Archaeologist (Tribal Liaison) Repatriation Program

The Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) invites applications for the Repatriation Archaeologist (Tribal Liaison) position. The Archeologist serves as a museum representative to Native American tribal representatives in the mandated consultation phase of the repatriation process in the Department of Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution. In this position, you will: Conduct repatriation-related research and associated outreach activities related to the inventory, documentation, tribal consultation, and repatriation of human remains, archaeological objects and ethnographic objects from one or more subregions of the United States. Generate and present scholarly documentation necessary to make decisions concerning the repatriation of human remains and objects in the collections; and produces relevant database management records and written reports as needed. Apply activities mandated by the repatriation provisions of the 1989 federal legislation establishing the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI Act, 20 U.S.C.Sec.80q [PL 101-185]) and its amendment in 1996 (PL 104-278). Provide tribal consultations to include outreach activities that involves travel to Native American communities and to other locations beyond the immediate scope of repatriation.

This position will be offered as a permanent Federal position and the position will be filled at the GS-11 level, which starts at $78,592 per year. U.S. citizenship is required. For complete requirements and application procedures go to or and refer to the following: Open to public candidates: Announcement number: 23A-JW-309089-DEU-NMNH URL: Open to current/former federal candidates: Announcement number: 23A-JW-309089-MPA-NMNH URL: All supporting documentation must be received online by 5/30/23. Applicants will be notified by email when their applications are received. To learn more about the Repatriation Program and Department of Anthropology, please view the respective websites: and 

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