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Project Archaeologist

When Saturday Comes
Arizona City, Arizona
Closing date
Mar 5, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
Organization Type
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt, Hourly

Reports To: Regional Manager

Job Type: Full-Time, Regular

Compensation: $32 - $38 per hour based on experience

Benefits: Full-Time benefits eligible

The Project Archaeologist supports various projects throughout the Southwest primarily in a remote office setting (employee will be assigned to either the Mesa, AZ or Cedar City, UT office); some fieldwork may be required when additional support is needed (ideally 85% office, 15% field). When necessary to support fieldwork, it may range from single day to multi-day projects. Travel costs to and from field projects will be provided or reimbursed.


Established in 1999, Transcon Environmental, Inc., offers environmental consulting services throughout the United States with our Corporate Office based in Mesa, AZ and offices in Ferndale, and Santa Rosa, California; Cedar City and Draper, Utah; and Rawlins, Wyoming.

We are a steadily growing company with telecommuting opportunities employing over 200 employees throughout the United States. Our highly successful team of environmental planners, biologists and archaeologists provides environmental planning, permitting, and compliance as well as infrastructure siting, Class I and Class III studies, Historic Property Treatment Plans, and environmental construction management and monitoring. We offer our employees development opportunities, competitive wages, and benefits.

JOB SUMMARY: This position will plan and support cultural resources projects throughout the Southwest, including fieldwork coordination, field data management, deliverables preparation and support, agency coordination, and other cultural resources-related project activities.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions:
  • Pre-field literature reviews
  • Background and archival research
  • Plan and coordinate fieldwork
  • Assess and manage field data collected by others
  • Archaeological site and isolate field documentation
  • NRHP eligibility evaluations
  • Draft deliverables preparation and deliverable revisions
  • Daily monitoring and/or inspection forms
  • Draft monitoring reports, testing and excavation logs, and excavation technical reports
  • Coordinate with state and federal agencies
  • Review cultural resource documents on behalf of state and federal agencies
  • Serve as a Field Director or Principal Investigator
  • Conduct Class III (intensive pedestrian) cultural resources inventory
  • Document archaeological sites and IOs/IFs
  • Conduct probing, shovel testing, and/or data recovery excavation
  • Conduct archaeological monitoring during various construction activities
  • Participate in and lead business development tasks, such as writing proposal tasks, championing proposals, and collaborating with the wider management to build the southwest cultural program
  • Support, actively participate, and act in accordance with Wright's and Transcon Environmental' s culture of safety and employee ownership.
  • Comply with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations; maintains knowledge of and follows all company policies and procedures.
  • Maintain regular and punctual attendance at work and meetings.
OTHER DUTIES: Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

  • Completed coursework leading to a degree in archaeology, anthropology, or related field:
    • Crew Member - minimum 2 years of college-level coursework and completion of a field school.
    • Crew Chief - bachelor's degree, completion of a field school, and 1 year of professional experience.
    • Field Director / Project Archaeologist - bachelor's degree, completion of a field school, 2 years of professional experience, and is permitted or qualified for agency permitting based on the SOI Professional Qualification Standards.
    • Principal Investigator - graduate degree, completion of a field school, 2 years professional experience as a Field Director, and is permitted or qualified for agency permitting based on the SOI Professional Qualification Standards.
  • Proficient in prehistoric and/or historic archaeology in the Southwest.
  • Proficient in documenting archaeological sites and isolates in the Southwest.
  • Use hand-held field technology (i.e., ArcGIS phone/tablet application paired with sub-meter GPS receivers)
  • Survey an average of 50 acres/8 miles per day (not including resource documentation) and carry personal health and safety equipment (i.e., personal water, sunscreen, etc.)
  • Work in moderate weather conditions (fluctuating temperatures and inclement weather, including rain and snow)
  • Perform work duties independently and efficiently, while working in a team setting.
  • Ability to follow instruction and to make adjustments when provided feedback.
  • Organized, motivated, thorough, accurate, dependable, and trustworthy.
  • Excellent navigational skills (GPS and compass) and ability to navigate and drive 4WD vehicles.
  • Ability to read, write and speak English sufficient to perform job duties and to interact and communicate with employees and vendors.
  • Proficiency using phone or tablets to document cultural resources.
  • Proficiency with sub-meter GPS receiver.
  • Proficiency with ArcGIS Field Maps and Survey123 applications (for phone or tablet).
  • Permitted or permittable on BLM lands in the Southwest (Field Director or Principal Investigator).
  • Previous NHPA, NEPA, FERC, and/or other cultural or environmental trainings.
  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • Strong communication and organization skills.
  • Ability to evaluate resources for NRHP-eligibility.
  • Authored multiple archaeological site forms and inventory reports.
  • Authored a master's degree thesis.
  • Prior experience supporting state and federal agencies.
  • Prior experience supporting utility compliance inspection projects.

Transcon Environmental Inc employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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