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AZTEC - Principal Investigator

03/11/2022 14:49 | AAC Board Admin (Administrator)

AZTEC Engineering Group is currently seeking resumes from qualified Principal Investigators to join our Cultural Resources team. Remote work is available for this role and we encourage applicants from AZ, NV, UT, CO or NM to apply.

The purpose of this role is to propose on, develop, and manage archaeological projects of all sizes from start to completion. Below is a list of duties for this position:


  • Perform archaeological and archival research
  • Manage projects, include staff, fieldwork, deliverables, schedules, and budgets
  • Work within schedule and budget constraints 
  • Oversee and participate in all aspects of archaeological survey and site documentation, GPS mapping, testing and data recovery, monitoring, analyses, report writing, and administrative duties
  • Serve as primary author on technical reports, research designs, treatment plans, and other technical documents
  • Develop proposals and cost estimates
  • Foster and maintain good working relationships with state and federal agency staff, tribes, and private sector clients
  • Take initiative, resolve problems, and improve procedures as appropriate to assure tasks are completed effectively
  • Coordinate/obtain permitting and adhere to agency guidelines/policies
  • Current understanding of client/agency guidelines and standards for fieldwork and reporting
  • Assist with business development goals and objectives
  • Assist with training and mentoring cultural resources staff in topics including Section 106 process, developing historic contexts and research designs, evaluating site eligibility and project effects, and site recording protocols 

Required Skills

  • MA or MS in anthropology, archaeology, or closely related field
  • Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA)
  • Meet Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards for Archaeology
  • 8 years of experience in Cultural Resource Management (CRM) and a minimum 2 years of experience as a principal investigator or project director
  • Ability to keep and maintain accurate and complete records of work conducted
  • Experience organizing and maintaining data, and completing archaeological site and excavation forms
  • Ability to be permitted as a principal investigator (or equivalent) by federal, tribal and state (AZ, NV, UT) agencies
  • Ability to conduct archaeological research and analysis
  • Experience reviewing, writing and editing technical documents and reviewing collected field data (forms, GIS, photographs, etc.) for completeness and accuracy
  • Demonstrated knowledge of federal, tribal, state (AZ, NV, UT), and local cultural resource management and historic preservation regulations
  • Extensive knowledge of cultural resources in the Southwest and/or Great Basin
  • Demonstrated understanding of GPS, GIS (Tablet, ArcGIS 10)
  • Experience obtaining permits for archaeological excavations
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience managing and completing projects on time, within budget
  • Ability to work as a team member
  • Ability to walk up to 10 miles per day in adverse conditions (rugged terrain, remote locations, hot and cold temperatures, arid environments, dense vegetation) and carry up to 25 pounds of equipment
  • Ability and willingness to travel overnight and/or out of state
  • Good driving record
  • Experience in Southwest and/or Great Basin preferred
  • A high degree of professionalism and competence in project execution and delivery
  • Ceramic or other analyst preferred 

Working Conditions and Environment

Will need the ability to establish rapport quickly with others working on the same project and be able to promote a positive team environment. A working knowledge of dealing with a diverse population while using tact, diplomacy, and respect.

Company Benefits

AZTEC offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, life insurance, short and long-term disability, flexible spending accounts, Paid-time-Off, and a 401(k)/Profit Sharing program.

Company Overview

AZTEC Engineering Group, Inc. (AZTEC) is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, and provides diversified technical and consulting services to clients in the United States. AZTEC has offices in California, Colorado, Indiana, and Nevada. AZTEC is part of the TYPSA Group, an international consulting engineering firm with over 2,600 employees and more than 50 offices worldwide providing multidisciplinary consulting services in the fields of civil engineering, architecture, and environment. AZTEC has a diverse culture that focuses on providing rich opportunities for its employees. AZTEC is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to affirmative action planning and encourages diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other non-job-related characteristic.

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