Cultural Resources Specialist: San Luis Obispo, California, SWCA


         Job Title: Cultural Resources Specialist

·         Company  Name: SWCA Environmental Consultants

·         Location:  San Luis ObispoCalifornia, United States, 93401


SWCA Environmental Consultants is seeking a Principal Investigator for the Cultural Resources Program in our San Luis Obispo, California, office. The ideal candidate will assist the San Luis Obispo Cultural Resources Team Lead, and Project Managers with project work, staff mentorship, and business development. Project work will primarily consist of report review and quality control for cultural resource management projects, as well as the development of research designs and scopes of work. The successful candidate will be experienced and established as a professional archaeologist in California.

This is a part time hourly position. Compensation will be based on individual qualifications and experience.

  • Serve as a contributing author on technical reports, research designs, treatment plans, and other technical documents;
  • Conduct content edits of technical reports and site forms;
  • Assist with training and mentoring cultural resources staff in topics including National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and Center for Regional Heritage Research (CRHR) eligibility, implementation of research designs, and site recording protocols;
  • Help maintain the SWCA quality assurance/quality control program and ensure that all fieldwork, analysis, and report production is conducted in accordance with the QA/QC plan;
  • Remain current with agency protocol for conducting cultural resources work, particularly in California;
  • Oversee technical aspects of field research, data collection, inventory, analysis, and final report production;
  • Take initiative, resolve problems, and create improved procedures to ensure that tasks are completed in the most effective manner;
  • Comply with SWCA and client safety programs, and assist in the development of such programs; and
  • Maintain good working relationships with state and federal agency contacts and clients.


  • Ph.D. or Master's Degree in anthropology, archaeology, or closely related field.
  • Emphasis in California archaeology and a current technical specialization (e.g., historical archaeology, lithic analysis, GIS, architectural history, osteology, etc.).
  • Exceptional technical writing skills and a record of completing and editing technical reports in a timely fashion.
  • Past peer-reviewed publication record and conference presentation experience preferred.
  • At least five (5) years supervisory and fieldwork experience.
  • Listed as a Registered Professional Archaeologist (or qualified for RPA status).
  • Experience with content edits of reports and a solid background of scheduling and budgeting of projects related to cultural resources.
  • Ability to coordinate personnel and other resources within budgetary constraints.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a team member and to effectively train and mentor junior staff.
  • Experience with NEPA, CEQA, and Section 106; CRM experience in Nevada or other states is a plus.
  • Ability to work independently as well as oversee small or large projects by working closely with Field Directors and Project Managers.
  • Adept at working with a variety of colleagues, clients, and agency representatives.
  • A commitment to fiscal and scheduling responsibilities for projects of all sizes and scopes.
  • Must demonstrate completion, at a PI level, of a minimum of one testing or data recovery excavation project (three or more projects a plus) involving primarily archaeological investigations and preparation of final reports consistent with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation. Projects shall have been performed under the jurisdiction of the National Historic Preservation Act.

SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full spectrum of environmental services. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record's Top 200 Environmental Firms.

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EOE - women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.



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