Cultural Resources Specialist 1
Pay Range: $25/hr – $32/hr

About Us

At HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists. That’s why we believe diversity is our greatest strength. HDR is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer.

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We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward.

Primary Responsibilities

HDR, Alaska Inc. needs motivated archaeological field technicians for archaeological survey and data recovery for the 2024 field season (May – October). This is a seasonal position based out of HDR’s Anchorage, AK office. The successful applicant will be eligible for the ACRA Healthcare Program.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be familiar with archaeological fieldwork and documentation. The candidate must be available for fieldwork and travel throughout Alaska. Archaeological field technicians are responsible for conducting pedestrian survey and data recovery efforts. Tasks will include pedestrian survey, shovel testing, excavation, and documentation. This includes feature and artifact identification and analyses, field forms, photographs, shovel test pits, excavation units, and mapping. The successful candidate will work under the direct supervision of a crew chief and the Field Director. The candidate should expect to spend the majority of his/her time outdoors conducting data recovery field efforts. The candidate must communicate effectively with a team and maintain professional ethical standards.

  • Archaeological field technicians are required to perform the following tasks in the field:
  • Show up to work each day on-time and prepared.
  • Follow safe work practices.
  • Conduct archaeological survey and testing.
  • Dig shovel test pits and excavation units.
  • Hike over rugged terrain for 8 – 10 hours a day, upwards of 40+ hours per week, while carrying necessary field equipment.
  • Identify historic and prehistoric artifacts.
  • Complete field forms.
  • Excavate and document archaeological excavation units and features.
  • Photograph resources.
  • Log daily activities in issued field notebook.
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, a closely related field, or equivalent experience.
  • Completion of an accredited archaeological field school or equivalent work experience.
  • Experience identifying and recording prehistoric and historic resources (Alaska experience preferred but not required).
  • Prior field experience, such as survey, testing, and/or data recovery.
  • Ability to perform physically demanding tasks in adverse environmental conditions (e.g., rugged terrain, remote locations, hot and cold temperatures). Must be willing to work under varied weather conditions and participate in rural and urban field efforts with small and large teams.
  • Good organizational skills, a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and willingness to learn and execute new tasks.
  • Experience working independently and with a team.
  • Experience with GPS devices is a plus.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Significant physical work is a primary part of this job. If hired, the successful applicant will be required to conduct heavy physical work, including lifting, pushing, or pulling objects up to 50 pounds.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which will require following basic safety precautions.
  • Work may involve exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, and/or loud noises.
  • Work requires hiking and working in rugged terrain.


At HDR, we know work isn’t only about who you work for it’s also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other’s contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible.  When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.

Primary Location: United States-Alaska-Anchorage
Industry: Industrial
Schedule: Full-time
Employee Status: Temporary
Business Class: Cultural Resources
Job Posting: Jan 29, 2024