Stantec is seeking a Project Archaeologist to join our team. The successful applicant will be responsible for assisting with the management of archaeological projects and staff and will be based in either the Williamsburg or Richmond, Virginia, office. Responsibilities include managerial tasks associated with archaeological assessments and Phase I, II, and III excavations, assisting Project Managers/Principal Investigators with field projects, and writing technical reports. The position primarily requires work in the field with some office time, as well as travel on a project-by-project basis. Supervise activities of all field personnel and assign, direct, and evaluate their work. Maintain daily paperwork, field maps, notes, photographs, vehicles, and field equipment. Must have a valid driver’s license and be legally eligible to work in the United States. Must have exceptionally strong writing and verbal communication skills and the ability to manage numerous projects and coordinate with staff in local and remote locations.

Your Key Responsibilities

Basic level competencies in the following areas:

  • Field Personnel Management, coordination
  • Application of working knowledge of goals and strategies in archaeological assessments and Phase I, II, and III archaeological investigations
  • Keeping Project Manager apprised of progress and/or problems, as necessary
  • Co-author on archaeological assessment and Phase I, II, and III reports, as the field schedule allows
  • Travel within the mid-Atlantic region is required; additional travel outside of the region possible
  • Excellent excavation skills
  • Participate occasionally at Public Meetings, such as Planning Commission or Town Hall meetings


  • Section 106 training; will be provided if not previously completed
  • Knowledge of Phase I, II, and III archaeological excavations/assessments
  • Ability and willingness to work under varied weather conditions
  • Basic identification skills for Native American and historic materials
  • Ability to effectively supervise entire project team
  • Ability to remain current with Agency protocol for conducting cultural resources work in various localities
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Ability to use field data collection equipment such as GPS, transit, and Total Station
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office products
  • Virginia and Mid-Atlantic region experience a plus
  • Independent research and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated team player with the ability to work independently and take initiative.
  • Ability to make knowledgeable decisions in the field in the absence of a Project Manager

Education and Experience

  • MA or MS degree in anthropology or archaeology or closely related field
  • Must meet Secretary of the Interior Standard for Principal Investigator
  • Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) designation a plus
  • At least one (1) season of a field school

Compensation: $51,000 – $61,000

Typical office environment working with computers and remaining sedentary for long periods of time. Field work may include exposure to the elements including inclement weather.

This description is not a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that may be required of the employee and other duties, responsibilities and activities may be assigned or may be changed at any time with or without notice.

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