Archaeological Technician 

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At HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists. That’s why we believe diversity is our greatest strength. HDR is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer.

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We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward.

Primary Responsibilities

Reporting to the project lead or crew chief, the Archaeological Technician will perform the following tasks in the field or laboratory:

  • Walk up to 6 miles a day
  • Identify historical and prehistoric artifacts and features
  • Conduct archaeological survey and excavations
  • Assist with laboratory analysis of cultural materials
  • Monitor construction crews
  • Complete sketch maps of sites and features
  • Complete field forms accurately and concisely
  • Use Global Positioning System units for survey and resource recordation
  • Photograph resources
  • Perform other duties as needed



Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, or a related field
  • Completion of an accredited archaeological field school or equivalent field experience
  • Ability to perform physically demanding tasks in adverse environmental conditions (e.g., rugged terrain, steep slopes, hot and cold temperatures)
  • Good organizational skills, a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and willingness to learn and execute new tasks
  • Current valid driver’s license
  • Willingness to travel within southern California and the western U.S., occasionally for extended periods of time

 Preferred Qualifications

  • Six months of archaeological fieldwork experience in California or the Southwest
  • Experience writing archaeological reports
  • Basic familiarity with California and federal cultural resource regulations
  • Basic proficiency with GIS (ArcMap)

 Why HDR

At HDR, we know work isn’t only about who you work for; it’s also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other’s contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible.  When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.   

Primary Location: United States-California-San Diego

Industry: Environment/Sciences

Schedule: Full-time

Employee Status: Regular

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