Dovetail Cultural Resource Group (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 internal atmosphere of collaboration, sound science, and respectful interactions within our staff.

Dovetail is seeking a full-time Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist for either our Fredericksburg, Virginia or Wilmington, Delaware office; a fully remote position may be considered for the right candidate. The main responsibility of the GIS Specialist is to perform mapping tasks for cultural resource management projects, primarily using ESRI software products, to include creating field and report maps from data provided by clients and Dovetail field staff, occasionally assisting with field-based mapping tasks using handheld GPS units and/or total station, and developing predictive models. The ideal candidate should be detail-oriented and well-organized, with strong communication skills. The salary range for the position is $46,000–$72,000; the position is eligible for annual performance-based bonuses. To attain the upper part of the salary range, the candidate must have advanced experience with predictive modeling and other spatial analysis for cultural resource management projects and demonstrated project management experience. Benefits include paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; group medical and dental insurance; 401k plan with matching; and a professional development stipend.

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Create professional maps for reports and other deliverables, in compliance with company processes and standards, as well as project-specific direction from the project manager, client, or agency
  • Digitize and georeference historic maps
  • Create field maps for field crews and project managers, as needed
  • Assist with GIS and GPS equipment, software maintenance, and procurement
  • Provide technical assistance on GPS units and similar equipment for other staff members
  • Create predictive models for cultural resources utilizing quantitative modeling principles
  • Coordinate and communicate with project team to assure work is performed in accordance with the timeline and budget

Minimum qualifications and critical competencies:

  • Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, archaeology, or a closely related field, including coursework in GIS OR Bachelor’s degree in GIS or a closely related field; a Bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field may be considered with a GIS certificate and appropriate experience
  • At least one year of experience applying GIS principles in a cultural resource management setting
  • Proficiency with ArcMap, ArcCatalog, and ArcGIS Pro and related software
  • Experience using Trimble GPS units and related software
  • Ability to work independently, as well as in a team setting, to accomplish project goals
  • Strong cartographic and design skills for creating accurate, meaningful maps and graphics
  • Ability to produce professional deliverables in compliance with agency, client, and company standards
  • Ability to travel overnight occasionally (less than 5 percent)
  • One or more of the following are preferred, but not required: experience and willingness to occasionally perform technical archaeological or architectural history tasks; understanding of and experience with agency coordination; experience preparing budgets and/or scopes of work for proposals

Please submit a cover letter (to include work location preference), curriculum vitae/resume, salary requirements, and at least three references to Mike Carmody at Any questions may be directed to Mr. Carmody by email or at (540) 899-9170.    Dovetail is an Equal Opportunity Employer.