Archaeological Monitor
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 About the opportunity

SWCA Environmental Consultants is seeking an Archaeological Monitor (HR Title: Assistant Staff Compliance Monitor) to join our team in the Rocky Mountain Plains subregion (Bismarck, North Dakota; Denver and Fort Collins, Colorado; and Sheridan, Wyoming). This is a distributed position, welcoming applicants from outside these office locations.

As an Archaeological Monitor, you will be responsible for various project tasks, including working independently, coordinating with construction crews, monitoring construction progress, maintaining detailed records, and documenting cultural resources. You will also conduct inspections of construction areas, identify cultural materials, utilize tablets for data collection, adhere to state-specific protocols for site recording, and conduct evaluations for the National Register of Historic Places.

For an assistant staff compliance monitor position, a key element of your job will be to independently supervise an archaeological survey crew in the field.

This is an hourly, regular-status, benefitted position for the duration of the monitoring project, expected to run approximately from June to mid-November 2024. In accordance with the construction schedule, work hours will vary between 10 to 12 hours per day, Monday through Saturday, with Sundays off. Lodging and per diem are covered seven days a week, and weather days are covered. Rental trucks will be provided for use on-site.

This multi-year project may offer opportunities for returning work annually, with efforts made to extend employment to other projects upon seasonal project completion. Compensation ranges from $24.15 to $30.98 per hour, commensurate with experience and role, with overtime pay at time-and-a-half. Additional benefits include paid sick time, paid travel time between the project location and project lodging, and single-occupancy lodging in SWCA-leased apartments. Per diem is $59 per day.

What you will accomplish

  • Work collaboratively with a construction crew to ensure safe and efficient monitoring practices.
  • Perform monitoring fieldwork and provide assistance to project managers with various field tasks.
  • Coordinate the progress of the field crew and facilitate daily data transfer.
  • Prepare accurate and detailed daily monitoring reports.
  • Collect, organize, and conduct quality assurance and quality control for field data.
  • Potentially assist with technical reporting as needed.
  • Uphold SWCA’s high standard of scientific ethics and assurance, demonstrating the ability to identify and creatively resolve challenges.
  • As a staff compliance monitor, you will be asked to supervise a small crew while conducting archaeological monitoring field work.  This includes:
    • independently assigning and directing the activities of others on behalf of SWCA, often in remote areas without immediate guidance from senior managers, to ensure quality and on-time delivery;
    • ensuring that employees understand their responsibilities and delegated tasks and being held accountable if crew members under your supervision are not performing their activities correctly, productively, and safely;
    • serving as a conduit of communication between employees and senior managers, including communicating issues to relevant senior managers;
    • receiving and resolving complaints from employees in the field; and
    • monitoring team productivity and providing timely performance feedback, including deciding when disciplinary action is necessary and delivering discipline.

Experience and qualifications for success

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in archaeology, anthropology, or a closely related field is required; a master’s degree is preferred.
  • Minimum of one (1) year of experience with a variety of field methods, including survey, testing, and excavation.
  • Possession of a current valid driver’s license and the capability to safely operate a four-wheel-drive vehicle on rugged backcountry roads.
  • Ability to travel to various locations and conduct fieldwork for extended hours, sometimes in adverse weather conditions, rugged terrain, and at high altitudes. Must be able to carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with archaeological monitoring of construction sites.
  • Ability to be listed with relevant archaeological permits.
  • Secretary of the Interior qualification.
  • Demonstrated leadership and supervision abilities, including problem-solving, constructive conflict resolution, and decision-making skills.

SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full spectrum of environmental services. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record’s Top 200 Environmental Firms.

SWCA is committed to salary equity and salary transparency for all its employees.  In alignment with this commitment, SWCA posts good faith pay ranges in all its advertised job postings to promote pay equity and transparency.

An employee in this Denver, Colorado-based position can expect an hourly pay rate of $24.15-$30.98 /hour. Actual pay within this range may depend on experience, qualifications, geographic location, client requirements where applicable, and other factors permitted by law. Regular-status employees are also eligible for performance bonuses. Candidates are also encouraged to consider SWCA’s Total Rewards package, which includes a competitive Benefits package, forward-thinking workplace flexibility, outstanding corporate culture, award-winning career development, and more.

Application deadline: Our team will begin reviewing applications immediately, and interviews will be scheduled with qualified candidates on a rolling basis. The application process will remain open until we have received a robust pool of qualified candidates. Once we have identified suitable individuals, we may close the application process without prior notice. We appreciate the time and effort invested by all applicants and will carefully consider each submission.

EOE – women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. At SWCA Environmental Consultants, we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. We strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds, including those with diverse experiences and veterans, to apply. We believe that a diverse and inclusive workforce enhances creativity, innovation, and overall organizational success.

SWCA continues to invest deeply in career development programs, delivering our award-winning Career Landscape support resources to accelerate the growth of our staff. We recognize the valuable skills and experiences our internal team members bring to SWCA’s continued success. Qualified internal candidates are encouraged to apply and will be seriously considered for this position. We believe in promoting from within, where possible, providing our existing employees with compelling opportunities to advance their careers.

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