• Cultural Resource Team Lead

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

    SWCA Environmental Consultants has an exciting opportunity for a Cultural Resources Team Lead and Senior Project Manager for our Portland office. The Cultural Resources Team Lead will be a core member of the Pacific Northwest Cultural Resources Program, and will be responsible for managing projects,mentoring and managing staff, growing the program in Oregon and Washington, finding and winning work, and upholding our company’s standards of excellence. The selected candidate will report to the Portland Office Director. This is a regular, full-time, salaried position.  Salary will be based on individual qualifications and experience.

    What you will accomplish

    • Lead and grow the Portland Cultural Resources (CR) Team.
    • Recruit potential new Cultural Resources (CR) staff, as well as supervise and mentor existing CR team members.
    • Manage the workload of supervisees to ensure that productivity goals and the staffing needs of projects are met.
    • Manage projects; coordinate with clients; supervise, direct, and instruct subcontractors.
    • Collaborate with SWCA’s managers and directors throughout the company. Work closely with the Portland Office Director, Project Managers (PMs), and other Directors to effectively staff projects and load level.
    • Prepare proposals, reports, and other technical documents; monitor field procedures; work with Principal Investigators; and contribute to research designs, treatment plans, and other technical documents.
    • Manage client relationships and conduct business development with new and existing clients
    • Maintains SWCA’s high standard of quality control and takes initiative to resolve problems and create improved procedures
    • Participate in SWCA’s Innovation initiative by considering new technology or other methods to improve efficiency and improve our company’s competitive advantage.
    • Assist in the continuing development of SWCA’s Cultural Resource Practice and expand SWCA’s professional reputation in cultural resources consulting and research throughout Oregon and Washington.

    Experience and qualifications for success

    • Minimum of a Master’s degree in Archaeology or Anthropology required.
    • Minimum of seven (7) years of experience in cultural resources management (CRM) on a variety of project types and sizes, regions, and agencies
    • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in CRM in a staff supervisory capacity
    • Minimum of five (5) years of experience managing CRM projects, including budgets, scheduling, and scopes of work
    • Meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards in archaeology
    • Experience with NHPA Section 106, the State Historic Preservation Act, and NEPA
    • 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)
    • Experience and aptitude with all aspects of cultural resources projects, from pre-field tasks to final report preparation for a variety of project types and sizes, regions, and agencies
    • Excellent technical writing skills with a record of completing technical reports in a timely fashion. Must include experience with primary report authorship in a CRM context for a variety of project types and sizes, regions, and agencies
    • A track record of business development including client development, marketing, and proposal preparation
    • Adapt rapidly to changes in project needs, agency requests, etc. and be able to work independently and collaborate with a variety of colleagues, clients, and agency representatives.  


    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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