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SWCA Environmental Consultants is an employee-owned company of environmental professionals who specialist in natural and cultural resources management, environmental planning, and regulatory compliance.


SWCA is actively seeking to fill a Faunal Analyst/ Zooarchaeologist position within our Cultural Resources Program for our Pasadena office. Under supervision of the Collections Manager, a Faunal Analyst performs the identification of animal bones recovered from archaeological sites within our Pasadena laboratory and assists with analysis and synthesis of zooarchaeological data. Candidates for this position should have experience with identifying a broad variety of vertebrate faunal remains recovered from both prehistoric and historic contexts. The ideal candidate will also be available to perform standard archaeological research within field, office, and laboratory settings.


This is a temporary, hourly position and the candidate will typically work 40 hours per week depending on workload. Some projects include overtime hours or prevailing wage rates. Pay rate will be based on individual qualifications and experience.


We offer an informal, team-oriented work environment, competitive salaries, and a competitive benefits package, including an employee stock ownership plan (retirement).



  • Accurately and efficiently identify faunal elements in a laboratory setting;
  • Collect and organize pertinent data using coding sheets, spreadsheets, and databases;
  • Contribute sections to technical reports that describe faunal analysis methods, results, and interpretations;
  • Works collaboratively with the rest of the Cultural Resources Program team;
  • Communicate regularly with the Collections Manager to ensure that a project's budgetary and timetable needs are met, and;
  • Take initiative, resolve problems, and create improved procedures to ensure that tasks are completed in the most effective and efficient manner.

 Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree in anthropology, archaeology, biology or a closely related field
  • Six months of experience analyzing faunal collections from archaeological contexts
  • Ability to identify whole and fragmentary examples of both domestic animals and species that are native to California, particularly terrestrial animals
  • Ability to identify element side, age, and condition, including human-caused modification
  • Competent in the application of standard faunal quantifications, including NISP and MNI
  • Extremely organized and meticulous with data collection
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and technical writing

 Preferred Skills and Qualifications:

  • Experience working as a field archeologist in California or adjacent regions
  • Experience with the application of standard archaeological survey and excavation techniques
  • Experience describing faunal studies in writing (e.g., CRM reports, published articles, etc.)


Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, SWCA has more than 22 offices throughout the West, Pacific Northwest, and Pacific Islands, including locations in Pasadena, San Luis Obispo, and Half Moon Bay, California. Since 1981, SWCA has achieved a national reputation for providing its clients with professional integrity as well as creative solutions based on sound science. SWCA has ranked among Engineering News-Record's Top 200 Environmental Firms for more than six years.


In support of our value of integrity, SWCA promotes a safe and drug free workplace. We participate in e-verify and pre-employment background screening services. SWCA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans to apply.


How to Apply:

Resumes must be received through our online application system to receive consideration. Please use the link to apply online. By clicking on new resume you can upload your cover letter and resume.


Faunal Analyst/ Zooarchaeologist


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Visit SWCA's web site,, and discover why SWCA is a great place to work for environmental professionals interested in sound science and creative solutions.


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