Thursday, December 2, 2010

[EmergingEthnoNetwork] Fw: Re: Anthropologist position with the NW Arctic Borough - Kotzebue, AK

--- On Wed, 12/1/10, Nemer E. Narchi <> wrote:

From: Nemer E. Narchi <>
Subject: Re: Anthropologist position with the NW Arctic Borough - Kotzebue, AK
Date: Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 8:59 PM


Sent: Wednesday, December 01, 2010 8:17 PM
Subject: Anthropologist position with the NW Arctic Borough - Kotzebue, AK

For more information, please contact the Northwest Arctic Borough


Job Description

Notice Date:                      November 30, 2010

Job Title:                             Social Anthropologist – Subsistence Mapping

Supervisor:                         Project Coordinator

Salary:                                  $50,000 to $55,769 annually DOE

Benefits:                             Medical, Dental, PERS, and Life Insurance

Classification:                   Partially exempt

FLSA Classification:         Exempt

Hours Per Week:             37.5 hours (full-time)

Closing Date:                     January 10, 2010 or until filled




  • A 4-year college degree in social science, anthropology, or a related field of study appropriate for planning activities with local government in subsistence research and mapping.  Career experience may be substituted on a year-to-year basis.
  • Must possess basic computer skills including e-mail and Microsoft Office.
  • Must have a valid driving license.
  • Demonstrated research experience with strong communication skills, focus group facilitation, and participant interviewing.
  • Demonstrated writing skills and experiences to tabulate and document research data into reports and databases.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment with positive work ethics.
  • Must be well organized and able to work independently.
  • Professional experience in working with the general public and rural communities, regional entities, and state and federal agencies involved in the local to regional planning projects and/or development efforts.




  • Masters degree in social science, anthropology or a related field of study with four years of career experience in social sciences that includes identifying and addressing subsistence and/or cultural issues.
  • Borough residents, women or Inupiaq minorities, handicapped or veterans of the U. S. Armed Services.
  • Inupiaq language fluency preferred but not required.
  • Applicants who are familiar with the Inupiat Ilitqusiat philosophy and Northwest Arctic Borough communities and residents are a plus.
  • Trained in Arcs-GIS, Surveying, and/or Mapping preferred but not required.
  • Knowledge of subsistence issues and applicable federal laws and state regulations, including cultural resource and subsistence laws and regulations.
  • Knowledge or experience in government affairs, particularly Borough and municipal governments in Alaska.




Note: this is a grant funded position over a three year period.


  1. Provide support for and implementation to carry out the roles and responsibilities of the Arctic Mapping to Promote Marine Conservation in the Northwest Arctic Borough Project as outlined in grant narratives and budgets.


  1. Provide written and verbal reports to the planning director, mayor, assembly, planning commission, and/or funders on a regular basis and upon request.


  1. Working with project staff and partners, implement the project goal to document and map important habitats and subsistence uses to advance Arctic marine conservation that successfully integrates traditional knowledge and western science.  This includes coordination with project consultants, communications with federal, state and regional organizations, and working with staff in Kotzebue and village sites.


  1. Mentor project staff and community members to promote an understanding of social science and project issues/opportunities.


  1. Develop effective communication and relationships with the communities and residents of the region, and ensure effective community outreach and education regarding social science relating to subsistence and natural resource issues.


  1. Work with borough staff and partners to create a regional clearinghouse of existing data, maps, traditional knowledge and past studies that will be incorporated into a geographic information system (GIS) database and ensure the database will be updated with most recent information on an ongoing basis.


  1. Engage borough communities in the documentation of past through current/modern local and traditional knowledge (LTK) through community-based focus groups, individual interviews and review of existing data.  Compile, analyze and incorporate this information into a GIS database.  Facilitate positive relationships with regional communities for project implementation.


  1. Assist in completion of a peer and/or expert review of project reports/papers and the GIS database layers including elders and experienced subsistence users.


  1. Work with the public, staff, industry and agencies to identify both Important Ecological Areas (IEAs) and Potential Resource Development Areas of the region.


  1. Working with the borough staff as a team, publish reports, maps and an atlas of identified IEAs and supporting ecological information, and coordinate appropriate staff training to use the reports, maps, atlas and GIS database to address needs of the Borough.


  1. Ensure opportunities for community involvement and comment regarding subsistence issues at regulatory and advisory board meetings regarding borough, state and federal policy changes by: 1) completing and distributing effective preparatory and background work on any proposed changes, including how proposed changes could affect the subsistence lifestyle; 2) collecting and compiling public testimony; and 3) distributing testimony to applicable parties.


  1. Keep a weekly log of activities for statistics and monthly reports


  1. Schedule travel on a regular basis inside and outside of the borough for well planned trips to provide services, participate in training, workshops and to ensure communications and exchange of current information significant to village, regional, tribal, state, and federal entities.


  1. Performs other duties as assigned.


The Northwest Arctic Borough is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  The Northwest Arctic Borough is a Drug and Smoke free workplace.  Annual drug testing may required for this position.


Applications available from NAB Offices located at 163 Lagoon Street, Kotzebue, AK or requesting via telephone 907.442.2500, or on-line at  Resumes are also required.  Please submit applications to:


Northwest Arctic Borough

Attention: Human Resource Officer

PO Box 1110

Kotzebue, AK 99752

Fax 907-442-3740


Phone 907-442-2500 or 1-800-478-1110



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