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Assistant Staff Archaeologist - Crew Lead

SWCA Environmental Consultants
United States, Colorado, Durango
130 Rock Point Dr Ste A (Show on map)
August 15, 2023

Assistant Staff Archaeologist - Crew Lead

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US-NM-Albuquerque | US-CO-Durango | US-NM-Carlsbad

Cultural Resources/Archaeology

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About the opportunity

Do you thrive in the pursuit of ensuring excellence in environmental consulting services for your clients? SWCA Environmental Consultants is expanding their team and looking for dynamic individuals who are following their passion in delivering the highest-quality project work. We are hoping to fill the position of Archaeological/Cultural Resources Crew Lead (HR Title: Assistant Staff Archaeologist). A key element of your job will to independently supervise and lead archaeological survey crews in the field. Your role will be to serve as crew chief on state and federal lands.

Our Albuquerque, New Mexico office offers a unique work environment and specializes in Cultural and Natural Resources.

What you will accomplish

    Supervise and lead a small crew while conducting archaeologicial field work such archaeological monitoring, survey, testing, and data recovery. This includes:
    • independently assigning and directing the activities of others on behalf of SWCA, often in remote areas without immediate guidance from senior managers, to ensure quality and on-time delivery;
    • ensuring that employees understand their responsibilities and delegated tasks and being held accountable if crew members under your supervision are not performing their activities correctly, productively, and safely;
    • serving as a conduit of communication between employees and senior managers, including communicating issues to relevant senior managers;
    • receiving and resolving complaints from employees in the field; and
    • monitoring team productivity and providing timely performance feedback, including deciding when disciplinary action is necessary and delivering discipline.
  • Communicate with Field Directors, Project Managers, and GIS staff through regular, scheduled field status reports.
  • Participate in technical research and writing and perform data QA/QC for reporting efforts.
  • Assist with mapping responsibilities in the field, including collection of GPS data using Trimble units.

Experience and qualifications for success

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology, Archaeology or a closely related field required
  • A minimum of two (2) years of experience with a wide range of field methodologies, including archaeological survey, testing, excavation, and monitoring required; experience in Southwest preferred
  • Previous field supervisory experience required
  • Accredited field school experience is highly preferred
  • Ability to be listed on federal and state cultural resource permits in New Mexico
  • Ability to travel to a location, walk and conduct fieldwork for long hours, sometimes in inclement weather, rugged terrain, and often at high altitudes, and the ability to carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds is required

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.

In Colorado, an employee in this position can expect an hourly pay rate of $24.00-27.00/hr., depending on experience, geographic locations, client requirements where applicable, and other factors permitted by law. SWCA Benefits can be found here: https://www.swca.com/careers/totalrewards/benefits

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 accommodations@swca.com or call 480-581-5378. This contact information is for disability accommodation requests only. All other inquiries will not receive a response.

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

An employee in this Albuquerque, New Mexico office -based position can expect a salary of $21.00/hr. - $27.00/hr. 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.

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



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