Topic ID #40073 - posted 8/28/2018 10:54 AM

Temporary Archaeological Assistants (Field Technicians)

AINW, Inc.

Archaeological Investigations Northwest, Inc. (AINW) is among the most highly qualified cultural resource management (CRM) firms in the western United States and offers the most capacity of any CRM firm in the northwest.  The company provides archaeological, historical, architectural history, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and specialized laboratory services.  AINW has over 24 years of cultural resource experience regarding a wide range of regulatory compliance and cultural resource projects.

AINW is recruiting for an Archaeological Assistant for field projects, most of which are local to Portland, OR, and some of which may require travel and overnight stays. This position is responsible for a variety of tasks related to project work in the field.  This position is temporary and project based. 

This position involves:

·         Working as part of an archaeological team conducting field work.

·         Performing heavy physical labor using a variety of hand tools and equipment.

·         Carrying equipment and setting up work sites, at times far removed from access roads.

·         Documenting excavation sites and the data recovered.

 Conducting surface surveys and excavating shovel tests, QTUs, and 1×1 meter units.

·         Mapping sites and features and sketching soil stratigraphy.

·         Working in weather conditions that can become very severe.

·         Will drive company vehicles regularly, some of which will be large 4X4 vehicles.

Knowledge and Skills Required

 At least one year of archaeological field work experience which includes site excavation.

 B.S./B.A. degree in anthropology with course work specific to archaeology.

 Ability to write clearly and succinctly.

 Previous experience with site forms and cataloging.

 Ability to work with detailed and standardized processes and routines.

 Ability to proficiently conduct excavations, from shovel testing to data recovery.

 Ability to complete assigned tasks effectively and efficiently.

 Ability to work well with others – communicate clearly, be team oriented, willing to contribute   above and beyond basic expectations, and provide support and leadership to those less skilled   and experienced.

 Strong work ethic, integrity, and professionalism.

 The ability to lift and carry heavy loads, and to bend, stoop, twist, and turn while holding heavy   or cumbersome objects.

 The ability to work long hours outdoors in all types of terrain and at times, in extreme weather   conditions.

 A current driver license and a driving record that qualifies the employee for inclusion on the   Company’s vehicle operator insurance plan.

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to:  Or you may mail your application materials to:

Attn: Human Resources
3510 N.E. 122nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97230

AINW is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity in our workplace. All qualified applicants regardless of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, military status, or genetic information are welcome to submit a resume for full consideration. If you need any accommodation in the application, interviewing, or selection process, please let us know by contacting


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