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As-needed Senior-level Archaeologist

Portland, Oregon
Closing date
Mar 21, 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.
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About The Job
We are seeking an as-needed, senior-level Archaeologist for our Portland office. The successful applicant will work collaboratively with existing Dudek staff to help with the technical oversight of the cultural resources team and help manage and implement diverse cultural resources projects. Direct experience working in Oregon, Washington, and the rest of the Pacific Northwest is a must. Expertise in osteoarchaeology, geoarchaeology, or another specialty is strongly desired, as well as the ability to travel and work outside of the local area, if required.
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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):
- The applicant will be expected to assist the cultural resources team with senior review of technical documents and mentorship of junior staff.
- The applicant will also be expected to implement and manage from start to finish all aspects of small-, medium-, and large-sized projects, including surveys, subsurface explorations, significance testing, mitigation data recovery investigations, and archeological monitoring, responsibilities of which include:
- knowing and applying local, state, and federal regulations for cultural resources
- preparing research designs, scopes of work/technical approaches, schedules preparation, and permit applications,
- 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 have attention and commitment to timely completion of high-quality work.
- The applicant will have and apply excellent written and oral communication skills.
Minimum Requirements
- Graduate degree (Master's or Doctoral degree in archaeology or anthropology)
- Minimum of 12 years' supervisory and management experience in cultural resource management, or equivalent experience in regulatory setting
- Knowledge of the history, archaeology, and ethnography of Oregon, Washington, and elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest
- A working knowledge of local state, and federal cultural resources regulations and guidelines
- Supervisory and management experience in archaeological monitoring, survey, and excavation projects in Oregon and Washington, and experience completing projects for a variety of client types: private, local governments, state and federal agencies
- Excellent writing skills (writing samples will be requested)
- 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
- Expertise in osteoarchaeology, geoarchaeology, or another specialty
- Knowledge of and experience using ESRI ArcGIS Online and Field Maps
- Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships
- Ability to provide and receive positive and constructive feedback
- Ability to resolve conflict through collaboration and communication
Physical Requirements
Working Conditions:
- This job operates in an outdoor or office-based environment and this role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, printers, etc.
- This job requires project site visits which are 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 may require 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 government agency representatives, members of the public, and others. 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.
- Outdoor activity may involve walking/trekking in uneven terrain over long distances in extreme weather conditions for extended periods of time.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Proposed Salary Range: $50-$70 hourly
*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.
*As-needed and part-time employees are eligible for our 401(k) plan, sick leave, and our Employee Assistance Program (EAP). As-needed and part-time employees have the option of additional benefits like medical benefits and ESOP participation provided they meet minimum hours worked during the 12-month look back measurement period. Speak with your recruiter to learn more.
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.
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