Associate Project Archaeologist - Field Director

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About the opportunity

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Why Work at SWCA? 


SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full-spectrum of environmental services.  Our Vision (the North Star) isto 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. 


We are 100% employee-owned, and we build our success together. 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. We offer a supportive, team-oriented work environment and competitive wages and benefits, including an 100% employee stock ownership plan (retirement). 


At SWCA, we support our team members in developing their careers to make them leaders in their industry. Our new Career Landscape initiative is a career development process and guide designed to help you develop professionally and chart your career path for a rewarding career at SWCA. We encourage professional conference attendance, internal and external professional development and training programs, education reimbursement, a Science and Leadership Program, and bonuses for publications meeting certain criteria.


If you are seeking an opportunity to work in a culture of exceptionally skilled and diverse professionals who embrace sound science and creative solutions, then SWCA will be a great fit for you!   


SWCA Environmental Consultants is seeking an Associate Project Archaeologist (Field Director) to join us in our Flagstaff office. Candidates can be located anywhere in Arizona, but will need to be willing to travel to northern Arizona to direct fieldwork.


The Associate Project Archaeologist will assist with cultural resources management work within the greater Flagstaff area and across Arizona. Under the supervision of the Flagstaff office Cultural Resources Team Lead and Project Managers, the Associate Project Archaeologist performs field and office tasks while working with and supervising crew members. 


In this role, you will manage all aspects of fieldwork, supervising one or more crews of archaeological technicians during survey, site recording, monitoring, or excavation projects. You may also assist with office-based tasks, including the preparation of site forms and technical reports. SWCA offers a unique work environment specializing in delivering natural and cultural resources services across Arizona and beyond.  

What you will accomplish

  • Supervise fieldwork, including archaeological survey, testing, data recovery, and monitoring and ensure quality and completeness of data collected.  
  • Ensure that appropriate preliminary research is conducted and organized prior to fieldwork, and that necessary equipment, staff, and other resources are ready for fieldwork. 
  • Review the data for QA/QC, and ensure all work is conducted and submitted in accordance with company standards and guidelines. 
  • Accurately identify historic and prehistoric artifacts and features, and train less experienced field crew in their identification. 
  • Assist with office-based tasks, including performing Class I literature reviews, research, site form, technical report preparation, developing and tracking scopes of work, schedules, and budgets. 
  • Communicate effectively when reporting to Team Leads, Principal Investigators, and Project Managers. 
  • Work independently in a responsible manner. 
  • Work within defined schedules and meet deadlines. 
  • Follow all health and safety procedures, including COVID-19 safety protocols

Experience and qualifications for success

Required Qualifications:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, or a related field.  
  • Minimum of three years working as a field archaeologist in the Southwest. 
  • Ability to travel and conduct fieldwork for long hours (sometimes in inclement weather, rugged terrain, and at high altitudes) and to carry equipment weighing up to 40 pounds. 
  • Extremely organized and meticulous with ensuring survey, documentation, and paperwork are complete. 
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and technical writing. 
  • Currently reside in Arizona or plans to relocate to Arizona in the immediate future. 
  • Must have a valid driver's license, the ability to pass a Motor Vehicle background screening, and have access to reliable transportation. 

Preferred Experience:  

  • Master’s degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, or a related field.  
  • Meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards in archaeology. 
  • Able to be listed on federal and state permits in Arizona. 
  • Experience leading crews of field technicians on a variety of project types and sizes, regions, and agencies. 
  • Experience collecting field data utilizing modern mobile technology (tablets, Bluetooth GPS receivers, mobile software) and Trimble GPS units (Terrasync and/or ArcPad).  
  • Experience with computer-based programs such as Pathfinder Office, ArcGIS Desktop, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat, and others. 
  • Experience writing technical archaeology reports. 
  • Knowledge of federal and state preservation laws and regulations including, but not limited to the National Environmental Policy Act, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, and Section 106 and Section 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act. 
  • CPR and First Aid certified. 


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 Flagstaff, AZ-based position can expect an hourly pay rate of $$60,000 - $76,960/year. Actual pay within this range may depend on experience, qualifications, geographic location, client requirements where applicable, and other factors permitted by law. 



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SWCA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply. 




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