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Archaeologist Principal Investigator/Project Manager

Sundance Consulting, Inc.
NV, Nevada
Closing date
Jul 18, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
Organization Type
Sundance is an award-winning environmental and natural/cultural resources Small Business. Our success has been rewarded by a deep backlog of work and we look forward to continuing to accomplish our goals. We value your innovative thinking, technical expertise, business skills, and your ability to engage with our clients and our project teams. If you are a high-achiever with a client-focus and a passion for quality, innovative solutions, and environmental stewardship, you will be a perfect match with us.

We offer a competitive benefits package that includes paid holidays, paid time off, medical, dental, & vision insurance, disability/life/ADD insurance, and a 401(k) with a generous matching program. All candidates must be able to pass a pre-employment drug test and federal background check.

Career opportunity for an Archaeologist Principal Investigator (PI)/Project Manager (PM) to lead a cultural resources group and oversee the expansion of archaeology services in the southwest United States. This position is responsible for leading and conducting all phases of cultural resource investigations under Section 106 and 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and other environmental planning projects, including but not limited to consultation, preparing data recovery and monitoring plans, lead field coordination and interpretation of state and federal laws and report writing, as well project management duties. May also require knowledge of and experience with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and writing sections related to cultural resources for proposed permitting actions.

The Archaeologist PI/PM will supervise and mentor cultural staff including mid and junior level cultural resource personnel. The Archaeologist PI/PM will also frequently interact and coordinate with clients as well as agency and Tribal representatives. The Archaeologist PI/PM will be knowledgeable of federal, state, and local historic preservation and cultural resources regulations and demonstrate an established area of analytical expertise and/or archaeological research interest.


Duties & Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities include planning and managing all phases of cultural resources projects including:
  • Lead cultural resources projects, business development opportunities and provide successful and independent management of archaeological and historic resources projects, including direction of field studies and assembly, supervision and direction of field teams.
  • Lead/Principal investigator for cultural resources projects include performing research, archaeological fieldwork surveys, monitoring, testing, and data recovery projects, historical research, preservation activities, report preparation, site forms and curation of archaeological artifacts.
  • Coordinate project mobilization and demobilization to project sites.
  • Provide successful and independent management of archaeological and historic resources projects, including direction of field studies and assembly, supervision, and direction of field teams.
  • Support Section 106 and Section 110 of the NHPA, including analysis, technical studies and project permitting for a wide variety of private, federal, state and local government clients and tribal entities.
  • Mentor and provide technical and operations resources for staff and project managers and supervise cultural staff.
  • Lead technical and strategy elements of proposal development including scope, schedule and budget.
  • Meeting project scope, schedule, and budget obligations for project management tasks.
  • Ensure the delivery of high-quality technical products through implementation of independent and quality review protocols.


Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's degree in Archaeology, Anthropology or a related field.
  • Registered Professional Archaeologist
  • Hold state permits for archaeology
  • Minimum of five (5) years of supervisory experience, preferably ten (10) years' experience in progressively responsible cultural resource positions including management and/or educational experience in the desert southwest and intermountain west region; including experience with architectural historians.
  • Ability to meet deadlines while remaining detail-oriented, organized, and able to work well on simultaneous tasks and be team oriented.
  • Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication, professional writing, problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in project planning, development, and management.
  • Ability to work independently with general supervision.
  • Proficiency with MS Office suite, strong people skills, excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to satisfactorily pass pre-employment and post-employment drug and alcohol tests.
  • Valid driver's license and good driving record
  • Must be eligible to be employed in the US

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Permitted or able to be permitted in Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. The ability to be permitted in California and Nevada will also be considered.
  • Experience and capability across the continental US in providing cultural resources services.

Working Conditions
  • Extended periods of time in front of a computer screen in a climate-controlled office.
  • Overnight and day travel as needed to support field work.
  • Ability to work outdoors in variable weather conditions, including inclement weather.

Physical Requirements
  • Ability to lift and move materials and equipment up to 50 -pounds on occasion.
  • Ability to pass pre-employment drug screen.

Compensation and Benefits
  • Salary Range: Up to $125,000
  • Bonus Program.
  • Flexible working hours are available, outside of scheduled field events, allowing for a half day off every Friday.
  • Medical, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, paid time off, and 401(k) with a 4% match.

Sundance is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals withdisabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Salary Description

$95,000 to $125,000

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