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As-Needed Archaeological Field Director

Fresno, California
Closing date
Jun 13, 2023

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
Environmental Anthropology
Organization Type
HELIX Environmental Planning, Inc. (HELIX), a growing, employee-owned California-based environmental consulting and planning firm, is currently seeking two as-needed archaeological Field Directors for our Cultural Resources Division for approximately six (6) months of work in Tuolumne County. HELIX is a full-service environmental firm providing cultural resources, biological, landscape architecture, regulatory permitting, acoustical, air quality, habitat restoration, and GIS services to public and private clients across a variety of sectors.

This position will require the successful applicant(s) to stay in company provided lodging near the area of Tuolomne County for a minimum of 6 months beginning in May/June 2023, with long work days in remote and rugged terrain. As-needed Field Director responsibilities include daily coordination with the Cultural Resources Principal Investigator (PI) and Project Manager, designing approach to field surveys and/or site recording and flagging with the PI, supervising up to 6 Field Technicians, serving as an in-field safety lead, conducting quality control review of crew's daily logs, and regular submission of digital data and daily logs to the PI. Applicant must be a qualified archaeologist under the Secretary of the Interior's standards; Must be able to work independently with considerable responsibility and be comfortable working in remote and rugged terrain; have knowledge of the archaeology and culture history of the Sierra Nevada Mountains or Stanislaus National Forest; possess excellent writing and communication skills; and be well organized, self-motivated, and have a positive leadership attitude.

Please provide a detailed resume or curriculum vitae demonstrating your project experience and how you meet this position's requirements and additional skills.

Hourly wages will be based on qualifications and/or experience. Expected starting pay range of $30 to $42 per hour.

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.

Job Requirements:
Requirements for Archaeological Field Director:
  • Master's degree or higher in Archaeology, Anthropology, History, or a closely related field (applicants who are currently in school for their Master's degree may be considered)
  • A minimum of 6 months general archaeological field experience
  • A minimum of 3 months supervising archaeological staff in the field
  • Ability to live and work in the Tuolomne County area for extended periods of time
  • Possess excellent written/verbal communication skills
  • Possess a valid California Driver's License and 3 years clean driving record
  • Experience driving in 4WD dirt road conditions

Additional skills considered a plus
  • Proficiency using digital data collection devices and software
  • Experience managing medium- to large-scale cultural resource management projects
  • Experience applying Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act
  • Experience preparing Stanislaus National Forest site condition assessment forms and reports
  • Current CPR/First-Aid, HAZWOPER, or previous/current USFS Redcard certification


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