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Senior Archeologist

Fifth Ward/Frenchtown, Texas
Closing date
Jan 14, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Description

Terracon's Houston office is seeking an entrepreneurial, growth-minded professional to help lead our Cultural Resources practice. Cultural Resources is part of our Environmental Planning group, which also includes NEPA Planning and full-service Natural Resources capabilities. Our team works collaboratively with these and other Environmental practice areas to support Terracon's regional, statewide, and national client base. We are seeking a candidate who understands and is committed to program growth; is a strong team builder, communicator, and mentor; and who brings technical expertise and depth to our program.

Houston's Environmental Planning team has more than doubled in size and exceeded 100% revenue growth over the last four years; today we are among the largest in the company. Our team works on wetlands delineation and permitting; NEPA documentation; threatened and endangered species (T&E) assessments; wildlife habitat assessments (WHA) and species surveys; archeological studies that include desktop reviews, Phase I surveys, site eligibility evaluations, and mitigation planning; environmental site assessments; and environmental compliance work. Our clients include City and County agencies, school districts, national and local retailers, private entities, commercial real property developers and managers, telecom companies, energy providers, law and architecture firms, financial institutions, and construction engineers.

General Responsibilities: As our Cultural Resources Team Lead, you work closely with our Environmental Planning Group Manager to supervise, mentor, and help support the professional growth of our cultural resources team. This team includes full and part time employees at early through advanced stages of career development. You will support our team's continued growth through expanded market share and successful project delivery. You will be a leader in understanding and supporting Terracon's safety culture and expectations. You will work with your team to manage projects, prepare and review reports, and coach and mentor staff on quality data generation and reporting. You will play an important role in helping support proposal development and project delivery in our region and across Texas with opportunities to work in other regions of the U.S. As a senior practitioner you will participate in business development activities with office and department leadership, and you will work with our regional office leadership as well as key sector leads to help grow our practice.

Essential Roles and Responsibilities May Include:

Lead safety efforts for team and ensure team follows safety rules and practices.

Oversee and/or contribute to desktop constraints analyses (DCAs), critical environmental impacts analyses (CEIAs), Phase I survey research design and execution, site eligibility determinations, and mitigation planning.

Manage Cultural Resource projects within Houston and Southeast Texas. Work with our team more broadly to continue to grow Terracon's Archeological practice.

Oversee and/or assist with the development of cultural resource sections within National Environmental Policy Act documents.

Collaborate with Environmental Planning managers and staff in other Terracon offices to team up on large project efforts and promote best practices.

Mentor cultural resource staff.

Develop understanding and be aware of project-related risks. Employ best practices for risk management and loss prevention. Learn and comply with company risk management policies.

Promote continuous quality review and improvement on projects through participation in Terracon's Authorized Project Reviewer program.

Conduct client development activities and work with our marketing team to continue and develop in natural resource services in Houston and South Texas.

Understand and implement technical requirements to complete client projects by directing and supervising field staff to sample, test and collect data and/or document site activities.

Perform site visits, field observations and field data collection in area of technical expertise.


Advanced graduate degree in Anthropology, Archeology, or related discipline and more than 8 years of experience in the practice

Previous experience preparing proposals, building budgets, and understanding and managing project finances

Familiarity with the Antiquities Code of Texas, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and other pertinent legislation

Ability to direct staff technicians regarding data collection, preparation of figures and maps, and report production. Ability to mentor junior staff and supervise staff

Valid driver's license with acceptable violation history

Ability to travel out of town between 10% and 25% of the normal work week

Flexible work schedule, to ensure project timelines are completed

Possess strong writing skills

Ability to work on a team and build networks across the division and company

Ability to pass a drug screen and background check

Capability to drive full-sized pickup trucks

This position comes with flexible work arrangements but carries an expectation of in-office presence of at least 75%.


Active professional society membership in local, regional, statewide, and/or national associations.

GIS capabilities

Demonstrable technical proficiency with at least one material culture category

About Terracon

Terracon is a 100 percent employee-owned multidiscipline consulting firm comprised of more than 6,000 curious minds focused on solving engineering and technical challenges from more than 175 locations nationwide. Since 1965, Terracon has evolved into a successful multi-discipline firm specializing in environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services. Terracon's growth is due to our talented employee-owners exceeding expectations in client service and growing their careers with new and exciting opportunities in the marketplace.

Terracon's vision of "Together, we are best at people" is demonstrated through our excellent compensation and benefits package. Based on eligibility, role and job status, we offer many programs including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k) plan, paid time off and holidays, education reimbursement, and various bonus programs.

EEO Statement

Terracon is an EEO employer. We encourage qualified minority, female, veteran and disabled candidates to apply and be considered for open positions. We do not discriminate against any applicant for employment, or any employee because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender, disability, age, or military status.

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