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Assistant Project Archaeologist - Field Director

SWCA Environmental Consultants
United States, Colorado, Broomfield
295 Interlocken Blvd Ste 300 (Show on map)
Sep 24, 2023

Assistant Project Archaeologist - Field Director

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Cultural Resources/Archaeology

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About the opportunity

SWCA is looking for an Assistant Project Archaeologist who will act as a field director, based out of our Denver, Colorado, office to assist with a variety of projects in Colorado, Wyoming, and surrounding states. Project work will likely include pedestrian surveys, shovel testing, and may include excavation or other field tasks. You will lead crews in identifying cultural materials, collecting data with tablets, recording sites using state-specific protocols, and making National Register of Historic Places evaluations. You will coordinate with the project manager daily to planning and coordinate fieldwork.

This is an on-call, hourly, regular-status (benefitted) position. You will typically work a full-time schedule, depending on workload. A typical schedule for summer work is 8-9 days on, 5-6 days off. We are currently looking for assistance for spring, summer, and fall fieldwork with the potential for winter office work. Pay ranges from $27.30-$34.65/hour commensurate with experience and role, with overtime paid at time-and-a-half, $59 per diem, paid sick-time accrual, and single-occupancy lodging for non-local projects.

What you will accomplish

    Direct cultural resource field crews to complete fieldwork safely and efficiently
  • Perform fieldwork (survey, testing, or excavation) and assist project managers with field tasks
  • Coordinate land access, field crew progress, and daily data transfer and management
  • Prepare and review site forms
  • Effectively communicate and support teamwork across multiple disciplines, both internally and externally
  • Collect, organize, and perform QA/QC for field data
  • Implement, enforce, and document SWCA's safety standards for yourself and your crew
  • Conduct morning tailgate safety and coordination meetings
  • Manage and maintain field equipment
  • Possibly conduct technical reporting, including Phase I, II and III archaeological reports and all associated documentation and data forms, depending on workload
  • Demonstrate and maintain SWCA's high standard of scientific ethics and quality assurance, and have the awareness to identify and resolve challenges in creative ways
  • Maintain a high level of professionalism at all times

Experience and qualifications for success

  • Minimum of a bachelor's degree in archaeology, anthropology or a closely related field is required; a master's degree is preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years' experience with a range of field methodologies; including survey, testing, and excavation is preferred
  • Minimum of 1 year of supervising archaeological fieldwork is preferred
  • Experience required to be listed with relevant archaeological permits within the west preferred
  • Secretary of the Interior qualified is preferred
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and demonstrate ability to coordinate effectively with SWCA senior staff and other project personnel
  • Strong leadership and supervision abilities, including problem solving, constructive conflict resolution, and decision making
  • Excellent attention to detail and strong organizational and analytical skills
  • Team player with strong ability take initiative and solve problems using sound judgment
  • Current valid driver's license and the ability to safely operate a 4WD vehicle on rugged, backcountry roads is required
  • Ability to travel to a location, walk and conduct fieldwork for long hours, sometimes in inclement weather, rugged terrain, often at high altitudes, and ability to carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds is required

SWCA Environmental Consultants is an established and flourishing environmental firm, providing a full spectrum of environmental compliance services. SWCA is an employee-owned company composed of environmental professionals who specialize in natural and cultural resource management, environmental planning, and regulatory compliance.

With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance companies and consistently ranks among Engineering News-Record's Top 200 Environmental Firms. We offer a team-oriented work environment, and a competitive compensation and benefits package, including an employee stock ownership plan (retirement) for full-time, regular employees. Some benefits are also available to on-call, temporary or part-time employees.

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 Colorado office - based position can expect a salary of $27.30-$34.65/hour. 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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