Project Archaeologist/Principal Investigator

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California or Nevada locations | $75K – $95K per year |

Project Archaeologist/Principal Investigator

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About the opportunity

Do you thrive in the pursuit of ensuring excellence in environmental consulting services for your clients? SWCA Environmental Consultants is expanding their team and looking for dynamic individuals who are following their passion in delivering the highest-quality project work.


Our Northern California cultural resources group is seeking a Cultural Resources Project Archaeologist/Principal Investigator to support its growing practice. The ideal candidate will assist the Program Director, Team Lead, and Project Managers with project coordination and quality control for cultural resource management projects and expand SWCA’s professional reputation in archaeological and historical consulting and research.


This is a regular (with benefits), full-time, hourly position.  It can be based out of our Sacramento or San Francisco offices with hybrid work environments available if desired.  Highly-qualified candidates who live in Northern California or the Reno, NV metropolitan area, but must work remotely from Sacramento or San Francisco, will also be seriously considered.


SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing, employee-owned firm, providing a full-spectrum of environmental services using our 1,300 staff nation-wide.  Our Vision (the North Star) is to make SWCA the best workplace and industry leader in sustainability, bringing sound science and creative solutions to global environmental challenges while maintaining a dedication to employee-ownership. We live our core values: we collaborate as #OneSWCA; we are #AlwaysLearning, we #NeverSettle, and we #GiveBack.

What you will accomplish

  • Serve as primary author on large technical reports, research designs, and other technical documents.
  • Conduct content edits of technical reports and site forms.
  • Oversee all aspects of field research, data collection, inventory, analysis, and final report production, ensuring these tasks are conducted in accordance with the QA/QC plan.
  • Assist with training and mentoring of staff in topics including NRHP/CRHR eligibility, implementation of research designs, and site recording protocols.
  • Take initiative, resolve problems, and create improved procedures to ensure that tasks are completed in the most effective manner.
  • Comply with SWCA and client safety programs, and assist in the development of such programs.
  • Maintain good working relationships with state and federal agency contacts and clients.
  • Additional project management duties as needed: manage budgets, prepare proposals, interact with clients, and manage staff.

Experience and qualifications for success


  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in Archaeology or Anthropology required; Ph.D. preferred
  • Minimum of five (5) years of supervisory and fieldwork experience required
  • Must demonstrate completion, at a PI level, of a minimum of one testing or data recovery excavation project (three or more projects a plus) involving primarily archaeological investigations and preparation of final reports consistent with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation. Projects shall have been performed under the jurisdiction of the National Historic Preservation Act or CEQA.
  • Experience with NEPA, CEQA, and Section 106
  • Listed as a Registered Professional Archaeologist (or qualified for RPA status)



  • Past peer-reviewed publication record and conference presentation experience
  • Emphasis in California archaeology and a current technical specialization (i.e., lithic analysis, historical archaeology, GIS, architectural history, etc.) highly preferred
  • Experience with content edits of reports and a solid background of scheduling and budgeting of projects related to cultural resources
  • Ability to work independently as well as oversee small or large projects by working closely with Field Directors and Project Managers


SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full spectrum of environmental services. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record’s Top 200 Environmental Firms.


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EOE – women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply

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