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Project Archaeologist

Colton, Texas
Closing date
Jul 20, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
Organization Type
Terracon is hiring a full-time Project Archeologist/Principal Investigator in Austin, TX, reporting to the Archeology Team Lead.

This role involves working within the Cultural Resources division of the Environmental Planning Group, collaborating with NEPA Planning and Natural Resources teams. The candidate should be an efficient team builder and communicator, bringing technical expertise to the program.

Responsibilities include supervising, mentoring, and supporting the professional growth of the cultural resources team, managing projects, preparing and reviewing reports, and ensuring adherence to Terracon's safety culture. The position also entails contributing to business development activities, supporting proposal development, and participating in projects across Texas and potentially in other U.S. regions.

Dependent on experience, the annual salary range for a Project Archaeologist is $60,400 - $93,600 in the Austin, TX area.

Essential Roles and Responsibilities:
  • Lead safety efforts for team and ensure team follows safety rules and practices. Participate in pre-task planning. Report any safety issues or concerns to management.
  • Be responsible for maintaining quality standards on projects.
  • Oversee and participate in project planning for archeological investigations of various types (pre-contact, historic, industrial, rural, urban) and phases (survey, evaluation, and mitigation) located in Texas and adjacent areas and regions, as assigned.
  • Support other non-archeological Environmental Planning projects, tasks, and activities as assigned.
  • Conduct independent pre-contact and historic documentary research.
  • Contribute to proposals, methodologies, and research designs for various types and phases of archeological projects.
  • Oversee work performed by supervisory staff, including field and laboratory technicians, under the direction of the Archeology Team Lead
  • This position will come with opportunities to manage projects according to Terracon's Project Manager standards and expectations.

  • Advanced graduate degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, or related discipline and at minimum, 5 years of experience in the practice
  • Secretary of the Interior (SOI) qualified

  • Familiarity with the Antiquities Code of Texas, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and other pertinent State and Federal legislation
  • Membership in statewide professional associations such as the Council of Texas Archeologists, and/or other evidence of professional engagement in the larger community
  • Previous experience preparing proposals, building budgets, and understanding and managing project finances


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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