Underwater Archaeologist, Partner Development


HJF is seeking an Underwater Archaeologist, Partner Development, to support the Defense POW/Accounting Agency (DPAA), Partnerships and Innovations Directorate. The underwater archaeologist, Partner Development will shape, execute, and improve professional and programmatic actions pertaining to DPAA’s partnership development related activities. They will propose solutions to improve the productivity and efficiency of the program. Position location is open to affiliated DPAA locations, such as Hawaii, Omaha, NE, and District of Columbia (DC). 


  • Assists with the planning and implementations of field activity related partnerships to contribute to DPAA’s mission.
  • Coordinates partner related field activity efforts including on occasion high level individuals or sensitive situations.
  • Occasionally travels for partnership development, mentoring, and/or assistance or other activities as required by DPAA.
  • Complies with all DPAA requirements for reporting and coordinating all plans and results through all appropriate channels.
  • Protects organization’s value by keeping information confidential.
  • Work directly and independently with clients.
  • May perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned or directed by the supervisor. This may include attendance of and participation in required training for role.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Must have comprehensive knowledge of mission planning, execution, oversight, and logistical support.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of DPAA field activity requirements is strongly preferred.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the theories and practical applications of archaeology.
  • Experience performing tasks under tight deadlines and managing shifting priorities.
  • Must have skills to communicate clearly and precisely in both writing and speaking. Successful analysts also need good listening skills to understand the organization’s problems and propose appropriate solutions.
  • Must use Interpersonal skills to work as a team toward achieving the organization’s goals.
  • Must use problem-solving skills to think creatively in solving problems as each situation is likely to present unique challenges.

Physical Capabilities 

  • Lifting: Requires lifting materials up to 10 lbs.
  • Ability to stand or sit at a computer for prolonged periods.
  • Ability to withstand climatic extremes, and high altitudes as needed.
  • Ability to backpack long distances in extreme terrain while carrying significant amounts of equipment and supplies, yet still be able to perform manual labor for extended periods of time.


Work Environment

  • This position will take place primarily in an office setting.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Doctoral Degree strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of more than 10 years experience required.

All HJF employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination or an approved religious or medical accommodation will be required.

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, education and credentials, a criminal background check, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check if applicable. Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer. 

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.

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