Position: cultural anthropologist/ethnographer

Historic Preservation Program / Bureau of Arts and Culture / Ministry of Community and Cultural Affairs / Government of the Republic of Palau. This position is under the supervision of the Palau Historic Preservation Officer (HPO) and provides guidance and advice to the HPO relating to Oral History and Ethnography.  The primary responsibilities include assisting and supervising (when required) the Oral History/Ethnography Section of the Bureau of Arts and Culture/Palau Historic Preservation Office to record and index the oral histories and traditional laws of Palau for the purposes of preservation and education, and to assist in meeting the responsibilities mandated by the Title 19 of the Palau National Code (PNC), and Section 106 of the U.S. National Historic Preservation Act (16 USC 470).  The Palau Cultural Anthropologist will also be responsible for other program-related tasks that may be required by the Palau Historic Preservation Office.

This is a national level contract position funded by a Historic Preservation Fund Grant administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service (NPS). Compliance with all applicable U.S. federal laws and regulations is required in the course of duty.

**APPLICANT MUST BE A U.S. CITIZEN OR CITIZEN OF AN ASSOCIATED PACIFIC ISLAND NATION (Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Republic of the Marshall Islands).

JOB STATUS: Full Time – Contract for 2 years (renewable annually).  Salary:  U.S. $40,000-$45,000 annually depending on education and experience.

BENEFITS: Housing excluding water and electricity.  15 days annual leave and 15 days sick leave per year, and holidays.  Transportation for worker and family (family is limited to spouse and dependent children) from origin, and returning to origin, upon completion of the contract. Moving expenses (moving from origin point and return to origin point upon completion of the contract) will be allowed up to a maximum of one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500.00) total expense and two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500.00) for married couple with dependents. Medical and Life Insurance are optional after a probationary period.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: February 5, 2013 or until position is filled.

POSITION STARTING DATE: Negotiable, but an early start date (March 2013) is preferred.

– Works in the Oral History and Ethnography Program Area.

– Conducts two ethnographic survey and inventory projects (or approved equivalent projects) annually, and supervises the collection of oral histories undertaken in tandem with the program’s archaeological surveys.

– Develops priorities, work plans, personnel responsibilities, time allocations, required budgets and equipment needs for carrying out oral history and ethnography tasks.
– Maintains and expands the computer database for the oral history and ethnography program area and trains staff in its use.

– Designs, develop and implements educational programs that reflect the significance and importance of oral history and the ethnographic aspect of historic preservation.

– Continues the compilation and publication of the oral histories and traditions of Palau with the assistance of the Palau Society of Historians.

– Assists in developing educational programs required of the Historic Preservation Program.

– Is responsible for the Project Review Process; Reviews and critiques private contractor preservation and site assessment reports.

– Seeks funding opportunities and writes grant applications.

– Helps to develop or modify historic preservation regulations, as needed.

– Performs other related tasks that may be required by the Historic Preservation Officer.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: The applicant must have a graduate degree in Anthropology with a specialization in Applied Cultural Anthropology or a closely related field, PLUS a minimum of two (2) years of full-time professional experience (including at least six months of field work supervised by a professional Cultural Anthropologist) applying the theories, methods, and practices of Cultural Anthropology that enables professional judgments to be made about the identification, evaluation, registration, documentation, or treatment of historic, prehistoric, or traditional cultural properties; AND products and/or activities that demonstrate the successful application of acquired proficiencies in the discipline to the practices of historic preservation. Applicant must have at least one year of full-time professional experience at a supervisory level.

Products from previous work may include but are not limited to:

– Ethnographic field studies and survey reports, oral histories, or social impact assessments.

– National Register documentation of ethnographic resources or traditional cultural properties resulting in property listing or determinations of National Register Eligibility.

– Publications, including articles in regional, national, or international professional journals, monographs, books, chapters in edited books, or audio/visual and internet based products related to the documentation and preservation of historic and archeological resources, and/or traditional cultural properties.

– Presentations at regional, national, or international professional conferences, symposia, workshop or exhibits related to the documentation and preservation of historic and archeological resources, and/or traditional cultural properties.

– Professional services on boards or committees or regional, national, or international professional organizations concerned with the documentation and preservation of historic and archeological resources.

– Awards, research grants, research fellowships, or invitations to teaching posts.


– Demonstrated skill and success in program or activity management.

– Demonstrated skill in public speaking and/or writing for public audiences.

– Demonstrated ability to maintain positive, productive relationships with a wide array of work colleagues, members of the public, and affiliated organizations.

– Training and/or demonstrated skill in interpretive and educational program development and execution.

– Competency in the operation of computers and computer software relating to word processing, database/GIS programs and/or spreadsheets.

– Anthropological fieldwork experience in the Pacific, preferably Micronesia.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS: Selection procedures used to evaluate an applicant’s qualifications will include review and evaluation of the application and any required supplemental material, and may include an oral interview, and reference checks. Selection will be based on a combination of academic qualifications, field experience, and products. Applicants will be notified when screening has been completed. This job vacancy has been fairly and widely advertised for soliciting qualified applicants for the position.


1. Cover letter that includes the following information:

a) Your experience working with elderly citizens and/or any community groups associated in your work; and

b) Your reasons for wanting this position.

2. Curriculum Vitae

3. Medical Clearance/Health Certificate from Origin*

4. Police Clearance from Origin* and

5. Two passport size photos*.

*By law, the Medical Clearance/Health Certificate, Police Clearance and photos must be submitted to process the required work permit for the Republic of Palau.


Palau Historic Preservation Office
Bureau of Arts and Culture
c/o Dwight Alexander, Director
P. O. Box 100
Koror, Republic of Palau, 96940
Telephone: (680) 488-2489
E-mail: histpres@palaunet.com


Paula Falk Creech
American Samoa and Micronesia
Program Manager
U.S. National Park Service
333 Bush Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA.  94104
E-mail: paula_creech@nps.gov

* The successful candidate will need to mail a hard copy of the completed application to the Palau Historic Preservation Office upon acceptance of the position.

  • Employee will be required to hike to and work in remote areas under difficult environmental conditions including high heat and humidity and inclement weather.
  • Personal publications by the Anthropologist that are of a research or technical nature and that have been derived from work conducted in the course of her or his duty as the BAC Cultural Anthropologist must acknowledge financial support from the Republic of Palau and NPS. At least one final copy of any such publication must be provided to the BAC and NPS. NPS and the U.S. Department of the Interior shall have a royalty free right to republish any such material.

NONDISCRIMINATION NOTICE: This program receives U.S. federal funds from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Regulations of the U.S. Department of the Interior strictly prohibit unlawful discrimination in Departmental Federally Assisted Programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, age or handicap. Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any program, activity or facility operated by a recipient of Federal assistance should write to: Director, Equal Opportunity Program, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, P.O. Box 37127, Washington, DC 20013-7127, USA.

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