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Senior Archaeologist

Employer
Terracon
Location
Des Moines, Iowa
Closing date
May 17, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Discipline
Archaeology
Hours
Full Time
Organization Type
Business
General Responsibilities:

Are you looking to join an established environmental planning practice with the opportunity to build your own local cultural resources team? We are looking for a Senior Archaeologist to build and lead the Iowa Archaeology Group to facilitate ongoing and cultivate future opportunities for archaeological services. This will also entail collaborating with our established Principal Investigators (PIs) and archaeological teams across the Midwest-as well as our network of archaeologists across the continental United States. This is a full-time position with benefits.

We are an employee-owned organization that focuses on supporting our staff and their development while providing exceptional customer service to our clients.

Essential Roles and Responsibilities:
  • Follow safety rules, guidelines, and standards for all projects. Participate in pre-task planning. Report any safety issues or concerns to management.
  • Be responsible for maintaining quality standards on all projects.
  • Design, conduct, and report on archaeological investigations of all types (pre-contact, historic, industrial, rural, urban) and phases (survey, evaluation, mitigation) to regulatory agency standards on projects located in the central region with an emphasis on Iowa and the upper Midwest.
  • Conduct independent pre-contact and historic documentary research
  • Develop proposals, methodologies, and research designs for all types and phases of archaeological projects.
  • Supervise and coordinate field and laboratory crews.
  • Coordinate and assist internal and external clients with cultural resources regulatory compliance.
  • Coordinate with other Archaeological Principal Investigators and historians within Terracon across the region and nationally.
  • Market our archaeological services to new and existing clients.
  • Manage projects within budget and deadline constraints.
  • Grow and manage a local team of full and part time field archaeologists.

Preferred:
  • Professional experience as an Archaeological Principal Investigator in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota.
  • Professional experience working on solar farms, commercial developments, linear projects, and communications tower projects.
  • Experience writing bid and proposal packages for large multi-year state and federal government contracts.
  • Experience marketing archaeological services.
  • Experience managing a team of archaeologists.
  • Listed as a Registered Professional Archaeologist or ability to obtain RPA status.

Required
  • Meet SOI Qualifications as Principal Investigator
  • Ability to work as an Archaeological Principal Investigator under the requirements of the State Historic Preservation Office in Iowa.
  • Minimum of Master's degree in Anthropology or closely related field.
  • A minimum of fifteen (15) years of experience with increasing responsibility, including at least one (1) year of experience serving as a Principal Investigator and/or Project Archaeologist in U.S. with a professional cultural resource, architectural, or engineering firm or a federal or state agency such as a State Historic Preservation Office.
  • Intimate knowledge of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
  • 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 lead teams of archaeologists to complete fieldwork, reporting, lab work and curation in compliance with regulatory obligations.
  • Eligibility to work in the United States without sponsorship.
  • Ability to pass drug screening.
  • Possession of a U.S. driver's license, with acceptable violation history.

Terracon is a 100% employee-owned consulting engineering firm providing quality services to clients. Since 1965, Terracon has evolved into a successful multi-discipline firm specializing in environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services. Terracon currently has more than 6,000 employees in more than 175 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon's growth is due to valued employees 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. This position may also qualify for relocation expense reimbursement.

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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