Topic ID #36930 - posted 4/8/2016 11:51 AM

Archaeology Principal Investigator- Philadelphia, PA


Job Description

Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson (JMT) is seeking a full-time Archaeologist with 8 to 15 years of direct archaeological experience for our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania office to assist in growing our Cultural Resource practice. The position will entail technical work as well as marketing, client management and business development with state and federal agencies.


The successful candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary team comprised of archaeologists, architectural historians, historians, environmental scientists, engineers and planners focused on existing client support, new business development, and internal staff mentoring. The preferred candidate will enjoy a variety of working conditions ranging from field efforts to office analysis; report writing; agency interactions, and business development. Responsibilities will include:


  • Archaeological fieldwork (Phase I, II and III), laboratory analysis, documentation, and analysis relating to the identification and evaluation of archaeological resources,
  • Manage crews, including scheduling work and making individual or team work assignments and leading the instruction of others in the use of equipment, technology, and field methods;
  • Review and write archaeological reports and/or prepare archaeological site forms and coordinating with involved parties to assist in making decisions about project alternatives and the resolution of adverse effects to archaeological resources;
  • Work with technical field, lab and office staff, managers and administrative staff to ensure that projects meet JMT quality standards.
  • Assisting with marketing efforts, writing proposals and business development activities.


This is an excellent opportunity for a self-motivated individual with superior communication and “hands-on” skills to excel in a team environment.

Required Skills

The qualified personnel must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Qualification Standards 36 CRF 61 as an Archaeologist. Experience in eastern United States archaeology required (Mid-Atlantic preferred). The position is open to both pre-historic and historic archaeologists; however, pre-historic expertise is preferred. Qualified applicants must have extensive experience scoping archaeological projects, conducting background research, organizing and completing field work and writing reports; experience in Phase I, II and III fieldwork and reporting. Knowledge and understanding of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Section 106 regulations as well as experience with Tribal coordination.


The preferred candidate should enjoy working in the outdoors as required to complete job tasks. The job will require but may not be limited to certain physical demands while performing duties in the field. These physical requirements will include the ability to walk, stand, kneel, or bend for extended periods of time and be able to carry field equipment and supplies long distances. Field work may be conducted during any time of the year and may occur in a variety of weather and climate conditions, as needed. The candidate is not required to perform field work in hazardous weather conditions. Must be willing to travel throughout the U.S. for brief (e.g., 1 or 2 week) work efforts.

Required Experience

A Master’s Degree from an accredited program with a focus in Archaeology of the eastern US along with a minimum of eight years’ experience. RPA preferred.  


The preferred candidate will have demonstrated experience leading or having a lead role in all phases of Archaeological Investigations. The preferred candidate will be familiar with Section 106 requirements as they pertain to various state and federal agencies.  A demonstrated ability to interact effectively with clients is required for this position. Knowledge of federal and state regulations and successful interaction with regulatory agency personnel are also required. Additional requirements include:

  • Experience working with federal regulations including Section 106 and NEPA
  • Experience writing proposals and preparing budgets
  • Experience managing staff (including field crews and laboratory staff)
  • Experience with PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
  • Experience working with various federal agencies
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, GIS, and GPS applications.


Preferred Experience

  • Experience working with federal agencies including USACE, NPS and FERC
  • Experience working various state agencies including regional DOTs (Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, Ohio, West Virginia, etc...)



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