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Site Stewards are are volunteers dedicated to protecting and preserving cultural resources and the heritage of Arizona.
The Arizona Site Stewards Program is an organization of volunteers, sponsored by the public land managers of Arizona, whose members are selected, trained and certified by the State Historic Preservation Office and the Governor's Archaeology Advisory Commission. The chief objective of the Stewards Program is to report to the land managers destruction or vandalism of prehistoric and historic archaeological and paleontological sites in Arizona through site monitoring. Stewards are also active in public education and outreach activities.
Volunteer training involves 10 hours of classroom instruction and fieldwork. The training sessions include antiquity laws, crime scene management, site and feature identification, and map reading. The program seeks volunteers with strong interests in cultural resource conservation who like the outdoors.
Arizona Watch is the quarterly Site Stewards newsletter filled with news and information about the program. Read issues online.
A Site Steward’s primary role is to monitor archaeological, historical, and paleontological sites and report any looting/vandalism to the land manager. Site Stewards make an important contribution to preserving our cultural heritage by working closely with Federal, State, Tribal, County, and municipal agency staff and archaeologists. The Site Steward Program is designed to meet the interests and skills of the volunteers. Additional opportunities beyond monitoring may include:
Present talks within communities on the Site Steward Program or the preservation of heritage resources. Site Stewards may also participate in the following activities if they are in the direct, in-field supervision of a professional archaeologist:
State and Federal antiquity laws prohibit damage to archaeological and paleontological sites. Help protect Arizona's irreplaceable cultural resources by becoming a Steward of the past. To become a Site Steward, please fill out an online application at: http://www.azsitestewardprogram.com/online-application
Non-state employees who wish to be reimbursed for valid travel expenses must complete a W-9 form. You must also keep receipts and fill out and turn in the following form. There are two versions to choose from.
Download Travel Expense Form ( 571 KB PDF)
Download Travel Expense Form IE ( 764 KB Interactive Enabled PDF)
The IE version lets you fill out the form on the computer; it also calculates expenses for you. You then can print and save the completed form. You must print it and sign it and turn in your receipts.
The definitive guide with over 50 pages of important information. A number of forms are also included in this document, including: Vandalism Report Form, Discovery Form, Site Steward Site Date Form (OPS), Activity Log Form, Historic Property Inventory Form for Cemeteries and Graves, and the Photo Log Form.
Download Site Stewards Handbook & Training Materials ( 1.5 MB PDF)
Download Site Stewards Hourly Report for Site Visits ( 179 KB PDF)