ADFG Subsistence research specialist position openings in Anchorage and Fairbanks

Date Posted: September 19, 2018       Categories: Uncategorized

Alaska History Military Survey

Date Posted: September 19, 2018       Categories: Uncategorized
Hi all,
I’m writing to you as your colleague and a member of the Governor’s Alaska Military History Museum Task Force. In an effort to better understand how Alaska’s military history is being collected, preserved, and interpreted we ask that you complete this survey and submit your responses as soon as possible so we can include some of the data in our interim report to the Governor next month.
Thank you for all you do. Please feel free to share this survey widely with any of your colleagues!

Angela J. Linn
Senior Collections Manager, Ethnology & History
University of Alaska Museum of the North
1962 Yukon Drive
P.O. Box 756960
Fairbanks, AK 99775-6960
TEL: (907) 474-1828
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums

Tales from Tanana Flats Lecture, ****POSTPONED, NEW DATE TBD****

Date Posted: September 12, 2018       Categories: Uncategorized

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AJA Thesis Abstracts Due 9/25/18

Date Posted: September 12, 2018       Categories: Uncategorized

The Alaska Journal of Anthropology (AJA) is seeking thesis and dissertation abstracts relating to Alaska anthropological research to publish in a future issue. Abstracts must be from 2016 or later.

Professors get after your students to submit their abstracts. Students, if you’re defending your thesis/dissertation this winter, get me your abstract by September 25, 2018. Friends and colleagues if you know someone who recently graduated, encourage them to submit their abstract. This is one of the easiest and best ways to share your research: 1) you don’t have to write anything new because you’re submitting the abstract you’ve already written; 2) your abstract gets published in a peer-reviewed journal; and 3) the abstract section of the AJA is free to download, so anyone can see it.

Abstract Submission Requirements:

  • AJA will accept BA, BS, MA, and MS theses and PhD dissertation abstracts for research on circumpolar arctic and sub-arctic anthropological research relevant to Alaska
  • Abstracts should be 200-500 words in length
  • Only the student who wrote the thesis or dissertation can submit the abstract
  • Abstract Submission Formatting:
  • Thesis Title (bold)
  • Author
  • Thesis or Dissertation, Degree, Year, Department, University
  • Hyperlink to download free .pdf of the thesis or dissertation
  • Abstract

Submittal of a thesis or dissertation abstract does not guarantee publication in the AJA.

Please email me at if you have any questions or comments. Thanks.


Monty Rogers

Archaeologist & Owner

Cultural Alaska

P.O. Box 200013

Anchorage 99520


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Kantishna Roadhouse listed in National Register

Date Posted: September 4, 2018       Categories: Uncategorized

The Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places added the Kantishna Roadhouse in Denali National Park & Preserve to the list on August 14, 2018.  The two-story log roadhouse, built in 1919 or 1920, is believed to be the oldest extant building from the Kantishna mining era as well as the oldest building standing in the park.  Its location around the confluence of Moose and Eureka creeks made the roadhouse the centerpiece of the small community when mining in the area revived after World War I.  The building started as a home for the Commissioner of the Mining District, but soon functioned as an unofficial government office, post office, and community meeting space.  The National Park Service acquired the building following passage of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act in 1980, and did stabilization work on it in 1989.

Alaska Historical Commission news

Date Posted: September 4, 2018       Categories: Uncategorized

The Alaska Historical Commission will meet by teleconference, with a center in Anchorage, on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The meeting center is at the Atwood Building, 550 West 7th Ave., Suite 104.  The commission will review applications for projects from Certified Local Governments (CLGs), and for predevelopment and development work on properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  The commission also will consider three nominations of properties in Anchorage for eligibility to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  The nominations are for the Greater Friendship Baptist Church, Kulis Hangar 1, and the Block 13 Army Housing Historic District.  The preliminary meeting agenda is posted  For additional information about the commission contact Jo Antonson, 907.269.8714 / jo.antonson[at]

African American Civil Rights Grants (NPS)

Date Posted: September 4, 2018       Categories: Uncategorized

The National Park Service is accepting applications for African American Civil Rights grants.  Projects can be for survey, documentation, education, interpretation and preservation of sites associated with the African American struggle to gain equal rights in the 20th century.  States, local governments, Alaska Natives, and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply.  The deadline is October 8, 2018.  For more information contact the State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants Division, NPS, 202.354.2020 or preservation_grants_info[at]

