Archaeological Field Technician

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Your Opportunity

Your role will include archaeological survey, testing, evaluation, data recovery, and construction monitoring, as well as other tasks as assigned. The position requires shovel testing, test unit excavation, soil profile description, artifact analyses, preparation of detailed field notes and archaeological site records. Candidates must be able and willing to work outdoors in remote locations and for extended periods under all weather conditions, often traversing rugged terrain. Must demonstrate awareness for workplace safety; and be willing to work independently when conditions are appropriate or with limited supervision.

The Archaeologist will work closely with Stantec's project managers, laboratory resources and environmental staff.

Your Key Responsibilities

  • Identify and record areas of archeological potential, archaeological sites, and traditional use sites
  • You may also be responsible for management and supervision of archaeological projects, including survey, site evaluation, and site mitigation.
  • Write permit applications, interim reports, final reports and site forms
  • Actively participate in Stantec's HSSE programs
  • Responsible for specific objectives and the achievement of significant results.
  • Implementation of research designs, work plans, schedules, fieldwork, and analysis and reporting.
  • Studies objects and structures recovered by excavation to identify, date, and authenticate them and to interpret their significance.
  • Consults site reports, existing artifacts, and topographic maps to identify archaeological sites.
  • Assesses archaeological sites for resource management, development, or conservation purposes and recommend methods for site protection.
  • Monitors field procedures and contribute to Research Designs, Treatment Plans, and other technical documents.
  • Creates a grid of sites and draw and update maps of unit profiles, stratum surfaces, features, and findings.
  • Records the exact locations and conditions of artifacts uncovered in diggings or surveys, using drawings and photographs as necessary.
  • Describes artifacts' physical properties or attributes, such as the materials from which artifacts are made and their size, shape, functions, and decoration.
  • Ensures that all fieldwork, analysis, and report production is conducted within quality control/quality assurance program.
  • Assists with mapping responsibilities in the field, including collection of GPS data using Trimble units (ArcPad experience is a plus).

Your Capabilities and Credentials
  • Proficient in policies and procedures for HSSE, including client-specific training, leads by example, and applies these policies and procedures as appropriate to their work.
  • Solid skills in technical writing.
  • Observing and developing skills in communications and technical information exchange with clients, engineers and scientists, government regulators and agencies, and academia, as well as non-technical communication to the public.
  • Able to build strong relationships with key clients with respect to their technical area and the broader business objectives in their regions.
  • Builds and maintains productive professional and personal networking relationships.
  • Drives collaborative efforts within the Business Center and beyond to deliver consistent, high quality and appropriately scoped technical work.
  • At least two years of experience successfully executing technical aspects of small to medium projects.
  • Good driving record and valid driver's license required.

Education and Experience


degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, or related field.

Minimum 2 years related experience, or an equivalent combination of

education (e.g., advanced degree) and experience. (For

the Seattle and/or Portland positions)

Master's degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, or

related field. Minimum of 2 year related experience. Experience in Alaska

preferred. (For the Alaska Position)

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.

Ability to lift and move items and equipment up to 50 lbs.

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.

Stantec is a place where the best and brightest come to build on each other's talents, do exciting work, and make an impact on the world around us. Join us and redefine your personal best.

Job: Archaeologist

Primary Location: United States-Oregon-Portland

Other Locations: United States-California-Sacramento, United States-California-San Jose, United States-California-San Francisco

Employee Status: Temporary

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Travel: Yes, 75 % of the Time

Schedule: Part-time

Req ID: 190003BD

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