Position: On-Site Support Archaeologist
Classification: Full time, Permanent, Exempt
Date: December 2022
Location: Fort Irwin, CA – near Barstow, CA

Company Overview
Ayuda Companies is a successful HUBZone and woman-owned small business providing expertise and innovation across the environmental, restoration, and compliance service sectors nationwide. We offer very competitive pay and an excellent benefits package that includes company-supplemented medical, dental, and vison insurance, 401k with company matching, company paid short-term and long-term disability coverage, company paid life insurance coverage, and paid time off.

Ayuda’s success is due to our commitment to our valued employees, establishing lasting partnerships, and providing innovative, high-quality services. We conduct our business ethically, honestly and with integrity in everything we do. We leverage our multi-disciplinary strength to benefit our clients and we communicate, collaborate, and execute together as a team.

Position Overview:
Ayuda Companies seeks a full-time, entry level Archaeologist at Fort Irwin, CA, to provide on-site cultural resources support to facilitate the execution of the installation’s training mission. To accomplish this mission, the Cultural Resources Resources Program works cooperatively with federal, state, local, academic, and private agencies, and organizations to develop, collect, report, and archive data in compliance with Sections 106 and 110 of the NHPA as represented in Title 54, to:

  • Perpetuate existing monitoring programs to ensure compliance with federal, Army, and installation
    laws, rules and regulations pertaining to archaeological sites.
  • Educate potential participants of down range activities on regulatory compliance by administering
    various training modules and promote environmental/cultural resources awareness and knowledge
    through community outreach events.
  • Develop, maintain, and manage databases, Geographic Information System (GIS) data, and paper and digital file systems IAW Army regulations and industry standards.
  • Curate collected archaeological materials in accordance with 36 CFR 79 and industry standards.
  • Provide technical assistance to the Army.
  • Participate in discussions with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) or with Native American tribes, either to provide information or to better understand concerns and issues.

The candidate, as part of a team, will provide resources support services and produce project deliverables. Major duties of the position include but are not limited to:

  • Assist in gathering, compiling, and analyzing research data to include records searches and literature reviews.
  • Conducting field surveys.
  • Complete National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) site evaluations.
  • Prepare site records and assemble and assist in the collection and preliminary interpretation of field data.
  • Prepare draft reports in support of Section 106 of NHPA requirements
  • Conduct construction monitoring and off-limits site monitoring, condition assessments, and report drafts for resources considered eligible for inclusion in the NRHP.
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping data in the investigation of archaeological projects.
  • Prepare maps and images in support of general program functions.
  • Maintain digital and hard-copy databases and files, GIS data, site records, report archives, project
    deliverables, bibliographies, and field notes.
  • Assist in providing general management of the archaeological curation facility.
  • Assist in performing curation facility annual inventory and maintenance of artifact database.
  • Prepare public outreach documents and participate in outreach activities for the general public and
    targeted audiences.

Required qualifications:

  • B.A. or equivalent degree in anthropology or archaeology from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum of one year experience in archaeological survey, testing, data recovery, and NRHP site
    evaluations in North America. Previous experience conducting archaeological field inventory and
    evaluation projects within inland southern California regions to include the Mojave Desert (preferred), or the Great Basin, or Salton Trough areas.
  • Demonstrated ability to write accurate field notes and complete survey and site record forms.
  • Ability to work outdoors in extreme temperatures and in remote locations.
  • Ability to walk up to 10 miles per day over steep terrain for extended periods of time.
  • A valid driver’s license.
  • Proficiency with technical writing and Microsoft Office products.
  • Ability to demonstrate written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficiency with electronic devices such as smart phones and tablets for digital data collection.
  • Experience with technical report writing.
  • Must have U.S. citizenship.
  • Must be able to pass DoD background/security check.

Preferred qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Archaeology or Anthropology from an accredited college or university.
  • Proficiency in GIS and GPS software and systems.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local historic preservation and cultural resources regulations and
    demonstrate an established area of analytical expertise and/or archaeological research interest.
  • Possess a working knowledge of California standard survey methods, archaeological site documentation and evaluations, California DPR site record preparation, data recovery, and regional material culture.

Direct Reports:
No supervisory role.

Occasionally in support of training requirements for Fort Irwin.

Salary Range:
$55,000 to $65,000, commensurate with experience.

Please send resume to: cdittmer@ayudacompanies.com