Topic ID #34176 - posted 12/1/2014 7:56 AM

Arizona Archaeologist/Architectural Historian Seeking Full-Time Position


laura.burghardt [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Dedicated cultural resources professional with advanced education and experience in the fields of architectural history, historic preservation, and archaeology (historic and prehistoric).
  • Meets and exceeds the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards for Architectural History and Archaeology [36 CFR Part 61]. 
  • Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA).
  • Seeking a full-time position in Tucson, AZ. Also interested in project work, and willing to travel anywhere in the US for temporary field work.


Historical Archaeology, Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) Documentation, Historic Cemetery Documentation, Historic Structure Reports, Building Preservation Treatment Recommendations, Hands-on Preservation Treatments, Building Conditions Assessments, Architectural Materials Conservation, Technical Editing of Cultural Resources Reports, Dendroarchaeology, Spanish Colonial Archaeology, NHPA Section 106 Compliance, NEPA Compliance


Master of Arts in Anthropology [Applied Archaeology], May 2014
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Master of Science in Historic Preservation,  May 2009 
Clemson University and the College of Charleston, Charleston, SC    

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Summa Cum Laude, May 2007 
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 


Project Archaeologist
Harris Environmental Group, Tucson, AZ 
October 2013-Present
Gulf South Research Corporation, Tucson, AZ
July 2014-Present
Logan Simpson Design, Tucson, AZ
November 2014-Present
  • Complete archaeological fieldwork, including pedestrian survey, construction monitoring, and archaeological testing for prehistoric and historic sites in Arizona. Author technical reports for clients including the BLM, NPS, USFWS, USACE, ADOT, and other federal, state, local, and private clients. Prepare successful project proposals.
Archeologist (GS-09)
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, National Park Service, San Antonio, TX
September 2012-July 2013
  • Served a term position as Park Archeologist. Planned, coordinated, and implemented a wide range of cultural resource program projects, including archaeological excavation, site evaluation, mitigation of adverse impacts, ruins stabilization, and monitoring. Analyzed artifacts, drafted reports, prepared compliance documents for Section 106 and NEPA, and managed museum collections and archives.
Archeological Technician (GS-07)
Tumacacori National Historical Park, National Park Service, Tumacacori, AZ
December 2011-September 2012
  • Conducted archeological testing, data recovery, and construction monitoring. Analyzed artifacts, drafted reports on excavations for compliance with Section 106, and presented information about archaeology programs to the public. Performed ruins preservation treatments, ensured detailed documentation of treatments, and evaluated the effectiveness of treatments through pre- and post-treatment condition assessments.
Technical Editor
Arizona State Museum Archaeological Series, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ   
January 2011-September 2012
  • Edited and formatted manuscripts for the scholarly publication, working with authors and reviewers to ensure accurate content.
Field Technician
Desert Archaeology, Inc., Tucson, AZ
September-October 2011
  • Participated in data recovery efforts at an historic period site in downtown Tucson, Arizona. Excavated a range of features, completed feature data forms, identified and sorted artifacts.
Historic Preservation Consultant   
August 2010-June 2011, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Carried out historical research and created documentation drawings to support National Register nominations, rehabilitation tax credit projects, and requirements set forth in Memorandums of Agreement.
Preservation Specialist/Architectural Historian
Joseph K. Oppermann - Architect, P.A., Winston-Salem, NC
August 2009-December 2010
  • Conducted research for historical contexts, biographical studies, property chains of title, and histories of building evolution. Analyzed building fabric to determine original components. Assessed building conditions and determined appropriate conservation treatments. Co-authored Historic Structure Reports and condition assessment reports, and prepared measured drawings for HABS-level documentation and for use in the restoration of structures. Worked with team members to produce quality proposals for government and private projects.
Research Assistant
Cerro Portezuelo Archaeological Research Project, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ    
August 2006-May 2007   
  • Cataloged over 10,000 ceramic artifacts from the Cerro Portezuelo site in Mexico. Contributed to the formation of an artifact database and assisted in ceramics analysis.

Proficient in Microsoft Office programs, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Re:Discovery, PastPerfect, ArcGIS, and AutoCAD.

  • Section 106 Essentials, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
  • TICRAT (International Workshop for the Conservation and Restoration of Earthen Architecture), National Park Service and Instituto Nacional de AntropologĂ­a e Historia
  • University Indian Ruin (Classic Hohokam), University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2011
  • Berry Site (Spanish and Catawba), Warren Wilson College, Morganton, NC, 2006


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