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Project Archaeologist

Nashville, Tennessee
Closing date
Oct 4, 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

  • Manage all phases of archaeological investigations and site documentation, including feature and artifact identification and analyses; perform shovel test pits (STPs); test unit excavations, 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 power (strong focus on renewable energy), transportation, water, and industrial sectors in the Southeast 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
  • Bachelor's degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, or closely related field
  • 5 years or more experience with cultural resources projects, planning, and executing archeological investigations
  • Must be able to perform physically demanding tasks in adverse environmental conditions (e.g., rugged terrain, remote locations, hot and cold temperatures)
  • Good organizational skills, 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 in our employee-owned culture is a must
Physical Requirements
  • 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).
  • Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds without assistance.
  • Must be able to effectively communicate in person, by telephone and email.
  • Must be able to effectively work in minimally supervised and/or unsupervised environments.
  • Work hours other than 8 to 5 which may include weekends and/or night shifts
  • Must have a valid Driver's License.
  • Be able to operate a vehicle day or night
  • Approximately 60% travel required.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, or a related field
  • Have regional experience in KY/TN/MS/AL
  • Pre-qualified, or can become pr-qualified, with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet as a Principal Investigator for Prehistoric and/or Historic sites, and/or as a Field Supervisor for all phases of archaeological investigations.
  • Registered Professional Archaeologist
  • Minimum 1 year experience managing junior staff during fieldwork and report preparation


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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