Job Posting: CalNAGPRA

Native American Heritage Commission


$9,463.00 - $12,140.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

NOTE: Posted salaries do not reflect pay reductions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Information related to salary reductions is available in Section 2113 of the CalHR Human Resources Manual.  
Under the direction of the Chief Counsel, the incumbent using broad discretion and superior judgment plans, manages, and oversees enforcement of the California Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (CalNAGPRA) and provides expertise and assistance to tribes, state and local agencies, museums, and higher educational institutions for compliance with the federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (federal act), Assembly Bill NO. 2836 and 25 U.S. Code section 3000. The incumbent will also provide expertise, enforcement, and legal research to draft regulations for CalNAGPRA and other cultural resources protection statutes enforced by the Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) and draft internal policies and procedures regarding enforcement and investigations under laws enforced by the NAHC. 

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

  • Overnight travel (15%) may be necessary depending on the length of a project or training.
  • Occasional statewide travel requiring the use of automobile and air travel.
  • Long periods of sitting at a computer workstation.
  • Incumbent will be provided with working space at NAHC offices, including desk, computer, and telephone.
  • Site visits may occasionally require walking on steep and /or even ground.
  • Short periods of standing, bending, and reaching.
  • Frequent use of computer related equipment and software applications, including Internet at a workstation.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
$9,463.00 - $12,140.00 A
$5,756.00 - $5,987.00 A
$5,763.00 - $6,579.00 B
$6,946.00 - $8,735.00 C
$7,818.00 - $10,028.00 D
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Yolo County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), created in statute in 1976, is a nine-member body, appointed by the Governor, to identify and catalog cultural resources (i.e., places of special religious or social significance to Native Americans, and known graves and cemeteries of Native Americans on private lands) in California. The Commission is charged with the duty of preserving and ensuring accessibility of sacred sites and burials, the disposition of Native American human remains and burial items, maintain an inventory of Native American sacred sites located on public lands, and review current administrative and statutory protections related to these sacred sites.

Special Requirements

Paper Application Submission:
Electronic application submission is preferred for this JC (Job Control). For those applicants who are unable to submit an electronic application, applications may be submitted in paper format but must contain the following information on the first page of the application in order to be processed and included in the applicant pool:

  • The JC number listed on the job posting
  • The classification title
  • Current CalCareer I.D. number (from your CalCareer account under the "CalCareer Account " tab)
  • NOTE: Applicants must not include confidential information on any documents submitted for a job vacancy. Examples of confidential information include Social Security Number, LEAP status, Equal Opportunity Employer information, exam results, salary, authorization to work in the US status, and criminal history.

Only required or requested documents in this Job Control will be reviewed and considered by the hiring unit. Please do not submit documents that have not been requested.

Please do not submit a second application by paper if you submitted an electronic application.


General Qualifications:

Ability to adhere to the general qualifications outlined in California Code of Regulations 2 CCR 172.

School Transcripts:
Application packages must include a photocopy or scan of official transcripts for the university/colleges attended where the required coursework was received. Failure to provide official transcripts may result in removal from the exam list. Applicants providing photocopies of scans of international official transcripts may need to provde an evaluation/translation from an educational credentials evaluation service to ensure the required coursework can be verified by the hiring agency.

Application Instructions

Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Native American Heritage Commission
Attn: Human Resources Office
C/O State Lands Commission
100 Howe Avenue, Ste 100-S
Sacramento, CA 95825-8202

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Native American Heritage Commission
C/O State Lands Commission
100 Howe Avenue, Ste 100-S
Sacramento, CA 95825-8202
Deliver application packages to the Receptionist Monday-Friday (excluding holidays) between
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • School Transcripts
  • Other - Applicant MUST submit responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire (SQ) below with their application package. The SQ serves as documentation of each applicant's ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing.  Completed SQ must be single-spaced, 12-point font, and not to exceed one (1) page in length. Resumes and cover letters do not take place of the SQ. Application packages received without the SQ may not be considered.

    The SQ should address the following:
    • Please explain how your education, experience, knowledge, or skills qualifies you for this position. Refer to the Duty Statement and Desirable Qualifications to write your responses.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
  • Experience working with tribes, agencies, museums, and/or higher education institutions on repatriations conducted under NAGPRA.
  • Experience working for or with California Native American tribes on Native American cultural resources legal issues.
  • Experience drafting regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of legal research software and legal research techniques.
  • Superior legal research, writing, and analytical skills.
  • Tact, superior judgment, sound discretion, and diplomacy.
  • Required Qualifications:          
             Active membership in the State Bar of California.


When you choose a career with the State of California, you receive a comprehensive benefits package in addition to your salary. You may visit the California Department of Human Resources website for more information on the State's benefits package.

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Human Resources Contact:
Darlene Hayashi
(916) 574-1497

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Mary Murray
(916) 574-1876
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Position Location

Conveniently located near the US 50/Interstate 80 Harbor Boulevard freeway exit.

1550 Harbor Blvd., Suite 100
West Sacramento CA 95691


Exam Information

Applicants must have list, transfer or reinstatement eligibility prior to hire. For information about exams visit CalHR’s website at:

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail