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Project Archaeologist

Metairie, Louisiana
Closing date
Oct 5, 2023

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
Organization Type
About Us

At HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists. That's why we believe diversity is our greatest strength. HDR is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer.

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We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward.

Primary Responsibilities

In the role of Project Archaeologist (Cultural Resource Specialist I), we'll count on you to:

  • Manage archaeological surveys and site documentation, including feature and artifact identification and analyses; performing shovel test pits (STPs); site descriptions; photographs; and mapping.
  • Possess the technical knowledge to supervise archaeological field technicians and crew chiefs in field and office settings.
  • Work with multi-disciplinary teams in our Resources (strong focus on power market sector), Transportation, and Water Business Groups in the South Central (TX, OK, LA) region and nationally to help plan, staff, and execute major cultural resource management efforts
  • Manage the production of professional quality reports for NRHP and NEPA compliance.
  • Perform other duties as needed

Required Qualifications
  • Master's degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, or a related field
  • Minimum 1 years' experience managing junior staff during fieldwork and report preparation.
  • Experience identifying and recording prehistoric and historic resources.
  • Must be able to perform physically demanding tasks in adverse environmental conditions (e.g., rugged terrain, remote locations, hot and cold temperatures).
  • Must have good organizational skills, a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and willingness to learn and execute new tasks.
  • Applicants will be required to submit both a writing sample and verifiable references.
  • Competence in Microsoft Word, Excel and Project
  • An attitude and commitment to being an active participant of our employee-owned culture is a must
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's preferred
  • Previous work experience in cultural resource projects
Physical Requirements:
  • Walk up to 6 miles a day
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds without assistance
  • Must be able to record cultural resources in the field without any physical assistance (this could include hiking short distances in scrub and native vegetation and uneven ground conditions)
  • Must have (or able to obtain) a valid Texas Driver's License
  • Work hours other than 8 to 5 which may include weekends and/or night shifts
  • Be able to operate a vehicle day or night
  • Travel may be required at times


At HDR, we know work isn't only about who you work for it's also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other's contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible. When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.

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