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  • 10/22/2015 10:25 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The articles in the spring 2013 edition of the Journal of Arizona Archaeology (Volume 3, No. 2) are now posted on the AAC website and can be accessed by active members of the Arizona Archaeological Council under the Members Access Only tab.

    William M. Graves is the guest editor of this issue, which is titled From Without and Within: Long-Distance Interaction, Culture Change, and Culture Contact in Arizona.

  • 10/06/2015 09:43 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The application deadline for the SAA's 2015 Fred Plog Memorial Scholarship is fast approaching on November 1! This award ($1,000) provides support for a graduate student with ABD status writing a dissertation on the North American Southwest OR northern Mexico or on a topic, such as culture change or regional interactions, on which Plog himself did research. 

    Please note that students working in areas other than the American Southwest are encouraged to apply. Possible topics related to Fred Plog's research include:

    The study of long-term cultural change, particularly using quantitative analysis or modeling.

    Study of sociopolitical and economic systems.

    Regional approaches to or methodological advances in archaeological survey.

    Advances in Cultural Resource Management.

    Collaborative projects.

    The award solicitation is attached.

    Please direct applications directly to Deborah Huntley, SAA Fred Plog Fellowship Committee Chair (dhuntley@archaeologysouthwest.org)

    2015 Plog Fellowship Announcement.pdf

  • 09/30/2015 15:50 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Archaeological Field Technicians Wanted

     

    About the opportunity:

     

    SWCA is currently seeking several experienced archaeological field technicians for each of our three Arizona offices (Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Tucson).  Transportation from one of SWCA's Arizona offices and project locations will be provided each work day for employees.

     

    What you will accomplish:

     

    Conduct archaeological fieldwork including survey monitoring, survey, testing, and/or data recovery. Assist with mapping responsibilities in the field, including collection of GPS data using Trimble units.

     

    Experience and qualifications for success:

     

    ·         A Bachelor's Degree in anthropology, archaeology, or a closely related field or six (6) months field experience with a range of field methodologies, including survey, testing, excavation, and monitoring required.

    ·         Experience with a wide range of field methodologies, including archaeological survey, testing, excavation, and/or monitoring preferred

    ·         Knowledge of ArcPad or TerraSync is a plus

    ·         Current valid driver's license and the ability to safely operate a 4wd vehicle if needed

    ·         Ability to travel to work start locations in Flagstaff, Phoenix, or Tucson

    ·         Ability conduct fieldwork (testing, data recovery, survey) for long hours, sometimes in inclement weather, rugged terrain, and ability to carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds is required

     

    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.

     

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

     

    Please apply directly to our career website: https://careers-swca.icims.com/jobs/9553/archaeological-field-technician/job?mode=view

  • 09/24/2015 10:42 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Principal Investigator

    WestLand Resources Inc. is actively seeking an experienced principal investigator to support our cultural resources consulting practice. WestLand’s cultural resources consulting practice specializes in archaeological surveys (Class I through III), cultural resource evaluations, monitoring, archaeological testing, and data recovery for a variety of clients throughout the Southwest. WestLand’s staff members are well versed in city, state, and federal procedures and policies and have completed numerous archaeological assignments including testing and data recovery.

     Principal Investigator Responsibilities:

    • Develop and manage project scope, schedule and budget in alignment with client and firms needs
    • Manage project progress using Enterprise Resource Planning Software
    • Develop Historic Properties Treatment Plans
    • Direct project specific research of analysts and field directors
    • Write synthesis chapters for data recovery reports
    • Review survey, testing, and data recovery reports for accuracy and adherence to agency guidelines
    • Schedule personnel
    • Mentor junior staff in developing research and compliance documents
    • Interact with agency archaeologists
    • Regular communication with clients
    • Participate in marketing and proposal efforts
    • Other duties as assigned

    Required, Education, Skills and Experience:

    • Prefer Ph.D. but will consider M.A. with appropriate experience and permits
    • Five years cultural resources management field experience in the American Southwest
    • Hold an ASM Principal Investigator permit or be able to qualify for one
    • Expertise in local, state, and federal cultural resources laws and regulations
    • Experience in managing large cultural resources survey and data recovery projects
    • Experience writing and reviewing technical archaeological reports

    WestLand is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

     

    WestLand is an at-will employer as allowed by applicable state law. 

    WestLand provides growth potential, professional development opportunities and competitive compensation, including a comprehensive benefits package for full-time employees.  Salary DOE.  Send cover letter & resume to:  WestLand Resources, Inc., 4001 E. Paradise Falls Dr. Tucson, AZ  85712. Attn: SWR.  Or via our company website: www.westlandresources.com or email to: sreeder@westlandresources.com.

