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Senior Archaeologist/Project Manager

Richardson, Texas
Closing date
Dec 12, 2021

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Full Time
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At HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists. Thats why we believe diversity is our greatest strength. HDR is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer.

We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward.

Primary Responsibilities

In the role of Senior Archaeologist/Project Manager, well count on you to:
  • Serve as Principal Investigator and/or Sr. Project Archaeologist for cultural resources investigations ensuring compliance with Antiquities Code of Texas, National Historic Preservation Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and other applicable federal, state, and municipal regulations
  • Serve as primary author on cultural resource technical reports
  • Work with multi-disciplinary teams in our transportation, water, power, industrial, and oil and gas sectors in the South Central region and nationally to help plan, staff, and execute major CRM efforts
  • Work under the direction of the Cultural Resources Practice Leader as part of a regional team of archaeologists and collaborate with existing CRM team leaders responsible for managing archaeological surveys and site documentation, including feature and artifact identification and analyses; performing shovel test pits (STPs); site descriptions; photographs; and mapping
  • Write project proposals and develop project cost estimates
  • Must possess the technical knowledge to supervise archaeological field technicians and crew chiefs in field and office settings
  • Must be able to manage the production of professional quality reports for NRHP and NEPA compliance
  • Peer review draft reports and desktop background reviews produced by Project Archaeologists and other Principal Investigators before final content review
  • Perform other duties as needed


Required Qualifications
  • Master's degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, or a related field and a minimum of seven years' experience managing junior staff in field and office settings
  • Must have experience identifying and recording prehistoric and historic resources
  • Must have experience conducting testing, data recovery, and curation activities
  • Must be able to perform physically demanding tasks in adverse environmental conditions (e.g., rugged terrain, remote locations, hot and cold temperatures)
  • Must also have good organizational skills, a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and willingness to learn, and execute new tasks
  • Will be required to submit both a writing sample and verifiable references

Physical Requirements
  • Must be able to record cultural resources in the field without any physical assistance (this could include hiking short distances in scrub and native vegetation).
  • Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds without assistance.
  • Must be able to effectively communicate in person, by telephone and email.
  • Must be able to effectively work in minimally supervised and/or unsupervised environments.
  • Work hours other than 8 to 5 which may include weekends and/or night shifts
  • Must have a valid Texas Driver's License.
  • Be able to operate a vehicle day or night.
  • Approximately 30% travel required.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Technical specialization in one or more of the following: geoarchaeology, remote sensing, lithic analysis, historic materials analysis, and/or cemetery investigations
  • Experience managing archeological teams comprised of project archaeologists and field crew chiefs
  • Network of regional / national technical experts required for Phase II testing, Phase III mitigation and analyses
  • National Historic Preservation Act - Section 106 coordination management


At HDR, we know work isnt only about who you work for; its also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each others contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible. When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.
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