Cultural Resources Lead/Principal Investigator

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US-NC-Raleigh | US
Cultural Resources/Archaeology
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About the opportunity

SWCA Environmental Consultants is looking for a Cultural Resources Lead/Principal Investigator to join our growing Raleigh-Sanford, NC office. The selected individual will lead and grow a developing team and support various projects in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and across the Southeast. We work to support our client’s needs across multiple service areas including renewable generation, oil and gas, transportation, site development, transmission, and ecological restoration. 

This is a permanent, full-time position. The successful applicant will serve as a Principal Investigator to ensure technical rigor and Section 106 Compliance. This position will be instrumental in leading and growing a robust cultural resources program that includes supporting existing clients and projects, capturing new work and clients, mentoring junior staff, encouraging teamwork and cooperation, working with other offices, and driving overall scientific and business excellence.

This position is available to work in our Raleigh, NC office or remote within a commutable distance to projects. 

What you will accomplish

  • Oversee all aspects of field research, data collection, inventory, analysis, and final report production to ensure compliance with SWCA's high quality standards for technical work, survey plan development, agency requirements and guidelines, and general standards of scientific quality.
  • Serve as the primary author and subject matter expert on large technical reports, research designs, treatment plans, and other technical documents.
  • Manage the technical execution and financial performance of individual cultural resources projects and effectively coordinate with and manage clients and agencies.
  • Manage client relationships and conduct business development with new and existing clients.
  • Network within agencies and industry organizations to establish and expand our state and regional client base and revenue in the areas of archaeology, historic architecture, permitting, and broad-based cultural resources services.
  • Identify and qualify sales opportunities (prospects and proposals), manage opportunities, and make recommendations to the Office Director.
  • Supervise, instruct, mentor, and facilitate professional growth and development of all cultural resources personnel.
  • Take initiative and resolve problems to ensure tasks are completed in the most efficient manner.

Experience and qualifications for success

  • Master’s degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, or a related field.
  • 10 years of progressively responsible experience in business development, managing projects, fieldwork, consulting, including developing and implementing budgets, schedules, and scopes of work from pre-field tasks to final report preparation.
  • Meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards for archaeology and/or architectural history.
  • Emphasis in Southeastern archaeology, with experience conducting and leading archaeological projects ialong the Eastern Coastal US and Upper South.
  • Possess advanced skills and knowledge in one or more specialty scientific areas (e.g., lithic, ceramic, or faunal analysis; osteology; historical archaeology).
  • Demonstrated experience in supervising, mentoring, and providing leadership for other cultural resources professionals.
  • Strong business development skills as a “seller/doer” to develop productive business relationships with agency, client, and industry contacts.


  • Ph.D. in Archaeology, Anthropology, Historic Architecture, History, or other related fields.
  • Proven experience working with the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the US Forest Service, and other Federal agencies.
  • Working relationships with Tribal Nations that have an interest in the southeastern United States.
  • Experience preparing NEPA documents to support Section 106 consultation for a variety of federal agencies.
  • Established relationships with the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology and/or the Tennessee Historical Commission.
  • Familiarity and experience working with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, the South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office, or the Georgia Historic Preservation Division.
  • Involvement with regional and national professional historic or archaeological societies.


Additional Information:

  • Please submit a cover letter with your submission.


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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