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Principal Consultant, Archaeology (Mid-Senior Level)

Anchorage, Alaska
Closing date
Sep 30, 2023

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
Organization Type
ERM is seeking highly motivated Principal Consultant, Archaeologist to join our global consulting firm as part of our Cultural Resources Services team. This is a full-time, salary-based position that can be based from a local ERM office or fully remote. Applicants are preferred to be local to the Pacific Northwest or Alaska, as well as be familiar with the relevant regional regulatory processes (i.e., federal, state, and municipal). Demonstrated Alaska and/or Pacific Northwest archaeological experience is required. Successful candidates must be flexible and responsive to a challenging and changing work environment where schedules and tasks fluctuate according to the needs of the projects and clients. Based in either Alaska or the Pacific Northwest, the successful candidate will also provide technical assistance for clients throughout the United States while also focusing on project needs and business development within their region.

  • Oversee a team performing literature review, field reconnaissance, field surveys, and excavation for archaeological studies and projects.
  • Provide technical consulting skills to support the growth of ERM's business and client base in the area of archaeology and cultural heritage.
  • Interact with other ERM practice areas to share multi-disciplinary resources and best practices across the country.
  • Represent ERM through communications and at meetings with state, federal and local agencies.
  • Communicate regularly with clients via email and phone conferences.
  • Oversee and manage subcontractors.
  • Assist with preparing proposals to meet client needs.
  • Manage multiple projects within scope/budget/schedule expectations and ensure quality standards on project deliverables.
  • Lead, manage performance, hire and retain, inspire and mentor personnel for overall success of the technical team.
  • Capitalize on existing ERM client relationships to expand ERM's profile and market share in the Cultural Resource market (through a combination of excellence in technical delivery and business development). Work with other ERM resources to deepen relationships with ERM key clients and establish new client relationships that result in significant net revenue growth.
  • Support the general growth and development of ERM's international technical community. Collaborate with other ERM global practitioners to execute impact assessment projects. Participate on teams comprised of impact assessment professionals from multiple offices around the global ERM organization.
  • Interact with various State Historic Preservation Offices, the Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, and access online cultural resource databases.
  • Lead and supervise staff in an office setting and/or during fieldwork.
  • Perform research and write technical reports.
  • Provide technical consulting skills to support the growth of ERM's business and client base in the area of archaeology and cultural heritage.
  • Interact with other ERM practice areas to share multi-disciplinary resources and best practices across the country.
  • Represent ERM through communications and at meetings with state, federal and local agencies.
  • Communicate regularly with clients via email and phone conferences.
  • Assist with preparing proposals to meet client needs.
  • Potentially conduct fieldwork.

  • Graduate degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, or closely related field of study plus 10 to 15 years of related paid experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry research to completion.
  • Oregon SHPO-qualified Archaeologist (if based in the Pacific Northwest).
  • Ability to be listed on BLM cultural resources use permits.
  • Demonstrated experience completing inventory, survey, testing, and/or data recovery.
  • Experience as primary author on agency-reviewed technical reports.
  • Must have strong attention to detail in documentation of work.
  • Experience interacting with regulatory agency personnel preferred.
  • Excellent communication and computer skills.
  • Demonstrated business development abilities and the ability to maintain long-term relationships with clients.
  • Ability to manage and work within a team as well as independently.
  • Limited travel western United States.
  • Well-developed teambuilding and influencing skills; unquestioned integrity; and the experience, confidence, and stature to effectively address client and business needs and challenges.
  • Positive outlook, collaborative, and driven by the success of ERM as a global company.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and be able to operate motorized vehicles.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Registered Professional Archaeologist.
  • Ability to walk long distances (up to ten miles per day) in varying terrain under adverse conditions, including inclement weather, wildlife encounters, and able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs., and able to excavate shovel tests.
  • Previous experience with mapping equipment and other special application equipment (e.g., total station, GPS, etc.).
  • Previous laboratory materials processing experience desired.
  • Previous experience supervising personnel and direct reports.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Word and Excel.
  • Detail oriented; resourceful.
  • Positive and energetic attitude.
  • Self-motivated; strong initiative.

For the Principal Consultant, Archaeology position, we anticipate the annual base pay of $99,280 - $114,170. An employee's pay position within this range will be based on several factors including, but not limited to, relevant education, qualifications, certifications, experience, skills, geographic location, performance, shift, travel requirements, sales or revenue-based metrics, and business or organizational needs. We also may have instances where employee's fall outside of the range based on the factors noted above. This job is also eligible for bonus pay.

We offer comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off, medical/dental/vision insurance, 401(k), and any other benefits to eligible employees.

You can apply for this role through or through the internal careers portal if you are a current employee.

Note: No amount of pay is considered to be wages or compensation until such amount is earned, vested, and determinable. The amount and availability of any bonus, commission, or any other form of compensation that are allocable to a particular employee remains in the Company's sole discretion unless and until paid and may be modified at the Company's sole discretion, consistent with the law.

Who We Are:

As the largest global pure play sustainability consultancy, we partner with the world's leading organizations, creating innovative solutions to sustainability challenges and unlocking commercial opportunities that meet the needs of today while preserving opportunity for future generations.

At ERM we know that creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment is an essential part of making our company a great place to build a career. We also see our diversity as a strength that helps us create better solutions for our clients. Our diverse team of world-class experts supports clients across the breadth of their organizations to operationalize sustainability, underpinned by our deep technical expertise in addressing their environmental, health, safety, risk and social issues. We call this capability our "boots to boardroom" approach for its comprehensive service model that allows ERM to develop strategic and technical solutions that advance objectives on the ground or at the executive level.

Please submit your resume and brief cover letter.

ERM does not accept recruiting agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias, ERM employees or any other company location. ERM is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

ERM is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

Thank you for your interest in ERM!

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