Topic ID #40560 - posted 1/14/2019 2:47 PM

Archaeologist III - Principal Investigator


At KLJ, we love engineering, moving forward, and bringing ideas to life. Our work is more than a project, it's a long-term solution for the communities in which we live and work. We are committed to providing an exceptional experience to our customers – every project, every time. We reimagine what projects can be through innovative planning, design, and support of infrastructure projects of all shapes and sizes.  Join our team and reimagine what your career can be.  


*This position may be located in either: Bismarck, ND; Fargo, ND; Billings, MT; or Gillette, WY*

Position Purpose

Provide cultural resource management services for KLJ projects in a timely, accurate, and cost-effective manner.

The Archaeologist III/Principal Investigator (PI) position is responsible for overseeing archaeological investigations and ensuring they are scientifically sound and meet legal compliance requirements. The PI will oversee fieldwork, serve as primary author on reports, and review reports before submission to clients and agencies. The PI is an essential position ensuring the high-quality research and investigations by KLJ are up to industry, scientific and legal standards.


Essential Functions

·         Lead archaeological fieldwork and reporting in support of development projects

·         Lead client and project work for the Cultural Resource workgroup and deliver the work required within scope, schedule and budget

·         Provide recommendations and solutions regarding cultural resources and project impacts

·         Market to existing or potential clients and obtain work for the firm

·         Participate in and facilitate meetings with stakeholders and clients

·         Provide direction, review, and support to the other staff by leading projects; assuring proper practices and techniques

·         Utilize effective written and oral communication

·         Assist with project scope, estimates and contracts)

·         Review for Quality Assurance and Quality Control and ensure compliance with KLJ quality standards



·         May begin coordination of business development and marketing strategy and obtain work

·         May assist with response to RFPs (request for proposals) and lead interviews

·         Assist with project scope, estimates, and contracts

·         Manage multiple project teams while acting as project manager or client manager

·         Assist with and coordinate client management activities



·         A Master’s degree in anthropology, archaeology, history or a related field and 4 or more years of experience is required

·         Permitted as a Principal Investigator in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Minnesota, Wyoming or Colorado (or can be permitted in these states)

·         Secretary of the Interior qualified

·         Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to operate motorized vehicles


·         Regional experience is highly desired

·         GIS background is preferred

·         Certified as a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) is preferred

·         Advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite are highly desired

·         Project management experience is preferred


Hours and Travel

This position requires the individual work 40 or more hours per week with 40% of the time spent in the field and 60% in the office.


Physical Requirements

The physical demands described represent those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities.

The employee is regularly required to:

·         Sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl

·         Use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms

·         Talk or hear and communicate clearly

The employee must:

·         Be able to walk on uneven terrain up to ten miles per day

·         Frequently lift and move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and move up to 75 pounds

·         Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


The salary for this position is expected to range from $52,830 - $64,570 depending on experience.

All applicants must be authorized to work in the US.  KLJ does not sponsor applicants for employment-based visas.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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