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Staff Anthropologist - Hawai'i

Swca Inc
Wake Island, Hawaii
Closing date
Jul 19, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
Organization Type
About the opportunity

SWCA Environmental Consultants is seeking a Staff Anthropologist to join our Hawai'i Cultural Resources Program to work on projects throughout the Hawaiian Islands. The position is temporary, and work is currently dependent upon project needs, with the potential to evolve into a full time, benefits eligible position.

SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing,1,600 staff, employee-owned firm, providing a full-spectrum of environmental services. Our Vision (the North Star) is to make SWCA the best workplace and industry leader in sustainability, bringing sound science and creative solutions to global environmental challenges while maintaining a dedication to employee-ownership. We live our core values: we collaborate as #OneSWCA; we are #AlwaysLearning, we #NeverSettle, and we #GiveBack.

The candidate could fill any of the two staff-level roles based on skill and years of relevant experience:
  • Assistant Staff Anthropologist: Typically up to 1 year of experience and expertise
  • Staff Anthropologist: Typically up to 2 years of experience and expertise

Application deadline: Our team will begin reviewing applications immediately, and interviews will be scheduled with qualified candidates on a rolling basis. The application process will remain open until we have received a robust pool of qualified candidates. Once we have identified suitable individuals, we may close the application process without prior notice. We appreciate the time and effort invested by all applicants and will carefully consider each submission.

What you will accomplish

The ideal candidate should have experience in conducting ethnohistoric research and possess a detailed knowledge of Hawaiian culture and history. Successful applicants must be able to undertake ethnohistoric background research, conduct oral history interviews, and assist in the preparation of Traditional Cultural Properties Studies, Cultural Impact Assessments, Cultural Assessments, Ka Pa'akai Analyses, and the cultural components of Environmental Assessments. Salary will be based on individual qualifications and experience.

Experience and qualifications for success
  • Bachelor's or higher degree in anthropology, archaeology, history, Hawaiian studies, or a closely related field, or equivalent experience.
  • Detailed knowledge of Hawaiian culture and history.
  • The ability to conduct archival research.
  • Familiarity with historic document sources (Māhele land records, historic survey maps, etc.).
  • Willingness to assist with oral history interviews and other forms of community engagement/consultation.
  • The ability to assist in the preparation of technical reports.
  • Strong technical writing and oral and written communication skills.
  • Hawaiian language proficiency preferred
  • Must live in Hawai'i
  • Must have a current and valid driver's license, with the ability to drive multiple types of vehicles, trucks, and 4x4's

SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full spectrum of environmental services. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record's Top 200 Environmental Firms.

If you would like to contact SWCA regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the online application process due to a disability, please email or call 480-581-5378. This contact information is for disability accommodation requests only. All other inquiries will not receive a response.

EOE - women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

SWCA is committed to salary equity and salary transparency for all its employees. In alignment with this commitment, SWCA posts good faith pay ranges in all its advertised job postings to promote pay equity and transparency.

An employee in this Honolulu, HI based position can expect an hourly rate of $22.05 -$31.24. Actual pay within this range may depend on experience, qualifications, geographic location, client requirements where applicable, and other factors permitted by law. Regular-status employees are also eligible for performance bonuses. Candidates are also encouraged to consider SWCA's Total Rewards package, which includes a competitive Benefits package, forward-thinking workplace flexibility, outstanding corporate culture, award-winning career development, and more.

At SWCA Environmental Consultants, we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. We strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds, including those with diverse experiences and veterans, to apply. We believe that a diverse and inclusive workforce enhances creativity, innovation, and overall organizational success.

SWCA continues to invest deeply in career development programs, delivering our award-winning Career Landscape support resources to accelerate the growth of our staff. We recognize the valuable skills and experiences our internal team members bring to SWCA's continued success. Qualified internal candidates are encouraged to apply and will be seriously considered for this position. We believe in promoting from within, where possible, providing our existing employees with compelling opportunities to advance their careers.


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