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Posted: 04/01/2011

SWCA Environmental Consultants
Cultural Resources

SWCA Environmental Consultants is an employee-owned company of cultural and natural resource scientists and planners. Our professionals specialize in natural and cultural resource management, environmental planning, regulatory compliance, and sustainability services. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, SWCA has offices throughout the West, Pacific Northwest, Pacific Islands, and provides services on projects throughout the U.S. and its territories. Since 1981, SWCA has achieved a national reputation for providing its clients with professional integrity as well as creative solutions based on sound science. SWCA ranks among Engineering News-Record’s Top 200 Environmental Firms. We offer an informal, team-oriented work environment, competitive salaries, and a competitive benefits package, including a stock ownership plan.

Cultural Resources Principal Investigator
Professional Opportunity
Salt Lake City, UT

We are seeking a Principal Investigator for the Cultural Resources Program in our Salt Lake City, Utah office. The ideal candidate will assist the Program Director and other Principal Investigators with project coordination and quality control for cultural resource management projects and expand SWCA’s professional reputation in archaeological and historical consulting and research. SWCA also offers participation in our Science Leadership Program in addition to publication bonuses. The Salt Lake City Cultural Resources Program routinely secures projects that offer exciting opportunities to conduct meaningful research. This is a regular, full-time salaried position and will report to the Cultural Resources Program Director. Salary will be based on individual qualifications and experience.


The Cultural Resources Principal Investigator responsibilities include:

• Author and review survey and excavation reports, site recording forms, research designs, treatment plans, and other technical documents;

• Oversee all aspects of field research, data collection, inventory, analysis, and final report production;

• Remain current with agency protocol for conducting cultural resources work, particularly in Utah, Nevada, and Idaho, Maintain good working relationships with state and federal agency contacts and clients;

• Help develop and maintain the SWCA quality assurance/quality control program and ensure that all fieldwork, analysis, and report production is conducted in accordance with SWCA and agency standards and guidelines;

• Assist with training and mentoring cultural resources staff;

• Assist with budgets and prepare proposals;

• Take initiative, resolve problems, and create improved procedures to ensure that tasks are completed in the most effective manner;

• Work closely with SWCA’s other managers and directors, in the Salt Lake Office and in all offices throughout the company, to promote SWCA’s business interests in adherence to its mission, vision, and values;

• Promote SWCA in the scientific community through professional presentations, participation in professional conferences, and coordinating the participation of other staff members in professional conferences.


• Ph.D. in archaeology strongly preferred. Individuals with a completed Ph.D. will be given priority, though ABD individuals or individuals with an M.A. and extensive experience will be considered;

• Past peer-reviewed publication record and conference presentation experience preferred;

• Emphasis in Great Basin archaeology preferred;

• A current technical specialization (e.g., lithic analysis, GIS, architectural history, etc.);

• At least five (5) years supervisory and fieldwork experience;

• Ability to be permitted by Public Lands Policy Coordination Office (PLPCO) and Utah Bureau of Land Management (BLM) preferred. Ability to be listed on various federal and state cultural resource permits in other states a plus;

• Listed as a Registered Professional Archaeologist or qualified for RPA listing;

• Experience with report review and a solid background of scheduling and budgeting of projects related to cultural resources;

• Exceptional technical writing skills and a record of completing and editing technical reports in a timely fashion;

• Experience with Section 106;

• Ability to work independently as well as oversee small or large projects by working closely with Field Managers and Project Managers;

• Adept at working with a variety of colleagues, clients, and agency representatives;

• A commitment to fiscal and scheduling responsibilities for projects of all sizes and scopes;

• Must demonstrate completion, at a PI level, of a minimum of one (three or more a plus) testing or data recovery excavation projects involving primarily prehistoric archeological investigations and preparation of final reports consistent with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation. Projects shall have been performed under the jurisdiction of the National Historic Preservation Act.

SWCA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans to apply.

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How to apply
Resumes received through our online application system will receive priority consideration. Please use the link to apply online. By clicking on new resume you can upload your cover letter and resume. If you need assistance or accommodations to apply, please contact us at recruiting@swca.com. Visit SWCA’s web site, www.swca.com, and discover why SWCA is a great place to work for environmental professionals interested in sound science and creative solutions.

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