  • 09/24/2015 10:40 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Field Director

    WestLand Resources Inc. is actively seeking an experienced cultural resources field director to conduct and manage survey, testing, and data recovery projects in southern and central Arizona.

    WestLand’s cultural resources consulting practice specializes in archaeological surveys, cultural resource evaluations, monitoring, archaeological testing, and data recovery for a variety of clients throughout the Southwest. WestLand’s staff members are well versed in city, state, and federal procedures and policies. The successful candidate will have to be able to be permitted by the Arizona State Museum as a Project Director.

     Field Director Responsibilities:

    • Project Management
    • Conduct and Oversee Class I Cultural Resource Surveys
    • Conduct and Oversee Class III Cultural Resource Surveys
    • Supervise Data Recovery Crews
    • Manage schedules and budgets for small projects
    • Other duties as assigned

    Required, Education, Skills and Experience:

    • M.A. in anthropology
    • A minimum of two years supervisory experience in the American southwest
    • Experience with historic or Hohokam archaeology
    • Need to work as a productive member of a cohesive team
    • Proven writing skills
    • Analytic specialty desirable
    • Ability to work in a fast paced and creative environment

    WestLand is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

     

    WestLand is an at-will employer as allowed by applicable state law. 

    WestLand provides growth potential, professional development opportunities and competitive compensation, including a comprehensive benefits package for full-time employees.  Salary DOE.  Send cover letter & resume to:  WestLand Resources, Inc., 4001 E. Paradise Falls Dr. Tucson, AZ  85712. Attn: SWR.  Or via our company website: www.westlandresources.com or email to: sreeder@westlandresources.com.

  • 09/14/2015 13:51 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    PaleoWest is looking to immediately fill archaeological technician positions out of our Phoenix, Arizona office for a survey in west-central Arizona.  The candidate must possess a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology or another applicable field and have experience conducting fieldwork in the Southwest. This survey is anticipated to last up to 5 weeks and begins Monday, September 21st. Pay will be commensurate with the applicant’s experience; lodging and per diem will be provided. The candidate should be fit, resourceful, dedicated, and organized, and will work under the supervision of the Field Director or Project Director during survey and/or excavation projects throughout the Southwest. Familiarity with GPS units and digital data collection are a plus but not required. The candidate should expect to survey up to 10 miles a day over rough terrain and in extreme heat. Please submit a current CV and brief letter of intent/personal statement to work@paleowest.com, with “Archaeological Technician – Phoenix” in the subject line.

  • 08/31/2015 16:23 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    CULTURAL RESOURCE SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER

    Archaeological Consulting Services, Ltd. of Tempe, AZ (ACS) is seeking to hire a cultural resource Senior Project Manager. The successful candidate will:

    Have a Masters degree in Anthropology (Archaeology);

    • qualify as a Project Director on an Arizona state permit;
    • have at least 10 years of experience in archaeology;
    • have at least three years experience managing multiple small projects simultaneously and providing support for larger projects;
    • have an understanding of cultural resource compliance within the framework of NEPA; and
    • have a close familiarity with the performance of such tasks under ADOT contracts.

    In short, we are looking for a detail-oriented multi-tasker who is able to get started in the very near future and can contribute to project management right away. The M.A. and qualifications for the Project Director on an Arizona state permit are must-haves; although the other requirements listed are more flexible, keep in mind we are looking for a highly experienced person. 

    The duties of this position involve completing cultural resource clearance projects from project initiation through project implementation and close-out, including preparing scopes and budgets for proposals of all types, permit applications, conducting some fieldwork, and preparing technical reports and agency consultation letters.

    The duties of this position regularly require sitting at a desk and using hands to manipulate a computer keyboard and mouse as well as paper work products. They will sometimes include in-town or out-of-town fieldwork, which would require standing, walking or climbing into and out of trenches and excavation units, using hands to manipulate items and to lift or carry them, talking, and hearing. They occasionally require crossing uneven terrain, climbing over fences, and stooping, kneeling, or crouching. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. All employees must be able to follow instructions, ask questions when needed, be able to work independently once parameters have been set, and work cooperatively as part of a team, at both the project and company-wide levels.

    The pay level is competitive and commensurate with experience. This is a salaried position, exempt from federal labor laws, eligible for the full ACS benefits package, including vacation, 10 paid holidays, sick leave, a significant portion of the employee’s health and dental insurance paid under the company plan, and participation in a 401(k) program after six months.

