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Associate Project Archaeologist

Swca Inc
Half Moon Bay, California
Closing date
Feb 25, 2024

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About the opportunity

SWCA Environmental Consultants is seeking an Associate/Project Archaeologist for our Half Moon Bay, California office. Under the supervision of a Project Manager, you will perform field, office, and research tasks while working with and supervising crew members. This position will primarily be office-based, with some fieldwork required.

Your role will be to assist with the planning and execution of field studies related to renewable energy, state and local transportation and land development.

This position is available at the below levels and title will be based on years of relevant experience or expertise:
  • Associate Project Archaeologist - typically at least 5 years of related experience or expertise
  • Project Archaeologist - typically at least 7 years of related experience or expertise

Application deadline: Our team will begin reviewing applications immediately, and interviews will be scheduled with qualified candidates on a rolling basis. The application process will remain open until we have received a robust pool of qualified candidates. Once we have identified suitable individuals, we may close the application process without prior notice. We appreciate the time and effort invested by all applicants and will carefully consider each submission.

What you will accomplish
  • Following a standardized procedure, conducts archaeological desktop studies, including review of background data, project information, archaeological sensitivity, and land ownership.
  • Conduct data QA/QC, organization, and tracking; collects field data using tablets and geodes.
  • Supervise fieldwork, including archaeological survey, testing, data recovery, and/or construction monitoring and ensures quality and completeness of data collected.
  • Prepare professional reports and site forms, conducts research and literature reviews.
  • Takes initiative, resolves problems, and creates improved procedures to ensure that tasks are completed in the most effective and efficient manner.
  • Maintain SWCA's high standard of scientific ethics and quality assurance, and is motivated to identify and resolve problems in creative ways.
  • Work independently, and work well with others as part of a team.

Experience and qualifications for success
  • A Bachelor's Degree in Archaeology, Anthropology or a closely related field.
  • Minimum of five to seven years of field experience working as a field archaeologist.
  • Participation in an accredited field school or equivalent experience.
  • Experience with the application of standard archaeological survey and excavation techniques.
  • Proficient with industry standard word processing and spreadsheet software.
  • Experience in preparing technical reports.

  • Master's Degree in a related field.
  • Experience providing QA/QC review of field documents, site forms and reports.
  • Experience leading crews of field technicians on a variety of project types and sizes, regions and agencies.

Additional Information:
  • Valid Driver's License in good standing.
  • Ability to travel and conduct fieldwork for long hours (sometimes in inclement weather and rugged terrain) and able to carry equipment weighing up to 40 pounds.

SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full spectrum of environmental services. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record's Top 200 Environmental Firms.

If you would like to contact SWCA regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the online application process due to a disability, please email or call 480-581-5378. This contact information is for disability accommodation requests only. All other inquiries will not receive a response.

EOE - women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. At SWCA Environmental Consultants, we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. We strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds, including those with diverse experiences and veterans, to apply. We believe that a diverse and inclusive workforce enhances creativity, innovation, and overall organizational success

An employee in this Half Moon Bay, California based position can expect an hourly rate of $34.80/hr.-$44.40/hr. for the Associate Project Archaeologist level. The Project Archaeologist role is salaried and an employee at this level can expect an annual range of $80,496-$102,960/year. Actual pay within this range may depend on experience, qualifications, geographic location, client requirements where applicable, and other factors permitted by law. Regular-status employees are also eligible for performance bonuses. Candidates are also encouraged to consider SWCA's Total Rewards package, which includes a competitive Benefits package, forward-thinking workplace flexibility, outstanding corporate culture, award-winning career development, and more.

SWCA continues to invest deeply in career development programs, delivering our award-winning Career Landscape support resources to accelerate the growth of our staff. We recognize the valuable skills and experiences our internal team members bring to SWCA's continued success. Qualified internal candidates are encouraged to apply and will be seriously considered for this position. We believe in promoting from within, where possible, providing our existing employees with compelling opportunities to advance their careers.


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