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Staff Archaeologist - Crew Lead

Swca Inc
Bismarck, North Dakota
Closing date
Dec 8, 2023

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
Organization Type
About the opportunity

SWCA has an opportunity for a Staff Archaeologist - Crew Lead working in the Northern Plains from the Bismarck, North Dakota Office (remote work is possible). A key element of the Staff Archaeologist job will be supervising and leading small archaeological survey crews in the field during survey, testing, and data recovery. You will communicate with Field Directors, Project Managers, and GIS staff through regular, scheduled field status reports. The Staff Archaeologist will participate in technical research and writing and data QA/QC for reporting efforts, and assist with mapping responsibilities in the field, including collection of GPS data using tablets and/or Trimble Units.

Our Bismarck, North Dakota office specializes in cultural and natural resources services within a relaxed work environment. We take pride in rapidly delivering on client needs, which can lead to extended field efforts with abundant overtime compensation. With our network of offices across the US, we have the ability to move our field staff rapidly to meet these needs, and the selected technician may have the opportunity to assist on a wide variety of projects across the country as a result.

This position is a regular, hourly position offering a competitive pay and benefits package. Project work will occur primarily in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota, although opportunities to work in other states may also arise. You should be able to work flexible hours with the potential for long-term field mobilizations for specific projects. Per diem and lodging are provided for all project work requiring overnight stays away from the home office.

What you will accomplish
  • Conduct archaeological fieldwork under the direction of a Project Manager or Field Director on projects including monitoring, survey, testing, and data recovery.
  • Conduct archaeological survey, excavation, and associated field recording, including completion of field forms, digital photography, and in-field mapping.
  • Supervise a small crew while conducting archaeological fieldwork. This includes:
  • independently assigning and directing the activities of others on behalf of SWCA, often in remote areas without immediate guidance from senior managers, to ensure quality and on-time delivery;
  • ensuring that employees understand their responsibilities and delegated tasks and being held accountable if crew members under your supervision are not performing their activities correctly, productively, and safely;
  • serving as a conduit of communication between employees and senior managers, including communicating issues to relevant senior managers;
  • receiving and resolving complaints from employees in the field; and
  • monitoring team productivity and providing timely performance feedback, including deciding when disciplinary action is necessary and delivering discipline.
  • Thrive in our team-oriented approach to project execution.
  • Maintain a strong commitment to customer service and to producing quality work.
  • Identify historic and prehistoric artifacts accurately.
  • Gain experience with our rapidly developing tablet-based GPS and forms interfaces, along with web-based portals displaying project information.
  • Conduct archaeological lab work, including artifact washing, analysis, and curation preparation.
  • Use SWCA-provided personal protective equipment and comply with all SWCA and client safety policies..

Experience and qualifications for success
  • Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology, Archaeology or a closely related field required. Master's Degree in Anthropology, Archaeology or a closely related field is preferred.
  • A minimum of four (4) years of experience with a wide range of field methodologies, including archaeological survey, testing, excavation, and monitoring required; experience in the Northern Plains preferred.
  • Previous field supervisory experience required
  • Completed accredited field school experience is highly preferred
  • Ability to be listed on federal and state cultural resource permits in North Dakota and Minnesota
  • Knowledge of ArcGIS Collector is a plus.
  • Current valid driver's license and the ability to safely operate a 4wd vehicle on rugged, backcountry roads required.
  • Ability to travel to a location, walk and conduct fieldwork for long hours, sometimes in inclement weather, rugged terrain, often at high altitudes, and ability to carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds is required.
  • Willing to travel overnight for extended periods of time. Travel outside of the Dakotas/Minnesota area is expected to be 50% to 75%.

SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full spectrum of environmental services. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record's Top 200 Environmental Firms.

If you would like to contact SWCA regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the online application process due to a disability, please email or call 480-581-5378. This contact information is for disability accommodation requests only. All other inquiries will not receive a response.

SWCA is committed to salary equity and salary transparency for all its employees. In alignment with this commitment, SWCA posts good faith pay ranges on all its advertised job postings to promote pay equity and transparency.

An employee in this North Dakota office -based position can expect a salary of $21.00/hr. - 27.00/hr. Actual pay within this range may depend on experience, qualifications, geographic location, client requirements where applicable, and other factors permitted by law. Regular-status employees are also eligible for performance bonuses. Candidates are also encouraged to consider SWCA's Total Rewards package, which includes a competitive Benefits package, forward-thinking workplace flexibility, outstanding corporate culture, award-winning career development, and more.

EOE - women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.



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