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  • 02/01/2018 17:06 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The AAC has drafted a letter response to Arizona House Bill 2498. The bill and letter response are attached. Please direct any comments to AAC President Dave Hart: dhart@gsrcorp.com



  • 01/26/2018 16:20 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Field Director - Archaeology/Cultural Resources Tucson/Phoenix, Arizona

    Tierra Right of Way Services is seeking motivated and experienced archaeologists/cultural resources managers who can fulfill the duties of Field Director in either our Tucson or Phoenix office. The successful candidate must be a team player. He/she must have the ability to multi-task, including supervising multiple small surveys and/or monitoring projects concurrently. Experience directing large block surveys as well as testing and data recovery investigations is also desired. The successful candidate must meet qualifications required for supervisory archaeologists by the State of Arizona, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Forest Service, including the U.S. Secretary of Interior’s standards for archaeologists. The candidates must have knowledge of the literature and practice of prehistoric and historic archaeology in the American Southwest. A moderate amount of travel may be required; a current valid driver’s license is required. The successful candidates must be a United States citizen or hold a federally approved work visa.


    • Seven years’ experience in CRM at increasing levels of responsibility, such as technician, crew chief, assistant field director, field director, at least three years of which has been in southern Arizona, is required.

    • Thorough knowledge of the NHPA Section 106 process and associated federal and state laws and regulations is essential.

    • Graduate degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, or related field is required.

    • Focus in a particular analytic specialty in material culture or an aspect of environmental archaeology.

    Duties include:

    • Directing fieldwork

    • Staffing and scheduling input

    • Writing reports and preparing forms to pertinent agency standards

    • Delegating tasks to junior staff

    • Problem resolutions in field and office settings

    • Training archaeological technicians in field methods, preparation of forms, and report writing

    • Maintaining current knowledge of literature and professional reports

    • Assisting in the preparation of scopes of work and budgets for proposals

    • Analyzing collections of cultural materials that fall within your particular analytic specialty

    Salary and Benefits:

    Salary is competitive, and is based on experience and education. This is a full-time permanent position with benefits, including medical, 401k, and holidays.

    Tierra has been conducting cultural resource projects in the American Southwest for nearly twenty-five (25) years. We are committed to meeting our clients’ land services needs in the highest quality manner, delivered with the highest ethical and professional standards. Tierra is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

    How to Apply:

    Please submit letter of interest and CV/resume to careers@tierra-row.com, or mail to:

    Tierra Right of Way Services

    Human Resources Department

    RE: Field Director Tucson/Phoenix - Archaeology/Cultural Resources

    1575 East River Road, Suite 201

    Tucson, AZ 85718

  • 01/03/2018 21:10 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The Fall 2017 issue of the Journal of Arizona Archaeology (Volume 5, No. 1) is devoted to recent research into the archaeology of the Perry Mesa Region, with Will Russell as the guest editor. Members of the Arizona Archaeological Council may obtain their electronic copy of the Journal by accessing the Journal issues on this site. Subscribers to the paper format of the issue will receive their copies in January.

    Non-members may purchase an issue of the Journal for $5 per electronic copy and $15 per paper format (includes postage and handling) by sending a request to Editor.jaza@gmail.com. Please specify the issue and number you wish to purchase

  • 12/12/2017 16:32 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The AZ SHPO is hosting a google group to disseminate news and updates from SHPO to the archaeological community.

    Search google groups for AZ SHPO Archaeology and request to join.

  • 11/22/2017 14:28 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    See the below link for details. 

    Project Director-VH 2017-11-15.pdf

  • 11/22/2017 14:20 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Jacobs), an equal-opportunity employer, is seeking experienced archaeological field technicians for upcoming field projects. Duties will include archaeological construction monitoring and archaeological survey, as well as other tasks as assigned. Position requires familiarity with artifact identification, identification of soil stratigraphy, and the identification of archaeological features; as well as the preparation of detailed field notes and archaeological site records. Candidates must be able and willing to work outdoors in remote locations and for extended periods under all weather conditions, often traversing rugged terrain. Must demonstrate awareness for workplace safety; and be willing to work independently when conditions are appropriate or with limited supervision.

