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Cultural Resources Specialist 2
Pay Range: $30/hr – $38/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 crew chiefs for the 2024 field season in Alaska (May – October). The position may require pedestrian survey and/or archaeological monitoring; however, the candidate should expect to spend the majority of his or her time conducting data recovery. This is a seasonal position based out of the HDR office in Anchorage, Alaska.

The candidate must meet the Secretary of Interior (SOI)-qualifications as an Archaeologist. The successful candidate will lead archaeological field crews in pedestrian survey and data recovery efforts. Candidates should be familiar with: fieldwork planning, execution, and documentation; quality control review processes; and interpretation and processing of field data. The successful applicant will be eligible for the ACRA Healthcare Program.

Archaeological crew chiefs are required to perform the following tasks in the field while working under supervision of the Field Director:

  • Show up to work each day on-time and prepared.
  • Follow safe work practices.
  • Ensure the application of safe work practices by the field crew.
  • Provide guidance and leadership to field crew in areas of specialty, if applicable, such as faunal and/or lithics analysis.
  • Oversee and coordinate an archaeological field crew in locating, collecting, recording and interpreting data for archaeological survey and excavation.
  • Convey client needs and project objectives to field crew.
  • Dig shovel test pits and excavation units.
  • Collect and record archaeological data, artifacts, and other materials for subsequent reporting, analysis, and interpretation.
  • Hike over rugged terrain for 8 – 10 hours a day, upwards of 40+ hours per week, while carrying necessary field equipment.
  • Conduct archaeological survey.
  • Use GPS units for navigation and recording geospatial data.
  • Ensure timely completion of fieldwork and project reports.
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, or closely related field.
  • SOI-qualifications as an Archaeologist.
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws, regulations, policies, and procedures for the preservation and management of cultural resources. Alaska-based experience preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience working independently and with a team.
  • Willing to work under varied weather conditions and participate in rural and urban field efforts with small and large teams.
  • Willingness to conduct fieldwork and travel throughout Alaska.
  • Experience leading a team of archaeologists in the field.
  • Ability to use computers for data entry and word processing.
  • Ability to develop and follow research methods and protocols.
  • Knowledge of basic archaeological field and laboratory procedures, including mapping, photography, and collection and handling of artifacts.
  • Experience with GPS devices.
  • Knowledge of surveying and mapping equipment.
  • Knowledge of archaeological research principles and procedures.
  • Knowledge of archaeological classification and cataloging principles, protocols, procedures, and techniques.
  • Knowledge of safe operating procedures, regulations, and standards appropriate to archaeological work sites.
  • Commitment to professional ethics standards.

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