Topic ID #42893 - posted 12/9/2020 7:23 AM

Archaeologist / Project Manager - Seattle-vicinity, projects in Washington and Oregon


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Who We Are

ESA is a 100% employee-owned environmental consulting firm delivering work that matters. We plan, design, permit, mitigate, and restore—for projects across our communities, infrastructure systems, open spaces, and wildlands. Our scientists, planners, historians, archaeologists, engineers, designers, and technical specialists provide critical thinking, in-depth analyses, and committed follow-through to guide successful policy development and project planning, and deliver enduring multi-objective solutions. At ESA, we believe every employee has a unique combination of knowledge, skills and experience that contributes to our success. We value diversity and inclusion and celebrate the differences that make each of us unique. Our culture is built on mutual respect, recognizing that the collective sum of our individual differences and life experiences fosters our continued success and achievement, for our employee-owners and our clients. Collaborating with colleagues from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives leads to better solutions and opportunities for everyone. We celebrate the differences—age, color, physical ability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, language, national origin, race, religion, veteran status, and other characteristics—that make each of us unique.

 Who You Are

  •  You are a dedicated and enthusiastic Archaeologist looking for an opportunity to work with a team of likeminded Archaeologists, Historians, and Cultural Resource Specialists in the Seattle/Tacoma area where you will split your time between field work and writing.
  •  You hold an advanced degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, Geology or a related science, and have a minimum of 5 years of professional experience in the Pacific Northwest conducting cultural resources monitoring, surveying, testing and data recovery, and recordation of archaeological and historic architectural resources. You are able to obtain and hold federal and state archaeological permits in Washington and Oregon.
  •  You are known for preparing field reports and other documents that are clear, concise, well-written and supported and for your ability to present sometimes complex information understandably to project team members and project stakeholders.
  •  You have used your strong writing and editing skills to contribute to a variety of environmental documents including technical memoranda, scientific discipline reports, Section 106 of the NHPA, NEPA, Executive Order 05-05, and SEPA documents, and for preparing environmental permit applications and supporting documents.
  •  You are comfortable interacting with clients and regulatory agencies as well as sharing your passion and knowledge with more junior team members through mentoring and direct supervision.
  •  You deliver your project assignments on time and within budget and have developed and tracked scopes, schedules and budgets as a Task Manager or Deputy Project Manager.
  •  You enjoy field work and are able to walk long distances carrying a backpack, safely operate, load and transport equipment and gear, and cross fences, creeks and other obstacles.  You have the ability to work in a wide variety of field conditions (weather, terrain, etc.) and are able to work some nights and/or weekends.  You are available for occasional remote field work assignments throughout Washington and Oregon.

What You Will Do for ESA

  • Work cooperatively with clients to develop scopes and budgets, maintain project schedules, solve regulatory issues, and ensure production of high-quality deliverables.
  •  Manage cultural resources monitoring, surveys, testing and data recovery, and recordation of archaeological and historic architectural resources and/or other cultural resources projects while serving as a technical/resource specialist in one or more cultural resource disciplines.
  •  Use judgement and critical thinking to select and apply standard techniques, methods and procedures for a wide range of cultural resources studies.
  •  Collect, interpret and analyze field survey data and coordinate with the GIS team to prepare figures and maps and serve as primary author of environmental documents including technical memoranda, scientific discipline reports, Section 106 of the NHPA, NEPA, Executive Order 05-05, and SEPA documents.
  •  Complete assigned projects and tasks including the technical or logistical aspects of delivering specific components of a project’s scope, meeting with team members to gauge progress toward schedule, scope and budget, serve as a point of contact for team members with questions and provide status reports to the Project Director.


What ESA Will Do for You

  •  Joining ESA means becoming part of a close-knit team of environmental professionals knowing that you have contributed to outstanding projects, improved environmental stewardship, and advanced a more sustainable and resilient future for our communities and wild places.
  •  At ESA, we spend our days helping to keep the environment in balance, and we want to help keep your life in balance, too by providing medical, dental & vision insurance (paid at 70% for you AND your family), a 401(k) plan with company match, a performance bonus program, an employee stock ownership program, paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays to name a few.
  •  At every stage in your career, we provide opportunities for continued growth, development, and recognition. Whether you want to further your technical expertise, sharpen your business acumen, or help lead the next generation of employee-owners, we want to support you in reaching your career goals. We believe these efforts will not only benefit you, but all ESA colleagues and clients. Specific programs include Tuition Reimbursement, Professional Development Bonuses, and attendance at Conferences.

What’s Special About ESA’s Cultural Resources Team

 Our team includes Archaeologists, Geoarchaeologists, Architectural Historians, Historians, Anthropologists, Paleontologists, Ethnographers, and Historic Preservationists, and similar cultural resource related disciplines that provide expertise for many municipalities in Oregon and Washington state. Our cultural and historic resources team gives voice to those whose voices have been lost to time. We study who and what came before so that we can share our rich and diverse history, insights, and lessons to inform the future. We value creative thinking, teamwork, and multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary engagement and integration.

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ESA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment.  (EOE M/V/F/D)


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