Metcalf Archaeological Consultants, Inc. is accepting applications for a Crew Chief on a project located in Montana.  Following completion of the project, other fieldwork in North Dakota, Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming may be available as well.  Crew Chiefs perform field work and other tasks under the direction of a Project Manager or Project Director, usually supervising a small field crew and conducting surveys, testing, and data recovery excavations. Laboratory and office tasks may also be assigned as necessary.

To apply, please complete our online application.

These are full-time, hourly positions. Projects may require extended field time, typically on a 9 days on, 5 days off schedule, although schedules will vary from project to project. Per-diem (typically $59 per day) and lodging are provided for all project work requiring overnight stays away from your home office. The pay rate will be $21 – $24 per hour, depending on qualifications and experience.  Hours worked in excess of 40 per week are paid at an overtime rate of time and a half.


  • B.A. in Anthropology or History (commensurate field experience will be accepted in lieu of a degree)
  • M.A. or M.S. in Anthropology is highly desirable but not required for this position
  • Demonstrated experience in performing Crew Chief duties
  • Demonstrated knowledge of state and federal regulations including the Section 106 process
  • Currently listed, or able to be listed, as person in direct charge of fieldwork in a secondary supervisor, on antiquities permits in at least one state within the company’s operating region.
  • Active First Aid/CPR certification (may be obtained after hiring)
  • Experience writing and producing quality, professional site forms and reports
  • At least two years of experience doing archaeological fieldwork
  • At least one year of experience supervising a field crew is preferred

Work Context

The work environment characteristics and physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Able to work outdoors for 10 or more hours a day in often very hot (90+°F) and very cold (<32°F) temperatures; other conditions include high winds, extreme dust, and high altitude
  • Must be able to walk numerous miles in a work period, often in rugged terrain
  • Must be able to systematically excavate natural soil strata using hand tools, to include shovels and trowels
  • Must be able to dig, kneel, and crouch for extended periods of time
  • Able to lift at least 40 lbs. and maintain physical fitness adequate to tasks
  • Willing to spend several days at remote work locations during the field season

Metcalf is 100% employee-owned, which means that all employees share in the company’s success.  As a cultural resource management firm, we have over 40 years of experience providing archaeological services in the Rocky Mountains, Eastern Great Basin, and Central and Northern Great Plains.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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