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

We are seeking to fill one or more Field Director positions within our Cultural Resources Program for our Pasadena office. Under supervision of a Project Manager, a Field Director performs field and office tasks while working with and supervising crew members. Field Directors manage all aspects of fieldwork, supervising one or more crews of archaeological surveyors, monitors, or excavators. Field Directors also have an important role in office-based tasks, including the preparation of site forms and technical reports.

These are regular, full-time, hourly positions 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. Anticipated fieldwork will occur throughout southern California, as well as central and northern California and Nevada, including within active U.S. military facilities. When project travel is required, per diem is typically $46/day (or current federal rate). Hotel room accommodations and field vehicles are provided, and project travel time is paid. Candidates local to southern California are strongly preferred.

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

• Ensures that appropriate preliminary research is conducted and organized prior to fieldwork, and that necessary equipment, staff, and other resources are ready for fieldwork
• Supervises fieldwork, including archaeological survey, testing, data recovery, and/or construction monitoring and ensures quality and completeness of data collected
• Creates and maintains good morale in the field crew and mentors junior staff
• While in the field, collects and reviews data, including GPS data, and paperwork from crew members and tracks progress of the work on a daily basis
• Communicates regularly with the Project Manager to ensure that a project's budgetary and timetable needs are met
• Takes initiative, resolves problems, and creates improved procedures to ensure that tasks are completed in the most effective and efficient manner
• In coordination with the project manager, organizes the report writing and production effort and drafts report sections
Required Qualifications:
• A bachelor's degree in anthropology, archaeology, history, or a closely related field. A graduate degree is preferred
• Participation in an accredited field school or equivalent experience
• Five years experience working as a field archeologist in California or the Great Basin
• Twelve months experience at a supervisory level (crew chief or above) in California or Great Basin archaeology.
• Qualified for listing on the BLM Statewide California Cultural Use Permit as a Crew Chief
• Experience with the application of standard archaeological survey and excavation techniques
• Ability to travel and be able to conduct fieldwork for long hours, sometimes in inclement weather conditions, often in rugged terrain, and be able to carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds

Preferred Qualifications:
• Meets the Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualifications Standards in archaeology, architectural history, or history
• Possess advanced skills and knowledge in one or more specialty areas. Of particular interest are lithic analysis, geoarchaeology, historical archaeology, and GPS/GIS technology (using Trimble units and ArcPad or TerraSync software)
• Has completed all aspects of a project, from pre-field tasks to final report preparation for a variety of project types and sizes, regions, and agencies
• Primary report authorship in a CRM context for a variety of project types and sizes, regions, and agencies
• Has provided QA/QC review of field documents, site forms and reports
• Has led crews of field technicians on a variety of project types and sizes, regions, and agencies
Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, SWCA has offices throughout the West, Pacific Northwest, and the Pacific Islands. Since its founding in 1981, SWCA has achieved a national reputation for providing its clients with professional integrity as well as creative solutions based on sound science. SWCA ranks among Engineering News-Record's Top 200 Environmental Firms.

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.

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