ESA is currently seeking a highly motivated Principal Archaeologist who meets the Secretary of Interior (SOI) Professional Qualification Standards for Archaeology to join our California cultural resources practice. This position could be filled in any of our California offices, including Sacramento, Petaluma, Oakland, Los Angeles, or Santa Monica. We are looking for an organized and task oriented individual with a thorough knowledge of the Section 106 process, and National Register of Historic Places (National Register) and the California Register of Historical Resources (California Register) significance criteria.
Who We Are
ESA is a 100% employee-owned environmental consulting firm delivering work that matters.
We plan, design, permit, mitigate, and restore—for projects across our communities, infrastructure systems, open spaces, and wildlands.
Our scientists, planners, historians, archaeologists, engineers, designers, and technical specialists provide critical thinking, in-depth analyses, and committed follow-through to guide successful policy development and project planning, and deliver enduring multi-objective solutions.
At ESA, we believe every employee has a unique combination of knowledge, skills and experience that contributes to our success.
We value diversity and inclusion and celebrate the differences that make each of us unique. Our culture is built on mutual respect, recognizing that the collective sum of our individual differences and life experiences fosters our continued success and achievement, for our employee-owners and our clients.
Collaborating with colleagues from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives leads to better solutions and opportunities for everyone. We celebrate the differences—age, color, physical ability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, language, national origin, race, religion, veteran status, and other characteristics—that make each of us unique.
Who You Are
A senior level Archaeologist with a minimum of 10 years of experience within the field of cultural resources management including expertise with the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act and understand completely how these and related laws, policies, and regulations are implemented at the local level in California. You have some experience with the reporting requirements of agencies including Caltrans, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the US Army Corps of Engineers.
You are an effective team member and communicator who proactively identifies and contributes constructively to address broad project or team issues, providing mentoring and coaching to more junior staff to foster teamwork.
You can also work independently and are a self-starter, capable of operating as the only archaeologist in a branch office and working with senior cultural staff to build a local program.
You have expertise with both prehistoric and historical archaeological resources and have served as the primary author on a variety of documents such as Section 106 of the NHPA, NEPA, CEQA, evaluations, scientific discipline reports and analyses utilizing your excellent writing and editing skills.
You hold a graduate degree in archaeology and are known for your ability to provide outstanding cultural resource technical work and your strong problem-solving abilities.
You work collaboratively with clients and interdisciplinary teams to deliver your projects on time and within budget and have a strong background in project management including developing and tracking scope, schedules and budgets.
What You Will Do for ESA
Implement archaeological work programs, including inventory, evaluation, and mitigation of archaeological resources in California. Regularly lead or conduct field work e.g., survey, site testing, site evaluation, data recovery, construction site monitoring, and archaeological site condition monitoring as required to meet project schedules
Serve as Principal Investigator on complex archaeological projects and conduct Native American consultation; interacting with area Tribes, regulatory agency personnel such as the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), and other interested parties.
You will demonstrate a clear understanding of project management principles and practices and be responsible for the development of Section 106/NHPA/NEPA/CEQA documents and prepare clear, concise, well-written and supported documentation necessary to protect or mitigate significant archaeological, historic, and Native American sites.
Lead the preparation of proposals for mid‐sized projects and assist with proposals for larger projects, providing technical input, contributing to proposal writing, identifying opportunities, and engaging with proposal/interview teams. These efforts will include having the responsibility for preparing scopes of work and budgets.
Provide mentorship and support for junior staff, including reviewing their work for accuracy and clarity and providing constructive feedback and career development guidance while working on projects together.
You will thrive in a fast-paced and growing multi-disciplinary multi-office region of environmental and community planners, natural resources scientists, hydrological and restoration engineers.
What ESA Will Do for You
Joining ESA means becoming part of a close-knit team of environmental professionals knowing that you have contributed to outstanding projects, improved environmental stewardship, and advanced a more sustainable and resilient future for our communities and wild places.
At ESA, we spend our days helping to keep the environment in balance, and we want to help keep your life in balance, too by providing medical, dental & vision insurance (paid at 70% for you AND your family), a 401(k) plan with company match, an employee stock ownership program, paid vacation, sick leave and holidays to name a few.
No matter what stage you are at in your career, we provide opportunities for continued growth, development, and recognition. Whether you want to further your technical expertise, sharpen your business acumen, or help lead the next generation of employee-owners, we want to support you in reaching your career goals, and believe these efforts will not only benefit you, but all ESA colleagues and clients. Specific programs include Tuition Reimbursement, Professional Development Bonuses, and attendance at Conferences.
What’s Special About Our California Cultural Resources Team
Our Cultural Resources Team includes prehistoric and historical archaeologists, geoarchaeological specialists, ant tribal consultation specialists that provide expertise for many local, state, and federal agencies throughout California. Our work matters because we assist agencies in ensuring that our nation’s history and that of the tribal communities we worked with are protected where possible and treated with respect when projects encroach on resources. We value creative thinking, teamwork, and multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary engagement and integration.
ESA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. (EOE M/V/F/D)
How to Apply
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