Topic ID #35390 - posted 3/19/2015 1:29 PM

Archaeological Field Technicians - Greater Los Angeles


Title: Archaeological Field Technician
Employment Status: Part to Full Time
Travel: Required for some projects
Compensation: Will be commensurate with experience. Relocation, lodging, and per diem expenses will not be reimbursed.


Resource Sciences and Planning (RSP) provides environmental compliance and consulting services throughout California. We have experience with many types of earth moving projects, including transportation, land development, oil and gas, renewable energy, water and landfills. Our services include paleontological and cultural resource surveys, construction monitoring, cultural and paleontological resource management, compliance documentation, environmental impact reports, CEQA/NEPA documents, impact mitigation plans (development and implementation), third-party review, environmental awareness training programs, GIS and mapping.

Location and Hours

The work location for this position is the Greater Los Angeles area. We are looking to hire qualified archaeologists who are local to the area, as RSP is not able to reimburse for relocation expenses nor pay per diem/mileage. While our goal is to provide employees with regular employment, full-time hours are not guaranteed.  While some projects may only entail part-time hours, others may require work in excess of 50 hours per week. Work hours will vary based on available projects, employee availability, and employee experience.


As a field archaeologist you will:

Perform cultural resources monitoring at construction sites
Implement mitigation measures to avoid impacts to cultural resources
Record data for scientific and compliance purposes using company forms and established field methodology
Prepare daily progress/monitoring reports
Use GPS equipment (Garmin/Trimble) for field data collection
Work independently or as part of a team
Conduct archaeological field surveys as needed
Complete other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, archaeology, historic archaeology, or a related field
Minimum of two years of professional experience as a field archaeologist, including construction monitoring experience
Field experience or completed field school focused on archaeology of Southern California
Valid driver’s license, good driving record, reliable vehicle
Computer literate
Good verbal and writing skills

Preferred Qualifications

California Mission experience or university-level coursework
Valid HAZWOPER 40HR Certificate (RSP will not reimburse for refresher course)
Experience in the environmental consulting industry, preferably in Southern California

Working Conditions

Due to the nature of field work and the possibility of working in remote locations, the following are requirements for these positions:


moderate light lifting (30 lbs) with occasional lifting of up to 50 lbs
repetitive motion of upper body and limbs
reaching above shoulders
use of fingers (dexterity and normal sensation required, use of both hands required)
extensive walking over rough terrain
standing in limited spaces for extended periods
use of both legs (prosthesis acceptable if full mobility is demonstrated)
near sighted vision acceptable if vision correcting device is used
far-sighted vision acceptable if correctable to 20/40
depth perception, color vision and hearing normal (aid permitted)
ability to detect odors
clear speech

Environmental Conditions will include working indoors and outdoors: 

at high altitude
in excessive heat or cold
in excessive humidity or dampness
with excessive continuous noise
on slippery and uneven walking surfaces
working around machinery with moving parts
working around moving objects or vehicles
working in close proximity to others
protracted or irregular hours of work
working with shovels or other hand tools
riding in a helicopter or 4-wheel drive vehicle over rough terrain

All employees are required to wear appropriate safety protection

Contact Us

Please submit resumes, cover letters, writing samples and references via email in .txt, .doc or .pdf format to  For additional information, visit our website at

RSP is an equal opportunity employer.


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