Archaeological Principal Investigator

Website UltraSystems Environmental

UltraSystems Environmental has an opportunity for Archaeologist/Principal Investigator to be located in our Irvine office. This person will be responsible for managing projects, mentoring staff, and upholding our company’s standards of excellence.

The selected candidate will report to UltraSystems Cultural Resources Manager/Group Lead as well as working with Environmental Group Leads within our organization. This is a regular, full-time salaried position. Salary will be based on individual qualifications and experience. 

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Serve as the primary author on large technical reports, research designs, treatment plans, and other technical documents;
  • Conduct content edits of technical reports and site forms;
  • Oversee technical aspects of field research, data collection, inventory, analysis, and final report production;
  • Supervise, mentor, and support field staff in all aspects of their responsibilities;
  • Contribute to business development efforts in the Southern CA market; including managing budgets and preparing proposals;
  • Enhance UltraSystems’ professional reputation and relationships with clients, stakeholders, and local/state/federal agencies; and
  • Take initiative, resolve problems to ensure tasks are completed in the most efficient manner.


Required Education/Experience

  • Minimum of a Master’s Degree in archaeology, history, architectural history, or a related field is required
  • Meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards in archaeology
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience conducting cultural resource technical work in a consulting context and at a high level (e.g., Project Manager or Principal Investigator)
  • Extensive experience in California, is required
  • Experience with local, state, federal, and tribal agencies in the California
  • Experience with implementing CWA Section 404 and NHPA Section 106 permitting required, and experience with NEPA permitting processes preferred
  • Possess advanced skills and knowledge in one or more specialty scientific areas (e.g., lithic, ceramic, or faunal analysis; osteology; historical archaeology)
  • Has completed all aspects of a project, from pre-field tasks to final report preparation for a variety of project types and sizes, regions, and agencies
  • Prior primary report authorship in a CRM context for a variety of project types and sizes, regions, and agencies
  • Has provided QA/QC review of field documents, site forms, and reports
  • Has led large crews and/or multiple crews on a variety of project types and sizes, regions, and agencies
  • Has conducted marketing, business development, client management, and large proposal efforts
  • Has a solid background of scheduling and budgeting of projects related to cultural resources
  • Has the ability to coordinate personnel and other resources within budgetary constraints
  • Has worked on an interdisciplinary team of scientists and planners
  • Must be living in, or willing to relocate to the Southern California area.  Remote work is feasible, if living in Southern California area.


Benefits: UltraSystems offers very competitive health/dental insurance coverage.  Additionally, the company provides for paid holidays per year, following 90 days of continuous employment; PTO (Paid Time Off) accrual following 90 days of continuous F/T employment; and a 401K plan with company match.


Salary: $65,000 up to $80,000

UltraSystems Environmental is a Woman-owned business and an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer encouraging people of all races, genders, and ages, as well as veterans, to apply.


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UltraSystems Environmental

Please send resume, salary history, and references to: moc.smetsysartlunull@yasdnilb

 or moc.smetsysartlunull@lienos



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