The Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER), located administratively within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, is responsible for coordinating interdisciplinary ocean exploration expeditions and projects to search, investigate, and document unknown and poorly known areas of the ocean in order to advance and disseminate knowledge of the ocean environment and its physical, chemical, biological, and archaeological resources.
This position is to serve as a Maritime Archaeologist in support of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) as a marine archaeological Subject Matter Expert and, as such, will help provide the Office with scientific and technical support related to marine archaeology. As a marine archaeologist, the Associate Scientist will work closely with the Chief of the OER Science and Technology Division to help coordinate and oversee OER’s underwater cultural heritage (UCH) exploration activities. This position will be familiar with the principles and practices of marine archaeology including professional standards and practices and associated regulations, programs, and policies.
This position will provide guidance concerning UCH-related priorities and themes that OER supports through its Federal Funding Opportunity, the National Oceanographic Partnership Program, the Small Business Innovation Research Program, the OER Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute, and through other program activities. The Associate Scientist will be required to be cognizant of, and assess, evolving UCH exploration technologies and provide recommendations aimed at improving the pace and scope of OER’s UCH efforts. This position will be responsible for maintaining awareness of current and evolving protocols and means for access, utilization, and curation of UCH information and data by and for OER’s partners, academic institutions, relevant industry, state and federal agencies and programs, and the general public.
This position will serve as OER’s principal lead for both required Section 106 actions of the National Historic Preservation Act as well as serving as the OER lead to consult with Native American tribes that may have an interest in UCH projects planned and/or supported by OER. In doing so, this position will be familiar with the requirements of Federal regulations and guidelines for historical properties and archaeological resources including the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Marine Sanctuaries Act.