• Cultural Resources Principal Investigator

    Office Location US-OR-Portland
    Requisition Number
    # of Openings
    Cultural Resources/Archaeology
    Hire Type
  • About the opportunity

    SWCA Environmental Consultants is looking for a Cultural Resources Principal Investigator to join the Portland, OR team.  The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, reside &/or have experience in the Pacific Northwest and is looking to be a key contributing member of our Portland and SWCA team!


    What you will accomplish

    The Cultural Resources Principal Investigator will:

    • Serve as the primary author on large technical reports, research designs, treatment plans, and other technical documents;
    • Contribute to a supportive and dynamic work environment, collaborating effectively with other Principal Investigators, Project Managers, Directors;
    • Conduct content edits of technical reports and site forms;
    • Oversee technical aspects of field research, data collection, inventory, analysis, and final report production;
    • Supervise, mentor, and support field staff in all aspects of their responsibilities;
    • Contribute to business development efforts in the Pacific NW market; including managing budgets and preparing proposals;
    • Enhance SWCA’s professional reputation and relationships with clients, stakeholders, and local/state/federal agencies;
    • Take initiative, resolve problems to ensure tasks are completed in the most efficient manner.

    Experience and qualifications for success

    • Minimum of a Master’s degree in Archaeology or Anthropology required; PhD preferred
    • Minimum of 12 years of supervisory and fieldwork experience required
    • Must demonstrate completion of survey, testing, monitoring, and/or data recovery excavation projects involving archaeological investigations and preparation of final reports consistent with Oregon SHPO and other applicable agency standards for cultural resource reporting
    • Emphasis in Pacific NW archaeology and a current technical specialization (i.e. lithic analysis, historical archaeology, GIS, architectural history, etc.) preferred
    • Experience with NEPA and Section 106 preferred
    • Listed as a Registered Professional Archaeologist (or qualified for RPA status) preferred
    • Past peer-reviewed publication record and conference presentation experience preferred
    • Certification as Oregon SHPO Qualified Archaeologist (or able to become qualified)

    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.


    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 800-828-8517. This contact information is for disability accommodation requests only. All other inquiries will not receive a response. 


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


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