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Senior-level Archaeologist

Seattle, Washington
Closing date
May 25, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
Organization Type
Job DescriptionJob DescriptionWho 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
We are seeking a full-time, senior-level Archaeologist for our Seattle office. The successful applicant will help build the cultural resources practice locally in the City of Seattle and surrounding area; manage and implement diverse cultural resources projects; and work collaboratively with existing Dudek staff. Direct experience working in Washington, Oregon, and the rest of the Pacific Northwest is strongly desired, as well as the ability to travel and work outside of the local area, if required. The qualified candidate will have experience with client relations and seeing projects to completion from start to finish. This is a great opportunity for a motivated candidate to help grow the cultural resources program in Seattle.
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):
  • The applicant will be expected to maintain our existing client relationships and develop relationships with new clients in the greater Seattle area. Ability to champion proposals, collaborate with our marketing team and other team members, and clearly communicate our qualifications, experience, and work approach to a potential client will be necessary.
  • The applicant will be expected to implement and manage from start to finish all aspects of small-, medium-, and large-sized projects, including surveys, subsurface explorations, significance testing, mitigation data recovery investigations, and archeological monitoring, responsibilities of which include:
    • knowing and applying local, state, and federal regulations for cultural resources
    • preparing research designs, scopes of work/technical approaches, schedules preparation, and permit applications,
    • coordinating with our project administrators and accountants to set up, organize, and manage projects according to the scope of work,
    • coordinating with clients, Native American tribes, and agency staff and managing expectations for each project,
    • coordinating within Dudek to ensure the project is staffed appropriately,
    • directing fieldwork in-person where required or delegating responsibility for field direction to qualified staff while maintain open communication with field staff,
    • reviewing the field crew's daily logs and other field forms, notes, and collected GIS data for quality control and to ensure fieldwork continues to meet contractual obligations and state and federal standards for cultural resources investigations,
    • leading laboratory analysis for collected materials and coordinating with our laboratory manager for collections processing, analysis, and curation.
    • authoring, reviewing, and managing the timely submittal of cultural resources monitoring, survey, and excavation technical reports, and addressing any comments from the client, tribes, or agency staff,
    • continuing to support the client through the project's regulatory process, as necessary
  • The applicant will hire, supervise, and mentor junior staff in collaboration with other senior staff; conduct performance reviews; and encourage junior staff with career pathing and professional development.
  • The applicant will have attention and commitment to timely completion of high-quality work.
  • The applicant will have and apply excellent written and oral communication skills.

Minimum Requirements
  • Graduate degree (Master's or Doctoral degree in archaeology or anthropology)
  • Minimum of 12 years' supervisory and management experience in cultural resource management, or equivalent experience in regulatory setting
  • Knowledge of the history, archaeology, and ethnography of Washington, Oregon, and elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest
  • A working knowledge of local state, and federal cultural resources regulations and guidelines
  • Supervisory and management experience in archaeological monitoring, survey, and excavation projects in Washington and Oregon, and experience completing projects for a variety of client types: private, local governments, state and federal agencies
  • Ability to manage junior staff and field crews and to logistically support project decisions
  • Business development experience
  • Excellent writing skills (writing samples will be requested)
  • Willingness to travel to a project location for several consecutive days
  • 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
  • Maintains good relationships with staff at the City of Seattle, surrounding counties, and state and federal agencies active in the region.
  • Knowledge of and experience using ESRI ArcGIS Online and Field Maps
Physical Requirements
Working Conditions:
  • This job operates in a remote or office-based environment and this role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, printers, etc.
  • Will occasionally require fieldwork that can include workdays over 8 hours long.
  • This job requires occasional project site visits-based 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 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.

Proposed Salary Range: $110,000-$145,000 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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