Cultural Resources Field Lead

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# of Openings
Office Location
Cultural Resources/Archaeology
Hire Type

About the opportunity

SWCA is expanding its team and looking for dynamic individuals who are following their passion in delivering the highest-quality project work. We have a career opportunity for a Cultural Resources Field Director for work primarily in the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest. This is a full-time, hourly position reporting to our Bismarck, North Dakota Office. We are looking for a candidate in Minnesota or North Dakota, and will consider distributed employment. The candidate will typically work 40 hours per week, depending on workload. Overtime is possible. Pay rate will be based on individual qualifications and experience.

What you will accomplish

  • Direct Cultural Resource field crews composed of crew chiefs and field technicians.
  • Perform fieldwork (survey, testing, archaeological monitoring, and data recovery) and assisting Project Managers and Principal Investigators with project tasks.
  • Complex coordination of client/consultant interaction, land access, field crew progress, and daily data transfer and management.
  • Field Directors are responsible for office-based tasks, including literature reviews and site form and technical report preparation and submittal.
  • Effective communication and teamwork across multiple disciplines, both internally and externally.
  • Data QA/QC, organization, and tracking of field data, and collecting GPS data using Trimble units and Tablets (knowledge of TerrSync, ArcPad, and ArcGIS Collector beneficial).
  • Implementation, enforcement, and documentation of SWCA Safety standards for self and crews. Conduct morning tailgate meetings as applicable.
  • Ensuring that Crew Chiefs and field crews are prepared for field activities.

Experience and qualifications for success

  • A Bachelor’s degree in anthropology or a closely related field is required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Current listing as a Registered Professional Archaeologist (or qualified for RPA status) preferred.
  • Ability to be listed on State and Federal Permits.
  • Experience working with tribal consultation specialists is prefered.
  • Three years of experience in the field of cultural resource management, with a minimum of one year in a supervisory position.
  • Strong leadership and supervision abilities, including problem solving, constructive conflict resolution, and decision making.
  • Team player with the ability  to take initiative and solve problems using sound judgment.
  • The ability to travel and conduct fieldwork for long hours and extended periods, sometimes in inclement weather, rugged terrain, and ability to carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds.

Drug and alcohol screening policy

The candidate hired for this position will be assigned to work with an SWCA client, which requires mandatory pre-employment drug and alcohol screening.  Candidates applying for this role should be willing to comply with this requirement. 


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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