Wisaard Update

This is a notice that DAHP will take down the old Wisaard site on February 11. It will no longer be available through Secure Access Washington or through the public website. New Wisaard is up and running! See here for info!


Forest Service Outreach Notice for Archaeologists

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Position: 2 Archeologists (Target Grade is GS 7/9)
1 GS-0193-Archaeologist – Cle Elum Ranger District, Cle Elum, WA
1 GS-0193-Archaeologist – Entiat Ranger District, Entiat, WA

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest will soon be filling two GS-7/9 PSE Archaeologist positions. The positions will be supervised by the Heritage Program Manager, will be based on a ranger district but provide archaeological support to multiple ranger districts, and provide oversight to a seasonal field crew. The purpose of this Outreach Notice is to determine the potential applicant pool for this position and to establish the appropriate recruitment method and area of consideration for the advertisement. The jobs are not yet advertised but will be soon. Those who respond to this Outreach Notice will receive an email notice when the jobs are opened if they are not already posted.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Those who are interested in these positions must meet the federal Office of Personnel Management classification requirements for Archeologist (job series GS-0193-7/9). Qualifications are covered in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook. These standards are available on the Internet at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/index.htm.
Moving and Housing: Transfer of station costs are authorized only for current federal employees, no government housing is available. Please read the job announcement for more specific transfer of station information.
Anyone interested in further information should contact the following:
Okanogan-Wenatchee Supervisors Office: Powys Gadd, Heritage Program Manager, (509) 664-9394; FAX: (509) 664-9280; 215 Melody Lane; Wenatchee, Washington 98801; email: pgadd@fs.fed.us

GS-07 Duties: The incumbent will work for the Forest Heritage Program Manager and perform a wide range of cultural resource management tasks across multiple ranger districts. This is considered an advanced trainee position that will perform a variety of archaeological tasks while learning a variety of advanced skills, techniques, and procedures. The advanced training received will increase the incumbent’s ability to perform higher level archaeological work.
Assignments may include some or all of the following: conducts routine field survey in areas planned for such activities as timber harvesting, wildlife habitat improvement, road construction, and recreational development; prepares cultural resource reports and prepares recommendations to be incorporated in environmental analysis reports concerning possible effects that proposed resource management activities may have on existing archeological resources. Identifies and records archeological sites, prepares site location maps and site sketches, photographs artifacts, and writes daily field notes. Conducts prefield research by examining historical records, previous Forest archaeological research germane to the area, and professional archeological literature relative to the history, social structure, and living conditions of associated past cultures.
The incumbent should be capable of working independently and/or with a seasonal crew, and be able to complete projects in accordance with federal guidelines. They should have a background in archaeological theory and field methodologies. Knowledge of ArcGIS is desired but not required.
GS-09 Duties: The incumbent will work for the Forest Heritage Program Manager and perform a wide range of cultural resource management duties across multiple ranger districts. This includes field inventory, site documentation and National Register site evaluation, traditional cultural property identification, project and site monitoring, assisting with district project planning, evaluating impacts of forest management on cultural resources, recommending appropriate mitigation measures, and preparing project reports. The individual should have solid technical writing skills and knowledge of Section 106 and NEPA compliance and regulations. The incumbent will be expected to participate in district project planning meetings and provide Heritage input for NEPA.
The individual will provide technical and administrative support to paraprofessionals and/or a seasonal crew. This includes supervising and scheduling activities. The incumbent may help with the completion of Heritage Program goals that deal with non-project survey, assessments of site condition, monitoring, site stewardship and site preservation or restoration. The individual must have excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to work with volunteers and peers to meet project goals.
The incumbent should be capable of working independently and completing projects in accordance with national guidelines. They should have a strong background in archaeological theory and field methodologies, ArcGIS, and data management.
The incumbent may help with the completion of Heritage Program goals that deal with stewardship and public interpretation of cultural resources. The individual must have excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to work with volunteers and peers to meet project goals.

