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As-Needed Field Archaeologist

HELIX Environmental
Reading Station, Pennsylvania
Closing date
Dec 5, 2023

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
Environmental Anthropology
Organization Type
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HELIX Environmental Planning, Inc. (HELIX), a growing, California-based employee-owned environmental consulting firm, is currently seeking as-needed field archaeologists for our Cultural Resources group in northern California. HELIX is a full-service environmental firm providing cultural resources, biological, landscape architecture, regulatory permitting, acoustical, air quality, habitat restoration, and GIS services to public and private clients across a variety of sectors. Our Northern California Cultural Resources Group performs all types of cultural resources studies for a wide range of project types throughout Northern California. Preference will be given to candidates in the San Francisco Bay area, Sacramento area, San Joaquin Central Valley, and Sierra foothills.

The as-needed Archaeologist will assist Senior Cultural Resource Staff on a project-by-project basis. Duties will primarily include fieldwork (pedestrian survey, artifact and site recording, construction monitoring, and excavation); preparing survey summaries, narrative notes, and keeping photologs; preparing Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) forms; assisting with report preparation; assisting Senior Architectural Historians with architectural survey; coordinating with other cultural resource and environmental planning staff and subconsultants; interacting with construction crews/foremen and clients; and may also include coordinating fieldwork and crews depending on experience.

Applicants must have a minimum of 1 year of archaeological experience. Candidates must be familiar with the principles of field survey, be competent in the collection of data from archaeological sites and artifacts to complete California DPR forms, and should possess excellent written and verbal communication skills. Experience with a variety of infrastructure and development project types, document types, and private sector/public agency clients is desirable. Familiarity with a wide range of archaeological site types and cultural resources specific to Northern California is also desired. Applicants must have a strong work ethic, positive attitude, experience working in a team-oriented environment, and the ability to complete assigned tasks independently.

Please provide a detailed resume or curriculum vitae and cover letter demonstrating your archaeological experience and how you meet this position's requirements. Please list/describe any additional skills.

Hourly wages will be based on qualifications and/or experience. Expected starting pay range of $20 to $35 per hour.

HELIX is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and an inclusive work environment. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply regardless of gender, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, disability, age, genetic information (including family medical history), political affiliation, military service or veteran status. These protections extend to all management practices and decisions, including recruitment and hiring, appraisal systems, promotions, training, and career development programs.

Hourly wages will be based on qualifications and/or experience. Expected starting pay range of $20 to $35 per hour.


Minimum Requirements for Archaeologist:

  • Bachelor's Degree in archaeology, anthropology, history, or closely related field or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 1 year of demonstrated experience conducting archaeological fieldwork that entails survey, in-field analysis, and documentation.
  • Experience with field data collection and management of field data and forms.
  • Familiarity with the use of GPS recording devices in the field.
  • Experience with prehistoric and historic archaeology in Northern and Central California.
  • Strong interpersonal, writing, organizational, and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability and willingness to work in diverse terrain and remote locations; comfortable with strenuous hiking and varying climate conditions.
  • Ability to conduct fieldwork out of town for multiple consecutive days.
  • Access to a working vehicle and possession of a valid California driver's license.

Salary Description

Pay range of $20 to $35 per hour

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