Walla Walla Main Street is Hiring a new ED!

The Downtown Walla Walla Foundation is seeking an Executive Director. The Executive Director reports on a monthly basis directly to the Downtown Foundation Board that consists of thirteen (13) members of the Walla Walla community. The Executive Director supervises the staff of three as well as any part-time staff or volunteers who do work for the DWWF. The Executive Director maintains records and reports for the DWWF, establishes technical resource files and libraries, participates in personnel and project evaluations and prepares regular reports for the State Main Street program and the city of Walla Walla. The Executive Director monitors the annual program budget on a day-to-day basis and works with executive committee to prepare an accurate picture of the progress and success of the organization

The Executive Director is responsible for the development, conduct, execution and documentation of the DWWF. This person is also the principal on site staff person responsible for overseeing the coordination of all program activities as well as representing the community locally, regionally and nationally as appropriate. The executive director helps facilitate the maintenance of a vibrant, economically viable downtown area by using the National Trust for Historical Preservation’s comprehensive Main Street methodology and structure and encourages cooperation between individuals and groups to accomplish the organizations goals


  • Develop, in conjunction with the DWWF Board of Directors, strategies for downtown economic development utilizing the community’ human and economic resources.
  • Become familiar and develop productive relationships with individuals and groups directly or indirectly involved in the downtown commercial district.
  • Initiate and develop an actual action plan for implementation that are focused on design, historic preservation, promotion, organization/management and economic restructuring.
  • Develop and maintain a close relationship with city officials and staff to insure that all aspects of downtown revitalization efforts are compatible with the goals and objectives of the city’s comprehensive plan.
  • Coordinate the activities of the DWWF committees and ensure the communication between committees is well established while assisting the committees with the implementation of their work plans.
  • Coordinate and participate in ongoing public awareness and educational programs designed to enhance appreciation of the downtown’s architecture and other assets and to foster and understanding of the DWWF’s goals and objectives. Through speaking engagements, media interviews, and appearances keep the DWWF viable in the community.
  • Help build strong and productive working relationships with other non-profit economic development associations and governments to benefit the economics of the valley. The groups include the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance, The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce, Visit Walla Walla, the County of Walla Walla and the Port of Walla Walla.
  • Assess the management capacity of major downtown stakeholders groups and encourage participation in such activities and/or undertake joint activities such as promotional events, advertising, uniform store hours, special events, business recruitment, parking management, etc.


  • The Executive Director should have education and/or experience in several of the following areas: architecture, historic preservation, economics, finance, public relations, design, journalism, planning, business administration, public administration, retailing and/or volunteer or non-profit administration.
  • Entrepreneurial, energetic, imaginative, well organized, and capable of functioning effectively in an independent situation
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work with a variety of individuals and organizations, and to work toward consensus among people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience recruiting and managing volunteers
  • Experience working with boards or commissions
  • Experience in the use of computers and basic software applications

The salary is to be determined by qualifications. Compensation also includes a company IRA with matching contribution, and medical and health benefits.

The position will remain open until filled. The DWWF is an equal opportunity employer.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a resume and letter of interest to paul@wwts.bz or mail to Paul Schneidmiller, 11 South First Ave. Walla Walla, WA. 99362


Wisaard Q & A

Q: What is the best way to search for a person to add to the Project Contacts? 

A: We suggest that you  search by last name only. Simply type the last name in the Find People to Associate field in Project Contacts and the system will provide options for you to choose from. If a person is not in the system, you will not be able to add them. Only DAHP staff can add people to Wisaard.

Q: I am trying to submit my EZ-2 and Wisaard keeps telling me to “select an address from the list of options?” What should I do?

A: This issue stems from the migration of the data from old Wisaard to new Wisaard. In order to pass validation you simply have to delete the address and retype it. As you retype the address, you will notice that the system provides options for you to choose from. This is what it means to “select an address from the list of options.” You must select one of the options in order to move forward. If you have entered the address and the option you need does not appear, or the system says “not able to map that address” please contact DAHP as this is not an error that EZ-2 users can work around without assistance.

TIP: When you are entering an address, no punctuation is required, and in fact, the less punctuation the better. Capitalization is also not necessary. Example: 262 main st ritzville

TIP: Numbered streets are not spelled out so go ahead and use the actual number. Example: 262 5th ave tacoma


New Guidance from the ACHP

Federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation releases guidance about Section 304 of the National Historic Preservation Act and Section 9 of the Archaeological Resources Protection Act which can protect sensitive information about historic properties and archaeological resources. Details



Wisaard Q & A

Hi All, time for another installment of Wisaard Q & A!

This just in! DAHP staff will be going on the road in October and November to hold several  training sessions for consultants that use Wisaard.  We hope to visit Spokane, Tri-cities, Vancouver, Seattle, Olympia. Stay tuned for dates and exact locations.

Q: What is the format for Township Range Section and Site ID and how do I get the Wisaard to zoom there on the map?

