Archaeological and Museum Collections Manager (Heritage Resource Specialist III)

Join the Park Authority and our nationally recognized team of professionals! The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is seeking an Archaeological and Museum Collections Manager to be a part of one of the most highly regarded park systems in the country. With more than 25,000 acres of parkland, nine RECenters, eight golf courses, three lakefront parks, and more, FCPA is an exciting organization to be a part of and there are many opportunities for staff to make a difference at every level.

Under general supervision of Park Authority Archaeology and Collections Branch, performs advanced, specialized cultural resource duties, including but not limited to the technical identification, evaluation, and documentation of museum and archaeological collections; responsible for managing archaeological and museum collections and curatorial tasks, as well as staff. Serves as subject matter expert for museum and archaeological collections. Curates and manages archaeological and museum collections and associated documentation. Provides information to the public regarding archaeological and museum collections issues; and provides technical information concerning archaeological and museum collections matters to county agencies, boards, and commissions. 

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position description.) 

  • Identifies, surveys, researches, and records cultural and heritage resources to make recommendations related to their study, preservation, planning and or development projects;
  • Researches, interprets, and records information related to the county's museum collections for the purpose of making recommendations on the preservation and interpretation of those collections;
  • Reviews and assists in developing revisions to the County's Heritage Resources Plan, Comprehensive Plan, and the Park Authority's Cultural Resource Management Plan;
  • Coordinates museum exhibit production activities;
  • Identifies and directs museum care for objects or collections within the collections facility, and coordinates this care with county staff as appropriate;
  • Maintains museum collections database both for all museum collections items, including accession files, photographic documentation, conditions assessments, and other curatorial information;
  • Researches and reports on issues related to an area of expertise;
  • Provides information to the public related through reports, publications, lectures, and meetings;
  • Provides professional counsel and administrative support to boards and commissions such as the Board of Supervisors, the Park Authority Board, the Planning Commission, the Architectural Review Board, and the History Commission;
  • Works with other county staff on team projects when expertise in a specialty area is required;
  • Assists in the establishment and revision of agency and division policies and procedures when expertise in a specialty area is required;
  • Develops Requests for Proposal, participates in selection of contractors, and monitors their work;
  • Represents the agency and county at meetings with boards, authorities, and commissions;
  • Recruits, trains, and schedules staff and volunteers;
  • Plans, directs, and evaluates the work of subordinate staff.


Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. 

  • The knowledge, skills and abilities in the lower levels of the Heritage Resource Specialist class series are also required.)
  • Expert level knowledge of archaeology, historic preservation, architectural history, or museum curation;
  • Expert level knowledge of local, state, and federal regulations, codes, and ordinances related to cultural resources in Virginia, which may include the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 (ARPA), Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (NAGPRA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the Virginia Antiquities Act;
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and methods of a specialty area such as archaeology, museum collections, or historic preservation, and the ability to effectively apply them;
  • Knowledge of laboratory and or field safety procedures;
  • Knowledge of historic classification methodologies;
  • Ability to train volunteers in the work methods of the specialty area to which assigned, and to monitor their work;
  • Ability to analyze and manage complex datasets using databases, spreadsheets, and statistical programs;
  • Ability to operate and maintain field equipment used in historic resource survey or curatorial facility;
  • Ability to communicate technical information effectively to a wide range of audiences;
  • Ability to set priorities and manage time efficiently.


Employment Standards

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a master's degree in history, anthropology, historic preservation, architectural history, historical architecture, archaeology, museum studies or other closely related field; plus four years of professional experience in specialized field such as such as archaeology, historic preservation, architectural history, museum collections, of which two years must have been in a supervisory role.  


  • Master’s degree or PhD in anthropology, archaeology, history, historic preservation, museum studies, material culture, or a closely related field with 5 or more years’ experience in directing or supervising the care of museum and archaeological collections at the equivalent of an HRS II.
  • Five or more years supervising or working with archaeological and museum collections projects in the Middle Atlantic region. 
  • Five or more years or more years of experience using computer applications as they pertain to archaeological and museum collections.
  • Five or more years working with public outreach as it pertains to archaeology/material culture/museum and archaeological collection . 
  • Five or more years’ experience with federal, state, and local historic preservation legislation and collections guidelines. 
  • Knowledge of guidelines, regulations, and best practices regarding museum and archeological collections.

Driver's license (required)

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, and child protective services registry check, and driver's record check to the satisfaction of the employer.  
Ability to lift 50 pounds and climb stairs and ladders. Ability to communicate orally and in writing. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.
Panel interview; may include exercise.
Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.  
Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

Salary Range
$46,000.00 - $79,000.00
per Year
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McLean, VA, 22107, US