Archaeologist - Field Director Level Mid-Atlantic Region

Stell Environmental

Stell Environmental Enterprises, Inc. (SEE) is a woman-owned small business specializing in environmental and planning consulting services. We are unwavering in our commitment to provide clients with sustainable solutions to their environmental needs.

SEE is currently seeking a part-time as-needed Field Director-level Archaeologist for various cultural resource projects mainly in the Mid-Atlantic region in support of the SEE Pennsylvania office.  This position requires Mid-Atlantic field experience, with preference given to those candidates with experience identifying and evaluating Eastern Woodland regional prehistoric and/or historic-period archaeological resources.  Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required in order to provide strong focus and high quality customer service.  Candidates must be able to travel and conduct work in inclement weather and through rugged terrain.  Experience working on state Department of Transportation (DOT) projects and/or US military installations across the U.S. is preferred.  This position has the potential to become full-time for the right candidate. 


Each candidate must be a U.S Citizen and have a current driver’s license.  For federal projects, the candidates must be able to pass a background security investigation, and have an original copy of their birth certificate to conduct field activities.

Archaeological Field Director Responsibilities and Qualifications


Archaeological Field Directors reconstruct cultures of the past through the archaeological record, have extensive knowledge of archaeological inventory, testing, and excavation techniques and are able to successfully plan, conduct and manage Phase I inventory, Phase II evaluation, and Phase III data recovery efforts, actively assist in the manual excavation of probes and test units, treat and analyze pre-contact and historic period artifacts, conduct archaeological research and analysis, prepare technical reports of methodology, findings, and recommendations, logistically plan and implement field projects, keep and maintain records of work conducted, direct field crews under the guidance of a principal investigator, and advise archaeological crews in applicable archaeological methodology.


·           A Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, archaeology, or a closely related field is required; a Master's degree or Ph.D. is preferred.

·           A minimum of 5 years of experience in the field and technical report production; showing continuous advancement in archaeological knowledge, skills, abilities, and responsibilities, including at least one year of supervisory experience and experience in managing cultural resource projects.

·           Completion of an archaeological field school.

·           Demonstrated experience in identification and recording historic and prehistoric archaeological sites.

·           In-depth knowledge of soils, particularly in deep alluvial settings.

·           In-depth knowledge of the National Historic Preservation Act and Standards as well as regional and state SHPO standards.

·           Proficient with site, excavation, plan and profile maps, GPS/GIS, and experienced in organizing and maintaining data, and completing archaeological site forms.

·           Strong competency in GPS, GIS (Trimble, ArcGIS 10), general MS Office applications, MS Project, and Access database skills required.

·           Must have, or be willing to attain, CPR/First Aid certification.

·           Must be able and willing to travel to and work in remote locations for extended periods of time, with limited notice prior to travel.

·           Capacity to handle complex tasks under pressure and under stringent time constraints.

·           Demonstrated ability to exercise professional judgment and discretion, and demonstrated ability and adaptability to deal with ambiguity such as unexpected changes in weather, client demands, and project priorities and schedules.

·           Excellent written and oral communication skills, with prior experience writing technical reports and providing QA/QC review of field documents, site forms, etc.;  organized, detail oriented, and responsive nature; effectively communicate with staff, supervisors, teaming partners, and clients.

·           Must be able to work with technical field, office staff, managers, and administrative staff to ensure that projects meet quality standards.

·           Must be able to work within a group and individual settings with ability to work on multiple projects, completing all delegated tasks as required, as assigned, and within specified timelines.

·           Able to carry a pack up to 30 pounds while hiking, physically traverse up to 5 miles a day, and conduct excavation and shovel testing activities throughout a standard work day.

·           Must be able to operate 4x4 vehicles and conduct field work in a safe, responsible manner.

Compensation will be determined based on education level and experience.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

Interested? Submit a cover letter, indicating salary range requirements, along with your CV/resume as a PDF or Word file to careers@.... No phone calls please.


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