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Project Archeologist/Principal Investigator

Fifth Ward/Frenchtown, Texas
Closing date
Mar 28, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
Organization Type
General Responsibilities:

Project Archeologist / Principal Investigator to work in our Houston, TX office under the direction of the Archeology Group Manager. This is a full-time position with benefits.

Cultural Resources is part of our Environmental Planning group, which also includes NEPA Planning and full-service Natural Resources capabilities. Our team works collaboratively with these and other Environmental practice areas to support Terracon's regional, statewide, and national client base. As a Project Archeologist / Principal Investigator, you will work closely with our Archaeology Group Manager to supervise, mentor, and help support the professional growth of our cultural resources team. This team includes full- and part-time employees at various stages of career development. You will support our team's continued growth through expanded market share and successful project delivery. You will be a leader in understanding and supporting Terracon's safety culture and expectations. You will play an important role in helping support proposal development and project delivery in our region and across Texas with opportunities to work in other regions of the U.S. You may be asked to help support business development activities with office and department leadership.

Essential Roles and Responsibilities:
  • Follow safety rules, guidelines, and standards. Participate in pre-task planning. Report any safety issues or concerns to management.
  • Be responsible for maintaining quality standards on projects.
  • Responsible for conducting fieldwork and writing more complicated reports for testing and data recovery projects.
  • Manages a field crew and ensures that Field Technicians and Crew Chiefs are performing fieldwork to the highest standards.
  • Serves as Principal Investigator (PI) on survey, testing, and small data recovery projects.
  • Conducts archival research or field documentation and ensures the team is recording appropriate information or conducting appropriate analyses.
  • Prepare proposals, methodologies, and research designs for various types and phases of archeological projects.
  • Maintain and provide QA/QC on field documentation and paperwork.
  • Oversee work performed by field and laboratory technicians, under the direction of the Archaeology Group Manager.
  • Support other non-archeological Environmental Planning projects, tasks, and activities as assigned.
  • Serves as a Subject Matter Expert on projects in preparation of becoming an Authorized Project Reviewer.

  • Experience with ArcGIS and digital field recording tools and platforms.
  • 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.
  • Previous experience with and understanding of curation procedures and requirements according to standards within Texas.
  • Experience and technical familiarity with multiple artifact and/or historic resource categories commonly encountered in Texas and/or surrounding region(s).

  • Graduate degree (MA, MSc, PhD) in Anthropology, Archaeology, or related discipline and a minimum of 5-7 years of experience in the practice.
  • Working knowledge of the Antiquities Code of Texas, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and other pertinent State and Federal legislation.
  • Experience with writing technical reports that meet and exceed regulatory requirements and standards in Texas and other States.
  • Ability to direct staff technicians regarding data collection, preparation of figures and maps, and report production. Ability to mentor and supervise junior staff.
  • 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, and ability to work in extreme (hot/cold) weather conditions.
  • Ability to travel for overnight (including multiple days away) work assignments.
  • Ability to pass drug screening.
  • Valid U.S. driver's license, with acceptable violation history.

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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