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Senior Archaeologist/Cultural Resources Manager

Vanasse Hangen Brustlin
Portland, Maine
Closing date
Feb 20, 2024

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Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
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Senior Archaeologist/Cultural Resources Manager | Hybrid | Vermont

VHB's growing South Burlington, VT office is actively seeking a Senior Archaeologist/Cultural Resources Manager to join our regional Environmental Services Group. The position would serve as the technical lead for archaeology and cultural resource projects in Vermont and the surrounding region and would be a core member of our growing cultural resource practice throughout the eastern United States. This opportunity is anticipated to require the ability to complete cultural resource work for a variety of New England state agencies.

We are looking for a sharp, creative problem solver who is passionate about archaeological and historical properties. By working closely with our engineers, designers, planners, and clients, VHB strives to preserve and protect our shared cultural heritage across more than 30 offices along the East Coast.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Conduct, lead, author, and/or review Vermont Archaeological Resource Assessments (ARAs), Cultural Resource Assessment Surveys, and Archaeological Resource Identification Surveys at the Phase I, II, and III levels of investigation.
  • Conduct archival and historical background research.
  • Assess archaeological site significance under Criterion D of the NRHP.
  • Assess proposed infrastructure improvement and/or construction projects and other engineering related impacts to identified cultural resources.
  • Prepare recommendations for the preservation, avoidance, and/or minimization of impacts to eligible or listed cultural resources.
  • Coordinate regulatory compliance efforts with federal, state, and municipal agencies.
  • Support other VHB departments and regional offices with archaeological and historic preservation planning, site history research, compliance with Vermont State regulations such as Act 250 and Section 248 of Title 30, as well as Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
  • Provide artifact analysis and assist in curation efforts.
  • Prepare field survey and geographic maps using the ESRI suite of software.
  • Manage scope, schedule, and budget for cultural resource projects.
  • Review/respond to Requests for Proposals (RFPs).
  • Support and build client relationships.
  • Assist with mentoring and leading field, junior, and mid-level staff archaeologists.

Skills and Attributes
  • Familiarity working with NEPA, ARPA, NHPA, NAGPRA, and New England state environmental compliance laws is strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity with and experience implementing the Guidelines for Conducting Archaeology in Vermont and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation Environmental Predictive Model for Locating Pre-contact Archaeological Sites is strongly preferred.
  • Self-motivated with an attention to detail and the ability to think critically.
  • Must be able to work independently and as a part of project teams.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Experience in digital photography is a plus.
  • Knowledge of American history and Northeastern American archaeology; knowledge of architectural styles, and periods of development is a plus.
  • Motivated to lead and mentor others.

  • A Master's Degree in anthropology, archaeology, or a closely related field required; focus on Historical Archaeology or historic period site formation processes in New England preferred.
  • Must meet the Secretary of the Interior (SOI) professional standards for archaeology.
  • 8-11 years of professional experience in cultural resource management required; 11+ years preferred.
  • Ability to conduct archaeology work in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, and Rhode Island consistent with the current guidelines required; the ability to conduct and complete archaeological survey in all New England states preferred.
  • The ability to travel to a location, walk/hike and conduct fieldwork for long hours, in inclement weather or rugged terrain.
  • Valid U.S. driver's license.

We are VHB! We're an inspired and innovative team of engineers, scientists, planners, and designers who partner with clients in the transportation, real estate, institutional, and energy industries, as well as federal, state, and local governments. Our work helps improve mobility, enhance communities, and contribute to economic vitality. We do this while balancing development and infrastructure needs with stewardship of our environment.

Our people make us great! VHB provides a differentiating employee experience, which includes:
  • Diverse and inclusive culture of collaboration and innovation
  • Opportunity to work on complex, transformational projects
  • Community and social responsibility as sustainable stewards
  • Focus on learning, development, and career growth
  • Best-in-class benefits, including flexible, hybrid workplace

We are consistently rated one of the top AEC firms to work for across our 30+ offices on the East Coast. We're growing, and we hope you'll join us!

VHB is a proud Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. Since our founding, we have intentionally fostered a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion-supported by deep-rooted core values, one of which is diversity. All individuals receive consideration for employment based on their qualifications without discrimination for race/ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, pregnancy, marital status, or any other basis protected by law.



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