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AECOM - Assistant Archaeologist

01/13/2022 18:55 | AAC Board Admin (Administrator)

AECOM is seeking a creative, highly talented assistant archaeologist to join the Cultural Resource Team in our Phoenix, AZ office. Candidates could work on a variety of cultural resource survey and archaeological excavation and monitoring projects in the Southwest. This is a full-time position. Candidates must be able to work effectively in field, office, and laboratory settings as part of a team and under the supervision of senior cultural resource specialists.

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.

We believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive. 

Our clients trust us to bring together the best people, ideas, technical expertise and digital solutions to our work in transportation, buildings, water, the environment and new energy. We’re one global team – 47,000 strong – driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.  

Responsibilities for this position include but are not limited to:

  • Conducting archaeological survey, monitoring, and excavations.
  • Documenting archaeological and historical resources; must be able to take accurate field notes, complete forms, and draw accurate profiles and plan view sketches.
  • Using digital devices to record field data.
  • Using a digital camera to photo-document artifacts, features, and sites and keeping an accurate photo log. 
  • Proficiency with standard word processing (Word) and workbook (Excel) software.
  • Writing site descriptions and contributions to reports
  • Processing artifacts (washing, labeling, and cataloging) and performing basic analysis of artifacts.  

  • Consulting with a supervisor about unusual problems

About AECOM’s Environment Business Line

Join AECOM to be part of an expert global team who is connected through a well-developed, worldwide, internal technical practice network through which you can learn from and brainstorm with the best in the world. AECOM is an industry-leading, world class environmental firm, and we want you to succeed within it.  We respect and encourage your own pathway to excellence via our Freedom to Grow initiative.

AECOM is known for our award-winning technical excellence, leading-edge science and innovative project delivery. We provide sustainable solutions for some of the world’s most challenging issues. Our global clients and their projects are diverse and interesting. They span market sectors and geographies and require innovative technical solutions to solve wide-ranging environmental problems within diverse community profiles.

AECOM’s Sustainable Legacies program describes our approach to the environment, social equity and governance (ESG). We embed sustainability throughout our business and help clients embed sustainable practices into their work. We help clients reduce their impact on the environment, achieve compliance and reduce risks.

Minimum Requirements:

  • BA in anthropology/archaeology or closely related field plus 2 years of relevant experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience. 
  • Must possess a valid driver's license and clean driving record
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Prior experience with implementing archaeological fieldwork logistics, protocols, and data collection
  • Knowledge of field survey and excavation techniques, ability to process (wash, catalog, and label) recovered archaeological artifacts, properly fill out field and laboratory forms. 
  • Ability to perform manual work in outdoor environments with uneven terrain and variable conditions including heat, cold, moisture, and dryness; working alone in isolated/remote areas; performing repetitive bending and stooping, standing/walking, power gripping (hand tools, levers, etc.), and fine hand movements; lifting 25 to 75 pounds; wearing personal protective equipment, including safety glasses/goggles, gloves, safety shoes/boots, hard hat, long-sleeve shirts, and snake guards; working with arms above shoulder level; climbing ladders or stairs and working at heights or in confined spaces; working safely around heavy, moving, dangerous equipment; operating of vehicles; and performing keyboard/mouse operations. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of equipment and technology used to collect and record archaeological data, including GPS applications and Microsoft applications. 
  • Strong attention to detail, with proven ability to follow specific instructions.
  • Ability to write well, including artifact, feature, site, and landscape descriptions. 
  • Excellent work ethic and team-player attitude. 
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with other project staff. 
  • Flexibility to travel overnight and out of state for up to a month or more at a time. 
  • Undergraduate degree in anthropology, history, museum studies, or related field and have attended an archaeological field school.
  • 2+ years of experience in archaeological survey and excavation fieldwork and analysis in the Southwest. 
  • General familiarity with cultural resource management protocols and processes, including compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act and National Environmental Policy Act. 
  • Some experience with conducting laboratory analysis of both prehistoric and historic material. 
  • CPR/First Aid Training

Additional Information:

  • Due to the nature of this role, US citizenship is required.

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