SWCA Environmental Consultants is seeking an Associate/Project Archaeologist for our Half Moon Bay, CA office. Under the supervision of a Project Manager, you will perform field, office, and research tasks while working with and supervising crew members. This position will primarily be office-based, with some fieldwork required.

Your role will be to assist with the planning and execution of field studies related to renewable energy, state & local, transportation and land development.

This position is available at the below levels and title will be based on years of relevant experience or expertise:

  • Associate Project Archaeologist – typically at least 5 years of related experience or expertise
  • Project Archaeologist – typically at least 7 years of related experience or expertise

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What you will accomplish

  • Following a standardized procedure, conducts archaeological desktop studies, including review of background data, project information, archaeological sensitivity, and land ownership.
  • Conducts data QA/QC, organization, and tracking; collects field data using tablets and geodes.
  • Supervises fieldwork, including archaeological survey, testing, data recovery, and/or construction monitoring and ensures quality and completeness of data collected.
  • Prepares professional reports and site forms, conducts research and literature reviews.
  • Takes initiative, resolves problems, and creates improved procedures to ensure that tasks are completed in the most effective and efficient manner.
  • Maintains SWCA’s high standard of scientific ethics and quality assurance, and is motivated to identify and resolve problems in creative ways.
  • Works independently, and work well with others as part of a team.

Experience and qualifications for success

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Archaeology, Anthropology or a closely related field.
  • Minimum of five to seven years of field experience working as a field archaeologist.
  • Participation in an accredited field school or equivalent experience.
  • Experience with the application of standard archaeological survey and excavation techniques.
  • Proficient with industry standard word processing and spreadsheet software.
  • Experience in preparing technical reports.


  • Master’s Degree in a related field.
  • Experience providing QA/QC review of field documents, site forms and reports.
  • Experience leading crews of field technicians on a variety of project types and sizes, regions and agencies.

Additional Information:

  • Valid Driver’s License in good standing.
  • Ability to travel and conduct fieldwork for long hours (sometimes in inclement weather and rugged terrain) and able to carry equipment weighing up to 40 pounds.


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.

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EOE – women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

An employee in this Half Moon Bay, CA based position can expect an hourly rate of $34.80–$44.40 for the Associate Project Archaeologist level. The Project Archaeologist role is salaried and an employee at this level can expect an annual range of $80,496-$102,960/year. 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.