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Principal Investigator/Senior Archaeologist (Great Plains, Intermountain West, Pacific Coast)

Tetra Tech, Inc.
Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado
Closing date
Jul 23, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
Area Studies, Oceania / Pacific Studies
Organization Type
Tetra Tech Inc., an industry leader and nationally recognized engineering and consulting firm, is seeking professional, motivated, and intelligent candidates to fill an archaeological Principal Investigator role for our Federal NEPA, NHPA, and Environmental Compliance team. The candidate selected will become a part of the Tetra Tech Environmental Government Services cultural resource team and will conduct a variety of field, administrative, and project planning tasks to support DoD and other Federal contracts. This position requires the employee to be a U.S. Citizen due to the projects they will be working on.

The ideal candidate will meet the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation, have a minimum of ten years in cultural resource management and extensive experience managing large archaeological projects in the Great Plains, Intermountain West, and Pacific Coast of the United States.

Discover your full potential. At Tetra Tech, we are collaborating with industry-leading experts for a sustainable future for our world. We combine consulting and engineering with advanced analytics and technology to solve the world's most complex challenges. Our innovation hubs across the globe will enable you to share ideas and best practices while growing your professional network. Wherever you are in your career journey, you will benefit from working with world-class engineers, scientists, and technical specialists.

Apply today and join the company that is Leading with Science.

Your Role:
  • Serve a leading role in the preparation all work plans, letter reports, and technical reports; ensure accuracy of site recordation and data collection; oversee the execution of survey, site testing, data recovery, and monitoring
  • Interface closely with points of contact with the DoD, DoD cooperators, land agencies, and subcontractors
  • Interface with Native American Tribes and Tribal Cultural Specialists to record sites of cultural or religious significance
  • Support Section 106 consultation with SHPOs, THPOs, and other stakeholders
  • Report on the daily work of crew chiefs, field directors, and field crews and interface with project managers
  • Provide technical guidance and expertise to others in support of their functions
  • Coordinate technical crew members, including field directors and crew chiefs, to complete assigned tasks. Serving as a field director may be required based upon the project
  • Assist with training and mentoring cultural resource staff on themes such as the Section 106 process, developing historic contexts and research designs, evaluating site eligibility and project effects, and site recording protocols
  • Develop, track, and maintain field schedules

  • Master's Degree in Anthropology/Archaeology with a concentration in North American Archaeology
  • A minimum of ten years of archaeological experience, particularly in the Great Plains, Intermountain West, and Pacific Coast
  • Must meet the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation
  • Currently hold, or have the ability to hold, all Principal Investigator permits for survey and excavation in states in the Great Plains and Intermountain West
  • Ability to work outdoors in extreme temperatures in remote locations and walk up to 10 miles a day in steep terrain. Willingness to work field sessions up to two weeks long
  • Willingness to travel both regionally and nationally for sessions up to two weeks long on a routine basis
  • Proficiency with ESRI products including Survey123, FieldMaps, and ArcPro is required.
  • In-depth knowledge of NRHP and NEPA policy
  • Archaeological experience in other U.S. regions is also valued
  • Prior experience writing work plans, management summaries, technical reports, and NEPA cultural sections is required.
  • Proven history of Section 106 consultation with SHPOs, THPOs, and government agencies
  • Prior experience carrying large projects through to completion, with a demonstrated record of overseeing survey, evaluative testing, data recovery, and monitoring efforts, is required
  • Direct experience with DoD clients - particularly the Air Force - is highly desired.
  • Previous work with SHPOs in CO, NE, ND, MT, UT, and WY is highly desired.

Salary Range: $91,500 - $120,640, depending on experience

About Tetra Tech:

Tetra Tech combines the resources of a global, multibillion-dollar company with local, client-focused delivery in more than 550 locations around the world. Our reputation rests on the technical expertise and dedication of our employees-27,000 associates working together to provide smart, scalable solutions for challenging projects. We are proud to be home to leading technical experts in water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development.

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Tetra Tech is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Diversity, inclusion, and equity are among Tetra Tech's core values. Throughout our history, the company has prioritized equitable inclusion of all people. All qualified candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, military or veteran status, gender, age, disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information and any other characteristics protected by the law. We invite resumes from all interested parties. Please visit our website at to see the array of diverse services and exciting projects we are currently working on.

Tetra Tech is a VEVRAA federal contractor and we request priority referral of veterans for available positions.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Please no phone calls or agencies.

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