Topic ID #39561 - posted 5/25/2018 9:07 AM

Project Archaeologist Albuquerque NM


Ecosystem Management, Inc. (EMI) is seeking to fill an Archaeologist position in its Albuquerque, New Mexico office. This is a full time, salaried position intended for a qualified individual with experience in Southwestern archaeology. Compensation will be commensurate with experience, particularly in a Cultural Resource Management setting.

The ideal candidate will have Masters’ degree in Archaeology/and or Anthropology with a minimum of 3 to 5 years’ experience completing archaeological fieldwork and managing multiple projects simultaneously with strict deliverable deadlines. Ability to handle multiple projects at a given time is required. Experience in New Mexico and Arizona is required, and experience in other nearby states is a plus.

The Project Archaeologist works closely with the PI and Cultural Resource Program Director and is responsible for the oversight and direction of archaeological field investigations, implementing established EMI field procedures, and ensuring all findings are documented in accordance with the applicable Federal and State standards and guidelines. Candidate should be knowledgeable of federal cultural resources regulations for Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada and other states. 

The individual must be capable of directing all levels of fieldwork, must work well with others, and must be able to write technical reports and prepare appropriate maps. Project assignments will involve directing field projects, coordinating artifact analyses, and preparing project reports. The selected individual should be able to work on assignments at various locations in the Southwest and Northern Plains. Frequent travel is an expectation for this position. Lodging and per diem will be paid on projects based on location and distance from the Albuquerque, NM office.


The successful candidate will supervise and perform archaeological surveys and manage Section 106 projects. Duties include assisting the PI and CR Program Manager with planning and managing of cultural resources projects including survey, archaeological monitoring, testing and data recovery, technical report production. This position requires the individual to be self-motivated, work well in a team-oriented setting, and be familiar with cultural resources in the Southwestern United States.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  •         Perform and oversee archaeological projects and fieldwork
  •         Report production, and report review
  •         Reviewing and editing complex technical documents for a full range of various cultural resources projects.
  •         Interacting and coordinating with clients and agency representatives in a decision-making role.
  •         Maintains field equipment and supplies.
  •         Maintains related databases, forms, maps, and files.
  •         Performs data entry related to archeological artifact and project data (e.g., artifact information, catalog records, field notes, site records, etc.) into automated systems, appropriate forms, and archival records
  •         Retrieves and compiles data as required for resource management reports, presentations, exhibits, etc.

    Successful candidates should be motivated, resourceful, dedicated, and organized, able to take direction, give instructions, work with diverse personalities, and contribute to a team.

Education and Experience:


  •         Masters’ degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, or closely related discipline
  • ·    Minimum of five years’ experience with a wide range of field methodologies, including archaeological survey, prehistoric and historic site identification, documentation and assessment, testing, and monitoring
  • ·        At least one-year CRM supervisory experience
  • ·        Experience with collection of field data, site recording, digital photography, artifact identification, GPS data collection, and mapping
  • ·      Demonstrated experience in archaeological fieldwork supervision and the ability to observe and instruct others in good and efficient field methodology in a high paced environment
  • ·        Working knowledge of the Secretary of the Interior’ Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation and familiarity with the survey guidelines for Southwest, Northern Plains, Great Plains, and Great Basin States
  • ·        Detail oriented, organized, and able to meet deadlines on fast-paced projects
  • ·        Proficiency with Microsoft Office Word and Excel, and ability to use related computer systems and software. 
  • ·        Experience using Terra Sync and GIS experience using ArcMap and other ESRI software in creating project and site maps as needed
  • ·        Ability to travel to a location, walk and conduct fieldwork for long hours, sometimes in inclement weather, rugged terrain, and ability to carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds
  • ·        Must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • ·        Willingness to travel (per diem and lodging will be provided on projects more than approximately 90 miles from the office)

  • Preferred
  • ·        First consideration will be given to residents of New Mexico and Arizona with experience on the Navajo Nation
  • ·        Preference is given to candidates that meethe Secretary of the Interiors Standards for archaeology and those able to be listed on federal and state cultural resource permits by the State of New Mexico and the Navajo Nation
  •         RPA
  •         Ability to obtain permits at the Principal Investigator or Field Director level with BLM NM, Forest Service, and with the State of NM. Ability to obtain permits in nearby states (ID, CO, NV, AZ, and UT) is desirable.
  •         Experience conducting ethnographic interviews
  •         Experienced with Trimble Geo Explorer units, Terra Sync and GIS experience using ArcMap and other ESRI software.
  •         1-3 years of experience in a similar capacity.

Due to the nature of the work and the environment in which field projects are often conducted in, a steadfast commitment to safety, as well as a high level of professionalism is expected from all team members. EMI will give first consideration to residents of New Mexico, Arizona or Navajo Nation with appropriate experience and qualifications. Applicants may email a cover letter and resume, including the names and contact information of three professional references, to:

Paula M. Samuelson Pflepsen

Cultural Resources Program Director

Ecosystem Management Inc. (EMI)

3737 Princeton Drive, Suite 150

Albuquerque, NM 87107

505 884-8300


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