Terracon - Staff Scientist and Assistant Scientist

08/15/2022 21:06 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

Staff Scientist:

General Responsibilities:

Conduct cultural records reviews, archaeological surveys, Phase I testing, Phase II data recovery, archaeological monitoring, archaeological mitigation, preparation of archaeological plans and reports, and contribute cultural information for environmental documents. Identify, evaluate and recommend risk and mitigation strategies/designs to ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations. Prepare applicable risk assessments and technical documents including proposals, reports and regulatory agency correspondence.

Essential Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Mid-level, experienced, scientific professional able to manage small- and medium-sized cultural resources projects across the U.S. Southwest.
  • Ability to complete projects on-time and within budget.
  • Field director for survey, excavation and monitoring fieldwork.
  • Work with senior staff to prepare cost estimates and proposals from small and medium-size projects.
  • Evaluate field and laboratory data, synthesizing into written reports.
  • Maintain quality standards, following safety rules and guidelines.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology or related science field and a minimum of 3 years’ related experience. Or, in lieu of a degree, a minimum of 7 years’ related experience.
  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Possess or demonstrate ability to obtain State and Federal archaeological permits within the U.S. Southwest (Arizona, New Mexico, California, Nevada, or Utah).
  • Demonstrated experience authoring cultural resources management reports.
  • Ability to perform all aspects of archaeological fieldwork in outdoor settings year-round within the U.S. Southwest.

Desired qualifications:

  • Possess Principal Investigator status on an Arizona Antiquities Act permit or a General Archaeological Investigation Permit for archaeological investigations in New Mexico.
  • Be listed or demonstrate ability to be listed on a BLM cultural resources use permit in the US Southwest.
  • Meet US Secretary of Interior standards for archaeologist (prehistoric and/or historic).
  • Completion of an archaeological field school in the US Southwest.


Assistant Scientist:

Environmental Planning Group, LLC (EPG), a Terracon Company, is seeking several full-time, temporary archaeological field technicians at our Phoenix, Arizona office. Some projects will be in the local area, based out of our Phoenix office. Other projects or portions of projects may require overnight hotel stays (where available) or “rustic” camping conditions (where hotels are not convenient); non-local jobs typically provide Federal per diem.

Duties include but may not be limited to hiking, climbing, standing, bending, stooping, carrying loads up to 30 pounds, completing paperwork, filling electronic forms, mapping, orienteering, and photography. These duties are often performed in conditions of extreme heat. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Experience with Trimble data collection a plus, but not required.

Pay rates are commensurate with experience. Ideal candidates possess a BA or BS in Anthropology, have completed an archaeological field school, and are able to identify prehistoric and historic artifacts and features commonly encountered in the southwest.


· Perform archaeological monitoring, survey, testing, and data recovery fieldwork, including mapping and GPS data collection
· Assist in artifact processing and data analysis
· Travel as needed to support projects and company-related tasks

Typical Schedule

· Office- 8 hour work day/40 hour work week
· Field- 10 hour work days


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