LOCATION: The two positions will work out of the Cle Elum and Entiat Ranger Districts respectively but will provide support to multiple ranger districts.
The Cle Elum Ranger District office is located in Cle Elum, Washington, on the west side of the Cascade Mountains in central Washington. It is located 75 miles east of Seattle, WA on Interstate 90. Cle Elum has approximately 1,800 residents. The population of nearby Ellensburg, WA (including Central Washington University students) is 14,230. Many employees commute from Ellensburg which is 30 minutes east of Cle Elum. The Cle Elum Ranger District is located on the “dry” side of the Cascades. The elevations range from 2300 feet in Cle Elum to over 9000 feet in the surrounding mountains. There are definitely four seasons. Mild and windy springs and warm to toasty summer days where temperatures can reach into the low 100s. Winter days can bring average temperatures that dip into the low teens in January and February. Annual rainfall averages from 22” closer to the crest of the Cascades to 10” near the Columbia River and sage steppe desert to the east. Other small communities that are nearby include Roslyn, Ronald, South Cle Elum, Easton, and Kittitas. The larger university town of Ellensburg is located 25 miles to the east on Interstate 90.
Additional Community and District information may be found at:
The Entiat Ranger District office is located in Entiat, Washington which is situated along the Columbia River in north-central Washington. It is 16 miles north of Wenatchee, 140 miles east of Seattle, and 150 miles west of Spokane. The city’s year round population is approximately 2,000 but it is just north of Wenatchee, WA which has a population of over 30,000. There are recreation opportunities for mountain bikers, hikers, motorcyclists, backpackers, hunters, fishermen, bird watchers and more.
Community and District information may be found at:
Forest Information:


Revitalize WA – Save the Date – April 25-27

Please join us for the annual Main Street/Historic Preservation conference! We would like to invite everyone in the cultural resources community, including consultants and CLG partners, to submit a session proposal for this year’s conference. We would love to hear what you are working on!

 More information and the Session Proposal Form

RevitalizeWA 2016 - Chelan - Save the Date


Spokane Preservation Advocates Old House Workshop Series – Small Houses, Big Changes!

SPA’s 2016 Old House Workshop Series will be held on three consecutive Tuesdays in February: the 9th, 16th, and 23rd. This year the theme will be: Small Houses, Big Changes!

The workshops will be held at Hutton Elementary School’s multi-purpose room, 908 E 24th Avenue, Spokane, from 6:00pm to 8:30pm.

February 9: Workshop I – Dr. Mark Anderson, Associate Superintendent of Spokane Public Schools, and Greg Forsyth, Director, Capital Projects and Planning, will introduce the series and give a brief history of Hutton Elementary. At 5:30pm, prior to the start of the workshop, they will lead a tour of the school. Next will be Spokane City/County Historic Preservation Officer, Megan Duvall introducing the series with an overview of the Small House topic. The workshop’s showcase presentation will be Architects Ron Wells, Ron Wendle, and Daniel Lazarek of Wells and Company. They will discuss with photos and stories, two projects in Vinegar Flats: an early roadside motel they transformed into small apartments and a small house design rehab. Q & A will wrap up the evening!

February 16: Workshop II will focus on Peaceful Valley small homes including the Franz Pietsch House and others. The history of the neighborhood will be discussed. Speakers will include: Linda Yeomans, Preservation Consultant, and Brian Westmoreland, of Authentic Restoration Services Inc. Q & A will close the night!

February 23: Workshop III will highlight three small house examples (1916, 1933 & 1940) with before-and-after pictures and details of rehab projects. Q & A to follow presentations. What’s in store for future OHW will wrap-up the series!

Tickets: $20 per workshop / $50 for the series. Tickets will be sold each night at the door (cash or check only) and online through our website. Here’s the link https://spokanepreservation.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/OldHouseWorkshopSeriesSmallHousesBigChanges/BuyYourTicketsHere/tabid/741571/Default.aspx

For more information see our website, www.spokanepreservation.org, or call (509) 344-1065.


2016 Training Opportunities for Cultural Resources


Sharpening our skills or finding continuing education training (whether for ourselves or others) should be a high priority.  To make this chore easier, we have compiled a list of activities in the Western United States or those that have special significance.  Please take the time to review the list and follow the links.  The following is a list of activities you should strongly consider participating in or send a delegate to represent your organization.  There are many other training opportunities on the East Coast and if you need more information you can either follow the links or contact me specifically about your needs.  The list is not comprehensive and you should check DAHP’s website for updates.  For more information contact Russell Holter 360-586-3533.

There could be scholarship opportunities available depending upon which course interests you.  Please enquire with DAHP or visit the website associated with each listing.


DAHP is Hiring!

