Staff Archaeologist

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California or Nevada locations | $23.50 – $33.65/hr |

Staff Archaeologist

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About the opportunity

SWCA Environmental Consultants is seeking a Staff Archaeologist for our Northern California Cultural Resources business. Under the supervision of a Project Manager, a Staff Archaeologist performs field, office, laboratory, and research tasks, while working with and supervising crew members. This position will primarily be office-based, with some fieldwork required.

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

  • Conducts background research for archaeological studies, including records searches and Sacred Lands File searches, and facilitates Native American coordination.
  • Following a standardized procedure, conducts archaeological desktop studies, including review of background data, project information, archaeological sensitivity, and land ownership.
  • Ensures that appropriate preliminary research is conducted and organized prior to fieldwork, and that necessary equipment, staff, and other resources are ready for fieldwork.
  • Supervises fieldwork, including archaeological survey, testing, data recovery, and/or construction monitoring and ensures quality and completeness of data collected.
  • Communicates regularly with the Project Manager to ensure that a project’s budgetary and timetable needs are met.
  • Takes initiative, resolves problems, and creates improved procedures to ensure that tasks are completed in the most effective and efficient manner.
  • In coordination with the project manager, organizes the report writing and production effort and drafts report sections.
  • Maintains SWCA’s high standard of scientific ethics and quality assurance, and is motivated to identify and resolve problems in creative ways.
  • Work closely with the Cultural Resource Team Lead as well as project managers, directors, and leaders throughout the company to promote SWCA’s business interests in adherences to its mission, vision, and values
  • Willingness to learn, have fun, and grow into increased management responsibilities

Experience and qualifications for success


  • A Bachelor’s Degree in anthropology, archaeology, history, or a closely related field is required.
  • Participation in an accredited field school or equivalent experience.
  • Up to one year (outside of a university setting) of relevant experience working in Cultural Resources Management in California or the Western U.S.
  • Experience with the application of standard archaeological survey and excavation techniques.
  • Experience providing QA/QC review of field documents, site forms and reports preferred.
  • Experience leading crews of field technicians on a variety of project types and sizes, regions and agencies preferred.
  • Ability to travel and be able to conduct fieldwork for long hours, sometimes in inclement weather conditions, often in rugged terrain, and be able to carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds.
  • Valid Driver’s License in good standing.


  • A Master’s Degree in anthropology, archaeology, history, or a closely related field is helpful
  • At least two years (outside of a university setting) of relevant experience working in Cultural Resources Management in California or the Western U.S.
  • Demonstrated ability to use industry standard word processing and spreadsheet software
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing technical reports
  • Familiarity with ArcGIS Trimble GPS, ArcPad/Terrasync, Android devices, and digital field data collection is preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, and to work well with others as part of a team


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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