Texas/Oklahoma Field Techs & Crew Chiefs -- from $18/hr up to $22/hr

Chris Dayton

Cox|McLain Environmental Consulting, Inc. (CMEC), a small Austin-based firm with offices in Houston, DFW, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa, is looking to fill technician and crew chief positions for multiple field projects in Texas and Oklahoma in 2019. 

The primary function of the positions at all levels is to support senior cultural resources staff (archeology and historic resources Principal Investigators and/or Project Archeologists) as needed with fieldwork and subsequent paperwork/artifact processing. Duties may include performing pedestrian examination of the ground surface, digging shovel test units, observing/supervising mechanical excavations, correctly using Munsell soil color charts and other standard field tools/resources, recording units and sites on company- or agency-mandated forms, and other standard archeological survey and follow-up tasks at the direction of the PI/PA, as well as supporting historic architectural surveys. Duties of crew chiefs also include supervising technicians, providing direction in field protocols and safety considerations, and performing real-time quality control on project documentation. All positions may require bending, stooping, carrying field equipment, standing, and walking for extended periods of time, and making visual and tactile distinctions using color, texture, moisture content, depth, and distance. 

Compensation varies based on individual project budgets and candidate qualifications but generally ranges from $18/hour for entry-level field technicians up to approximately $22/hour for experienced senior techs/crew chiefs. Typical per diem rate of $40-51/day, with GSA rate as applicable. Expenses reimbursed per project contracts; cash per diem is disbursed when allowed by the ultimate client but is not guaranteed for every project. Single-occupancy lodging provided on multi-day projects. 

These positions are temporary positions on a project-specific basis, not on-call contracts. Benefits and relocation assistance are not available. Successful application/performance on one or more projects is not to be construed as a guarantee of future part- or full-time work. That said, CMEC is a growing company, with new staff positions developing every few months. We often keep our eye on high-performing technicians and crew chiefs as potential staff candidates.

The successful applicant will possess, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree in archeology, anthropology, geology, or a closely related field. Also required: completion of recognized archeological field school; survey experience in Texas, Oklahoma, or the greater south and southwest United States; an overall dedication to excellence; a strong work ethic; a demonstrated ability to work independently; and solid field skills including the ability to work in difficult conditions (e.g., hot, humid environments) and to navigate in remote, rough, and/or heavily vegetated terrain using USGS topographic maps, aerial-base field maps, or handheld GPS units.

Preferred for senior level techs/crew chiefs: experience managing multiple technicians; graduate degree in archeology, anthropology, or closely related field; experience with a range of Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment; experience with historic resources surveys; familiarity with NHPA/NEPA compliance; previous safety training/certification (OSHA, CPR/First Aid, etc.).  

Preferred for all positions: candidates based near one of our office locations (Austin, Irving/DFW, Houston, Tulsa, OKC), as applicable for specific projects.

Please e-mail a resume/CV (PDF format preferred) that includes your archeological education and work history as well as contact information for at least three cultural-resource-related professional references to jobs@....

jobs - at - coxmclain.com


Due to volume, we may not be able to respond directly to every application. CMEC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


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