Topic ID #38191 - posted 3/24/2017 5:35 PM

Job Posting - Principal Investigator (Austin, TX)

Job Description
Horizon Environmental Services, Inc., (Horizon) is an ecological and cultural resources management firm based in Austin, Texas, with more than 25 years of experience assisting clients in the private and public sectors with their environmental and heritage management needs.  Horizon is a subsidiary of LJA Engineering, Inc. (LJA), a multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm with 20+ offices throughout Texas and the Southeast.
Horizon is currently seeking qualified applicants to fill one or more Principal Investigator (PI) positions.  Candidates with backgrounds in prehistoric and historic archaeology are encouraged to apply, though applicants with a specialty in one discipline should have at least a working knowledge of the other.  This position involves proposing on, developing, and managing cultural resources management (CRM) projects of all types and sizes from start to completion as well as substantial marketing and business development responsibilities.  Applicants should expect to spend up to 25% of their time in the field.
Key Responsibilities
* Oversee and participate in all aspects of archaeological projects, including proposal development and contracting, staff management, fieldwork, and deliverables, bringing projects in on schedule and within budget.  Projects include reconnaissance surveys, impact assessments, intensive surveys, construction monitoring, and excavation projects.
* Travel as necessary within Texas and surrounding states (primarily Louisiana, Oklahoma, and New Mexico) to fulfill archaeological fieldwork needs.  Smaller projects are typically conducted within the normal work week (Monday to Friday).  Larger out-of-town projects may require that field staff work occasional weekends (e.g., tendays).
* Oversee processing of post-field data, including downloading data from GPS devices; processing data from shovel tests, backhoe trenches, and excavation units; uploading digital photographs; reviewing photographic logs; completing archaeological site forms and historic structure forms; and overseeing development of map figures, data tables, and illustrations for technical reports.
* Analyze cultural materials, such as prehistoric lithics, ceramics, burned rocks, faunal/floral remains, and feature data; historic ceramics, metals, and feature data; and historic structures and objects, and supervise subcontractors and specialized analyses of cultural materials, as necessary.
* Supervise laboratory personnel and ensure that archaeological collections are processed, cataloged, analyzed, and curated according to the specifications of the research design and the guidelines of the curation facility where collections will ultimately be housed.
* Evaluate the significance of archaeological sites and historic structures, objects, and districts in terms of their eligibility for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and for listing on applicable state registers.
* Serve as lead author on technical reports, research designs, cultural resources management plans, and other technical documents.
* Effectively and efficiently manage field, laboratory, and administrative staff to complete projects on time and within budget.  Take initiative, resolve problems, and develop and implement procedures to ensure that tasks are completed.
* Assist with marketing and accomplishment of business development goals.  Identify and develop clients, solicit and respond to Requests for Proposals (RFPs), prepare Statements of Qualification (SOQs) targeted at various public and private sector markets, establish and maintain relationships with teaming partners and subcontractors, and prepare proposals and cost estimates.
* Foster and maintain good working relationships with state and federal agency staff, tribes, private sector clients, and other industry professionals.
* Assist with training and mentoring cultural resources staff in archaeological survey methods, identification and evaluation of prehistoric and historic cultural resources, site recording protocols, laboratory procedures and protocols, and implementation of research designs.
* M.A./M.S. or similar qualifying degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, or a closely related field.
* Meets Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards for Archaeology.
* Ability to obtain Antiquities Permits from the Texas Historical Commission for projects conducted under the Antiquities Code of Texas.  Must have no defaulted Antiquities Permits.
* Minimum of 5 years (8 years preferred) of continuous or equivalent professional experience in Texas, Great Plains, Southwestern, and/or Southeastern archaeology, including archaeological survey, shovel testing, construction monitoring, excavation, analysis, and technical reporting experience.  At least 3 years (5 years preferred) of this prior field experience must have been serving in a management role at the Principal Investigator or equivalent level.
* Prior experience in cultural resources management projects conducted for regulatory compliance purposes.
* Familiarity with state and federal regulations governing cultural resources and heritage management.
* Experience with recording and analyzing prehistoric and historic artifacts, cultural features, archaeological sites, and historic structures and objects.
* The ability to effectively and efficiently manage field, laboratory, and administrative staff to complete projects on schedule and within budget; as well as to work unsupervised, functioning as an effective, self-motivated, and highly capable individual and as a productive, responsive, and enthusiastic project leader.
* Familiarity with GPS devices and digital data collection.
* Meticulous attention to detail, strong note-taking and record-keeping skills, excellent organizational abilities, and strong research, analysis, and interpretive skills.
* Excellent writing skills and ability to organize and present results of archaeological research and regulatory requirements of projects clearly and precisely.  Must have documented history of prior technical reports, articles, contributions to multidisciplinary studies, and/or related documents produced for regulatory and/or academic research projects.
* Familiarity with laboratory methods, procedures, and protocols for processing collections of archaeological materials (e.g., artifacts, bulk collections) and project records (e.g., field paperwork, photographs, artifact catalogs) for permanent curation at approved curation facilities and ability to oversee laboratory staff to complete curation projects.
* Possess a valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications
* Familiarity with ArcGIS software.
* Registration as a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA).
Employment Benefits and Conditions
This is a full-time position with benefits subject to satisfactory completion of an initial, 3-month probationary period.  Salary is negotiable commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Horizon’s benefits package includes group insurance (health, dental, vision, life, and disability), paid time off (PTO), 401(k), and an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP).
All applicants are subject to a pre-hire drug screening and ongoing random testing under US Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) drug and alcohol regulations (49 CFR Part 199).

Horizon participates in E-Verify, a service of the US Department of Homeland Security and US Social Security Administration (
Please send a letter of interest, resume, 3 references, and writing samples to  We thank everyone for their interest in applying for a position with Horizon; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
For additional information about Horizon and LJA, please visit our web sites at and


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