Job Opportunity at the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation

The Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation is recruiting for a full-time position within our agency for a Transportation Archaeologist. The successful candidate will, as part of a team of two archaeologists, review all transportation-related projects in the state. Candidates must have a graduate degree and meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Qualification Standards for Archaeology.

If you’re interested in joining the staff of one of the most progressive and vibrant SHPO offices in the country, please follow the link to the job description and consider submitting your application.



Thanks all!!


Seattle City Light Intern Opportunity

Seattle City Light, a department of the City of Seattle, is one of the nation’s largest municipally owned utilities in terms of the number of customers served. Over the years we have worked very hard to keep Seattle’s electricity affordable, reliable, and environmentally sound. Today, City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.
The Environmental Affairs and Real Estate Division is seeking a Historic Preservation Intern to assist with projects related to several of City Light’s historic resources, among them the Georgetown Steam Plant (National and Seattle Historic Landmark), the Skagit River and Cedar Falls hydroelectric projects (listed on the National Register of Historic Places), and Seattle resources such as substations. Projects will range from populating an artifacts database to compiling a comprehensive historic context for City Light resources within our service area, following The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Identification. This position will report to the Manager of Natural Resources and Environmental Planning.

Educational Benefit:

This year-long internship will benefit the student by providing immersion into the field of historic preservation and providing them with a deep understanding of the profession’s standards.

Specifically, the intern will leave this internship with the following learning outcomes:

  • Ability to conduct extensive archival research and write historic contexts for several and/or single historic resources;
  • Manage and/or guide the treatment of historic resources;
  • Ability to conduct HP field work for survey forms and reports to a level suitable for submission to State and Federal agencies.





Nominations Sought for State Historic Preservation Officer’s Awards

The Washington state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) is seeking nominations for the 25th Annual Awards for Outstanding Achievements in Historic Preservation.  This awards program recognizes persons, organizations, and projects that have achieved distinction in the field of historic preservation.  Award recipients will be recognized at a ceremony held during National Historic Preservation Month, May 2016.  The ceremony is sponsored by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and will take place on Tuesday afternoon, May 17th, at the Pritchard Building in Olympia.

Nominations can be made in one of the following categories:  historic preservation planning, historic property rehabilitation projects, career achievement, public education, stewardship, special achievement media and cemetery preservation.  A nominee in this last category should demonstrate outstanding career achievement, stewardship, or a completed preservation effort in the context of preserving a historic cemetery.

Nominations for the State Historic Preservation Officers Awards must be postmarked or submitted to DAHP by Friday, March 18, 2016 at 5 p.m.  Nomination forms, instructions and other information about the awards may be obtained here or by contacting Russell Holter at 360.586.3533 or russell.holter@dahp.wa.gov.


Wisaard Phase 3 Rollout – Important Information

DAHP has scheduled the rollout of the new version of WISAARD/HPI for January 13-19, 2016. The transition to the new system will begin January 13 at 3:00 pm and is scheduled to be completed on Tuesday January 19th. You will not be able to enter data during this time. You will be able to view data that is in Approved status during this time as the current Wisaard platform will be available.

Please plan to save what you are working on by 5 pm January 12, 2016. All data that is entered into the current HPI will be transferred to the new system, including drafts. All data that is available in the current system will be available in the new system.

All current users will need to request the new service through Secure Access Washington. You can request the new service any time. Please see this website for instructions on how to request the new service.

If you need assistance  please send an email to support@dahp.wa.gov and someone will assist you as soon as possible.

Thank you all very much for your patience while we work through this transition.


2016 Revitalize WA Call for Sessions

When: April 25-27

Where: Chelan, WA

The RevitalizeWA Planning Committee is seeking session proposals for Washington’s annual Preservation and Main Street Conference.

The RevitalizeWA Conference, sponsored by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation in partnership with the Washington State Main Street Program and the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, is a two and a half day event focused on the preservation of historic commercial districts and economic revitalization efforts. The conference provides workshops, panel discussions, educational sessions, tours, a silent auction, networking receptions, and the presentation of the annual Excellence on Main Awards. The conference draws approximately 250 participants from throughout the Pacific Northwest.

We encourage everyone with an interest in Main Street or Historic Preservation to consider submitting a session! The deadline for submissions is February 17, 2016.

Proposal Form

Please join us in Chelan for Revitalize WA 2016 April 25-27!