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Assistant Vice President, Cultural Resources Manager

Santa Barbara, California
Closing date
Jan 20, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Organization Type
Our Business

We are a global leader in environmental consulting - made stronger with the recent acquisition of Wood's Environment & Infrastructure business and Golder - with world-class expertise in environmental, social and governance (ESG), climate resiliency & sustainability (CRS), and earth sciences. Combined we have over 20,000 multidisciplinary professionals worldwide collaborating daily to protect and conserve natural landscapes, create firm foundations for communities to stand on, and champion sustainable development to combat climate change.

As part of the team, you will have access to an unparalleled network of resources and endless opportunities to collaborate on exciting projects with diverse teammates from across the globe.

This Opportunity

Serve as key member of Environmental Planning Leadership Team in Southern California, with focus on business development, expansion of client base, and staffing growth. Management and preparation of documentation compliant with the National Historical Preservation Act (NHPA), California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and for a variety of project scopes prepared for government and private sector clients. Specific tasks include preparing and adhering to scopes, schedules, budgets, completing or overseeing all components of fieldwork, analysis, and reporting documentation, and managing and mentoring junior staff. Will work collaboratively with Environmental Planning leadership and technical staff throughout California and the western US.

Your Impact
  • Ability to successfully manage all aspects of small-, medium-, and large-sized projects, including surveys, subsurface explorations, significance testing, and mitigation data recovery investigations requiring scope of work/technical approach, budget, and schedule preparation.
  • Liaison with client, agencies, and consultant team members.
  • Mentoring junior staff.
  • The ability to work effectively and independently as a cultural resources lead on CEQA/NEPA projects.
  • Solid understanding of CEQA, NEPA and NHPA Section 106 requirements and processes.
  • Attention and commitment to timely completion of high-quality work.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Who You Are

Required Qualifications
  • Master's Degree in Anthropology or Archaeology emphasizing cultural resources of the western United States
  • 10+ years of experience working in cultural resource management.
  • Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) certification.
  • Demonstrated experience with CEQA, NEPA, and NHPA.
  • Excellent technical writing and communication skills.
  • Experience with marketing, proposals, and business development.
  • Proven track record of upholding workplace safety and ability to abide by WSP's health, safety and drug/alcohol and harassment policies.
  • Must be flexible to a variety of schedules to meet business needs and able to prioritize responsibilities and quickly adapt to change in a pressure work environment.
  • Occasional travel may be required depending on project-specific requirements.

Preferred Qualifications
  • 40-Hour OSHA Health & Safety Training (HAZWOPER) (29 CFR 1910.120) preferred.
  • Basic First Aid and Adult CPR training desired.

WSP Benefits:

WSP provides a comprehensive suite of benefits focused on providing health and financial stability throughout the employee's career. These benefits include coverage related to medical, dental, vision, disability, and life; retirement savings; paid sick leave; paid vacation (or other personal time); paid parental leave; and paid time off for purposes of bereavement, voting, and/or attendance at naturalization proceedings.


Expected Salary (California): $107,300- $175,000

WSP USA is providing the compensation range that the company in good faith believes it might pay and offer for this position, based on the successful applicant's education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities in addition to internal equity and specific geographic location. WSP USA reserves the right to ultimately pay more or less than the posted range and offer additional benefits and other compensation, depending on circumstances not related to an applicant's sex or other status protected by local, state, and/or federal law.


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