Project Archaeologist - AmaTerra - Austin, Texas

Margo Gregory

Are you an archaeologist who is tired of bouncing from contract gig to contract gig? Do you feel like you have learned a lot out on the road leading crews and recording sites and summing things up, but you want an opportunity to be part of the bigger picture? Do you have experience contributing to the planning, coordination, and execution of field investigations? Do you confidently roll your eyes at Belloq’s distinct lack of permitting or vertical controls in his excavations to find the Well of Souls? If you are ready to take your career to the next level, then look no further. Contact us at AmaTerra Environmental, Inc., right away. You may be just the archaeologist we are looking for!


AmaTerra Environmental, Inc. (AmaTerra), an award-winning, woman-owned, small business is seeking an experienced, curious, and motivated professional Project Archaeologist to join their team at AmaTerra’s Austin, Texas headquarters. The successful applicant will work alongside AmaTerra’s staff of cultural and environmental resource professionals, in a challenging and supportive environment, serving a variety of federal, state, municipal, and private clients. Applicants must have a graduate degree in anthropology, archaeology, or a closely related field. Applicants must have five or more years of professional archaeological experience leading archaeological surveys, conducting artifact analysis, and preparing detailed archeological reports for regulatory cultural resource management projects such as roadways, electrical generation, and municipal infrastructure, among others. Experience working on and/or leading National Register testing and evaluation projects, as well as data recovery excavations is preferred.


Preferred knowledge, skills, and abilities include:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Working knowledge of federal and state laws, regulations, and guidelines relevant to cultural resource management. A thorough understanding of Section 106 of the NHPA and Antiquities Code of Texas is a huge plus.
  • Experience in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and/or Louisiana (preferred), but will consider experience conducting fieldwork, research, analysis, and reporting in other parts of the United States.
  • Experience with projects for State of Texas agencies.
  • Supervisory experience leading field projects through completion of reporting.
  • Experience with GPS technologies and other digital data collection methods.
  • Understanding of reporting standards; a writing sample may be requested for review.
  • Specific research areas and/or skills are preferred, but not limited to: remote sensing techniques, faunal analysis, lithic technology, prehistoric ceramics, historic archaeology, human osteology, or geomorphology.

Successful candidates must also be able to:

  • travel overnight as project schedules dictate (could be at least 50 percent over a typical year).
  • walk up to 10 miles a day.
  • dig shovel tests to depths of up to one meter.
  • lift 50 pounds.
  • work outdoors in potentially adverse weather conditions.
  • work with minimal supervision at times.
  • manage time efficiently.
  • work in a collaborative environment.

Job responsibilities will include developing and planning field projects, leading field crews on survey, testing, and data recovery investigations in consultation with AmaTerra senior archaeology staff, report writing, analysis, client coordination, and working with all staff in AmaTerra Offices. Experience with project scoping, budget development, and management is preferred.


AmaTerra implements a comprehensive COVID-19 protocol in the workplace and on field projects according to CDC guidelines.


AmaTerra offers a competitive salary for this position, plus an attractive suite of benefits (health insurance, 401(k), sick/vacation leave, etc.).


AmaTerra is an equal opportunity employer; all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. This position will remain open until filled. Applicants are requested to email their detailed curriculum vitae, cover letter, and writing sample to Jill Madden at jmadden@... using the subject line: Project Archaeologist - Austin.




Margo Gregory

Administrative Assistant



11842 Rim Rock Trail

Austin TX 78737


512-329-0012 (fax)