Staff Archaeologist with Jacobs located in Wyoming

Toni Watkins

Jacobs is looking for a full-time staff archaeologist to initially work on a renewable energy project for a one-year duration and then a variety of projects throughout the western United States. This position involves providing cultural resources support for planning, engineering, and construction services to renewable energy, government, military, and commercial clients. The archaeologist career path provides the opportunity to work on projects that require compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Native American Graves Repatriation and Protection Act (NAGPRA), and state regulations. All work will be conducted under the guidance of senior cultural resources staff. 

For this position, the candidate will be primarily field-based for one year while completing construction monitoring at a renewable energy site and coordinating with a team of tribal monitors. When not in the field, the candidate will work as a telecommuter from their home. The candidate will serve as a key team member working with contractors, scientists, engineers, project managers, and other project staff across business sectors and practices in the company. Following the first year of construction monitoring, the candidate will then be responsible for working on all aspects of cultural resources projects, including background research; fieldwork (Phase I survey, Phase II testing, and Phase III mitigation); preparing NEPA and NHPA technical reports; coordinating consultation with State Historic Preservation Officers (SHPO), Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPO), Native American Tribes, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and multiple state, federal, and local agencies; evaluating properties and preparing determinations of eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP); and completing state survey forms. The successful candidate should have a 3-7 year track record as a staff archaeologist, and a desire to grow personally as well as professionally with each project. 

Our Archaeologists: 
• Coordinate compliance with NHPA, ARPA, NAGPRA, NEPA, state environmental regulations, and other laws relating to cultural resources. 
• Conduct archival research and background records reviews. 
• Coordinate and conduct all aspects of archaeological fieldwork (Phases I-III) and monitoring. 
• Conduct analyses and prepare technical reports for projects that involve cultural resources.  
• Evaluate eligibility of resources for listing in the NRHP and state registers of historic properties. 
• Support clients during agency and tribal consultation. 
• Provide support to and work with senior-level cultural resources staff.


• Meets Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards for Archaeology 
• Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology or Archaeology 
• Minimum of three years of professional archaeological field work experience with extensive experience completing construction monitoring and collaborating with tribal monitors 
• Knowledge of historic preservation laws and policies, including NEPA, NHPA, ARPA, and NAGPRA 
• Familiarity with WYCRIS, WYCRO, Wyoming Environmental Quality Act, and Wyoming Cultural Properties Forms. 
• Demonstrated experience in the archaeology of Wyoming. 
• Experience using GPS technology. 
 Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.  
• Excellent oral and written communication skills. 
• Must be capable of walking for long periods of time over unfamiliar terrain, excavating shovel tests and test units, screening soil, and carrying field equipment.  
• Must be willing and able to travel frequently and for long periods of time, as needed.  
• Must be motivated and able to work safely with minimum supervision. 

Preferred Qualifications: 
• Master’s Degree in Anthropology or Archaeology. 
• Experience working in the consulting environment and ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and be responsive to both internal and external clients. 
• Excellent relationships with tribal representatives from Wyoming and the Great Plains 
• Experience in the U.S. west, especially Wyoming. 

Preferred years of experience: 3-7

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