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Senior Archaeologist

Portland, Oregon
Closing date
Jul 22, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
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Company Description

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AECOM is actively seeking an experienced Senior Archaeologist/Project Manager for immediate full-time employment within our Cultural Resources practice in Portland, Oregon. The Senior Archaeologist is a core member of the Cultural Resources Program in the Pacific Northwest, with responsibility for successfully executing projects and leading all aspects of project implementation. The Senior Archaeologist will serve as a Principal Investigator.

The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:
  • Managing projects or tasks with small- to large-scale field efforts (survey, testing, data recovery, and monitoring) and intensive schedules.
  • Managing and executing archival research, technical report writing, state and federal archaeological permitting, data collection and compilation, and/or GIS mapping.
  • Operating as primary author or senior reviewer, as appropriate.
  • Supervising personnel in the field, office, and laboratory, as needed.
  • Knowledge of state and federal environmental regulatory framework, including the National Environmental Policy Act, National Historic Preservation Act, among others.
  • Handling multiple tasks and communicating priorities to manager.
  • Operating as primary point of contact for clients and resource agencies on projects, as needed.
  • Performing client management duties such as recurring status meetings, milestone check-ins, and day-to-day interfacing.
  • Working independently and as part of a team.
  • Flexibility and willingness to support multiple projects, including occasional travel.
  • Serve as a Principal Investigator.
  • Contributing to technical approaches and cost estimates for competitive proposals.
  • Performing project management duties such as forecasting, tracking, accounting updates, invoicing, progress reports, and scheduling.
  • Reviewing contracts for understanding of scope, fee, schedule, and deliverables, and all other contractual obligations.

About AECOM's Environment Business Line

Join AECOM to be part of an expert global team who is connected through a well-developed, worldwide, internal technical practice network through which you can learn from and brainstorm with the best in the world. AECOM is an industry-leading, world class environmental firm, and we want you to succeed within it. We respect and encourage your own pathway to excellence via our Freedom to Grow initiative.

AECOM is known for our award-winning technical excellence, leading-edge science and innovative project delivery. We provide sustainable solutions for some of the world's most challenging issues. Our global clients and their projects are diverse and interesting. They span market sectors and geographies and require innovative technical solutions to solve wide-ranging environmental problems within diverse community profiles.

AECOM's Sustainable Legacies program describes our approach to the environment, social equity and governance (ESG.) We embed sustainability throughout our business and help clients embed sustainable practices into their work. We help clients reduce their impact on the environment, achieve compliance and reduce risks.


Minimum Requirements:
  • BA/BS degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, History, or a closely related field.
  • 6 years of relevant experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education in historic and/or prehistoric archaeology and cultural resources management.
  • Must be willing to travel and conduct fieldwork throughout the Pacific Northwest.
  • Valid U.S Driver's license is required for this role.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, History, or a closely related field.
  • 8 years of experience in historic and/or prehistoric archaeology and cultural resources management.
  • Experience with career development of junior and mid-level archaeologists.
  • 3 years of experience in a supervisory capacity in the field or in the office.
  • Meets the Secretary of Interior's professional qualification standards in Archaeology.
  • Relevant field experience in the Pacific Northwest and/or Western US.
  • Experience with implementing Sections 106 and 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
  • Advanced knowledge in one or more specialty scientific areas (e.g., lithic or faunal analysis; osteology; historical archaeology)
  • Demonstration of excellent technical writing skills, as well as verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience leading tribal consultation and familiarity with tribal representatives in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Experience supervising large crews and/or multiple crews on a variety of project types and sizes, regions, and agencies.
  • Experience working with interdisciplinary team of subject matter experts and planners.
  • Knowledge managing GIS/GPS data.
  • Proven ability to lead proposals and win work.
  • Knowledge of regional and local cultural resources regulations.

Additional Information
  • Due to the nature of the work, US Citizenship is required.


Offered compensation will be based on location and individual qualifications. The expected range is $80,000.00 - $100,000.00.


AECOM is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our employees. Depending on your employment status, AECOM benefits may include medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, disability benefits, paid time off, leaves of absence, voluntary benefits, perks, U.S. and global well-being programs, employee assistance program, business travel insurance, service recognition awards, retirement savings plan, and employee stock purchase plan.

AECOM is the world's trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle - from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2023. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you're working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion - a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We're the world's trusted global infrastructure firm, and we're in this together - your growth and success are ours too.

Join us, and you'll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm - access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person's potential, and we'll help you reach yours.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

ReqID: J10111394

Business Line: Environment

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: West

Career Area: Science

Work Location Model: Hybrid

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