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Location: Lompoc, CA

Applied EarthWorks, Inc. has an immediate opening for a full time Senior Archaeologist in our Lompoc, CA office. To best service our incredible long-term clients and newer projects on the Central Coast, this position is in our Lompoc office and may also work on job sites.

Pay Range:

Senior $76,960 – $96,408 annually


The Senior Archaeologist will manage and direct larger and more complex cultural resources projects under the direction of a Principal and will supervise and review the work of junior staff. The Senior Archaeologist is responsible for ensuring the quality of all project work, including technical reporting. Job duties will include management of survey, testing and evaluation, and data recovery in support of CRM regulatory compliance; recruitment and management of regular and project-based staff; analysis of artifacts and preparation of the cultural resource sections of environmental documents; preparation and implementation of research designs and treatment plans; authorship of technical reports; consultation with Native Americans; preparation of proposals; participation in marketing and business development.

Skill Requirements:

  • Ability to design and supervise complex archaeological fieldwork, lab processing, and/or or technical analysis and report preparation;

  • Managing budgets, supervising personnel, scheduling staff and tasks related to specific projects;

  • Ability to manage proposal preparation;

  • Strong technical writing skills;

  • Writing and reviewing technical reports and research designs/treatment plans;

  • A thorough understanding of the CEQA, NEPA, and NHPA Section 106;

  • Ability to adapt quickly to changes in project needs;

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with a variety of colleagues, clients, agency and tribal representatives, construction contractors, and other project stakeholders;

  • Strong work ethic, demonstrated leadership ability, excellent communication and writing skills;

  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously; and

  • Regional expertise in Æ service area.

Education and Experience:

  • Advanced degree in anthropology, archaeology, historical archaeology, or related field desired.

  • Experience and expertise working with descendant communities.

  • Minimum of 7 years progressively responsible employment in CRM which includes demonstrated supervision or management experience.

  • Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) certification strongly preferred.

  • Valid drivers license, Real ID, or passport required.

  • Clear pre-employment drug screening and background screening required for specific project assignments.

  • California and surrounding states expertise highly desired.

How to Apply:

Apply online.

Interested applicants may submit a letter of interest, resume/curriculum vitae, a technical writing sample and list of three professional references to Human Resources at Please reference “Senior Archaeologist – Lompoc” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Salary Equity and Transparency – Æ is committed to salary equity and salary transparency for all employees.  We include good faith pay ranges in all advertised job postings to promote pay equity and transparency.

An employee in this CA-based position can expect a salary of $76,960 – $96,408/year for the Senior Archaeologist position. Actual pay within this range may depend on experience, qualifications, geographic location, client requirements where applicable, and other factors permitted by law.  Candidates are also encouraged to consider Æ’s total compensation package including competitive benefits, ESOP participation, professional development, exclusive in-house leadership development and coaching.

Æ diversity, equity & inclusion pledge

As members of our local communities, Æ’s employee owners strive to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the field of Cultural Resource Management (CRM). We raise awareness to our communities through outreach and learning opportunities increasing exposure to CRM, archaeology, and paleontology. We help overcome barriers to entry into the field, such as offering professional development time, tuition reimbursement, and potential field school scholarships. We invest in educational opportunities to serve and educate others appropriately and effectively. Finally, we offer internal tools for our staff communicating DEI content and events.

Æ is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability (mental or physical), gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion or creed, sex, sexual orientation, or any other factor that is not related to the job. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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