Paleontology Project Manager

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US-NM-Albuquerque | US-NM-Carlsbad
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About the opportunity

SWCA Environmental Consultants is seeking a Project Manager for the Paleontological Resources Program to support our Rocky Mountain regional business. The ideal candidate will assist the Natural/Cultural Program Directors, Paleontological Team Lead, and Project Managers with project coordination and quality control for paleontological resource management projects and expand our professional reputation in paleontological consulting and research. This full time, salaried position.  Remote work locations within the Rocky Mountain region and upper Great Plains (e.g., Minneapolis) will be considered for highly qualified candidates.  Main office locations include:  Albuquerque and Carlsbad, NM; Denver (Broomfield), Ft. Collins, Durango, CO; Sheridan, WY; Bismarck, ND; and Salt Lake City and Vernal, UT.


SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing, 1,100+ staff, employee-owned firm, providing a full-spectrum of environmental services.  Our Vision (the North Star) is to make SWCA the best workplace and industry leader in sustainability, bringing sound science and creative solutions to global environmental challenges while maintaining a dedication to employee-ownership. We live our core values: we collaborate as #OneSWCA; we are #AlwaysLearning, we #NeverSettle, and we #GiveBack.

What you will accomplish


The Paleontology Principal Investigator/ Project Manager is a core member of the team, responsible for managing client relationships, supervising staff, successfully winning and executing projects, and leading all aspects of project implementation.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Supervises personnel in the field, office, and laboratory;
  • Acts as lead professional on teams, is accountable to develop talent, methodologies, tools, and standards;
  • Authors proposal scopes and budgets; leads proposals in their entirety;
  • Takes initiative, resolves problems, and creates improved procedures to ensure that tasks are completed in the most effective manner;
  • Leads large, complex paleontology projects and/or lead aspects of interdisciplinary projects that include paleotology to ensure projects meet client expectations and are delivered on time and on budget;
  • Develops productive relationships with relevant regulators, industry experts, academia, etc. to gain insights;
  • Nurtures and develops client relationships;
  • Maintains awareness of competitors in the marketplace and how SWCA differentiates itself;
  • Acts as a technical/professional ‘go to’ resource who is able to develop/propose solutions within their practice area; serves as the subject matter expert review for work in their field;
  • Complies with SWCA and client safety programs, and assist in the development of such programs;
  • Builds collaborative relationships across offices/geographies to share resources and expertise;
  • Influences teams across SWCA, even without formal authority.

Experience and qualifications for success

  • M.A. or Ph.D. in paleontology, geology (with an emphasis on paleontology), geobiology, or a closely related field.
  • Knowledge of local geology and paleontology with paleontological field experience in the greater Rocky Mountain region and/or the upper Midwest
  • Must meet the criteria to be approved as a “Principal Investigator” on BLM Paleontological Resource Use permits.
  • Fossil preparation and museum curation experience.
  • Field skills including ability to locate, document, excavate, and identify fossils and their stratigraphic context. 
  • Prior experience with paleontological mitigation projects including construction monitoring is highly desirable.
  • Exceptional technical writing skills and a record of completing and editing technical reports in a timely fashion.
  • Past peer-reviewed publication record and conference presentation experience preferred.
  • At least seven (7) years professional consulting experience on a variety of project types, sizes, and agencies, with increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of consulting experience in a supervisory capacity, whether in the field or the office.
  • A commitment to fiscal and scheduling responsibilities for projects of all sizes and scopes.
  • Ability to adapt quickly to changes in project needs, agency requests, and more.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with a variety of colleagues, clients, and agency representatives.
  • A commitment to fiscal and scheduling responsibilities for projects of all sizes and scopes


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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