Full-Time Field Director – Artesia, New Mexico


Full-Time Archaeological Field Director – Artesia, New Mexico

Beaver Creek Archaeology (BCA) is an established Cultural Resource Management firm headquartered in Bismarck, North Dakota. Due to projects demands BCA has opened an office in Artesia, New Mexico, are we are currently seeking to fill one or more position(s) for an Archaeological Field Director or higher who is specifically permittable with the Southeast New Mexico BLM- Carlsbad Field Office as well as New Mexico SHPO. After successful completion of a probationary period, this position would become full-time permanent position with benefits. The candidate would be based out of New Mexico with the occasional need to travel to the North Dakota office. The successful candidate must be able to meet the minimum requirements to be a Secretary of the Interior-qualified professional Archaeologist. Fieldwork will be conducted primarily throughout New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Remuneration would be negotiable and dependent on education and experience.

All interested applicants must meet the minimum requirements and physical requirements detailed below and should come prepared with or have the ability to possess the attributes of a successful candidate:

Minimum Qualifications:

·        M.A. or M.S. in Archaeology, Anthropology, or a closely related field

·        Previous field experience in New Mexico (meeting SOI and NM BLM and SHPO standards)

·        Ability to work in the field for up to 95% of the time during field season (frequently with overnight stays)

·        Ability to walk long distances in extreme weather through rugged terrain

·        Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds

·        Valid driver’s license with a clean driving record

·        Pass a Pre-employment and Random Non-DOT drug test as well as annual drug tests


The successful candidate will possess the following attributes:

·        Demonstrated leadership ability

·        Strong desire to work hard and produce quality results

·        Excellent communication and organizational skills

·        Ability to work both independently and as a team player

·        Creative problem-solving skills

·        Adaptability to rapidly changing project needs and scheduling

·        Able to work well under minimum supervision

·        Initiative, drive, and desire to execute good work


Preferred Qualifications:

·        Previous field experience in New Mexico (meeting SOI PI standards)

·        3 years of relevant work experience to include 1 cumulative year in supervisory roles

·        Experience with Trimble GPS or similar hardware

·        Faunal and/or Lithic analysis experience

·        Lab and/or artifact curation experience

Field Director Responsibilities:

·        Perform and supervise Phase I, II, and III archaeological fieldwork and report on results

·        Direct and lead crew member(s)

·        Take initiative and responsibility for the projects being overseen

·        Apply problem solving skills in order to optimize project completion

·        Use their professional judgement and past experience to all projects and various working scenarios

·        Direct data management and reporting for simultaneous projects under strict deadlines

·        Work closely with all staff regarding project work, scheduling, and data exchange

·        Maintain clear and detailed field notes and field forms

·        Maintain company practices and standards for work and communication

·        Attentive to details with an ability to manage multiple tasks and/or multi-task

·        Undertakes responsibility for the project (including but not limited to: asking the necessary questions, booking hotel rooms, overseeing and managing crew members, communicating with office on project status and any concerns, etc…)

·        Successfully complete small and large-scale reports (and all appropriate forms such as field forms and NIAF)


Physical Requirements:

·        Regularly sit and/or drive for hours at a time

·        Walking/Surveying for hours at a time in extreme weather and through rugged terrain (approximately 10 miles per day)

·        Utilizing vision to look for objects on the ground as well as the observation of objects at both long and short distances

·        Able to utilize hands to drive, hold GPS, camera, and other necessary field equipment and as needed to safely work with shovels, augers, trowels, screens

·        Able to traverse across uneven and rough terrain under various weather conditions (including but not limited to: extreme heat, cold, wind, and/or rain)

·        Ability to bend-over, squat/stoop down to inspect items and as needed to work on any testing projects


*** This listing is not intended to represent or account for every task or duty the employee may be responsible for or assigned to. ***


Beaver Creek Archaeology is committed to providing its employees with a safe and drug free work environment. Successful candidates must be able to pass a pre-employment and at random drug screenings as well as annual Drug and Alcohol screenings. Beaver Creek Archaeology is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on age, sex, race, or any other affiliation.

To apply for this vacancy, please email your cover letter and CV to hr@.... Any questions for further clarification should be directed to hr@.... Phone call inquiries will not be accepted.

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