SWCA - Assistant Staff Archaeologist

11/06/2021 10:04 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

SWCA Environmental Consultants is seeking an Assistant Staff Archaeologist to join us in our Phoenix office. This is an hourly, full-time position. The Assistant Staff Archaeologist will assist with cultural resources management work within the greater Phoenix area and across Arizona. Successful candidates will assist with conducting archaeological fieldwork (including pedestrian survey, site identification, site recording / data collection, monitoring and data recovery excavations) and office-based tasks (preparation of site forms, writing technical reports, occasional lab analysis) to support our Phoenix office. There may also be opportunities to support our other AZ offices as the need arises. 

What you will accomplish

  • Conduct fieldwork for long hours in various environments including, but not limited to, extreme temperatures, inclement weather, and rugged terrain.
  • Carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Available for local projects and fieldwork requiring extended travel (staying in a hotel or camping for up to 8 days at a time).
  • Accurately identify historic and prehistoric artifacts and features.
  • Assist with cultural resource records searches, laboratory analysis tasks, and other office work, as needed.
  • Review collected data for QA/QC, and ensure all work is conducted and submitted in accordance with company standards and guidelines.
  • Work independently in a responsible manner.
  • Work as a productive member of a team and follow the direction of the field supervisor.
  • Follow all health and safety procedures, including COVID-19 safety protocols

Experience and qualifications for success

  • Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, or a related field.
  • Completed an archaeology Field School focusing on North American archaeological methods and cultural resources management.
  • 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:

  • Prior experience working in cultural resource management (CRM).
  • 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.

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) 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.

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 are always learning.  Our employees have the ability to develop and guide  their careers to make them leaders in the industry. Our Career Landscape is a unique and interactive program that  allows you to 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!  


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