s site database and artifact repository. The position also assists with the design of the County’s overall Heritage Preservation Program and coordinates with heritage resource organizations, state officials, and other agencies and departments. Applicant must exhibit excellent writing, presentation and analytical skills; the ability to communicate effectively with County staff, applicants and the general public, as well as elected and appointed officials; the ability to meet deadlines and maintain product quality while managing multiple assignments; and the ability to review and critique development proposals.
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in Archaeology or Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology and four (4) years of directly related field experience, including 6 months of administrative experience. A Master’s Degree in Archaeology or Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology with at least 2 years of field experience, preferably in the Mid-Atlantic region, is preferred. The applicant should have a practical knowledge of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources’ Guidelines for Conducting Historic Resource Surveys, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act , cultural resource management, land development, environmental regulations, land use planning, zoning, and the principles, practices, and methodologies of the archaeology profession. Preference may be given to applicants with experience in local government organizations, knowledge of planning and land use in Virginia, and/or the Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) certification.
Field work at undeveloped properties and construction job sites as required to perform duties. Some attendance at night meetings after normal business hours is expected.
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