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Principal Archaeological Investigator
Horizon is currently seeking qualified applicants to fill a Principal Investigator (PI) position for work in the state of Texas.Candidates with backgrounds in prehistoric and historic archaeology are encouraged to apply.
- Oversee and participate in all aspects of archaeological projects, including proposal development and contracting, staff management, fieldwork, and deliverables, bringing projects in on schedule and within budget. Projects include reconnaissance surveys, impact assessments, intensive surveys, construction monitoring, and excavation projects.
- Travel as necessary within New Mexico and surrounding states to fulfill archaeological fieldwork needs. Smaller projects are typically conducted within the normal work week (Monday to Friday). Larger out-of-town projects may require that field staff work occasional weekends (e.g., tendays).
- Oversee processing of post-field data, including downloading data from GPS devices; processing data from shovel tests, backhoe trenches, and excavation units; uploading digital photographs; reviewing photographic logs; completing archaeological site forms and historic structure forms; and overseeing development of map figures, data tables, and illustrations for technical reports.
- Analyze cultural materials, such as prehistoric lithics, ceramics, faunal/floral remains, and feature data; historic ceramics, metals, and feature data; and historic structures and objects, and supervise subcontractors and specialized analyses of cultural materials, as necessary.
- Supervise laboratory personnel and ensure that archaeological collections are processed, cataloged, analyzed, and curated according to the specifications of the research design and the guidelines of the curation facility where collections will ultimately be housed.
- Evaluate the significance of archaeological sites and historic structures, objects, and districts in terms of their eligibility for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and for listing on applicable state registers.
- Serve as lead author on technical reports, research designs, cultural resources management plans, and other technical documents.
- Assist with marketing and accomplishment of business development goals. Identify and develop clients, solicit and respond to Requests for Proposals (RFPs), prepare Statements of Qualification (SOQs) targeted at various public and private sector markets, establish and maintain relationships with teaming partners and subcontractors, and prepare proposals and cost estimates.
- Assist with training and mentoring cultural resources staff in archaeological survey methods, identification and evaluation of prehistoric and historic cultural resources, site recording protocols, laboratory procedures and protocols, and implementation of research designs.
Required Education & Experience:
- A./M.S. or similar qualifying degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, or a closely related field.
- Meets Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualification Standards for Archaeology.
- Either be currently listed on the New Mexico State Historic Preservation Office Directory of Qualified Supervisory Personnel as a Principal Investigator or meet the qualifications and immediately be able to apply for and be approved for listing as a Principal Investigator.
- Either be currently permitted or meet the qualifications and immediately be able to apply for and be permitted to work in the BLM Southeast New Mexico permit area.
- Minimum of 5 years (8 years preferred) of continuous or equivalent professional experience in Southwestern archaeology, including archaeological survey, shovel testing, construction monitoring, significance testing, excavation, analysis, and technical reporting experience. At least 3 years (5 years preferred) of this prior field experience must have been serving in a management role at the Principal Investigator or equivalent level.
- Prior experience in cultural resources management projects conducted for regulatory compliance purposes.
- Familiarity with state and federal regulations governing cultural resources and heritage management.
- Experience with recording and analyzing prehistoric and historic artifacts, cultural features, archaeological sites, and historic structures and objects.
- The ability to effectively and efficiently manage field, laboratory, and administrative staff to complete projects on schedule and within budget; as well as to work unsupervised, functioning as an effective, self-motivated, and highly capable individual and as a productive, responsive, and enthusiastic project leader.
- Familiarity with GPS devices and digital data collection.
- Meticulous attention to detail, strong note-taking and record-keeping skills, excellent organizational abilities, and strong research, analysis, and interpretive skills.
- Excellent writing skills and ability to organize and present results of archaeological research and regulatory requirements of projects clearly and precisely. Must have documented history of prior technical reports, articles, contributions to multidisciplinary studies, and/or related documents produced for regulatory and/or academic research projects.
- Familiarity with laboratory methods, procedures, and protocols for processing collections of archaeological materials and project records or permanent curation at approved curation facilities and ability to oversee laboratory staff to complete curation projects.
- Possess a valid driver's license.
- Registration as a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA).
- Familiarity with ArcGIS software.
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