Cultural Resource Field Technician w/Marstel-Day

Rachel Kirsch

Cultural Resources Field Technician

Marstel-Day has an immediate need for field technicians for work in the DC/MD/VA area and WV.


Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg, VA, US


Marstel-Day, LLC, an environmental consulting and planning firm, seeks qualified, on-call Cultural Resource Field Technicians and Crew Chiefs, to support Phase I/II/III archaeology field studies and other cultural resources studies.

Applicants should possess a strong commitment to a conservation ethic, a strong desire to identify and support strategies for cultural and natural resource conservation, a commitment to use green best management practices in the performance of their work, and a determination to provide excellent support to meeting client requirements. The successful candidate(s) will become members of a pool of prospective Field Technicians or Crew Chiefs, who will be called upon to perform work on an hourly basis as the Company receives task orders or assignments for these types of studies and analyses.

Marstel-Day is an affirmative action employer committed to equal employment opportunity and strongly encourages women, racial minorities and persons of color to apply for positions with the Company.

Job Duties

The primary duties of the cultural resource field position will be to provide direct support for the implementation and execution of archaeology studies for federal agencies, including the Department of Defense (DoD), militaryservices, the Veterans Administration, the US Forest Service among others, and state/local governments or private entities seeking to comply with federal requirements, and to provide artifact analysis and technical writing support for documenting field results, and technical research to support other cultural resource studies.    

Duties also include data recording, mapping, note taking, and artifact processing and some photography. For projects within the DC Metro area, daily travel may be required to the job site from the incumbent’s home location. For projects outside the DC Metro area, the incumbent may be required to be on travel for an extended period (1 to 3 weeks) and stay at accommodations near a job site. Marstel-Day will compensate the incumbent for mileage and per-diem costs based on standard US GSA rates.

Essential Functions Description:

The incumbent will normally work outdoors during any season of the year mainly within the Mid-Atlantic area under varying climatic conditions. Work activities will require substantial manual labor including digging using hand tools (shovel, trowel), lifting, sorting/sifting through materials, repetitive field tasks, and hiking through difficult terrain. For certain projects, the incumbent may be tasked with preparing written communications including the use of e-mail and other electronic reproduction of words, graphs, and photos. Furthermore, the incumbent may be required to make regular use of and be proficient with computers, telephones, mobile communication devices, GPS devices, copy machines and printers.

Salary and Benefits:

The Company will pay an hourly rate of $15 to $22 per hour for the Cultural Resource Field Technician position commensurate with the incumbent’s level of education and experience and responsibilities, unless wage and hours regulations governing the project require payment of a higher rate, in which case that higher rate will be paid for that project.

 For these part-time, temporary positions, the company offers access to a 401(k) plan and sick leave (one hour for every thirty hours worked), but no other fringe benefits.

Application Requirements:

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Required Skills:


Archaeology Tech applicants must have:

• Minimum 3 years of experience and knowledge in conducting archaeology field studies (preferably with federal agency project experience), including an understanding of federal agency missions as a plus. Some experience in report preparation and artifact analysis a plus
• Minimum 3 years of field experience supporting archaeological field surveys (Phase I, II) and other cultural resources planning studies in the Mid-Atlantic region
• An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university in a field related to cultural resources, or a related subject. A Master’s Degree is a plus. A 3.4 grade point average (on a 4-point scale or equivalent) in the highest awarded degree is a plus
• A strong background in cultural resources work
• GPS and GIS experience is a plus
• Meeting Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications for Archaeology or History a plus. 
• Demonstrated determination to provide excellent support to meeting client requirements
• Intellectual curiosity, paired with excellent oral and written communication skills
• Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office suite programs Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and abilities with Access a plus
• Availability for frequent travel in the U.S. as required
• A demonstrable and strong commitment to a conservation ethic and a strong desire to identify and support strategies for cultural and natural resource conservation and a commitment to use green best management practices in the performance of their work

To be hired, an applicant must:

• Be eligible to work in the U.S. (DHS Form I-9 must be completed by the incumbent and submitted to DHS for verification of citizenship and eligibility through E-Verify)
• Submit to a background check as a condition of any final offer of employment. Depending on the exact nature of the work, the applicant may also be required to submit to a credit and financial background check and be able in some circumstances to have or be eligible to obtain a security clearance. These required contingencies and evaluation continue even after hiring.
• An applicant’s current residence within, or a willingness to relocate to a federally designated HUB Zone census tract is a plus (go to for more information).

Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy:

Marstel-Day provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and takes applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, age, disability, military status, or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran in accordance with applicable federal and state laws. In addition, the Company complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment and takes affirmative action to develop and promote a diverse workforce in every location in which the Company has facilities or places its employees for assignment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfers, leave of absence, compensation, and training.



Rachel Kirsch

HR & Financial Administrative Assistant



Marstel-Day, LLC





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