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On-call Crew Chief Archaeologist

Kansas City, Missouri
Closing date
Jun 2, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
Organization Type
Our Business
We are a global leader in environmental consulting - made stronger with the recent acquisition of Wood's Environment & Infrastructure business and Golder - with world-class expertise in environmental, social and governance (ESG), climate resiliency & sustainability (CRS), and earth sciences. Combined we have over 20,000 multidisciplinary professionals worldwide collaborating daily to protect and conserve natural landscapes, create firm foundations for communities to stand on, and champion sustainable development to combat climate change.
As part of the team, you will have access to an unparalleled network of resources and endless opportunities to collaborate on exciting projects with diverse teammates from across the globe.
This Opportunity
WSP is currently initiating a search for multiple on-call Archaeological Crew Chiefs for our Fayetteville, Arkansas office for a long-term Phase III archaeological data recovery project at five multi-component Pre-Contact archaeological sites in northwest Arkansas . The sites are located in close proximity to each other. and contain components dating from the Late Archaic through the Late Pre-Contact periods. It is probable that the sites contain the remains of the early use of plants of the Eastern Agricultural Complex, and experience on Pre-Contact sites, and with the identification and excavation of Pre-Contact features, is particularly desirable.
WSP USA is a global leader in environmental consulting, recently made stronger with the acquisition of Wood's Environment & Infrastructure. Our Cultural Resources Management Team are located across the United States, with over 30 cultural resources professionals housed in our offices in Louisville, Kentucky ; Lexington, Kentucky ; Kansas City, Missouri ; and Jefferson City, Missouri .
Fieldwork is expected to begin late Spring 2024 and will run through mid-to-late 2025. There will be breaks in field sessions due to weather and other factors. But due to a large backlog of additional projects, WSP can offer additional projects / employment on an on-call basis during breaks in the Phase III work, and potentially beyond the completion of the project.
This is an on-call, hourly position. Hourly rates are industry competitive ( $22.50-24.50/hour , depending on North American CRM experience and regional archaeological experience).
Candidates local to Arkansas, Missouri, eastern Oklahoma, and eastern Kansas are ideal due to work location and schedule, but all qualified applicants will be considered. WSP also has ongoing Phase I, II, and III work in other states and with additional upcoming work.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Assist in supervising fieldwork on multiple Phase III data recovery projects (with additional work at Phase I and II levels), with specific tasks including:
- archaeological test unit and shovel test excavation;
- excavation of cultural features;
- recovery and identification of archaeological artifacts and other materials;
- use archaeological field forms to record archaeological data, including type and number of artifacts, soil color (Munsell) and soil textures, and other relevant information;
- Document findings through detailed note taking;
- Ability to assist/lead other field team members;
- Familiarity with GPS technology is preferred;
- Work effectively as part of a team;
- Exercise responsible and ethical decision-making regarding company funds, resources and conduct and adhere to WSP's Code of Conduct and related policies and procedures;
- Strictly abide by WSP's health, safety and drug/alcohol and harassment policies.
Minimum Qualifications:
- Undergraduate degree in anthropology / archaeology or a closely related field;
- Archaeological field school or similar archaeological field experience;
- At least six (6) months supervisory field experience in North American CRM archaeology;
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
- Self-motivated, physically able to conduct all aspects of fieldwork in all weather conditions, and be able to follow instructions.
Additional / Preferred Qualifications:
- Prior experience with Pre-Contact archaeological sites in Arkansas, eastern Oklahoma, and the surrounding region;
- Pre-Contact lithic artifact identification and analysis.
Additional Information:
- Single occupancy hotel rooms during the fieldwork sessions for the duration of the projects and paid directly by WSP;
- Fieldwork sessions will be 10 days on / 4 days off, with the first and last day of each 10-day as a paid travel day;
- Flat-rate per diem / meal reimbursement at $59 / day for regular work days, with 75% ($44.25) for travel days. No receipts are required;
- Transportation on workdays from hotel to work site provided by WSP, and workday begins and ends in hotel parking lot;
- Opportunities for full-time employment and advancement;
- WSP bBenefits package includes modified holiday pay, paid time off accrual, and 401(k)K plan;
- Relocation assistance is not available for this position;
- To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.
About WSP
WSP USA is the U.S. operating company of WSP, one of the world's leading engineering and professional services firms. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the buildings, transportation, energy, water and environment markets. With more than 15,000 employees in over 300 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper.
WSP provides a flexible and agile workplace model while meeting client needs. Employees are also afforded a comprehensive suite of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, life, and retirement savings focused on providing health and financial stability throughout the employee's career.
At WSP, we want to give our employees the challenges they seek to grow their careers and knowledge base. Your daily contributions to your team will be essential in meeting client objectives, goals and challenges. Are you ready to get started?
WSP USA (and all of its U.S. companies) is an Equal Opportunity Employer Race/Age/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Disability or Protected Veteran Status.
The selected candidate must be authorized to work in the United States.
WSP does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters, employment agencies, or other staffing services. Unsolicited resumes include any resume or hiring document sent to WSP in the absence of a signed Service Agreement where WSP has expressly requested recruitment/staffing services specific to the position at hand. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers or other business leaders, will become the property of WSP and WSP will have the right to hire that candidate without reservation - no fee or other compensation will be owed or paid to the recruiter, employment agency, or other staffing service.

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