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Cultural Resources Specialist - Senior Level (Hybrid)

Barr Engineering
College Heights Durango, Colorado
Closing date
May 28, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Organization Type


Barr is looking to hire a full-time Archaeological Principal Investigator to support our growing cultural resource management practice in the Southwest region of the United States. The person in this position will work with Barr scientists and engineers, clients, and regulatory agencies to address cultural resources and regulatory issues related to Barr projects. Work may include:
  • Performing due diligence reviews for cultural resource management projects
  • Developing documentation and coordinating with the State Historic Preservation Office and Tribal Historic Preservation Program for Section 106 concurrence
  • Drafting and reviewing sections of state and federal environmental review documents
  • Assisting with permit applications and other technical writing
  • Helping clients interpret regulations and work within regulatory constraints
  • Developing preliminary reports required for project approvals
  • Preparing documents and reports related to the mitigation of project impacts
  • Coordinating and/or conducting field studies, including managing cultural resources subconsultants

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in industrial archaeology, archaeology, anthropology, historic preservation, or related field or equivalent education and experience
  • 5 years of experience in cultural resources management
  • Meets the Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualification Standards in archaeology
  • Ability to obtain required permits to perform archaeological surveys on federal, state, and public land in the Four Corners (New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Section 106, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and state regulations concerning cultural and natural resources management
  • Experience with literature reviews, field surveys, National Register evaluations, data recovery investigations, construction monitoring, scheduling, budgeting, and report preparation
  • Ability to work cooperatively with local, state, and federal regulators
  • Superior writing, editing, and communication skills
  • Valid driver's license and acceptable driving record
  • Legal authorization to work in the United States without the need for sponsorship from Barr, now or in the future

Preferred Qualifications:
  • 10 or more years of experience in cultural resources management
  • Consulting experience
  • Experience as a principal investigator performing and directing others in literature reviews, field surveys, National Register evaluations, data recovery investigations, construction monitoring, scheduling, budgeting, and report preparation
  • Other environmental permitting experience (e.g., wetlands, state permits, water appropriation and discharge, etc.)
  • Experience facilitating consultation with tribal communities
  • Experience leading and/or presenting at public meetings
  • Experience writing a variety of sections (e.g., socioeconomics, environmental justice, cumulative effects, etc.) for environmental review documents
  • Familiarity with GIS
  • Task and project management experience, including development of scopes of work, schedules, and budgets
  • Demonstrated success in business development activities, including client engagement and proposal development
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in building working relationships across multi-dimensional teams
  • Aptitude for developing client relationships and business opportunities

A hybrid work arrangement may be considered for this position. A hybrid work arrangement refers to splitting time worked between a Barr office and a home office. This position is based out of Barr's Durango, Colorado or Farmington, New Mexico offices.

Colorado Applicants Only:


The anticipated base salary range for this position is $90,000-$115,000/year. Compensation will vary based upon experience, education, skill level, and other compensable factors. Employees in this position may also be eligible for a discretionary cash bonus. Our compensation comes in more ways than traditional base salary, and we believe that when all those elements are combined, our compensation is a competitive part of the total value proposition of working at Barr.


People report that they stay at Barr because of the camaraderie and career opportunities. Another draw is our competitive package of employee benefits, which includes professional development funding, 401(k) retirement savings plan, employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) participation, medical and dental insurance, life insurance, disability and accidental death insurance, flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses, paid holidays, paid time off, and compensatory time for exempt/salaried staff (time off or pay for extra time worked).

NOTE: Applicants must be able to work in locations that feature rough terrain typical of construction and industrial sites, and to enter and work in facilities that include limited accessibility, moving machinery, high temperature and pressure process equipment, and other conditions typical of large industrial facilities. Job assignments may involve work on waste disposal sites and sites requiring cleanup of hazardous materials. Some work locations may also feature rough terrain, steep slopes, and dense vegetation. An OSHA-mandated physical exam may be required; safety training will be provided.


Open positions at Barr Engineering Co. do not have application deadlines. Barr Engineering Co. is an equal opportunity employer, and all applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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