Staff Archaeologist - Temporary

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Cultural Resources/Archaeology
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About the opportunity

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.


SWCA Environmental Consultants is seeking a Staff Archaeologist for our Pasadena, California office. Under the supervision of a Project Manager, a Staff Archaeologist performs field, office, laboratory, and research tasks while working with and supervising crew members. This position will primarily be office-based, with some fieldwork required. This is an on-call, temporary hourly position that will report to a Project Manager. Pay rate will be based on individual qualifications and experience.


SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing,1,200+ 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

  • Conducts background research for archaeological studies, including records searches and Sacred Lands File searches, and facilitates Native American coordination.
  • Following a standardized procedure, conducts archaeological desktop studies, including review of background data, project information, archaeological sensitivity, and land ownership.
  • Ensures that appropriate preliminary research is conducted and organized prior to fieldwork, and that necessary equipment, staff, and other resources are ready for fieldwork.
  • Supervises fieldwork, including archaeological survey, testing, data recovery, and/or construction monitoring and ensures quality and completeness of data collected.
  • Communicates regularly with the Project Manager to ensure that a project’s budgetary and timetable needs are met.
  • Takes initiative, resolves problems, and creates improved procedures to ensure that tasks are completed in the most effective and efficient manner.
  • In coordination with the project manager, organizes the report writing and production effort and drafts report sections.
  • Maintains SWCA’s high standard of scientific ethics and quality assurance, and is motivated to identify and resolve problems in creative ways.
  • Work closely with the Cultural Resource Team Lead as well as project managers, directors, and leaders throughout the company to promote SWCA’s business interests in adherences to its mission, vision, and values
  • Willingness to learn, have fun, and grow into increased management responsibilitie.

Experience and qualifications for success

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in anthropology, archaeology, history, or a closely related field is required. A Master’s Degree is preferred.
  • Participation in an accredited field school or equivalent experience.
  • At least two years of experience working in Cultural Resources Management in California or the Western U.S.
  • Experience with the application of standard archaeological survey and excavation techniques.
  • Experience providing QA/QC review of field documents, site forms and reports preferred.
  • Experience leading crews of field technicians on a variety of project types and sizes, regions and agencies preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, and to work well with others as part of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to use industry standard word processing and spreadsheet software
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing technical reports
  • Familiarity with ArcGIS Trimble GPS, ArcPad/Terrasync, Android devices, and digital field data collection is preferred
  • Ability to travel and be able to conduct fieldwork for long hours, sometimes in inclement weather conditions, often in rugged terrain, and be able to carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds.
  • Valid Driver’s License in good standing.


If you would like to contact SWCA regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the online application process due to a disability, please email or call 480-581-5378. This contact information is for disability accommodation requests only. All other inquiries will not receive a response. 


SWCA is committed to salary equity and salary transparency for all its employees.  In alignment with this commitment, SWCA posts good faith pay ranges on all its advertised job postings to promote pay equity and transparency.


An employee in this Pasadena, CA-based position can expect an hourly pay rate of $26.16 - $33.47/hour. Actual pay within this range may depend on experience, qualifications, geographic location, client requirements where applicable, and other factors permitted by law. 


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


This position is eligible for our wellness paid time off, employee assistance program and wellness program activities.



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