Topic ID #41367 - posted 7/30/2019 10:50 AM

Project Archaeologist, Crew Chief, and Technicians – Colorado and New Mexico



yost@ecs-arch.com

Espinoza Consulting Services (ECS) has immediate openings for a project archaeologist, crew chief, and multiple archaeological technicians to support projects in the southwest and Rocky Mountain states. The project archaeologist position is permanent/salaried and includes competitive wages and company benefits (after a three-month probationary period). Crew chief and technician positions are seasonal, hourly, and based upon federal wage determinations. Some crew chiefs and technicians may also be retained after the 2019 field season as permanent or temporary staff.

All candidates MUST have experience in Colorado and/or New Mexico. The most immediate needs are in Colorado, with upcoming work in southwest and southeast New Mexico. Ability to be permitted in multiple land jurisdictions (including Colorado and New Mexico BLM) is a plus. Travel is also an absolute requirement of employment. All positions will include housing and/or per diem at approved 2019 CONUS rates.

Project Archaeologist Requirements:

This position serves the project lead under the general direction of a staff project manager or principal investigator.  The individual will be responsible for day to day project management and assure quality as specified in ECS Project Management and Quality Assurance Plans. 

Position requirements include:

  • Master’s Degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, or related.
  • Five years of experience directing crews, managing projects and project budgets, and writing reports. This must include work in Colorado and New Mexico. Experience in other regions will only be considered if the local experience requirement is met. 
  • Strong writing, editing, and organizational skills.
  • A working knowledge of Federal, State, and Tribal cultural resource regulations. NEPA experience is also desirable.
  • Good organizational skills, a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and willingness to learn.
  • Ability to perform all tasks specified below for crew chiefs and archaeological technicians.
  • Ability to perform physically demanding tasks in adverse environmental conditions (e.g., rugged terrain, remote locations, hot and cold temperatures). Most work will involve high altitude, back country, locations over 7,000 feet.
  • Experience with ArcGIS 10.5 (or higher) is desirable.
  • Must have a clean driver’s license.

Crew Chief Requirements

This position serves as crew leader to a minimum of three Archaeological Technicians, under the general supervision of the project archaeologist, and performs skilled survey, analysis, and recording tasks.

Position requirements include: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Archaeology or Anthropology and three years field/write-up experience. Although not required, preference will also be given to individuals with a Master’s Degree.
  • Three years of experience specifically in the Colorado Rockies. Individuals lacking this experience will not be considered.  
  • A working knowledge of Federal, State, and Tribal cultural resource regulations.
  • Strong field, writing, and organizational skills.
  • Strong computer, and GPS/total station skills.
  • Ability to supervise site recording and implement field data strategies and assure work assignments are carried out to established standards.
  • Ability to assign tasks, monitor status, and assure timely accomplishment of workload.
  • Ability to perform all tasks specified below for archaeological technicians.
  • Ability to perform physically demanding tasks in adverse environmental conditions (e.g., rugged terrain, remote locations, hot and cold temperatures). Most work will involve high altitude, back country, locations.
  • Experience with ArcGIS 10.5 (or higher) is desirable.
  • Must have a clean driver’s license.

Archaeological Technician Requirements

Archaeological Technicians are responsible for conducting pedestrian survey, site documentation and possible site testing. Typical tasks include feature and artifact identification and analyses; excavating shovel test probes (STPs); completing site documentation/descriptions, mapping, and other site and project records.

Position requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Archaeology or Anthropology
  • A minimum of 18 months field experience in Colorado and/or New Mexico. Additional experience working at high altitudes (greater than 7,000 feet) may also be considered.
  • Must have the ability to:
  • Identify historic and prehistoric artifacts and features.
  • Conduct archaeological survey and testing.
  • Complete sketch maps of features and sites.
  • Complete field forms accurately and concisely.
  • Use a GPS unit to both document resources and navigate back country terrain.
  • Use compass, topographical map and aerial photographs to record resources and/or navigate (as needed).
  • Properly photograph resources using a DSLR
  • Perform physically demanding tasks in adverse environmental conditions (e.g., rugged terrain, remote locations, hot and cold temperatures). Most work will involve high altitude, back country, locations.
  • Walk 5+ miles a day
  • Lift up to 40 lbs
  • Must work effectively in a team environment.
  • Must possess good organizational skills, a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and willingness to learn and execute new tasks.
  • Must have a clean driver’s license.

ECS is a growing SBA 8(a)BD certified small business founded in 2010 to provide environmental and cultural and natural resource consulting, staffing, and planning services to federal and state agencies, commercial and industrial firms, and larger engineering and environmental consulting firms nationwide. We offer competitive compensation and benefits and are searching for innovative people to join our team. We are an equal opportunity employer. EOE M/F/D/V/SO.

If interested in being considered for one of the positions, please submit your cover letter and CV to yost@ecs-arch.com or staffing@ecs-arch.com. Project archaeologist candidates must also submit a writing sample prior to any formal interview.






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