Archaeological Field Director (Project Archaeologist)

Candace Roberts








Archaeological Field Director (Project Archaeologist)


About the opportunity

Do you thrive in the pursuit of ensuring excellence in environmental consulting services for your clients? SWCA Environmental Consultants is expanding their team and looking for dynamic individuals who are following their passion in delivering the highest-quality project work.


SWCA Environmental Consultants is seeking an Archaeological Field Director within our Cultural Resources Program for our Pasadena office. Under supervision of the Archaeological Team Lead and Project Manager, a Field Director performs field and office tasks while working with and supervising crew members.


Field Directors manage all aspects of fieldwork, supervising one or more crews of archaeological surveyors, monitors, or excavators. Field Directors may also assist with office-based tasks, including the preparation of site forms and technical reports. This is an on-call, hourly position. Some projects include overtime hours or prevailing wage rates. Pay rate will be based on individual qualifications and experience.


Anticipated fieldwork will occur throughout southern California, as well as central and northern California and Nevada, including within active U.S. military facilities. The candidate may be asked to submit to background screening in order to work on these facilities. Candidates local to southern California are strongly preferred.

What you will accomplish

  • Assist Project Managers with developing and tracking scopes, schedules, and budgets
  • Communicating with Project Managers and GIS staff through regular, scheduled field status reports
  • Data QA/QC, organization, and tracking; field GPS data collection using tablets and/or Trimble units 
  • Ensure that appropriate preliminary research is conducted and organized prior to fieldwork, and that necessary equipment, staff, and other resources are ready for fieldwork.
  • Supervise fieldwork, including archaeological survey, testing, data recovery, and/or construction monitoring and ensures quality and completeness of data collected.
  • Create and maintain good morale in the field crew and mentors junior staff.
  • Field Directors may also assist with office-based tasks, including performing Class I literature reviews, research, site form and technical report preparation.  
  • Communicate regularly with the Project Manager to ensure that a project’s budgetary and timetable needs are met.
  • Take initiative, resolve problems, and create improved procedures to ensure that tasks are completed in the most effective and efficient manner.

Experience and qualifications for success

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology or a closely related field. Master’s Degree is preferred.
  • Participation in an accredited field school or equivalent experience.
  • Ability to travel and conduct fieldwork for long hours (sometimes in inclement weather, rugged terrain, and at high altitudes) and to carry equipment weighing up to 40 pounds
  • Five years’ experience working as a field archaeologist in California and/or the Great Basin.
  • Twelve months experience at a supervisory level (crew chief or above) in California and/or Great Basin archaeology.
  • Qualified for listing on the BLM Statewide California Cultural Use Permit as a Crew Chief.
  • Candidates who meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards in archaeology are preferred
  • Experience with the application of standard archaeological survey and excavation techniques.
  • Possess advanced skills and knowledge in one or more specialty areas. Of particular interest are lithic analysis, geoarchaeology, historical archaeology, and GPS/GIS technology (using Collector, Survey 123, and/or Trimble units and ArcPad or TerraSync software).
  • Has completed all aspects of field implementation for a variety of project types and sizes, regions, and agencies.
  • Has provided QA/QC review of field documents and site forms.
  • Has lead crews of field technicians on a variety of project types and sizes, regions, and agencies. Ability to lead a large crew and to coordinate several small crews on a project.
  • Ability to work long hours in the field plus additional hours organizing paperwork daily.
  • Ability to make appropriate decisions in the field concerning staff assignments, problem solving, and safety.
  • Extremely organized and meticulous with ensuring survey, documentation, and paperwork are complete.
  • Ability to provide guidance and critique of crew performance as per company guidelines.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and technical writing.
  • Has enough experience to be able to easily deal with the unexpected (changes in weather, changes in client demands, changes in crew makeup or size, etc.).



SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full spectrum of environmental services. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record’s Top 200 Environmental Firms.


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