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Senior-level Archaeologist - Pasadena & Mission Viejo

Pasadena, California
Closing date
Jul 4, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
Organization Type
Who We Are
Dudek is a leading environmental, planning, and engineering firm that help public and private clients plan, design, and build projects that improve communities' built and natural infrastructure. Founded in 1980, Dudek has grown steadily to more than 800 professionals across the U.S. and received the Top Workplace Award for 2024.
As a 100% employee-owned company, Dudek's culture rewards smart, productive team members with ownership, professional development, and financial benefits. We seek creative, pragmatic problem-solvers working at the intersection of science, engineering, regulations, and multiple stakeholders' interest to help clients achieve project goals.
We encourage collaboration, sustainability, and innovation.
At Dudek, we abide by shared values:
Trust: We trust each other to use good judgment.
Respect: We act professionally and treat each other fairly.
Teamwork: We come together, share openly, and apply diverse perspectives.
Fun: We take our work seriously...not ourselves.
Well-Being : We care about each other's health, safety, and total wellness.
Our culture is the foundation of who we are and how we work. We empower our employee-owners to invest in our local communities and themselves through initiatives that make Dudek a great place to work! Our cultural programs include:
- DuGreen: Our sustainability initiative, which works to improve our environmental footprint
- DuGood: Our philanthropic initiative, which seeks to support the communities in which we live and work through fundraising challenges, office-based giving and opportunity to take a paid volunteer day each year.
- eDUcate: Our educational outreach program where we aim to foster interest in our work and careers in the environmental and engineering field by participating in educational events in our communities.
- DuWell: Our wellness initiative, aimed at providing education on wellness, benefit resources, and preventive care.
At Dudek, we recognize that different perspectives, inclusivity, trust and belonging build a stronger culture and add value to our firm. Dudek's Employee Resource (ERGs) operate as diversity champions within Dudek and create a safe space for underrepresented employees and their allies to support, collaborate, network, and brainstorm ways to make Dudek's work community more inclusive. We proudly support our 4 Employee Resource Groups (ERG's):
- Women at Dudek
- Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) community
- Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) employees
- Disabled employees (all disabilities, seen / unseen)
Learn more about our culture. (
About The Job
We are seeking a full-time Senior Archaeologist for our Pasadena or Mission Viejo office. The successful applicant will manage and implement diverse cultural resources projects and work collaboratively with existing Dudek staff. Direct experience working in the greater Los Angeles, Orange County, and Inland Empire is strongly desired, as well as the ability to travel and work outside of the local area. The qualified candidate will have experience with client relations and seeing projects to completion from start to finish.
Learn more about the projects ( you will have the opportunity to shape.
Who You Are
To thrive at Dudek, you should be comfortable with accountability, collaboration, flexibility while being a resourceful and independent thinker. We look for curious, solution-focused people who can adapt quickly to an ever-changing industry. There is no single way to solve a problem, so we encourage innovation.
Duties and Responsibilities (may include some or all of the below):
- Ability to successfully manage all aspects of small-, medium-, and large-sized projects, including archeological monitoring, surveys, subsurface explorations, significance testing, and mitigation data recovery investigations requiring scope of work/technical approach, budget, and schedule preparation.
- The applicant would implement and manage archaeological monitoring, survey, and excavation projects from start to finish, responsibilities of which include:
- knowing and applying local, state, and federal regulations for cultural resources
- preparing research design, scopes of work, and permit application,
- coordinating with our project administrators and accountants to set up, organize, and manage projects according to the scope of work,
- coordinating with clients, Native American tribes, and agency staff and managing expectations for each project,
- coordinating within Dudek to ensure the project is staffed appropriately,
- directing fieldwork in-person where required or delegating responsibility for field direction to qualified staff while maintain open communication with field staff,
- reviewing the field crew's daily logs and other field forms, notes, and collected GIS data for quality control and to ensure fieldwork continues to meet contractual obligations and state and federal standards for cultural resources investigations,
- leading laboratory analysis for collected materials and coordinating with our laboratory manager for collections processing, analysis, and curation.
- authoring, reviewing, and managing the timely submittal of cultural resources monitoring, survey, and excavation technical reports, and addressing any comments from the client, tribes, or agency staff,
- continuing to support the client through the project's regulatory process, as necessary
- The applicant will be expected to maintain our existing client relationships and develop relationships with new clients. Ability to champion proposals, collaborate with our marketing team and other team members, and clearly communicate our qualifications, experience, and work approach to a potential client will be necessary.
- The applicant may supervise and mentor junior staff, conduct performance reviews, and encourage junior staff with career pathing and professional development.
- The applicant will have attention and commitment to timely completion of high-quality work.
- The applicant will have excellent written and oral communication skills.
Minimum Requirements
- A graduate degree (Master's or Doctoral degree in archaeology or anthropology)
- Minimum of 8 years' supervisory experience in cultural resources management, or equivalent experience in regulatory setting.
- Knowledge of the history, archaeology, and ethnography of Southern California
- A working knowledge of local, State, and federal cultural resources regulations and guidelines
- Ability to manage field crews and to logically support field decisions
- Supervisory and management experience
- Business development experience
- Excellent writing skills
- Good knowledge and application of CEQA/NEPA analyses for cultural resources and tribal cultural resources
- Willingness to travel to a project location for several consecutive days
- Must possess a valid driver's license and have active personal automobile liability insurance by first day of employment
- As a federal contractor, successful candidates are required to pass the following pre-employment requirements prior to beginning employment: pre - employment drug test and background check.
Preferred Qualifications
- Supervisory and management experience in archaeological monitoring, survey, and excavation projects and experience completing projects for a variety of client types: private, local governments, state and federal agencies.
- Knowledge of and experience using ESRI ArcGIS Online and Field Maps
Physical Requirements
Working Conditions:
- This job operates in a remote or office-based environment and this role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, printers, etc.
- Will occasionally require fieldwork that can include workdays over 8 hours long.
- This job requires occasional project site visits-based outdoors which can include excessive noise, uneven walking surfaces, extreme weather, moving vehicles and equipment.
Physical Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met in order to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.
- This job requires working on a computer, sitting or standing for long periods of time in an office or remote office setting.
- This job requires attending meetings, both in person and virtually as well as speaking on the phone with peers, clients, etc. Speaking, hearing and listening are required.
- Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Proposed Salary Range: $100,000-$150,000 annually
*Final agreed upon compensation will be based on a variety of factors including but not limited to an individual's related experience, education, certifications, skills, and work location.
Perks of Being a Dudekian
At Dudek we will provide you with a competitive salary in an environment that promotes growth, career development, and a flexible work-life balance. Dudek offers an array of benefits, from medical, dental, and vision coverage, to the discretionary bonuses, based on firmwide, divisional, and individual performance.
We also offer a yearly merit review, an employee stock ownership program, and dog friendly offices! To honor our key value of well-being, Dudek provides generous Paid Time Off (PTO) packages for both salaried and hourly employees. If you're tired of an overly bureaucratic decision-making process and want to be part of a work culture that puts its employees first, speak with your recruiter to learn more about the great perks of being a Dudekian.
Dudek is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by applicable law.
Dudek is a U.S.-based employer. All positions are based in the U.S. and require U.S. work authorization.
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