Topic ID #39345 - posted 4/2/2018 10:50 AM

Principal Archaeologist (Southern California)


Position: Principal Archaeologist
Status: Full-Time, Salaried
Office Location: Monrovia, CA (Los Angeles County)

Paleo Solutions, Inc. is seeking a Principal Archaeologist to support its growing cultural resources department. This is a full-time salaried position with a competitive compensation, PTO, and benefits package. 

Job Summary:
The Principal Investigator will direct compliance projects for state, federal, and commercial clients and is responsible for overseeing project development, direction, coordination, and quality control. Additionally, the Principal Investigator will train staff, oversee field directors, produce quality reports, manage multiple projects and budgets, author proposals and participate in marketing, as required.    

Job Qualifications:
  1. Possession of a graduate degree (M.A. or Ph.D.) in archaeology, anthropology, historic preservation, or a related field.
  2. Minimum of 15 years of professional experience in Cultural Resources Management. 
  3. Demonstrated competency with cultural resource investigations, impact assessments, and development and implementation of mitigation measures.
  4. Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and procedures that apply to all aspects of cultural resources, especially Section 106 of the NHPA.
  5. Candidates must be motivated team members, possess exceptional written and verbal communication skills and are ready to make a commitment to professional excellence.
  6. Strong computer skills, including a high degree of proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  7. Project management experience.
  8. Personnel management experience.
  9. Ability to work independently and as an integral part of a team.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Preparation and review of cultural resource technical reports, CEQA/NEPA documents, treatment plans, research designs, and other technical reports.
  • Preparation and review of cost proposals including budgets and scopes of work.
  • Project management: implementation of projects from kickoff to completion, including client and agency coordination, project scheduling, coordination of support staff, and budget management.
  • Implementation of cultural resources investigations and mitigation/treatment measures.
  • Participation in and logistical planning for field projects from inception to completion wherever they are located. 
  • May require supervision and training of field crews, management and QA/QC of field data, and coordination with land management agencies and clients while in the field. 
  • Detailed and accurate field data collection (including the ability to collect using tablet computers and Trimble GPS units).
  • Assistance with marketing and business development efforts. 
  • Adherence to ethical business practices, professional standards, laws and regulations, and best practices in mitigation paleontology.
Working Conditions:
  • Light Work - Exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg control requires the exertion of forces greater than that of sedentary work and if the worker sits most of the time, the job is considered light work. 
  • Hearing - Able to hear normal conversations.
  • Vision - Visual acuity necessary to conduct fieldwork, research, and use computer software
  • Physical Strength - fieldwork may require working in extreme heat, and moderate to heavy physical labor, at times
Compensation is based on education and experience.

How to Apply:
To apply, please email the following documents to 
Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and automatically disqualified. 
  1. A cover letter that includes a narrative of your educational background and professional experience, a description of your paleontological expertise, and a description of your past experience in the environmental consulting industry (if any).
    Address the cover letter to Evelyn Chandler, M.A., Cultural Resources Program Director.
  2. A current Curriculum Vitae.
  3. One original writing sample (subject to verification).
  4. Contact information for three references.

About Paleo Solutions, Inc.:

Paleo Solutions is a small, rapidly growing consulting firm specializing in paleontological and archaeological resource impact mitigation. We assist our private and public sector clients by meeting regulatory requirements, obtaining paleontological and archaeological clearances and environmental permits for their projects, and ensuring that scientifically important fossils and artifacts are preserved for educational and research purposes in natural history museums or other government approved curation facilities. Since 2004, we have been meeting the needs of our many clients in southern California, the Mojave Desert, and the Great Basin region. In 2014, we merged with a small Colorado-based firm and opened an office in the Denver area. In addition to the west coast, we now service clients throughout the Rocky Mountain West and adjacent Great Plains.
Our company philosophy is to reward hard work, develop and invest in the strength of our employees, and train those with dedication and professional potential to be as versatile and well rounded as possible.  We offer a casual, lively, professional, and collaborative office workspace with fellow scientists and administrative staff.

Paleo Solutions, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer, drug-free workplace, and complies with ADA regulations, as applicable.


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