Principal Investigator for Phoenix, AZ - Job Posting for AZTEC Engineering

AZTEC Engineering


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Principal Investigator- Job Description

We are currently seeking resumes from qualified Principal Investigators for our Phoenix, Arizona office. The role will be to successfully complete archaeological projects in support of AZTEC's growing Cultural Resources Group, mentor staff members, and assist group and division managers with project oversight.


       Work independently or as part of a team with minimal supervision

       Perform archaeological research and conduct site file searches online and at federal, state, and tribal repositories

       Direct and participate in all types of archaeological investigations

       Develop and adhere to scopes, budgets, and schedules

       Supervise and mentor junior staff

       Complete and/or review technical reports, work plans, consultation letters, agreement documents, scopes of work, and cost proposals

       Perform National/Arizona and/or California Register eligibility evaluations and make significance/project effect/treatment recommendations

       Prepare graphics using Esri GIS mapping software

       Assist clients with federal/state/tribal/local cultural resource compliance and government-to-government consultation

       Coordinate with subconsultants and vendors

       Communicate effectively and work closely with fellow employees

       Perform travel that may include overnight stays for an extended period 

Principal Investigator- Required Skills:

       MA/MS in anthropology, archaeology, or closely related field

       Minimum of 15 years Southwestern or Southern CA experience; 4 years relevant supervisory & report preparation experience

       Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

       Demonstrated knowledge of Southwest or Southern CA prehistory and/or history, current archaeological field methods, SHPA and AAA, NEPA/CEQA, Section 106/ARPA compliance, California AB 52 (2014), and understanding of other federal/state/tribal/local cultural resource laws/regulations

       Demonstrated experience directing survey, monitoring, and testing and data recovery excavations

       Meet ASM, RPA, and SOI requirements

       Reliable personal transportation, good driving record

       Excellent oral/written communication skills

       Ability/willingness to travel for overnight/out of town fieldwork

Other Requirements:

·         Experience with Esri GIS mapping software

·         Experience collecting field data using ESRI Collector software is preferred

·         Experience performing artifact analysis (ceramic, flaked stone, or faunal) or analysis of human remains

Working Conditions and Environment:

This position will require general supervision and will have to use independent judgment within established guidelines. Generally uses advanced knowledge to analyze, interpret, or make deductions from varying facts or circumstances. Will need the ability to establish rapport quickly with others working on the same project, and be able to promote a positive team environment.  A working knowledge of dealing with a diverse population while using tact, diplomacy, and respect.

Company Benefits:

AZTEC offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, life insurance, short and long-term disability, flexible spending accounts, Paid-time-Off, and a 401(k)/Profit Sharing program.

Company Overview:

AZTEC Engineering Group, Inc. (AZTEC) is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, and provides diversified technical and consulting services to clients in the United States. AZTEC has offices in California, Colorado, Indiana, Nevada, and Texas. AZTEC is part of the TYPSA Group, an international consulting engineering firm with over 2,600 employees and more than 50 offices worldwide providing multidisciplinary consulting services in the fields of civil engineering, architecture and environment. AZTEC has a diverse culture that focuses on providing rich opportunities for its employees.

AZTEC is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to affirmative action planning and encourages diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran or marital status.

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