Environmental Services Archaeologist, Advisor

Website Southern California Edison

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Become an Environmental Services Archaeologist, Advisor at Southern California Edison (SCE) and build a better tomorrow. In this job, you’ll ensure cultural resources compliance while providing safe and reliable energy to SCE customers.  

We are looking for a talented individual to support work in the Biological and Archaeological Resources (BAR) section within SCE’s Environmental Services Department. The BAR section serves as SCE’s technical experts in the fields of biology and archaeology and provides project specific assistance, company-wide guidance and direction, and innovative solutions through technological and programmatic approaches. The successful candidate will serve as a senior archaeologist responsible for managing the cultural resources element of multiple projects including large capital projects, operations and maintenance programs, wildfire prevention projects, emergencies, as well as agency engagement in support of SCE’s environmental protection, reliability, and affordability goals. This work includes interfacing with project managers, regulatory agency staff, and consulting archaeologists to provide in-depth analysis and recommendations for complex resource/regulatory issues that often lack precedent and require advanced scientific/regulatory knowledge to resolve. Critical thinking and the ability to provide creative solutions are required skills needed to manage cultural resource compliance for SCE. 

As an Environmental Services Archaeologist, Advisor your work will help power our planet, reduce carbon emissions and create cleaner air for everyone. Are you ready to take on the challenge to help us build the future?

A day in the life – Get ready to think big, work smart and shine bright!

  • As a member of the BAR section’s Archaeology Program, develop company-wide compliance guidance in collaboration with SCE archaeologists to support utility projects and programs  
  • Work collaboratively with environmental project managers and other internal/external partners to develop balanced solutions that will allow SCE to complete its projects in a timely and cost-effective way while minimizing impacts to archaeological and historic resources 
  • Develop cultural resource compliance strategies to ensure compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) 
  • Provide oversight and guidance to consulting archaeologists and SCE project managers  
  • Ability to manage and negotiate high level, politically sensitive, technically complex projects, while working under pressure and managing competing priorities 
  • Develop agency engagement strategies and understand how to maintain compliance with agency Section 106 NHPA Programmatic Agreements 
  • Conduct QA/QC reviews of cultural resource reports 
  • Develop and review cultural resource management measures and guidance documents 
  • Advance programmatic solutions to provide consistency, clarity, and predictability for project work across SCE’s service territory 
  • Ensure Archaeology Program guidance is implemented consistently by internal and external partners
  • Negotiate and overcome obstacles with agencies on cultural resource issues 
  • Build trust-based relationships with land management agency counterparts 
  • Manage confidential cultural resources data, contracts, and budgets 


The essentials

  • Seven or more years of experience in providing archaeological project support (planning, surveying, monitoring, data management and recovery, reporting, etc.) 
  • Master’s degree or higher in archaeology, anthropology, or closely related field
  • Experience supporting cultural resources compliance with electric utilities or similar large construction projects 
  • Experience analyzing, interpreting, and implementing regulations, developing guidance for complex projects, and reaching agreement with external partners including agencies 
  • Experience using ArcGIS Online Platform, ArcMap, or Google Earth Pro 
  • Valid U.S. Driver’s License 


The preferred 

  • Experience working with state and federal land management agencies (e.g., U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, California State Parks, etc.) and the California Public Utilities Commission 
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with business partners, cross-functional project teams, peers, all levels of managements, and external stakeholders 
  • Strong ethics, influence and negotiation, leadership, interpersonal skills, communication, and the ability to effectively manage stress and multiple priorities, and engage in continuous learning 
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to explain technical compliance requirements to a non-technical audience 
  • Strong project management, problem solving, negotiation, and critical thinking skills 
  • Experience with Section 106 of the NHPA and CEQA  
  • Experience with hydroelectric projects and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 
  • Experience with built environment resources 


You should know

  • Work Mode: When a return-to-office date has been determined, this position’s work mode is hybrid.  The employee will report to an SCE facility for a set number of days with the option to work remotely on the remaining days.  Unless otherwise noted, employees are required to reside in the state of California.  Further details of this work mode will be discussed at the interview stage.
  • Visit our Candidate Resource page to get meaningful information related to benefits, perks, resources, testing information, and hiring process, and more!
  • This position requires testing and applicants who are identified to continue through the selection process will be invited to test via email. Please access our Information Guides, to reference Edison Individual Contributor Workstyles test 8203. Candidates who have previously passed these assessment(s), in some cases, may not need to retest again for this position.
  • Position will require up to 20% traveling and being out in the field throughout the SCE service territory.  


About Southern California Edison

The people at SCE don’t just keep the lights on. Our mission is so much bigger. We’re fueling the kind of innovation that’s changing an entire industry, and quite possibly the planet. Join us and create a future with cleaner energy, while providing our customers with the safety and reliability they demand. At SCE, you’ll have a chance to grow personally and professionally, making a real impact in Southern California and around the world.

At SCE, we celebrate our differences. We are a proud Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other protected status.

We are committed to ensuring that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodations at (833) 343-0727.


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