Job: Project Manager I/Principal Investigator I

Title Project Manager I/Principal Investigator I
Salary TBD
Post Date 07-01-20
Location Orange, CA
Job Information


Reports to
Principal Archaeologist


Responsible for managing the archaeological projects that have been assigned from creation to completion. This includes overseeing background research, fieldwork and lab work, and producing final archaeological reports that comply with legal, regulatory, professional and scientific standards.

Essential Functions

  1. Ensures quality control and quality assurance of field and laboratory work and of project deliverables (technical reports, site records, analyses, catalogs, etc).
  2. Prepares work plans, research designs, treatment plans, monitoring plans, worker environmental training, etc.
  3. Makes decisions on a project-by-project basis on types of special studies that may be warranted
  4. May author or assist in proposal preparation, including budgeting of special studies.
  5. Works in concert with Field and Laboratory Directors and Supervisors to ensure proper data collection and documentation at all stages of a project.
  6. Oversees preparation and quality of draft and final technical reports.
  7. Evaluates resources for eligibility to state, national and local registers.
  8. Authors all or portions of technical reports, including conclusions, management recommendations and relevant mitigation for project impacts to significant archaeological, built environment resources, traditional cultural properties, prehistoric or ethnographic cultural landscapes, etc.
  9. May author cultural resources sections/chapters of National Environmental Policy Act or California Environmental Quality Act (NEPA/CEQA) documents, including Initial Studies (ISs), Environmental Assessments (EAs), Environmental Impact Statements (EISs), Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs), etc.
  10. Represents the company with members of the public, Native AmericanTribal Nations, regulatory and agency personnel (federal, state, local), historic societies, business clients, managers, other professionals, etc.
  11. Assists with internal staff selection and managing employee performance.
  12. May recommend revised policies and procedures in concert with technological and methodological advances.
  13. Will assist in the oversight of contract management.
  14. Complete other duties as assigned.


  1. Technical Capacity. Responsible for staying current with relevant technology, regulations, and innovation.
  2. Specialists with specific training and expertise in history, prehistoric or historic artifacts, faunal or botanical remains, lithics, ceramics, geoarchaeology, etc. Ability to identify recovered items, perform analysis within said specialty, and author relevant report sections.
  3. Maintains expertise with all regulations and regulatory agencies, and ensures compliance with federal, state, local and agency laws, ordnances, regulations and statutes.
  4. Fully qualified to conduct all types of field studies, including survey, reconnaissance, monitoring, salvage, testing, and excavation.
  5. Demonstrated knowledge of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Archaeological Documentation and implementation of Archaeological Resources Protection Act, and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
  6. Personal Effectiveness/Credibility.
  7. Thoroughness.
  8. Communication Proficiency.
  9. Flexibility.

Supervisory Responsibility

Provides direction and oversight of work performed for assigned projects.

Work Environment

This job may operate underground, at high altitude, in excessive heat or cold, in excessive humidity or dampness, with excessive continuous noise, on slippery and uneven walking surfaces, working around machinery with moving parts, working around moving objects or vehicles, working in close proximity to others, protracted or irregular hours of work, underground. This job may also operate in a professional office environment using standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets.

AAP/EEO Statement

It is the policy Cogstone to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Cogstone will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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