Associate Environmental Planner – Archaeology

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Caltrans District 5, Associate Environmental Planner (Archaeology)

Job Description and Duties 

Under the general direction of a Senior Environmental Scientist, the incumbent plans, develops, and performs a variety of complex archeology related environmental studies to assess the effect of transportation projects on Historic Properties and Historical Resources. Responsibilities may include leading a team in support of these activities. Occasional travel and overnight stays may be required. A valid driver’s license is desired. The incumbent must establish and maintain a professional working relationship with various local partners and interested parties involved with District 5 projects.

All methods of appointment will be considered (e.g. list appointment, transfer, re-instatement, surplus, SROA, re-employment, Training & Development assignment, etc.).  All applicants must meet the minimum qualifications for the classification to be eligible for appointment to the position.  Your application must clearly demonstrate how your experience meets those qualifications.  A link to the class specification has been provided and the minimum qualifications are highlighted. Multiple positions may be filled.


Internal Cut-off Dates:









This is a Limited Term position which may be extended to 24 months or become permanent.

Working Conditions

The position is located in San Luis Obispo

Work will be done in a climate-controlled office under artificial lighting. While in the field, the Incumbent may be exposed to a variety of hazardous and/or unpleasant field conditions, including wet, rainy, cold or hot weather. Hard hat, safety vest or approved safety shirt, and eye protection must be worn at all times in the field. Occasional overtime, travel, and overnight stays may be required.

This position may be eligible for telework. The amount of telework is at the discretion of the Department and based on Caltrans’s current telework policy. While Caltrans supports telework, in-person attendance may be required based on operational needs. Employees are expected to be able to report to their worksite with minimal notification if an urgent need arises. The selected candidate may be required to conduct business travel on behalf of the Department or commute to the headquartered location. Business travel reimbursements considers an employee’s designated Headquarters Location, primary residence, and may be subject to CalHR regulations or applicable bargaining unit contract provisions.  All commute expenses to the headquartered location will be the responsibility of the selected candidate.


Minimum Requirements

This is the full, specialized journeyperson level. Under general direction, plans and carries out the details of the more difficult and complex studies in the area of archeology. Such work may include serving in a lead capacity over other personnel within the scope of particular studies.

Knowledge of: Principles and concepts of archeological resources assessment and preservation, archeological techniques and methods, as applied in a planning setting, and all of the knowledge specified for Associate Environmental Planner.

Ability to: Adapt and apply formal archeological research methods and principles to planning problems of an applied practical nature, conduct a test excavation or data recovery program as a Principal Investigator, and all of the requirements specified for Associate Environmental Planner.

Either I

One year in the California state service performing the duties of an Environmental Planner (Archeology), Range C.

Or II 

Experience: Three years of experience in archeological surveys, studies, research, analysis, or evaluation, at least one year of which must have been equivalent in level of work performed by an Environmental Planner (Archeology), Range C, in the California state service. (A Doctorate Degree in Anthropology with a concentration in California Archeology may be substituted for the three years of required experience; a Master’s Degree in Anthropology with a concentration in California Archeology may be substituted for two years of the required experience.) and


Education: Equivalent to graduation from college with a degree in Anthropology with a concentration in California Archeology. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.)


Position Details

Job Code #: JC-323046

Position #(s): 905-156-4634-XXX

Working Title: Associate Environmental Planner – Archaeology

Salary: $6,387.00 – $7,999.00 

# of Positions: Multiple

Work Location: San Luis Obispo County

Job Type: 12 Month Limited Term – Full Time

Facility: California Department of Transportation


Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply. Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position(s).

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply:

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Transportation

Attn: Caltrans DHR Contact

Certification Services MS-90

P O Box 168036

Sacramento, CA 95816-8036

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Department of Transportation

Caltrans DHR Contact

Certification Services MS-90

P O Box 168036

Sacramento, CA 95816-8036

Closed on Weekends and State Holidays

08:00 AM – 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Hiring Unit Contact:

Stephanie Smith

(805) 305-4803

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department’s EEO Office.

EEO Contact:

Caltrans EEO Office

(436) 833-6711

California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

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