    For additional information, interested parties should check the “Job Opportunities” section of the ACS website (http://www.acstempe.com). Please send your current resume with a cover letter identifying how soon you could be available to start work and the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references who can comment on your project management experience to: acs_jobs’at’acstempe’dot’com (substitute words in quotes with @ and .). Please include the name of the position you are applying for in the subject line of your e-mail. ACS does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. No phone calls please. The position is open until September 30, 2015, or until filled, whichever is sooner.
  • 08/29/2015 09:02 | AAC Admin (Administrator)
    Dr. James Schoenwetter (January 2, 1935 - August 22, 2015) was born on January 2, 1935 and passed away on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

    Dr. Schoenwetter, Professor Emeritus at ASU, received his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University in 1967. Schoenwetter joined the department faculty in 1967, following four years at the Laboratory of Anthropology at Santa Fe, New Mexico, and retired in 2000. His research interests were in the areas of prehistoric cultural ecology, applications of pollen analysis in archaeology and research methodology.

    Prior to retirement, he directed the department's palynology laboratory. Pollen research by Schoenwetter and his students involved a variety of sites in Mesoamerica, North America and Europe, and continued through his retirement. He has directed archaeological and botanical fieldwork in the Midwestern and Southwestern United States, California, Oaxaca, Zacatecas, Jalisco, England and France.

    Dr. Schoenwetter pioneered the study of pollen records from archaeological site-context deposits in the Southwest and Midwest in the 1960s, identified palynological evidence of Archaic Horizon maize cultivation in Arizona, Illinois and Mexico in the 1970s and was among the earliest students of the palynological records of historic archaeology site-context deposits. He consulted with students and archaeologists on the development of methods of pollen analysis for the resolution of archaeological problems and prepared a body of unpublished reports and meeting papers written during his research career.

    Dr. Schoenwetter was a resident of Tempe, Arizona.


  • 08/24/2015 10:32 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Archaeological Consulting Services, Ltd. of Tempe, AZ (ACS) is seeking resumes for several temporary Field Archaeologist or Field Technician positions. A Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology or a related field and several months of fieldwork are required to be considered a Field Archaeologist. Field Technicians might be working toward their B.A. and have some field experience. We are seeking experienced personnel who can assist us in both survey and excavation projects. The duties of these positions may regularly require standing, walking or climbing into and out of trenches and excavation units, using hands to manipulate items and to lift or carry them, talking, and hearing. They occasionally require crossing uneven terrain, climbing over fences, and stooping, kneeling, or crouching. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. All employees must be able to follow instructions, ask questions when needed, be able to work independently once parameters have been set, and work cooperatively as part of a team, at both the project and company-wide levels.

    Pay levels are competitive and commensurate with experience. These are project specific positions, and as a result are full-time, temporary positions. The one benefit that comes with these positions is holiday pay if the office is closed and the employee works the day before and the day after the holiday.

    For additional information, interested parties should check “Job Opportunities” section of the ACS web site (http://www.acstempe.com). Please send current resume with a cover letter and the names and phone numbers/e-mail addresses of three references who can comment on your experience to: acs_jobs@acstempe.com. Please include the job title “Field Archaeologist” in the subject line of your e-mail. ACS does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. These positions are available immediately and are open until filled or September 30, 2015, whichever comes first.
  • 08/20/2015 07:28 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The University of Oklahoma’s Department of Anthropology seeks to hire a tenure-track archaeologist at the Assistant Professor level, to start August 15, 2016. The successful candidate will help fulfill the strategic priorities of the department and its archaeological subfield. The archaeology subfield is focused on the history and cultures of Native North Americans, with an emphasis on the Great Plains, Southwest US, and Southeast regions. Additionally, the hire will help create opportunities of collaboration within our department, as well as across academic units and provide essential mentorship for undergraduate and graduate students with interests in Native North America.

     

    Preference will be given to candidates with a specialization in the post-Paleoindian archaeology of the Greater American Southwest, methodological expertise complementary to other faculty, and teaching experience. Applicants must have a PhD by the start date and be committed to a four-field anthropological approach. The normal teaching load is two courses each semester. Send a single .pdf file containing a letter detailing research interests and teaching experience, curriculum vita, and contact information for three references by e-mail to anthropology@ou.edu, with a “cc” to the search committee chair (ar@ou.edu). Review of applications begins October 9 and will continue until position is filled.

     

    The University of Oklahoma is a Carnegie-R1 comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement, serving the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and the Schusterman Center in Tulsa. OU enrolls over 30,000 students and has more than 2700 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges. In 2014, OU became the first public institution ever to rank #1 nationally in the recruitment of National Merit Scholars, with 311 scholars. The 277-acre Research Campus in Norman was named the No.1 research campus in the nation by the Association of Research Parks in 2013. Norman is a culturally rich and vibrant town located just outside Oklahoma City. With outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living, Norman is a perennial contender on “best place to live” rankings. Visit http://www.ou.edu/content/dam/provost/documents/facultyflipbook.pdf and www.ou.edu/publicaffairs/oufacts.html for more information.

     

    OU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We encourage women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

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