Alaska Inland and Coastal Cultural Resource Job Aids

The Alaska Inland and Coastal Cultural Resource Job Aids are two-page visual aids that provide simple, straightforward guidance on how to appropriately and respectfully identify and report observations of cultural resources during spill/incident response. The two versions are intended to correspond to the overarching structure of oil spill response in the United States – inland response led by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and coastal response led by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). Each form provides a definition for cultural resources, color photos of representative examples of cultural resources, and directions on what to do if one observes cultural resources when in the field. There are prompts on the form for the type of information that is critical to record, and guidance on photographing and documenting location information. The job aids were developed for incident response professionals assigned to SCAT teams, incident command, etc. They may be used in coordination with a designated Historic Properties Specialist (HPS) if one is assigned, or on incidents where no HPS is assigned. As designed, they are easily customized to other regions/agencies.

These Job Aids were produced in partnership amongst the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance, National Park Service Alaska Regional Office, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Coast Guard, State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources Office of History and Archaeology, State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, and Chickaloon Native Village.

The project was supported by a generous grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior Inland Oil Spill Preparedness Program (IOSPP). Laminated hard copies can be obtained by contacting Shina duVall, Regional Archeologist at the Alaska Regional Office of the National Park Service at Please note, when printing a Job Aid, do not change the scale of the document to maintain the accuracy of the scale provided on the forms.

Alaska Inland Cultural Resource Job Aid
Alaska Coastal Cultural Resource Job Aid

Alaska Job Aids Video
Watch this video to hear from cultural resource professionals, Tribal leaders, and agency personnel about why it is important to consider and protect cultural resources during incident response and how to do it using the Alaska Inland and Coastal Cultural Resource Job Aids.

Alaska Job Aids Video
Alaska Job Aids Video with Text Narration

Cultural Resource Job Aids Toolkit
Do you like the Job Aids but you’re not in Alaska? Or you have an idea for how they can be used in other ways? The partners who developed the Alaska Job Aids have developed a toolkit for use by other entities or regions to customize their own Cultural Resource Job Aids. The toolkit includes a ‘Tips and Tricks’ guidance document, as well as Interior and Coastal folders with blank InDesign files, fonts, and image tables.

Tips and Tricks for CR Job Aid Templates
Alaska Interior Job Aid Template Folder
Alaska Coastal Job Aid Template Folder