Social Anthropologist – Subsistence Mapping, Northwest Arctic Borough
Supervisor: Project Coordinator
Location: Kotzebue, Alaska
Salary: $50,000 to $55,769 annually DOE
Benefits: Medical, Dental, PERS, and Life Insurance
Classification: Partially exempt (2-year grant funded position)
Hours Per Week: 37.5 hours (full-time) 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Deadline: Position is open until filled.
See recent job posting here: http://www.nwabor.org/jobs/
- 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
- 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 ArcGIS, 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.
- Knowledge of research methods, peer review of research methods, and implementation of research methods.
- Strong cross-cultural communications skills.
Note: this is a grant funded position over a two year period. The
project may be expanded contingent on securing additional grant funds.
- 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.
- Provide written and verbal reports to the project coordinator,
planning director, mayor, assembly, planning commission, and/or funders
on a regular basis and upon request.
- 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 coordinator, consultants, communications with federal,
state and regional organizations, donors, and working with staff in
Kotzebue and village sites.
- Mentor project staff and community members to promote an understanding of social science and project issues/opportunities.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Work with the public, staff, industry and agencies to identify
both Important Ecological Areas (IEAs) and Potential Resource
Development Areas of the region.
- 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.
- 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.
- Keep a weekly log of activities for statistics and monthly reports.
- 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
- Performs other duties as assigned.
To apply, please fax or email the attached Northwest
Arctic Borough Employment Application and your resume or curriculum
Subsistence Mapping Coordinator
Northwest Arctic Borough
163 Lagoon Street/P.O. Box 1110
Kotzebue, Alaska 99752
ZStevenson @ nwabor.org