Senior Archaeologist-Principal Investigator

Transcon Environmental, Inc

Transcon Environmental, Inc

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Senior Archaeologist-Principal Investigator 

Established in 1999, Transcon Environmental, Inc., offers environmental consulting services throughout the United States with our Corporate Office based in Mesa, AZ and offices in Berkeley, Ferndale, San Francisco, and Santa Rosa, California; Cedar City and Draper, Utah; Rawlins, Wyoming; and Roanoke, Virginia.

We are a steadily growing company with telecommuting opportunities employing over 45 archaeologists throughout the United States. Our highly successful team of environmental planners, biologists and archaeologists provides environmental planning, permitting, and compliance as well as infrastructure siting, Class I and Class III studies, Historic Property Treatment Plans, and environmental construction management and monitoring. We offer our employees development opportunities, competitive wages and benefits.

We are seeking a full-time Senior Archaeologist to perform activities that may include: small project management, subject matter expert on multi-disciplinary projects, serving as the Principal Investigator on small and large projects, as well as a contributing team player to desktop reviews, report writing, lead and perform field surveys, testing projects, records searches, and proposal writing. Fieldwork may include both one-day and multiple-day assignments.


This position will based in a California office or remote work from home in southern California. The candidate should be available for fieldwork throughout each of our service areas as needed. Travel is required for many projects. Employees will be reimbursed for mileage and travel time.

Compensation and Benefits:

This full-time position is an exempt (salaried) position eligible for benefits such as healthcare insurance, 401k, paid time off, holidays, etc.

Compensation is based on qualifications and relevant experience. 


  • Obtain permits as a Principal Investigator in California, and at minimum Field Director in Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington for federal and state agencies (Bureau of Land Management, United States Forest Services, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Services, and state offices.
  • Interact with State Historic Preservation Offices, Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, Certified Local Governments, and other interested parties.
  • Participate in marketing activities including conferences and proposal development.
  • Inspecting and monitoring construction activities to ensure resource protection measures are being implemented to protect sensitive resources (i.e., archeological, paleontological, biological,and visual resources; waters; soils; unique geological features; etc.).
  • Verifying sensitive archaeological sites are flagged for avoidance and ensuring rare plant populations are properly flagged and avoided.
  • Tracking and reporting construction activities.
  •     Documentation of compliance/non-compliance with resource protection measures.
  • Filing daily reports, photo documenting site conditions.
  •  Coordinating with other relevant parties.

Skills and Requirements:

  • Graduate degree in archaeology, or closely related field
  • Minimum 3 years of full-time professional experience in archaeological research or cultural resource management as a Principal Investigator, or likened role
  • Secretary of the Interior Qualified
  • Understanding of federal, state, and local regulations, and agency specific guidance
  • Permit-able, as described above
  • Experience in Construction Monitoring and Field Survey
  • Work independently while meeting short deadlines
  • Manage cultural resource management compliance projects
  • Familiarity with or willingness to learn risk assessment work
  • Ability to lead field crews and work with other disciplines
  • Ability to lead a team of diverse cultural resource specialists (archaeologists, architectural historians, and historians)
  • Develop research designs and logistical approaches to completing simple and complex projects
  • Highly organized, motivated, thorough, accurate, dependable, and trustworthy
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong writing and editing skills (historic context development, ethnographic context development)
  • Excellent navigational skills 

Experience in the following is preferred:

  • Proficiency in California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington and/or Nevada prehistoric or historic archaeology
  • Understanding, implementation, and development of Cultural Resource Protection Measures, Best Management Practices, Inadvertent Discovery Protocols, Programmatic Agreements, Memorandums of Understanding/Agreement
  • Experience driving a four-wheeled drive vehicle off-road or in rough terrain
  • Familiarity with typical electrical utility operations and maintenance activities
  • Experience working around heavy machinery and communicating with construction crews
  • Proficiency with sub-meter GPS
  • Familiarity with GIS preferred (desktop, ArcGIS, ArcCollector, Survey 123, etc)
  • Paleontological resources

***Applicants must have a clean driving record for at least 5 years prior to the start of work.

***Offers of employment will be contingent on the candidate passing a background check, drug including marijuana/THC alcohol testing.


Online applications will only be considered complete and reviewed when the following attachments are included:

  • One-page cover letter (mention any permits you may hold)
  • Resume
  • Three references (include email and phone number of a supervisor preferred)

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