Position Available: Archaeological Project Manager for Southern California

Catherine Wright

HELIX Environmental Planning, Inc. (HELIX), a growing, employee-owned California-based environmental consulting and planning firm, is seeking one or more Archaeological Project Managers to be based in any of our southern California offices, located in Irvine, La Mesa and Carlsbad to work closely with the high-quality consultant team in our La Mesa headquarters office.  HELIX offers environmental, biological, cultural resources, acoustical, air quality, and GIS services to both the public and private sectors.  Our Cultural Resources Group prepares all types of cultural resources studies for a wide range of projects.

The successful applicant must be a Registered Professional Archaeologist or have met the necessary educational and experience requirements to quickly obtain this certification. The selected individual will be responsible for managing cultural resources studies for small to large projects, in coordination with HELIX’s Director of Cultural Resources.  Duties conducting and/or oversight of research, field surveys, data recovery and analysis operations, and mitigation monitoring programs; report and site record preparation; coordination with other cultural resources and environmental planning staff and subconsultants; proposal preparation and business development; and interaction with clients and reviewing agencies. 

 The Project Manager position requires an individual with a minimum of 5 years of archaeological experience, including experience managing the work of other archaeologists on projects.  Candidates must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and analytical abilities, and be experienced in the preparation of a variety of cultural resources technical reports, including reports in conformance with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  Experience with a variety of infrastructure and development project types, document types, and private sector/public agency clients is desirable.  The applicant must have a strong work ethic, positive attitude, and experience working in a team-oriented environment.  Knowledge of the southern California cultural environmental and regulatory setting is required. 

 Why work for HELIX?  We are an employee-owned firm, hard-working with a casual and collaborative work environment.  Our employees describe us as Client-focused, Caring, Team-oriented, Focused on Integrity, and Flexible.  In addition to our competitive benefit package, we have robust, award-winning wellness and community volunteer programs and much more!  We are excited to meet you!


HELIX is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage all qualified applicants to apply regardless of gender, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, family status, or veteran status.

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·         Master's Degree in archaeology, anthropology, history, or closely related field with a concentration in archaeology (or expected by June 2021).

·         Registered Professional Archaeologist or meets the necessary educational and experience requirements to quickly obtain this certification.

·         Minimum of 5 years of demonstrated experience in Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III compliance archaeological projects, including field surveys, data recovery, preparation of California Department of Parks and Recreation 523-series forms, and authoring archaeological studies/reports. Minimum of 2 years of experience working for an environmental consulting firm, managing archaeology projects and completing archaeology surveys/studies in conformance with CEQA/NEPA.

·         Experience providing services in compliance with the federal and California laws and regulations pertaining to historic and archaeological resource management and an understanding of regulatory agency programs, procedures, and policies pertaining to cultural resource management, including CEQA, NEPA and Section 106 of the NHPA

·         Experience in the study of southern California prehistoric and historic archaeology

·         Strong research, technical writing, organizational, and verbal communication skills

·         Ability to work independently with considerable responsibility


Additional skills/accomplishments considered a plus:

·         Knowledge of southern California local agency guidelines for CEQA compliance, including guidelines pertaining to the completion of cultural resource studies

·         Professional experience with agency coordination

·         Professional experience with Native American coordination/communication

·         Experience with California infrastructure projects such as Caltrans and utilities projects

  • Existing client relationships


Please apply through HELIX’s website at the following link: