Project Archaeologist - North Dakota / Montana / Minnesota

Beth Nodland

Juniper, LLC, is immediately hiring a Project Archaeologist, who will support Juniper’s Lead PI, and who either qualifies now, or can soon qualify as a Principal Investigator, to work out of its Bismarck, ND, office.  As needed, our Lead PI will work with less experienced professionals to advance their expertise and qualifications.



  • graduate degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, or related field
  • permittable (or soon eligible) as a PI under Secretary of the Interior and ND SHPO standards
  • three or more years of field and supervisory experience
  • ability to plan, perform, and manage research, field survey, staff supervision, excavation, monitoring, and documentation in accordance with federal, tribal, and state standards.
  • This position will do an array of tasks including GPS/GIS, curation, supporting and editing colleagues’ work, mentoring, and all other duties as assigned.  You might be assigned to staff a trade conference booth, help with meeting logistics, or make coffee.  Whatever it takes.
  • The capacity to communicate easily and openly is required. There will be ongoing communication of daily progress, field results, and problem-solving ideas to our management team, clients, and coworkers. You will communicate with landowners, regulatory personnel, subcontractors, vendors, and other community members.
  • You must be amenable to changing schedules and be willing to problem solve on the fly for client success.  If you are averse to unexpected schedule changes or problem solving for others, this position is not for you. 
  • The position begins as full-time, seasonal (through Nov or Dec, weather dependent), but has high potential for permanent, continuous employment. Overtime will be paid.
  • You are responsible for your own housing in Bismarck on days not in the field.  This position must be based out of Bismarck-Mandan during the field season (April-Nov).  We have a high degree of flexibility for WFH during the off season, but all staff must be readily available for impromptu field work and meetings in the Bismarck office throughout the year.  Field sessions are often extended, although typically M-F, but sessions may be scheduled for 10 days on/4 days off.  Schedules change.  Seasons are short in ND, we make hay while the sun shines.
  • You must provide your own Personal Protective Equipment (boots, hard hats, hearing protection, gloves, etc.) and personal field equipment.  You will be required to wear OSHA and CDC recommended protective gear and to adhere to our Fieldwork Safety Plan for COVID-19 protocols at all times while working.
  • Candidates MUST have the temperament and physical stamina to consistently conduct fast-paced fieldwork, sometimes independently, in rugged terrain and/or in harsh weather conditions, usually with no shade, carrying gear, sometimes up to 12 hours per day.  Western ND and Eastern MT have typical Great Plains and rugged Badlands terrain and a changeable climate. 
  • Valid driver’s license with a clean record.
  • A cell phone




  • Experience in North Dakota and Great Plains archaeology or History is preferred.
  • Experience with tribal consultation and collaboration a strong plus.  Ability to build and maintain favorable relationships with tribal partners is necessary.
  • Professional writing ability.
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel) and Trimble GPS systems essential and experience in GIS based applications preferred. 
  • Certification in unmanned aerial systems and/or LiDAR is a plus. 




  • The salary for this position will be commensurate with the applicant’s credentials, experience, and industry standards.  Wages will be between $25-$30 per hour, depending upon experience and level of responsibilities. 
  • Seasonal position benefits include paid holidays, accrued PTO, training, and accrued time toward 401K eligibility.
  • Permanent position benefits include excellent health care (1/2 paid), 401(k) matching, paid life/dis/acc, accrued PTO, holidays, training, wellness program, flexible hours and WFH during the off-season (Dec-March,) and during pandemics shelter-in-place periods, etc. 
  • Per diem is paid at $45 per day for field projects that are away from Bismarck for more than 8 hours.
  • Single room field accommodations are provided by Juniper.


Juniper is a small, woman-owned 8(a) business that was launched in 2009 and has completed over a thousand field projects for a loyal base of energy, transportation, engineering, and infrastructure clients.   Our mission is to do things right, the first time. Juniper is based out of Bismarck, ND. 


Please email 1) date of soonest availability, 2) resume and/or documentation that you possess the skills above, and 3) contact information for three work references to Beth Nodland at b.nodland@...