    Required Qualifications

    • Knowledge of computers and GPS equipment
    • Ability/willingness to travel
    • At least two years’ experience working around construction crews and working safely in trenches and around heavy equipment
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Organizational and time management skills to effectively complete assigned workload within defined timelines and in accordance with established standards
    • Demonstrated experience in the Southwest, especially Arizona

    Desired Qualifications

    • B.A./B.S. Degree or higher in Anthropology with an emphasis in Archaeology
    • OSHA excavation and trench safety training
    • At least 2 years of field experience in archaeological survey and excavation.

    Please apply online at https://jacobs.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=BI%20000387.

    Please contact Glennda Luhnow, Jacobs’ Phoenix Manager of Archaeology/Cultural Resources at Glennda.luhnow@jacobs.com or 602-650-4060 with additional questions.

  • 11/02/2017 09:20 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Cultural Resource Principal Investigator  

    Established in 1999, Transcon Environmental, Inc., offers environmental consulting services throughout the western United States with offices in Arizona, California, and Utah. Our highly successful team of environmental planners, biologists and archaeologists provides environmental planning, permitting, and compliance as well as infrastructure siting, Class I and Class III studies, Historic Property Treatment Plans, and environmental construction management and monitoring.

    We are seeking a full-time, senior-level archaeologist for assignments located in Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California, and New Mexico. Primary duties include senior review of archaeological reports and other products, writing technical reports, leading and coordinating field projects, overseeing staff assignments, analyzing permitting strategies, interacting with clients, and marketing. Strong writing and review skills are required. Occasional field work may be required, such as assessing specified location(s) for cultural resources and monitoring cultural resources during utility operation and maintenance activities. Candidates applying for this position will be based out of the Mesa, Arizona office.


    • Graduate degree in archaeology, or closely related field
    • Proficiency in Arizona, Utah, and Nevada prehistoric or historic archaeology
    • At least ten years of full-time professional experience in archaeological research or cultural resource management
    • Eligible or previously permitted as a Principal Investigator in Arizona for state and federal agencies (Bureau of Land Management, State offices, US Forests, and Bureau of Reclamation)
    • Ability to perform work duties independently with short deadlines
    • Ability to manage both small and large projects and work with other disciplines
    • Highly organized, motivated, thorough, accurate, dependable and trustworthy
    • Excellent writing and editing skills
    • Strong computer skills
    • Good problem solving skills
    • Interaction with State Historic Preservation Offices and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices
    • Participation in marketing activities including conferences and proposal development


    • Experience hiring and managing archaeological staff (office and field)
    • Experience scheduling projects and adhering to project budgets
    • Eligible to be permitted as Principal Investigator in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah for state and federal agencies
    • Familiarity with typical electrical utility operations and maintenance activities
    • Proficiency with sub-meter GPS
    • Proficiency in New Mexico archaeology and meets qualifications for listing as Field Director on state and federal permits

    This position is exempt (salary), and eligible for full benefits. On multiple day assignments, employee will be reimbursed for meals and lodging. We anticipate that employment will begin in November 2017. Applicants must have a clean driving record for at least 5 years prior to the start of work. Offers of employment will be contingent on the candidate passing drug and alcohol testing.


    Send the following documents to Human Resources at humanresources@transcon.com

    • one-page cover letter (mention any archaeological permits you may hold)
    • resume (3-page limit)
    • three references (include a supervisor and a co-worker)
    • writing sample 

  • 10/18/2017 16:04 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Algonquin Consultants, an American Indian-owned cultural resources and environmental consulting firm with offices in New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Ohio is seeking Crew Chiefs/Field Directors and PIs permitted to work in Arizona on state and federal lands. Compensation commensurate with experience.

