Dovetail Cultural Resource Group (Dovetail) is seeking a full-time Archaeological Crew Chief based out of our Fredericksburg, Virginia office. The primary responsibilities center on the day-to-day management of small- to medium-sized field crews, including fieldwork planning and execution. The ideal candidate will be well-organized, with strong communication skills. The salary range for the position is $37,000–$41,500, and the position is eligible for performance-based bonuses. Benefits include paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; medical and dental insurance; 401k plan with matching; and a professional development stipend, among others.

Dovetail is a woman-owned cultural resource management firm headquartered in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with an office in Wilmington, Delaware, serving the greater Mid-Atlantic region. Our philosophy is centered on helping clients and agencies achieve their preservation goals while fostering an atmosphere of collaboration, sound science, and respectful interactions among our staff.

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Directing the activities of small- to medium-sized field crews in accordance with project scope, timeline, and budget, under the direction of senior archaeological staff
  • Identifying sites and evaluating their potential eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places
  • Coordinating with lab and GIS staff to ensure proper procedures are followed and needs are identified, and coordinating travel such as hotel reservations with administrative staff
  • Assisting with composing project reports and other deliverables for submission to clients and agencies in
    accordance with relevant agency guidelines and Dovetail’s reporting methodology
  • Training Archaeological Technicians in appropriate field techniques
  • Administering Dovetail’s safety protocols, including communicating and enforcing appropriate safety
    precautions with team members

Minimum qualifications and critical competencies:

  • Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, archaeology, or a closely related field, including completion of an archaeological field school, and at least two years of related work experience, six months of which must be supervised field and analytic experience in the archaeology of eastern North America OR Bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field, plus a minimum of five years’ work related to the position, at least six months of which must be supervised field and analytic experience in the archaeology of eastern North America OR A minimum of seven years’ work experience in anthropology, history, or a closely related field, at least three years of which must be in cultural resource management and six months of which must be supervised field and analytic experience in the archaeology of eastern North America
  • Working knowledge of the prehistory and history of one or more states in Dovetail’s service area
  • Basic understanding of federal and state preservation law, particularly Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act
  • Strong leadership skills, including a professional demeanor and the ability to motivate staff
  • Familiarity with data collection using handheld GPS units, and the ability to read maps, use a compass, and produce hand-drawn field maps
  • Ability to work outdoors in hot or cold temperatures, in conditions that may include wind, rain, or snow; dig, kneel, or crouch for extended periods of time; lift at least 40 pounds; walk for long periods through challenging terrain; and maintain adequate fitness to perform field tasks
  • Possession of valid U.S. driver’s license and ability to travel overnight (up to 50 percent)

Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae/resume, salary requirements, and at least three references to Arlene Patel at We will begin reviewing applications after August 15, 2022. Any questions may be directed to Ms. Patel by email or at (540) 899-9170. Dovetail is an Equal Opportunity Employer.