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As-Needed Archaeological Field Technician - NorCal

HELIX Environmental Planning, Inc
Florin, 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 Environmental Planning, Inc. (HELIX), a growing, employee-owned California-based environmental consulting and planning firm, is currently seeking multiple as-needed archaeological Field Technicians 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 Technician responsibilities include conducting archaeological survey and/or site recording in rugged terrain under the direction of a Field Director, digital data collection including photography, completion of daily logs, and daily communication with supervising Field Director and the Principal Investigator/Project Manager. Additional responsibilities may include background research, assistance with report writing, and Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) 523 form preparation. Candidates must be comfortable with strenuous hiking and working in remote, rugged areas with potentially adverse cold or heat conditions, sometimes for extended periods; be knowledgeable of the archaeology and culture history of the Sierra Nevada Mountains or Stanislaus National Forest; be self-motivated and possess strong written and verbal communication skills; and work well under the direction of others. Candidates must have reliable transportation to the work assignment location and have a valid California Driver's License. Successful candidates will have a positive team-oriented 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 $20 to $35 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.


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Minimum Requirements for As-Needed Archaeologist:
  • Must be currently enrolled in or have previously completed college-level classes towards a Bachelor's degree in anthropology, archaeology, history of California, Native American studies, or a closely related field OR
  • A minimum of 6 months of experience conducting archaeological fieldwork that includes survey, in-field artifact analysis, or site documentation
  • Knowledge of the archaeology and cultural history of Tuolumne County, northern and central Sierra Nevada Mountains, or Stanislaus National Forest
  • Ability to identify artifacts, cultural features, and archaeological sites
  • Possess a valid California Driver's License and 3 years clean driving record
  • Ability to do strenuous hiking and work full days in remote, rugged mountain areas
  • Ability to live and work in the Tuolomne County area for extended periods of time
  • Demonstrate strong written/verbal communication skills

Additional skills considered a plus for As-Needed Archaeologist:
  • Bachelor's Degree or higher in anthropology, archaeology, history, Native American studies, or closely related field, or equivalent experience
  • Professional cultural resources management experience in California archaeology
  • Experience preparing DPR forms
  • Experience with GPS equipment and comfort using digital technology
  • Current CPR/First-Aid, HAZWOPER, or previous/current USFS Redcard certification
  • Experience using Stanislaus National Forest site condition assessment forms and other cultural resource forms and reports


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