Topic ID #42380 - posted 5/13/2020 2:04 PM

Prinicpal Investigator - Cultural Resources - BGE, INC.

BGE, Inc. is a nationwide engineering consulting firm that provides services in civil engineering, planning, construction phase administration, and environmental services for public and private clients.  Our employees enjoy a comprehensive benefits package to include outstanding health care, generous 401K match, career mapping and highly competitive time away from work programs to include dependent care and flexible Fridays. 

Job Responsibilities 

Works under the direct supervision of the Project Manager (PM) for project-related work.  Operational supervisor is the Regional Practice Leader. Primary responsibilities are to fully administer the cultural resources phases/tasks of projects or manage cultural resource projects from proposal to completion. Per project requirements, may be required to supervise and assist in field efforts meeting BGE and stake holder standards, including but not limited to:

  • Assist Project Manager in project acquisition planning, proposal development, and procurement; development of project research designs and modification of research designs and procedures to ensure projects are completed in a timely fashion within scope and budget; as well as project planning, development and management of project fiscal, scoping, and scheduling
  • Manage and oversight of project logistics and staffing. That is to work independent of, as well as cooperatively with PM and subordinate staff in preparation of field data for GPS unit/Collector set-up and operation, field maps and field forms; hiring and organizing of temporary part-time crew members; scheduling and assignment of project tasks for direct and temporary crew members; acquisition and distribution of field vehicles and field equipment; and monitoring of company vehicle maintenance schedules, maintenance of field equipment, and BGE field equipment inventories
  • Follow direction of Project Manager in support of the research design and project execution. That is to assist as needed in Agency, Tribal, client, and landowner consultation; archival research and in technical writing and production of project deliverables, and contributes to development and implementation of departmental standards, policies, and procedures
  • Coordinate effectively with subordinate staff in support of project field efforts according to state and Federal historic preservation guidelines for reconnaissance surveys, terrestrial surveys augmented by shovel testing, site documentation and recordation, mitigation, and monitoring
  • Monitor tracking of field effort progress, provide feedback on time constraints and/or staffing needs, modifies field techniques and recording procedures as necessary
  • Instruct subordinate staff on proper project field methods and provide verbal and/or written instruction for specific, project-related tasks field crews are required to perform according to the project scope of work
  • Provides oversight and leadership for field-based decisions as they pertain to field crew members safety considerations, conflict resolution, and problem solving
  • Review bi-weekly field data (safety forms, daily journals, survey forms, Trimble data, site forms and site sketch maps, photographs and photologs, etc.) and conduct QA/QC of all field data submitted by all subordinate field staff;
  • Timely communication of progress with PM. This includes but is not limited to daily linear and/or block survey progress updates, parcel/tract clearance, site revisits, newly recorded sites, as well as project constraints such as access issues, and reports performance of staff
  • Per project needs, perform and/or instruct overland navigation using compass and tape, in addition to orienteering through interpretation of USGS topographic maps and aerial photographic imagery
  • Complete understanding of requisite field paperwork: daily safety forms, daily journals transect shovel test forms, site shovel test forms, and state-level site and feature forms; draft field site sketch maps and feature profiles, photo-documentation and complete photo logs
  • Executes the broader goals of the project based on research design objectives and applicable standards of investigation.
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements 

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution in anthropology, archeology or closely related field is required.  Master’s degree and/or PhD is preferred.
  • Current Register of Professional Archeologists (RPA) registration;
  • Minimum attendance of at least one academic field school or 8-5 years documented field experience in archeology; 5 years minimum documented field experience in CRM, plus 3 years documented supervisory (Project Archaeologist level) and project management experience
  • Firm understanding of local, state-level and Federal regulatory compliance requirements governing CRM, including working with Section 106 of the NRHP, NEPA, ARPA, and NAGPRA. This includes but is not limited to field surveys, testing, mitigation, monitoring and/or report writing. Regional experience specific to Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas with proficient knowledge of state laws
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe software in addition to working knowledge of ArcGIS software or similar GIS Platform
  • Ability to accurately and effectively perform QAQC of technical reports, regulatory correspondence, and client communications
  • Demonstrated experience communicating with regulatory Agencies, clients, and landowners
  • Familiar with prehistoric and/or historic artifact analysis, laboratory procedures, and equipment highly preferred
  • Ability to work independently with minimal guidance and in a team environment, in addition to taking direction from project supervisors
  • Ability to utilize Collector, Trimble GPS, Pathfinder, Terra Sync, and Google Earth, and ability to instruct subordinate staff how to operate mapping devices quickly and effectively. Proficiency in Trimble and Total Station data collection is required
  • Ability to effectively and respectfully communicate with project-related field personnel, clients, landowners, and crew members as appropriate
  • Must be detail oriented, highly organized, and utilize effective time management
  • Ability to travel and conduct daily fieldwork for extended periods (crews typically work 10-hour days for duration of field effort, with exception of travel days; crew chiefs and field directors typically work up to 12‑hour days)
  • Ability to conduct fieldwork in inclement weather (cold, heat, humidity, light rain and snow etc.)
  • Ability to work through rugged terrain and shovel test at prescribed intervals up to 10-miles a day while carrying appropriate field equipment weighing up to 40 lbs.
  • Experience in pipeline, utility transmission, petrochemical exploration projects highly preferred
  • CPR certification required. First Aid and First Aid for Wilderness Professionals certification preferred
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and have access to reliable transportation
  • Must pass a drug screening test prior to employment. Must maintain a drug-free lifestyle as random drug screens will occur at a minimum of once every 12 months in accordance with multiple client required safety programs
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