A: This exact format must be used in the search bar: T14R02W01. This is for Township 14 Range 2 West Section 1. There must be two digits for each number. If it is a single number a zero must be added. You must choose east (e) or west (w) for the Range, and it does not matter if any of the letters are upper or lower case. There cannot be any spaces or special characters or it will not work. When you begin typing the system starts searching and will continue to search as you keep typing. Continue entering the text until the system provides the correct option, then select it and it will zoom. If you click the Enter key without selecting the provided option, it will not work.

For Archaeology Site ID you must type the two letter county code and 5 digit number. KI01249 for King County site 1249. Continue entering the text until the system provides the correct option, then select it and it will zoom.

Hint: Even though cemeteries and Register properties have Smithsonian numbers, they cannot be searched in this field. 

You cannot, at this time, search for GPS coordinates.

Q: What is the maximum size for report uploads?

A: The maximum size for report uploads is 100 MB. If you try to upload something larger, there will not be an error message. It may even look like the report uploaded, but it has not. If you have a report larger than 100 MB please contact DAHP staff for instructions.


NEW Wisaard Features to Launch week of August 22!!!

Instead of Q & A this week, we are excited to announce that we will be launching several new features the week of August 22.

  1. You will be able to create a PDF of a historic property inventory form for printing!
  2. You will be able to export search results into a PDF or into an EXCEL spreadsheet!
  3. The archaeology site form and traditional cultural places forms will now be completed online! You will be able to draw the site boundary directly in Wisaard or upload a GIS shape file!

As always, be sure to contact us if you have any questions. See our website for the latest.


Timber Barons and Stately Manors – Aberdeen








Timber Barons and Stately Manors

There is some very lovely architecture in Aberdeen. Here is your chance to see it up close! Take a tour guided by local residents.


NPS Grant to Washington State Parks

Washington State Parks was recently awarded a grant from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) to evaluate protective treatments for Western Red Cedar Shingle and Shake roofs. The grant award is $29,400. Ten grants were awarded to a wide range of planning and research projects across the country. Congrats to State Parks!

More information about the NCPTT


Archaeology Month 2016

We are pleased to announce the celebration of October as Washington State Archaeology Month.    Please see our  public service announcement and feel free to share with others.  As your local media outlet to run it on your local TV station.

During this special time, we promote a variety of archaeological related events across the state, which focus on the general importance of protecting Washington’s rich archaeological heritage.

Please feel free to contact Russell Holter at (360) 586-3533 or at Russell.Holter@dahp.wa.gov should you have any questions about Archaeology Month.  We look forward to working with you for another successful year.

For a look at previous years Archaeology Month posters click here. If you would like a copy any of the previous year’s poster, please contact Beverly Ubias at (360) 586-3077 or Beverly.Ubias@dahp.wa.gov.


Wisaard Q & A

Greetings! I was on vacation last week so there was no post. I had a lovely time in the Canadian Rockies. Saw two grizzly bears! Good stuff. Kim

Q: Where is Ranch on the historic property inventory form styles menu?

A: DAHP  categorizes Ranch as a Form/Type, not a style. A Ranch form can have many different styles. A Ranch that has no particular stylistic features is just a Ranch form, leave the style field blank or use No Style. If it is a Ranch that has a style, use one of the styles in the Modern Movement category. For example, a Ranch is a Form/Type that can be Early American or Storybook etc….See this helpful guide for more info: Georgia Ranch House Guide.

Q: What is the best size for photos to be uploaded into Wisaard? 


A: Photos have a physical size and a file size. The physical size in measured in pixels. The file size is measured in kb or MB. I have found that images at least 1500 pixels wide work best for enlarging to get a better view. If the photo is 1500 pixels wide, the height will vary depending on the ratio and the file size will vary depending on the resolution. 72 dots per inch (dpi) works fine. The file size will vary depending on the physical size and resolution. For example, a photo that is 1500 pixels wide x 900 pixels tall x 300 dpi will have a larger file size than one that is 72 dpi, even if they are the same physical size. Photos should always be in JPEG format.


Senior Archaeologist Position – Colville Reservation

Basic Duties:

Incumbent’s responsibilities in this Exempt position will entail both office and field work. The incumbent will prepare scopes of work and budgets for projects. Incumbent will conduct archaeological fieldwork (i.e., survey/inventory, evaluative testing, mitigation, and treatment activities) on a project-by-project basis. Incumbent is expected to have experience in all phases of archaeological projects and understand site recording, mapping, photography, and site interpretations. Experience using GPS and GIS technology, graphic programs, and either lithic analysis or historic-era artifact analysis is preferred. Incumbent conducts documentation of archaeological sites, including site mapping, preparation of all field forms, screening of artifacts during testing projects, and post-field artifact processing. The incumbent prepare reports following the end of fieldwork. Incumbent may serve as a Field Director or Crew Chief on specified projects if necessary. Incumbent will review Section 106 compliance letters and documents. May be required to supervise or assist in the training of less experienced staff in field procedures and methodologies. Other duties as assigned.

For more info and to apply: https://recruiting2.ultipro.com/CON1040/JobBoard/2a415691-6161-1afa-8275-c3b2e3629a9c/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=cda20fe3-9906-4c7d-9108-97e19b37ad9d