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The Cultural Resources Group of URS is actively seeking a creative, highly talented Senior Archaeologist for immediate employment in the Germantown, Maryland office. The appropriately qualified applicant will be able to demonstrate an established career in Archaeology. URS is proud to provide our employees with exciting, challenging projects.

The Senior Archaeologist will provide support to cultural resource projects throughout the US and potentially international work, as available, and will have knowledge of Sections 106/110 of the National Historic Preservation Act and international regulations. They will have extensive knowledge of field excavation techniques and be able to successfully implement archaeological inventory, evaluation, and data recovery efforts, analyze prehistoric and historic artifacts, and prepare compliance reports as well as be able to design and implement new and improved techniques for projects.

They will assist in the scoping of archaeological projects and utilize GIS, site records, and other data sources to identify locations where sites can occur. They will keep records and maintain the relevant State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) documentation pertaining to archaeological sites and architectural (built) resources. The Senior Archaeologist will provide regulatory compliance support for Federal, state, municipal, and/or commercial clients.

The Senior Archaeologist will be able to serve as a Field Director and have experience in directing field crews under the guidance of the Principal Investigator. Must be able to mentor and guide junior staff in archaeological projects. This position supports all phases of archaeological investigation and regulatory compliance.

This position may include manual labor including excavation with shovels and moving wheelbarrows filled with dirt.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning System (GPS), Total Station, Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop, Statistical Analysis (ex., SAS or SPSS), Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA).

Primary responsibilities:
• Performs archaeological fieldwork, laboratory analysis, documentation, and interpretation focusing on the identification and evaluation of archaeological resources, writing determinations of eligibility and assessing effects on historic properties; • Leads crews and serves as Field Director under the direction of Principal Investigator, including scheduling work and making individual or team work assignments and leading the instruction of others in the use of equipment, technology, and field methods; • Communicates and coordinates with Historic Preservation Specialists regarding identified archaeological issues; • Coordinates with State agencies such as the SHPO and other interested parties regarding Section 106/110 consultation; • Coordinates with clients and International subcontractors or Governments regarding ESIA consultation • Reviews and writes archaeological reports and/or prepares archaeological site forms and coordinating with involved parties to assist in making decisions about project alternatives and the resolution of adverse effects to historic resources; • Collects information and makes judgments through observation, interviews, and the review of documents; • Coordinates with existing clients and potentially new clients; • Works with technical field, lab and office staff, managers and administrative staff to ensure that projects meet URS quality standards.

Other duties as assigned.


MA or MS in Anthropology or related field, completion of a university-based archaeological field school, and minimum of 6 years of archaeological experience; must meet Secretary of Interior (SOI) standards (36 CFR 61) in archaeology.

The candidate will be well versed in standard archaeological field and analytical techniques for all phases of archaeological investigations as well as be able to design and implement new and improved techniques.

The candidate must be prepared for field, lab, and office tasks, including data analysis and report writing and have experience in the supervision of junior staff to complete project assignments.

Field projects could be located anywhere in the US and potentially overseas, and travel will be required. Valid Driver's License required.

Candidate will have demonstrated capability to write technical reports, and writing sample will be required.

The Archaeologist should have the ability to perform bending, kneeling, standing, and lifting and carrying objects weighing 50 lbs and must have a tolerance for working in outdoor environments, including prolonged walking or standing on various terrain in a wide range of weather conditions.

URS does not accept unsolicited resumes from third party agencies or recruiters. No fee will be paid to third parties who submit unsolicited candidates directly to hiring managers. All resumes must be submitted by the applicant to be considered for a position at URS.

For immediate consideration, please submit your resume online at and refer to Requisition # IE67531 or email your resume to

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