    Please send technical writing sample, CV, and permit information to Cassandra Fitzgerald at cafitzgerald@algonquinconsultants.com. Please also direct any questions you might have to Ms. Fitzgerald at that same email address. Time is of the essence, and we would encourage you to send a brief email indicating your interest at your earliest convenience and then follow up with the writing sample and credentials.

  • 10/17/2017 16:00 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Dear Friends of Arizona Archaeology,

    The Governor's Archaeology Advisory Commission (fondly known as GAAC or the Commission) is currently in need of new members. This statutory board advises the State Historic Preservation Officer and the Governor on issues important to Arizona archaeology. The Commission is composed of 11 members with expertise in prehistoric or historic archaeology, anthropology, heritage tourism, Native American cultural heritage, public education, and economic development.

    Established by the State Legislature in 1985, the Commission’s enabling legislation also directed it to promote archaeology and the development of a broad base of public support for historic preservation. GAAC has assisted the SHPO in developing and sustaining highly successful efforts including the nationally recognized Arizona Site Steward Program and the popular Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month activities, such as the annual Archaeology Expo. The Commission has also advised the SHPO on developing public education guidelines, a statement of principles regarding cooperation between archaeologists and American Indian tribes, guidelines for archaeological excavations on private property, a report on the archaeological curation crisis in Arizona, a letter to the Governor regarding protection and management of archaeological resources along the international border, and a report on cultural resources protection in Arizona State Parks during the Great Recession.

    Detailed information on this advisory board, along with their plans and reports, can be found on the GAAC sections of the SHPO webpages on the Arizona State Parks and Trails website at http://azstateparks.com/committees/GAAC.html. If you are interested in applying to be a member, you must fill out the Governor’s Office of Boards and Commissions’ application at: http://bc.azgovernor.gov/bc/form/boards-and-commissions-application for consideration by the Governor (all members are appointed by the Governor). For more information, or for other questions regarding GAAC, feel free to contact me.

    Thank you!

    Sincerely, Ann

  • 09/29/2017 15:28 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Arizona Archaeology Expo

    2018 Archaeology Expo Planning Meeting – October 17, 2017 at 10 am at the Forestry Conference Room in the ADEQ building (behind SHPO). We will continue to work on planning activities for the Archaeology Expo. The 2018 Archaeology Expo will be hosted by the Arizona Museum of Natural History on March 10, 2018 from 10 am to 4 pm. We have teleconference options for this meeting, for those who cannot attend in person. For more information about the meeting, please email Kris Powell at kpowell@azstateparks.gov or 602-542-7141.

    We have just begun our planning efforts – so we still have many opportunities for those who are interested to participate in the Archaeology Expo. At this year’s Expo, we will be experimenting with a few different ideas. For our presentations/lectures series, we are looking to shorten the presentation time to 15 minutes, allowing for more presentations. These shorten lectures present opportunities for brief summaries of ongoing research or excavation projects. If anyone has some interesting research that they would be willing to discuss in a brief format for the Expo – please let me know. Lectures will be presented in the Conference room at the Museum. In addition, we are also looking for individuals with skills in ancient technology that are willing to demonstrate their talents. Please contact Kris Powell kpowell@azstateparks.gov or 602-542-7141 if you would like to volunteer.

    Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month

    Each March, we celebrate the rich cultural and heritage resources that are in Arizona. As part of that celebration, the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office compiles a listing of events that federal and state agencies, non-profit organizations, and Tribes host for the month. This information is compiled and organized according to location and date. Due to funding constraints, this year’s brochure will be electronic and available via our website. If you are interested in being listed on the website – please fill out the Listing of Events Form (available for download on our website – www.azstateparks.com/archy) and submit to Kris Powell kpowell@azstateparks.gov by no later than 11/15/17. If you are having trouble downloading this form, please feel free to contact me (see info above) and I will provide you with a copy. This is a wonderful resource for the public to learn about archaeology and history in Arizona. We appreciate everyone’s contribution in providing educational opportunities for the public.

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