New South Associates, Inc., is seeking one Full-time, Benefited Principal Investigator for a salaried exempt position in our Stone Mountain, Georgia office. New South Associates is a women-owned small business with a core mission to serve as a research-oriented, technology-driven cultural resources consultant that produces quality and timely products for our clients while offering a work climate that promotes professional development and a commitment to home communities. We have offices in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, and primarily engage in cultural resource management services for private, state, and federal clients in the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States.

A successful candidate will become a core member of the Archaeology Department, and will be responsible for successfully executing projects, directing field crews, and writing up and presenting results. The candidate should meet the Secretary of the Interior qualifications. They will be responsible for overseeing archaeological undertakings of all types and sizes from project planning through report completion, as well as directing junior personnel. Each applicant must be motivated and have strong organizational, verbal, and writing skills, as well as the aptitude to work as part of larger integrated teams. Broad experiences in all phases of archaeological investigations from Phase I surveys to Phase III data recoveries are required, as is a working knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations. A successful candidate will also have demonstrable experience bringing projects to a successful conclusion and client engagement. New South Associates is seeking candidates with experience in Southeastern United States historical and/or precontact archaeology.

Job duties:

  • Act as the principal investigator on cultural resource projects
  • Work closely with Management and Operations personnel to plan and execute projects within scoping, budget, and schedule constraints
  • Coordinate with other project personnel, including laboratory staff, historians, architectural historians, shallow geophysicists, and GIS specialists
  • Direct and supervise junior personnel
  • Record archaeological resources and gather field data
  • Archaeological excavation and recordation techniques (e.g., shovel testing, test units, surface collection, plan and profile drawings, environmental conditions), and interpretation of these data
  • Conduct archival and historical background research
  • Prepare cultural resource management reports and other deliverables to company and client satisfaction that comply with applicable state and federal laws/regulations/guidelines
  • Train new archaeological staff in appropriate field techniques, best practices, and other topics as appropriate

Minimum qualifications:

  • A MA/MS or PhD in anthropology/archaeology, history, historic preservation, geography, geosciences, cultural resources management, regional studies, public history, museum studies, or other related acceptable degrees
  • 3-5 years of professional experience in cultural resource management, at least 1-3 years as a Principal Investigator
  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) membership, or credentials necessary for enrollment
  • A clear understanding of the precontact and historical archaeological record of the Southeastern United States
  • Professional working knowledge with NEPA, ARPA, NHPA, NAGPRA, Section 404, Section 4(f), Georgia-specific environmental compliance laws and guidelines, Section 106 of the NHPA and its applications
  • Experience completing cultural resource management projects, GDOT experience preferred
  • Ability to travel to remote locations, walk/hike for long hours, and conduct fieldwork in inclement weather and/or rugged terrain
  • Proficiency with Microsoft 365 apps and services preferred, familiarity with GIS also preferred
  • A valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • US citizen, valid Green Card, or transferable H-1B or TN work visa

Salary and Benefits:

The exempt salary for this position is $70,000-80,000, depending on an applicant’s education, qualifications, and experience. Position benefits include medical, dental, and life insurance (premiums paid by New South Associates, Inc.), vision insurance, paid time off for vacation or sick leave, nine paid holidays, annual profit sharing through a qualified bonus program, and optional enrollment in our 401k plan with employer contribution after one year. We believe in active participation from our employees in our professional organizations and our communities, and support employee volunteerism and attendance at conferences and courses.

New South Associates champions a full and inclusive picture of our shared past, and we embrace colleagues from all walks of life who wish to work with us. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sex, religion, or belief.

To apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and contact information for three references to Stefan Brannan, Director of Archaeology: This call for applicants will remain open until filled or May 24, 2024.