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Cultural Resources Project Manager

HELIX Environmental Planning, Inc
San Diego County, California
Closing date
Aug 22, 2022

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Position Type
Dean / Department Head
Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Environmental Anthropology
Organization Type
HELIX Environmental Planning, Inc


HELIX Environmental Planning, Inc. (HELIX), a growing, California-based employee-owned environmental consulting firm, is seeking a Cultural Resources Project Manager in our San Diego County (La Mesa) office. HELIX offers cultural resources, environmental, biological, acoustical, air quality, and GIS services to both the public and private sectors. Our Cultural Resources Group prepares all types of cultural resources studies for a wide range of projects.

Why work for HELIX? We prioritize our employees. We have been an employee-owned firm since 2004, providing employees a vested interest in the firm's success through our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). HELIX placed in the top three for environmental consulting firms and in the top ten for firms in our size range (100 to 199 employees) nationwide in a recent Zweig Group Best Firms to Work For survey. Our employees describe us as team-oriented, caring, flexible, and driven by our standards of integrity. In addition to our competitive benefit package, we also have robust, award-winning wellness, professional growth, employee development training and community volunteer programs, and we support a hybrid work environment that balances the ability to work in the office and from home, when needed.

HELIX offers a competitive benefits package, that includes:
  • Health Coverage (Medical, Dental, Vision)
  • Life and Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Personal Time Off
  • Bonus Program
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • 401(k)

The Project Manager position will be responsible for managing cultural resource studies for small to large projects, in coordination with HELIX's Cultural Resources senior staff. Duties include conducting and/or oversight of research, field surveys, data recovery and analysis operations, artifact analysis, and mitigation monitoring programs; report and site record preparation; coordination with other cultural resources and environmental planning staff and subconsultants; proposal preparation and business development; and interaction with clients and reviewing agencies.

The Project Manager position requires an individual with a minimum of 8 years of archaeological experience, including experience managing the work of other archaeologists on projects. Candidates must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, analytical abilities, and be experienced in the preparation of a variety of cultural resources technical reports for compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Experience with a variety of infrastructure and development project types, document types, and private sector/public agency clients is desirable. The applicant must have a strong work ethic, positive attitude, and experience working in a team-oriented environment. Knowledge of the southern California cultural environmental and regulatory setting is required.

HELIX is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and an inclusive work environment. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply regardless of gender, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, disability, age, genetic information (including family medical history), political affiliation, military service or veteran status. These protections extend to all management practices and decisions, including recruitment and hiring, appraisal systems, promotions, training, and career development programs.


  • Bachelor's Degree or higher in archaeology, anthropology, history, or closely related field with a concentration in archaeology.
  • Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) or willingness to immediately work toward achieving the necessary educational and experience requirements to obtain this certification.
  • Minimum of 8 years of demonstrated experience with archaeological projects, including field surveys, site testing or data recovery, preparation of California Department of Parks and Recreation 523-series forms, and authoring or contributing to archaeological studies or reports.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience working for an environmental consulting firm, overseeing archaeology projects, and completing archaeology surveys/studies in conformance with CEQA, NHPA Section 106, or NEPA.
  • Experience providing services in compliance with federal and California laws and regulations (i.e., CEQA, NEPA and Section 106 of the NHPA) pertaining to cultural resource management and an understanding of regulatory agency programs, procedures, and policies pertaining to cultural resource management.
  • Experience in the study of southern California prehistoric and historic archaeology.
  • Strong research, technical writing, organizational, and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage project deliverable timelines and budgets effectively.
  • Valid driver's license and clean driving record.

Additional skills/accomplishments considered a plus:
  • Knowledge of southern California local agency guidelines for CEQA compliance, including guidelines pertaining to the completion of cultural resource studies.
  • Professional experience with agency coordination.
  • Professional experience with Native American coordination/communication.
  • Experience with California infrastructure projects such as Caltrans, utilities, and pipeline projects.
  • Existing client relationships.
  • Experience preparing proposals including a scope of work and/or budget.


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