Applications are also being accepted for 2018 Underrepresented Community grants.  The competitive grants are for surveys and inventories of historic properties and development of National Register of Historic Places nomination.  States, Alaska Natives, and Certified Local Governments are eligible to apply.  The application deadline is November 1, 2018.  Information is available at 202.354.2020 or preservation_grants_info[at]

NPS’s Technical Preservation Services program has digitized and made over 1,000 Historic Preservation Fund grant products available to the public.  There are examples of design guidelines, economic impact surveys, historic structure reports and preservation plans.  The web address is, and then select “Historic Preservation Fund (HPF)” and the category you want to see.

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation fall webinar series announced

Date Posted: September 4, 2018       Categories: Uncategorized

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation has announced its fall 2018 Section 106 webinars.  “Meeting the Reasonable and Good Faith Standard in Section 106” will be offered October 25 and 30.  “Planning to Involve the Public in Section 106” will be offered November 13 and 15.  A new webinar “So you think you need a PA,” addressing common issues and questions regarding programmatic agreements that are to streamline Section 106 review of routine undertakings on federal lands, will be offered on December 11 and 13.  Descriptions and registration instructions are at  If you have any questions contact Tanya Devonish at tdevonish[at] .

New Release from The SAA Press!

Date Posted: July 11, 2018       Categories: Uncategorized

Out of the Cold  By Owen K. Mason and T. Max Friesen

Kindle® Edition Available!
The Arctic rim of North America presents one of the most daunting environments for humans. Cold and austere, it is lacking in plants but rich in marine mammals-primarily the ringed seal, walrus, and bowhead whale. In this book, the authors track the history of cultural innovations in the Arctic and Subarctic for the past 12,000 years, including the development of sophisticated architecture, watercraft, fur clothing, hunting technology, and worldviews. Climate change is linked to many of the successes and failures of its inhabitants; warming or cooling periods led to periods of resource abundance or collapse, and in several instances to long-distance migrations. At its western and eastern margins, the Arctic also experienced the impact of Asian and European world systems, from that of the Norse in the East to the Russians in the Bering Strait.


Cultural Resources Specialist Position at HDR in Anchorage

Date Posted: June 17, 2018       Categories: Uncategorized

HDR, Inc. has an opportunity in our Anchorage office for a Cultural Resources Specialist.

The primary duties of the Cultural Resource Specialist are to support clients with Section 106 compliance activities for a variety of development projects in Alaska. This is mid-career position that requires Secretary of Interior qualification as an Archaeologist at a minimum. The successful candidate will support clients with Section 106 and Alaska Historic Preservation Act compliance and coordination activities that may include agreement document preparation, finding of effect recommendations, consultation planning, fieldwork and associated reporting. The successful candidate may also serve as a task or project manager and subsistence researcher and reporter.

Candidates should be familiar with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), the Alaska State Historic Preservation Act, field study planning, execution, and documentation, preparation of state and federal land access permits, QC review and interpretation of field data, and the regulatory framework for cultural resource management in Alaska. The successful candidate should have some knowledge of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other environmental regulations that pertain to cultural resources.  The successful candidate will be familiar with cultural resources management, research and documentation; field work and technical writing; and consultation with tribal entities and diverse stakeholders. Candidates must be available for fieldwork and travel throughout Alaska. The successful candidate will work independently and assist senior scientists on larger projects. Must demonstrate commitment to data confidentiality agreements and professional ethics standards. Must demonstrate interest and willingness to learn and accept increasing responsibility for tasks.


Master’s degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, Historic Preservation or closely related field is required. Alaska-based fieldwork required; familiarity with Alaska subsistence issues preferred.

Previous field- or office work experience in cultural resource management discipline required. Minimum of 5 years of experience with cultural resources projects, with at least 3 years as a Field Supervisor/Field Director.

Experience with Microsoft Office Suite required. Must be highly motivated self-starter with excellent, proven writing and communication skills. Experience working independently and with a team required.

Must be willing to work under varied weather conditions and participate in rural and urban field efforts with small and large teams. Experience with GIS processing and field tools preferred.

For more information and to apply online, please go to