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Assistant Project Archaeologist - Field Director

Swca Inc
Superior, Colorado
Closing date
Jan 22, 2024

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

SWCA is seeking an Assistant Project Archaeologist - Field Director to support our Rocky Mountain Region Cultural Resources Team in the Denver area. This position is a regular, full-time, hourly position and will primarily be field based. Under supervision of Cultural Resources Team Leads and Project Managers, an Assistant Project Archaeologist-Field Director performs field and office tasks while working with and supervising crew members.

The Field Director will manage all aspects of fieldwork, supervising one or more crews of archaeological surveyors, monitors, and/or excavators. They may also assist with office-based tasks, including preparation of site forms and technical reports in support of a variety of renewable energy, oil and gas, energy transmission, transportation, and land development projects. Some projects include overtime hours or prevailing wage rates, and often require travel and overnight stays. Project-related travel and lodging costs are covered, and per diem is provided for project work requiring overnight stays.

To be considered, please provide a cover letter and a resume/CV with professional references.

What you will accomplish
  • Supervise fieldwork, including archaeological survey, testing, data recovery, and/or construction monitoring and ensure quality and completeness of data collected.
  • Data QA/QC, organization, and tracking; field GPS data collection using tablets and Geodes.
  • Ensure that appropriate preliminary research is conducted and organized prior to fieldwork, and that necessary equipment, staff, and other resources are prepared for fieldwork.
  • Accurately identify historic and prehistoric artifacts and features, and train less experienced field crew in their identification.
  • Create and maintain good morale among field crew and mentor junior staff.
  • Assist with office-based tasks, including performing background reviews, research, site forms, technical report preparation, developing and tracking scopes of work, schedules, and budgets.
  • Communicates regularly with the Project Manager to ensure that a project's budgetary and timetable needs are met. Supports invoicing and budget tracking.
  • Takes initiative, resolves problems, and creates improved procedures to ensure that tasks are completed in the most effective and efficient manner.
  • In coordination with the project manager, organizes the report writing and production effort and prepares technical reports.
  • Maintains SWCA's high standard of scientific ethics and quality assurance; is motivated to identify and resolve problems in creative ways.
  • Follow all SWCA health and safety procedures.

Experience and qualifications for success
  • Minimum of a bachelor's degree in archaeology, anthropology or a closely related field is required
  • Participation in an accredited field school or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 3 years or more of experience in the West
  • Minimum of 1 year of supervising archaeological fieldwork is preferred
  • Has led crews of field technicians on a variety of project types and sizes, regions, and agencies.
  • Experience required to be listed as a field director on relevant state and federal (e.g., Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation) archaeological permits in Colorado and Wyoming
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to coordinate effectively with SWCA senior staff and other project personnel
  • Strong leadership and supervision abilities, including problem solving, constructive conflict resolution, and decision making
  • Excellent attention to detail and strong organizational and analytical skills
  • Team player with strong ability take initiative and solve problems using sound judgment
  • Ability to provide guidance and feedback on crew performance as per company guidelines.
  • Current valid driver's license and the ability to safely operate a 4WD vehicle on rugged, backcountry roads is 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

Preferred Qualifications
  • A Master's degree in in Archaeology or related field.
  • Candidates who meet the Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualifications Standards in archaeology.
  • Experience with GPS/GIS technology (using Collector, Survey 123, and ArcPad software).
  • Experience with computer-based programs such as Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat, and others.
  • Experience writing technical archaeology reports to SHPO standards.
  • Knowledge of federal and state preservation laws and regulations including, but not limited to the National Environmental Policy Act, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, and Section 106 and Section 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
  • CPR and First Aid certified.

Why Work at SWCA:

SWCA Environmental Consultants is an employee-owned company of environmental professionals who specialize in environmental planning, natural and cultural resource management, and regulatory compliance. Our company purpose is to preserve natural and cultural resources for tomorrow while enabling projects that benefit people today.

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.

Our Vision (the North Star) is to make SWCA the best workplace and industry leader in sustainability, bringing sound science and creative solutions to global environmental challenges while maintaining a dedication to employee-ownership. We live our core values: we collaborate as #OneSWCA; we are #AlwaysLearning, we #NeverSettle, and we #GiveBack.

SWCA Environmental Consultants is an established and flourishing environmental firm, providing a full spectrum of environmental compliance services. SWCA is an employee-owned company composed of environmental professionals who specialize in natural and cultural resource management, environmental planning, and regulatory compliance.

With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance companies and consistently ranks among Engineering News-Record's Top 200 Environmental Firms. We offer a team-oriented work environment, and a competitive compensation and benefits package, including an employee stock ownership plan (retirement) for full-time, regular employees. Some benefits are also available to on-call, temporary or part-time employees.

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 Colorado office - based position can expect a salary of $27.30-$34.65/hour. 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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