The BAER Cultural Resources Specialist assesses previously known and incidentally discovered archeological and culturally significant sites to determine wildfire damage, potential emergency stabilization treatments and treatment impacts, and provides recommendations to stabilize and prevent further historic property sites degradation and avoiding historic site degradation from emergency stabilization treatments.


        Identifies cultural resources, including, but not limited to historic sites and structures, cultural landscapes, archeological sites and traditional cultural properties affected by the wildfire.

        Assesses cultural resources, focusing on:

o          Known cultural resources.

o          Proposed emergency stabilization treatment areas.

o          Soil movement areas.

        Assesses site stability of known and newly found cultural resources.

        Proposes emergency stabilization treatment for cultural resources threatened by further degradation.

        Reviews all emergency stabilization treatments for cultural resource issues.

        Prepares the Cultural Resources Burned Area Assessment including objectives, issues, observations, and recommendations.

        Coordinates initial National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Section 106 compliance procedures.

        Recommends monitoring for treatment effectiveness. .

        Provides confidential spatial data sets to the GIS Specialist for project mapping.

        Prepares the Cultural Resources presentation for public, agency administratorís and close-out meetings and briefings.

        Receives assignment from zone dispatch. Requests from dispatch the following:

        Prepares and delivers the close-out briefing burned areas assessment summary.

        Prepares copies of the resource field assessment notes, maps and other drafts and delivers to the Documentation Specialist as part of the documentation package with sensitive data/notes should be identified and possibly returned to the local specialists-not to be included in the documentation package.




        Technical skill as a GS-0193-09 Archeologist

        Knowledge of the principles and methods of archeological assessment, survey, excavation, mapping and theory.

        Experience in the design and conduct of survey and site evaluations of various cultural resources using professional methods and techniques for thorough systematic acquisition of data.

        Knowledge of the laws and regulations pertaining to cultural resources and natural resource operations on federal lands (Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the Archeological Resources Protection Act and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act).

        Skill in communicating and working with Tribes, land managers, State/Tribal historic preservation offices, museums and universities, agency personnel and the public for the exchange of data, policy/procedures, and other concerns as they relate to cultural resources.

        Ability to compile and summarize in written form cultural resource information for specific geographic area

        Ability to assess wildfire and post wildfire effects to cultural resources.

        Ability to quickly and efficiently locate and synthesize relevant technical information from local land use plans and local and community sources.

        Basic understanding of the potential effects of wildfire on natural and cultural resources and public health and safety





o    Annual Fire Safety Refresher Training

o    Introduction to Fire Behavior (S-190)

o    Fire fighter Training (S-130)

        Additional training which supports development of knowledge and skills

o       Introduction to Incident Command System (I-100)

o       Wildland Fire Suppression Orientation for Non-operations Personnel (S-110)

o       Basic Incident Command (I-200)

o       Interagency BAER Techniques course

o       GPS for ICS

o       GIS (Arcview or ArcGIS)

o       Interagency Helicopter Training Guide (S-271)

o       Incident communications and radio training


Prerequisite Experience


        Cultural Specialist (CULS)

        One satisfactory performance as a Burned Area Cultural Resource Specialist trainee.


Physical Fitness




Position currency can also be maintained by successful performance a Cultural Specialist (CULS).