Cultural Resources Field Lead

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# of Openings
Office Location
Cultural Resources/Archaeology
Hire Type

About the opportunity

SWCA has an opportunity in our Denver, Colo., office for an Assistant Project Archaeologist who will act as a Field Director in completing archaeological pedestrian surveys, construction monitoring, or other field tasks. You will lead crews in identifying cultural materials, collecting data with tablets, and recording sites using state-specific protocols. You will coordinate with the Project Manager daily, planning and coordinating fieldwork. This is an on-call, hourly position. You will typically work a full-time schedule, depending on workload. We are currently looking for assistance for fall fieldwork with the potential for winter office work.


What you will accomplish

  • Direct cultural resource field crews.
  • Perform fieldwork (Phase I, II and III survey, testing, archaeological monitoring, or data recovery) and assist Project Managers and Principal Investigators with cultural resources tasks, including historic architecture survey and reporting).
  • Complex coordination of client/consultant interaction, land access, field crew progress, and daily data transfer and management.
  • Technical reporting, including Phase I, II and III Archaeological Reports and all associated documentation and data forms, depending on workload.
  • Site form preparation/review, research and literature review, and SHPO reviews.
  • 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 (knowledge of Esri software is preferred).
  • Implementation, enforcement, and documentation of SWCA safety standards for yourself and crews. Conduct morning tailgate meetings as applicable.
  • Maintain a high level of professionalism at all times.
  • Manage and maintain field equipment.
  • Ensure that 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; a master’s degree is preferred.
  • Experience working in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, or Missouri is preferred.
  • A minimum of 1 year of supervisory experience is preferred.
  • Current listing as a Registered Professional Archaeologist is preferred.
  • Strong leadership and supervision abilities, including problem solving, constructive conflict resolution, and decision making.
  • Excellent attention to detail and strong organizational and analytical skills.
  • Team player with strong ability take initiative and solve problems using sound judgment.
  • Must have strong oral and written communication skills and demonstrate ability to coordinate effectively with SWCA senior staff and other project personnel.
  • Availability to work extended field rotations (10-12 days at a time) and travel accordingly.
  • Current valid driver’s license and the ability to safely operate a 4WD vehicle on rugged, backcountry roads is required.
  • The ability to travel and conduct fieldwork for long hours and extended periods, sometimes in inclement weather, rugged terrain, and at high altitudes, and the ability to carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds.


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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In accordance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act (EPEWA), we are disclosing a good faith estimate of the compensation range for roles that will be, or could be, performed in Colorado. 


In Colorado, an employee in this position can expect a rate between $21.00 and $26.00 an hour depending on experience, geographic locations, client requirements where applicable, and other factors permitted by law.  Employees in this position are eligible for consideration for SWCA’s annual bonus program, which provides awards based on individual and organizational performance.  


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


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