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Principal Investigator (Terrestrial Archaeology - Southwest)

Southeastern Archaeological Research, Inc. "SEARCH"
TX, Texas
Closing date
Jul 19, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Title: Principal Investigator (Terrestrial Archaeology - Southwest)
Job Location: Remote - Southwestern US
Job Posting #: PI-SW-2024
Job Link: SEARCH Job Postings - Direct Applications

Position Information

SEARCH is seeking a Principal Investigator to support in driving the success of projects and staff in the Southwest region of the United States.

Successful candidates will have a background in cultural resource management and experience managing archaeological projects. The candidate should have excellent technical writing skills and the ability to produce reports for review by subject matter experts on behalf of federal, state, and tribal agencies under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, among other historic preservation laws/regulations.

The position responsibilities include coordinating field, research, and lab tasks, as well as report preparation; working with the crew to ensure fieldwork is executed in a timely fashion and meets the applicable standards; writing high quality technical reports; quality control/assurance of technical reports; managing project staff; and coordinating the development of project Health & Safety plans. The candidate should be detail-oriented and organized, work well with others, and be able to work efficiently on simultaneous projects under tight deadlines. Excellent verbal and written communication, the ability to work autonomously and in a team environment, and the ability to travel are critical to the position.

This is a full-time salaried position that may be either be remote or office-based, depending on the candidate's location and preference. We provide a flexible work environment, a professional and collaborative atmosphere, and a wide range of projects and opportunities for our staff. SEARCH offers a competitive total compensation package with strong health and wellness and retirement plans. Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance, group term life insurance, 401(k) plan with match, 10 paid holidays per year, and unlimited paid time off (PTO). Pay is commensurate with education and experience.

In this role, the successful candidate will:
  • Provide expertise regarding field strategies, research, and regulatory requirements at the state, regional, and federal levels;
  • Prepare research designs and build research teams;
  • Oversee research, fieldwork, data analysis, report preparation, and other tasks to ensure that the research goals, budgets, schedules, and contract requirements of each project are met;
  • Recommend and deploy state-of-the-art technology and methodology;
  • Serve as the primary author and researcher on technical reports;
  • Ensure research quality, research integrity, and original authorship of all project deliverables;
  • Prepare research articles, papers, and presentations for academic and industry venues;
  • Conduct field visits and occasional archaeological fieldwork;
  • Develop project proposals, cost estimates, and schedules;
  • Train and mentor archaeologists and report authors;
  • Maintain the highest professional standards;
  • Maintain strong project team relationships;
  • Develop and manage agency and client relationships;
  • Communicate project developments to the project team, company leadership, and clients; and
  • Support other duties as assigned.


Qualifications Required:
  • Master's degree in Anthropology or related field;
  • Minimum three (3) years of supervisory experience encompassing time in field, laboratory, and office;
  • Must meet the Secretary of the Interior's professional qualifications standards for archaeology and be an RPA or be eligible to become an RPA;
  • Expertise in state and federal laws and guidelines governing cultural resources management;
  • Demonstrated ability to support projects in a timely and cost-effective manner;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; and
  • Based in southwestern, U.S.

Qualifications Preferred:
  • Strong Texas based archaeological experience.

Application Requirements:
  • CV/resume
  • Cover letter
  • Minimum of three professional references.
  • Two writing samples (if a collaborative report, identify sections authored).
  • Supplementary materials should be sent to Include the Job Posting code (PI-SW-2024) in the subject line of your email.

Other Important Need-To-Know Information
  • This position can be based remotely but applicants must be based in the region for project deployment.
  • Applicants must be eligible to be employed in the United States.
  • The position requires occasional travel.
  • SEARCH offers a competitive total compensation package with strong health and wellness and retirement plans.
  • Pay is commensurate with education and experience.
  • SEARCH is strongly committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where a variety of backgrounds, cultures, orientations, ideas, and talents can flourish.
  • SEARCH is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
  • SEARCH is an Affirmative Action Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace.
  • Employment offers are contingent upon satisfactory verification of criminal, education, driving, and/or employment background checks as well as passing results from a pre-employment drug screen.


Over land and under water, SEARCH is an archaeology firm that deploys the full spectrum of cultural heritage services worldwide. SEARCH2O, our maritime program, is at the forefront of historic shipwreck and submerged pre-contact archaeology, paleolandscape reconstruction, and deep-water archaeology. Our staff are cultural resource industry leaders, pioneers, and subject matter experts across 45 Market, Regional, and Research Sectors. Since 1993, we have completed more than 4,000 commercial and government projects in 48 US states, 6 US territories, and 36 countries spanning 7 continents and 4 oceans. By integrating science, technology, and creativity, we harness the power of the past to advance the projects, places, and people we serve.

For more information about SEARCH, please visit and follow us on Facebook , Instagram , and LinkedIn .


SEARCH Compensation and Benefits include:
  • Competitive Salary
  • Per Diem (for overnight travel)
  • SEARCH-subsidized Group Health Insurance (including Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage)
  • SEARCH-provided Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • SEARCH-provided Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • SEARCH-provided Group Term Life Insurance
  • Voluntary Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Emergency Travel Assistance
  • Generous 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Holidays (10)
  • Unlimited Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Merit-Based Raises, Bonuses, and Promotions

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