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Mid-to-Senior Level Staff Archaeologist

Santa Cruz, California
Closing date
Apr 30, 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. We empower our employee-owners to invest in our local communities and themselves through initiatives that make Dudek a great place to work! Our cultural programs include:
  • DuGreen: Our sustainability initiative, which works to improve our environmental footprint
  • DuGood: Our philanthropic initiative, which seeks to support the communities in which we live and work through fundraising challenges, office-based giving and opportunity to take a paid volunteer day each year.
  • eDUcate: Our educational outreach program where we aim to foster interest in our work and careers in the environmental and engineering field by participating in educational events in our communities.
  • DuWell: Our wellness initiative, aimed at providing education on wellness, benefit resources, and preventive care.
At Dudek, we recognize that different perspectives, inclusivity, trust and belonging build a stronger culture and add value to our firm. Dudek's Employee Resource (ERGs) operate as diversity champions within Dudek and create a safe space for underrepresented employees and their allies to support, collaborate, network, and brainstorm ways to make Dudek's work community more inclusive. We proudly support our 4 Employee Resource Groups (ERG's):
  • Women at Dudek
  • Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) community
  • Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) employees
  • Disabled employees (all disabilities, seen / unseen)
Learn more about our culture.

About The Job
Dudek, an award winning multi-disciplinary environmental consulting firm with over 30 years of excellence in the state of California, is seeking to fill a mid-level staff archaeologist position for our Santa Cruz office. The qualified candidate will have an M.A. or Ph.D in anthropology or a closely related field and at least six years of experience in cultural resource management. The qualified candidate will have strong background in research and writing along with the ability to travel. Additional preferred skills include a strong work ethic and an analytical expertise.

The successful candidate should have excellent writing and communication skills and a working knowledge of California pre-contact and historic archaeology, including knowledge of the archaeological record of the Monterey Bay and San Francisco Bay areas. Familiarity with local, State, and federal cultural resources regulations and guidelines is a plus.

Primary work is expected to be conducted on California's Central Coast and the San Francisco Bay area, although responsibilities may include projects in other areas of California, the Great Basin, and elsewhere. Dudek's clients include private and public entities. Projects include planning and implementation ventures that range from on-call contracts, environmental impact report support, solar and wind infrastructure, and transportation, among others.

Successful candidates will be able to work under physically strenuous conditions. Good communication skills, ability to work as a crew member and/or manage field crews, ensure paperwork is completed accurately, and to logically support field decisions are also desirable qualities.

Learn more about the projects you will have the opportunity to shape.

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):
  • Will work under the direct supervision of Senior cultural staff, as well as in coordination with other cultural resources staff throughout Dudek
  • There is potential for a hybrid work schedule; however, the reporting office is expected to be in Santa Cruz
  • Primary fieldwork and reporting focus will be in the Central California region, although incidental fieldwork and reporting for projects in elsewhere in California, Nevada, or other locations, depending on expertise and need, may be required
  • Work is intended to be approximately 50% in the field and 50% in the office, although this may vary depending on project and seasonal fieldwork needs
  • 40/hr per week with possible salaried option
  • Knowledge of regional archaeology
  • Team player
Minimum Requirements
  • M.A. or Ph.D (can be in progress) or similar degree in Anthropology/Archaeology or a closely related field
  • Minimum of 6 years work experience in archaeology completing fieldwork, analysis, and reporting
  • A motivated work ethic
  • 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
  • Proactive, archaeological field experience, strong writing, communication, organization, and problem-solving skills.
  • Analytical expertise in a specialized field related to anthropology or archaeology.
Physical Requirements
Working Conditions:
  • This job requires work indoors and 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 requires walking, hiking, digging, and other manual work relating to standard field methods.
  • This job requires 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 peers, clients, etc. 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.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Proposed Salary Range: $65,000-$90,000 annually*
*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.
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.
Dudek is a U.S.-based employer. All positions are based in the U.S. and require U.S. work authorization.

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