Two-Year Tribal Outreach Fellowship with Archaeology Southwest, Tucson


Two-Year Tribal Outreach Fellowship with Archaeology Southwest, Tucson

Two-Year Tribal Outreach Fellowship with Archaeology Southwest, Tucson

Title: Tribal Outreach Fellow (Wyss Fellow)

Location: Tucson, Arizona. We will provide any necessary technology and training to facilitate working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Work plans may be adjusted in order to maintain safe conditions.

Salary: $46,000

Classification: Exempt, reporting to the Landscape and Site Preservation Program Director

Application Deadline: October 18, 2020

Position Start Date: On or before January 1, 2021

Benefits: Paid Time Off (200 hours), health insurance, vision plan, optional dental plan (50% subsidized), 401k plan with 20 percent employer match, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance

What Is a Wyss Fellow?

The Wyss Foundation has awarded Archaeology Southwest a grant that covers about 80 percent of the expenses of this two-year fellowship. Archaeology Southwest covers the remaining costs.

  • The position is part of the Wyss Fellows Program, which provides campaign experience and training for individuals who seek to become future conservation leaders.
  • Fellows work at sponsoring organizations like Archaeology Southwest on a variety of projects and campaigns determined by the sponsoring organization.
  • Fellows also participate in annual week-long training programs hosted by the Wyss Foundation, where they have the chance to meet and learn about the work of other Wyss Fellows.

About Archaeology Southwest

Archaeology Southwest practices a holistic, conservation-based approach to exploring and protecting heritage places and landscapes. Archaeology Southwest is committed to respectfully engaging with American Indian Tribal governments and communities. In our workplace and activities, we are striving for inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, and identity. For more information, please visit

Fellowship Goals & Framework

The Fellow will participate in two years of intensive training within Archaeology Southwest’s Landscape and Site Preservation Program. The Fellow will assist with planning and implementing a campaign to establish the Great Bend of the Gila National Conservation Area. The Great Bend of the Gila is the region of southwestern Arizona from Buckeye to Yuma along the Gila River.

For information about the Great Bend of the Gila preservation efforts to date, visit this page on the Archaeology Southwest website.

Fellowship Processes & Activities

The Fellowship will receive 4–6 months of training in laws relating to cultural heritage stewardship. The Fellow will apply this training while working on the Great Bend of the Gila Campaign. The Fellow will also work with Archaeology Southwest’s staff and with Tribal and non-Tribal colleagues to implement the Tribal lands archaeological resource protection initiative ( that will launch after October 1.

The Fellow’s tasks will include:

  • Working with Tribes to identify and support specific Tribal interests
  • Organizing Tribal visits to heritage places in the Great Bend of the Gila
  • Facilitating Tribal communications with public land managers
  • Administering online surveys, focus groups, and partnership sessions for the Great Bend of the Gila Campaign
  • Creating management plans for ancient trails preserved in the Great Bend of the Gila
  • Using social media to promote the Great Bend of the Gila Campaign
  • Assisting with outreach to local communities, public land managers, and private landowners

For Archaeology Southwest: The Fellowship will advance Archaeology Southwest’s commitment to engaging Tribes in everything we do that affects Tribes, their ancestral lands, and their heritage.

For the Fellow: The Fellow will develop, integrate, and apply knowledge of heritage stewardship.


  • Life experience in an Indigenous community
  • Educational background (B.S. or B.A. awarded or in progress) in a relevant field (for example, archaeology, anthropology, communications, environmental studies, geography, community planning, etc.)
  • Personal commitment to heritage preservation or environmental conservation
  • Willingness and ability to travel throughout the Southwest
  • Communication, research, and task-management skills

To apply: Please go to to download the application. There is additional information about the position on that page.

The application requests basic personal information, a résumé, contact information for three personal references, and two written statements of about 300 words. One statement should describe your life or work experience in an Indigenous community, and one should explain how the Wyss Fellowship fits with your career goals.
Applications are to be submitted by email to by October 18, 2020.