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Posted: 06/29/2011

SWCA Environmental Consultants
Cultural Resources

SWCA Environmental Consultants is an employee-owned company of cultural and natural resource scientists and planners. Our professionals specialize in resource management, sustainability services, environmental planning, and regulatory compliance.

Staff Archaeologist - Seasonal
Professional Opportunity
Pasadena, CA

SWCA is actively seeking to fill multiple on-call Staff Archaeologist positions for our Cultural Resources Program in our Pasadena, California office. Under supervision of a Project Manager, a Staff Archaeologist will perform field and office tasks while working with and supervising crew members. Anticipated fieldwork will occur throughout southern California, including within active U.S. military facilities. Selected candidates may be asked to submit to background screening in order to work on these facilities.

These positions are seasonal and hourly with a typical 40 hour work week. Some projects may be less than 40 hours per week, while others may include overtime hours or prevailing wage rates. When project travel is required, a per diem (typically $46 a day or current federal rate), hotel room accommodations, and field vehicles will be provided, and project travel time will be paid. Due to the on-call nature of seasonal fieldwork, candidates local to southern California are strongly preferred. The base pay rate for these positions will be based on individual qualifications and experience.


• Ensure appropriate preliminary research is conducted and organized prior to fieldwork, including the coordination of equipment, staff, and other necessary resources prior to the start of the project;

• Supervise fieldwork, including archaeological surveying, testing, data recovery, and/or construction monitoring, and quality control of data collected;

• Create and maintain a positive morale in the field and mentor junior staff;

• On a daily basis, collect and review data, including GPS data and paperwork from crew members, and track progress;

• Communicate regularly with the project manager to ensure budgetary and timetable needs are met;

• Take initiative, resolve problems, and create improved procedures to ensure tasks are completed in the most effective and efficient manner, and;

• Organize the report writing and production efforts, including drafting report sections in coordination with the project manager.

Required Qualifications:

• A bachelor’s degree in anthropology, archaeology, history, or a closely related field. A graduate degree is preferred, but not required;

• Participation in an accredited field school or equivalent fieldwork experience;

• One year experience working as a field archeologist in California or the Great Basin regions;

• Experience with the application of standard archaeological survey and excavation techniques;

• Ability to travel and conduct fieldwork for long hours, sometimes in inclement weather conditions, often in rugged terrain, while carrying equipment weighing up to 40 pounds - plus spending additional hours organizing paperwork daily;

• Demonstrated experience to easily deal with ambiguity such as unexpected changes in weather, changes in client demands, changes in crew makeup or size, etc.;

• Ability to lead a large crew and to coordinate several small crews on a project. Prior experience leading field crews on a variety of project types and sizes, regions, and agencies if desired, but not required;

• Ability to make appropriate decisions in the field concerning staff assignments, conflict resolution and safety;

• Extremely organized and meticulous with ensuring survey, documentation and paperwork are accurately completed;

• Ability to provide guidance and critique of crew performance per company guidelines;

• Demonstrated ability to plan ahead, anticipate potential problems areas, and organize field and report methods in the most efficient manner, and;

• Strong communication skills, both verbal and with technical writing.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Advanced skills and knowledge in one or more specialty areas. Of particular interest are geoarchaeology, historical archaeology, and GPS/GIS technology (using Trimble units and ArcPad or TerraSync software);

• Prior experience completing all aspects of a project, from pre-field tasks to final report preparation for a variety of project types and sizes, regions, and agencies;

• Primary report authorship in a CRM context for a variety of project types and sizes, regions and agencies, and;

• Prior experience providing QA/QC review of field documents, site forms and reports.

Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, SWCA has offices throughout the West, Pacific Northwest, Pacific Islands, and provides services on projects throughout the U.S. and its territories. Since 1981, SWCA has achieved a national reputation for providing its clients with professional integrity as well as creative solutions based on sound science. SWCA ranks among Engineering News-Record’s Top 200 Environmental Firms. SWCA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans to apply.

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How to apply
How to Apply: Resumes must be received through our online application system to receive consideration. Please use the link to apply online. By clicking on new resume you can upload your cover letter and resume. If you need assistance or accommodations to apply, please contact us at recruiting@swca.com. Visit SWCA’s web site, www.swca.com, and discover why SWCA is a great place to work for environmental professionals interested in sound science and creative solutions.

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