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Staff Archaeologist

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Closing date
Feb 20, 2024

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Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
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General Responsibilities:
The Terracon Pittsburgh office is seeking a Staff Archaeologist/Geophysical Specialist to work on archaeological projects, predominantly in the Mid-Atlantic states (Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, New York, and New Jersey), but throughout the United States as necessary. Staff Archaeologist/Geophysical Specialist will serve under the direction of the Cultural Resources Group Leader and Project Managers. This is a full-time, salaried position with benefits, and reimbursement for expenses while working in the field.
Essential Roles and Responsibilities - Staff Archaeologist:
- Follow safety rules, guidelines and standards for all projects. Participate in pre-task planning. Report any safety issues or concerns to management.
- Be responsible for maintaining quality standards on all projects.
- Responsible for conducting fieldwork and writing small to medium sized, relatively uncomplicated reports.
- Manages a field crew and ensures that Field Technicians and Crew Chiefs are performing fieldwork to the highest standards.
- May serve as Principal Investigator (PI) on survey and testing projects.
- Conducts archival research or field documentation and ensures the team is recording appropriate information or conducting appropriate analyses.
- Confidently identifies artifacts and recognizes natural and cultural features/stratigraphy.
- Responsible for ensuring field forms, data collection, and sample collection are consistent, complete, accurate and follows project-specific requirements.
- Prepares simple proposals.
- Presents papers at professional conferences.
- Promote pre-task planning for all projects.
- Complete archaeology field investigations for cell tower projects within driving distance of the Pittsburgh office.
- Complete Desktop Reviews for both archaeology and above ground historic structures projects.
- Conduct background research for both archaeology and above ground historic structures projects.
- Draft pre-contact/historic contexts sections for Phase I Survey and above ground historic structure reports.
- Draft archaeology context material for Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and other Mid-Atlantic states as necessary.
Essential Roles and Responsibilities - Geophysical Specialist:
- Gain familiarity with all types of geophysical prospection (a general term referring to fieldwork projects involving sub-surface remote sensing to discover and define potential archaeological sites) to understand which methods are appropriate for specific tasks and conditions.
- Conduct research on training opportunities and attend relevant training, including with other Terracon offices with geophysical prospection capabilities.
- Determine which methods Terracon can employ, and which will require outside assistance (including from other Terracon offices).
- Advise archaeological staff on appropriate geophysical prospection techniques for specific projects.
- Conduct geophysical surveys for archaeological projects.
- Review and compile case studies for reference and for the company library (reports, journal articles, books, etc.).
- Graduate degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, or closely related field (MA, MS, PhD) and a minimum of 2 years' related experience.
- Familiar with the cultural history of the region and surrounding areas.
- Secretary of Interior (SOI) qualified preferred.
- Valid driver's license with acceptable violation history.
Preferred Certification:
- Documented ability to write clearly and persuasively regarding archaeological and historical topics.
- Supervisory experience in archaeological fieldwork and site recordation.
- Familiarity with Mid-Atlantic prehistoric and/or historical archaeology.
- Demonstrated familiarity and use of geophysical prospection for archaeology.
- Knowledge of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
- Ability to communicate clearly and concisely using both written and verbal skills.
- Ability to multi-task within flexible/fluid schedules and project needs.
- Ability to perform physically demanding tasks such as lifting and walking on uneven surfaces carrying at least 20 lbs. of equipment.
- Ability to work in extreme (heat/cold) weather conditions.
- Ability to obey all company safety procedures.
- Ability to pass a drug test.
- Possession of a U.S. driver's license, with acceptable violation history.
- Eligible to work in the United States without sponsorship.
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Posting Title:
Staff Archaeologist/Geophysical Specialist
Employment Type:
Regular, Full Time
City, State (Office Location):
Pittsburgh, PA
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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