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  • 01/16/2019 19:52 | AAC Admin (Administrator)


    Archaeologist – Historic Preservation Team Lead (Environmental Project manager Senior)

    (Job ID: 44158)

    Location:  1611 W. Jackson St, Phoenix AZ 85007

    Salary: $46,932.00-84,157.00 Yearly

    For more information please contact Stephen Rice 602-712-7279 or

  • 01/16/2019 19:48 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Desert Archaeology is a woman-owned small business providing full service cultural resources management. Office headquarters are in Tucson with a branch office in Phoenix. Desert Archaeology was founded in 1982 and has been at the forefront of Arizona cultural resources management since then. The company is distinguished by our investment in building knowledge and communities through research about the past.



    Position Summary:


    Desert Archaeology is seeking to fill two Field Director/Project Director positions (one in the Phoenix office, one in the Tucson office) for directing survey, testing phase projects, and small data recovery projects and in assisting Senior Project Directors and Principal Investigators with field supervision of large projects. Field Directors/Project Directors direct and participate in all phases of a project, from pre-field planning (including writing research designs and work plans) and logistical support, to crew supervision, work with laboratory personnel, and post-field analysis and report preparation. The successful candidate will have experience in cultural resource management fieldwork and report preparation, experience as a crew supervisor, a solid working knowledge of Arizona/Southwest prehistory and history, a collegial attitude, willingness to work regularly on out-of-town projects, and will qualify for an Arizona State Museum permit. Successful performance in this position will lead to increased responsibilities and opportunities.


    This is a 30–40 hour per week, permanent position with medical, PTO, and 401k benefits.



    Responsibilities Include:


    w Work with Desert Archaeology project directors and analytic staff

    w Direct and participate in survey, testing phase projects, and small data recovery projects

    w Provide field support with logistics and crew supervision on large-scale projects

    w Prepare final reports for small projects; assist with preparation of reports for large projects

    w Oversee post-field analysis as needed

    w Meet project deadlines and budgets

    w Provide monthly progress reports on project activities





    w Graduate degree in anthropology, archaeology, history, architecture, or related field(s)

    w Experience in cultural/heritage resource management

    w Meet Secretary of Interior standards

    w Permittable by the Arizona State Museum at the Project Director level

    w Minimum 3 years of archaeological experience

    w Supervisory experience

    w Excellent verbal and interpersonal skills

    w Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel

    w Experience with hand-held GPS devices and cameras

    w Willing to do some travel (up to 50 percent time)

    w Valid driver’s license

    w Work base is in Phoenix or Tucson

    w Experience in Southwest United States archaeology

    w Must be eligible to work in the United States


    Compensation commensurate with experience.





    Applications will be reviewed beginning January 21, 2019. Positions open until filled.


    To apply, send a cover letter, CV or resume, and names of three references to:


    Patricia Castalia, Operations Director

    Desert Archaeology, Inc.

    3975 N. Tucson Blvd.

    Tucson, AZ 85716




    To learn more about us, visit

    Desert Archaeology is an Equal Opportunity Employment company
  • 01/08/2019 14:19 | AAC Admin (Administrator)
    In December 2018, the Board voted to make issues of the journal from previous years open to the public. Non-members can download electronic issues from previous years.

    Membership is still required to access the current year's issues.
  • 01/08/2019 14:17 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Each year, the Governor's Archaeology Advisory Commission recognizes individuals and/or programs that have contributed time and energy to promoting the protection and preservation of, and education about, Arizona's non-renewable archaeological resources. These awards can include the following categories of individuals or organizations that are worthy of recognition for their public service / education endeavors: 1) professional archaeologists, 2) avocational archaeologists, 3) site stewards, 4) tribes, 5) private, non-profit entities, 6) government agencies, and 7) private or industrial development entities. In addition, the Commission would like to make an award to an individual for special or lifetime achievement. The award ceremony is held at the Historic Preservation Conference each year. For 2019, the Conference will be held in Prescott, AZ.

    For nomination forms and more information, please visit the conference website at

  • 01/04/2019 16:44 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Paleowest Archaeology: Senior Project Manager

    Want to work for one of the largest, most innovative CRM firms in the United States? Want to work on rewarding projects using industry-leading technologies? Want to live in one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation, where it’s cloudy fewer than 70 days per year? If so, please read on! 


