Cultural Resources Assistant Project Manager, Laboratory Manager

Office Location US-CO-Broomfield
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Cultural Resources/Archaeology
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About the opportunity

SWCA Environmental Consultants is hiring an Assistant Project Manager and Laboratory Manager in our Denver (Broomfield) Office. We are looking for a dynamic individual who is following their passion. This position offers a unique opportunity to gain experience managing projects and also managing a laboratory. Diligent, hardworking individuals will gain additional responsibilities and the opportunity to advance.

What you will accomplish

You will be the heart and soul of our archaeological laboratory and a key force in our program. You must be a highly organized person who excels at keeping order. You will be responsible for tracking staff assignments, helping project managers with a myriad of tasks; some simple, some complex. You will also manage our archaeology laboratory.   


  • Permits. Maintain permit files detailing permit obligations, maintain record of permits held including who is currently permitted, make recommendations on who can be added to permits, renew permits including adding new personnel and removing former employees, act as contact for permit questions within the company. Requires contact with numerous state, federal agency, and curation facility staff through phone, email and in person.
  • Maintains Permit Standards. Responsible for monitoring that standards are being met, act as the go to person for knowledge of requirements and standards, including how those standards are achieved in practice.
  • End of Year Reports. Compile end of year reports for each permit requiring one, coordinate with other offices to receive information on projects completed under SWCA (Denver Office) permits and to send information on projects Denver completed under other offices’ permits.
  • Curation. Complete all necessary paperwork (including copies of field documentation, report and site form copies, and photo CDs) and artifact labeling associated with curation. Remain current on individual curation facility standards (UWAR, Museum of Western Colorado, AHC, Fort Collins Museum, etc.). Artifact photography for curation and report, wash and stabilize artifacts. Knowledge of archival materials and standards for curation. Knowledge of proper systems and techniques for cataloguing collections.
  • Artifact Analysis. Coordinate all artifact analysis including sending specimens to appropriate laboratories with all required documentation.
  • Other responsibilities include: Acting as SWCA contact for all questions related to CRM Tracker and other regional databases, submit fieldwork authorizations and investigation reports as necessary. Maintaining binders of information related to standards and guidelines of all agencies where the Denver Office conducts work. Ensuring SWCA is listed on approved consultant lists in the states we work. Ordering new materials for fieldwork (site tags, datums), the lab, and the library. Resizing photos from all cultural resource projects, balance/crop artifact photos.

Experience and qualifications for success

  • A minimum of 5 years of cumulative employment history with a range of cultural resource projects in various states;
  • Regional experience in Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas is preferred;
  • Knowledge of laboratory procedures and state and federal agency permits;
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in anthropology or a closely related field (Master’s Degree preferred);
  • An accredited Field School Certification (or equivalent experience) or demonstrated archaeological field experience (with emphasis on knowledge of excavation methods).
  • Experience preparing artifacts for museum curation.
  • At least one area of specialization in analysis.



  • Possesses ability to anticipate problems early and effectively arrive at resolution.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Understanding of regulatory laws and compliance procedures.
  • Maintains good relationships with agency representatives, clients, and all levels of SWCA staff.
  • Possesses strong organizational and multi-tasking skills and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrates a strong work ethic, reliability, and delivers quality work product consistently.
  • Promotes a positive work environment through respectful relationships with team members, clients, and supervisors.
  • Collaborates effectively with field directors, project managers, and principal investigators.


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.


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


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