    PaleoWest Archaeology is a solution driven archaeological consulting firm that prides itself on employing the best CRM professionals in the industry. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, PaleoWest places an emphasis on supporting our clients’ needs, fostering new technologies that advance our industry while better protecting its fragile resources, and promoting professional development within the framework of innovation and forward thinking. We are currently seeking a Senior Project Manager for our Phoenix office. This is a full time, salaried position that comes with a great benefits package, huge growth potential, and an aggressive bonus program. The successful applicant will work alongside our existing staff to successfully navigate a variety of federal, state, and municipal ordinances for our clients. Candidates must minimally have a Master’s degree in anthropology, archaeology, or a closely related field and 10 years of demonstrated professional experience working on survey, testing, and data recovery projects. Experience with the archaeology and history of the American Southwest is preferred.


    Desired knowledge, skills, and abilities include:


    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Knowledge of federal, state, and municipal regulations pertaining to cultural resources
    • Experience in Arizona and, preferably, adjacent states
    • Ability to be permitted on federal andArizona state permits
    • Experience preparing a variety of technical reports (including treatment plans and comprehensive data recovery reports)
    • Experience developing and overseeing project budgets and proposals
    • Ability to lead field crews on survey, testing, and data recovery projects
    • Experience managing simple to complex survey and excavation projects


    The successful candidate will work in our Phoenix office most days. However, the candidate will also oversee local and non-local field projects and should be able and willing to travel throughout Arizona and, potentially, adjacent states. Salary will be commensurate with experience and bonuses will be offered for exceptional performance. Our benefits package includes health insurance, a 401(k) plan with employer matching after the first year, personal time off, telecommuting, and a flexible work schedule. If you are interested in joining our rapidly growing team of professionals, please email a current resume, cover letter, at least two professional references, and two writing samples to using the subject line: Phoenix Project Manager.

  • 12/28/2018 16:48 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The Fall 2018 issue of the Journal of Arizona Archaeology is available for download! Log in under the Member Access Only section to access the journal.

  • 12/18/2018 15:28 | AAC Admin (Administrator)


    Environmental Project manager Senior (Job ID: 42730)

    Location:  1611 W. Jackson St, Phoenix AZ 85007

    Salary: $46,932.00-84,157.00 Yearly

    For more information please contact Stephen Rice 602-712-7279 or

  • 11/07/2018 16:28 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The 2019 Historic Preservation Conference is June 12-14 in Prescott. This year's theme is "Preservation is Everybody's Business". Abstracts are now being accepted!

    At this time, I'm encouraging anyone with historical archaeology projects related to ranching to submit a paper, and be part of a session with some of Arizona's ranchers who have received a special invitation to participate. 

    Mary-Ellen Walsh, M.A., RPA

    Cultural Resources Compliance Manager

    Arizona State Historic Preservation Office

  • 11/06/2018 16:05 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The Arizona Archaeological Council is pleased to announce the results of the 2018 AAC election.

    President-elect- Christopher Rayle

    Information Officer- Caitlin Stewart

    Secretary- Kris Powell

    Member-at-large- Caroline Klebacha

    Member-at-large- Andrew Vorsanger

    We look forward to having them on the board.


    The AAC Board

  • 11/02/2018 10:32 | AAC Admin (Administrator)



    Recent Reports on the Destruction of Arizona's Heritage

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA November 2, 2018 – Arizona's public  land is home to thousands of archaeological sites that are subject to state and federal laws enacted to ensure that places significant to Arizona's heritage are afforded consideration during planned development and, when feasible, preservation for the benefit of the people of Arizona. Recent media reports suggest that the Director of Arizona State Parks and Trails (ASPT) may have willfully circumvented these laws, which may have resulted in the careless destruction of irreplaceable and potentially significant archaeological sites. The Arizona Archaeological Council (AAC) is deeply concerned by these allegations and requests that ASPT release documentation supporting the Director’s claim that recent development work was accomplished in compliance with State and Federal law. If such documentation cannot be produced, it is the opinion of the AAC that a thorough and meaningful investigation by the office of the Governor of Arizona into the matter is required. The AAC acknowledges Governor Ducey’s stance in support of Arizona’s heritage and hopes his office will act with due diligence in this matter.

    The AAC is a non-profit voluntary organization of more than 200 cultural heritage professionals dedicated to protection and preservation of Arizona’s heritage through education and advocacy. The AAC embraces a diverse membership drawing from academics, private business, local communities and federal, state and tribal agencies. Our mission is to promote and coordinate communication and cooperation within the archaeological community, encourage the development and implementation of professional quality in research and reports, work for the preservation and conservation of the prehistoric and historic heritage of Arizona, uphold State and Federal laws, rules, and regulations that protect cultural resources, advocate and publicize these objectives in the state of Arizona, and promote greater understanding between archaeological organizations and Native American communities.

    For media inquiries, contact the AAC President Dave Hart at or 928.266.6651.


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