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Posted: 08/24/2011

SWCA Environmental Consultants
Cultural Resources

SWCA Environmental Consultants is an employee-owned company of environmental professionals who specialize in natural and cultural resource management, environmental planning, and regulatory compliance.

Cultural Resources Collections Manager
Professional Opportunity
Pasadena, CA

We are seeking a Cultural Resources Collections Manager for our Pasadena, California office. This is a regular, full-time, hourly position that will report to the Cultural Resources Program Director. Pay rate will be based on individual qualifications and experience.

The Cultural Resources Collections Manager oversees the intake, cleaning, sorting, cataloging, analysis, conservation, temporary storage, and long-term curation of archaeological and paleontological materials. The Collections Manager will provide leadership and organization for the in-office tasks associated with our cultural resource work under the guidance of the Program Director. This includes oversight of laboratory and storage facilities and staff, data management, and ownership of the chain of custody process. The Collections Manager will coordinate all artifact analysis including sending specimens to appropriate laboratories with all required documentation. She or he will complete all necessary paperwork and artifact labeling associated with curation, remaining current on individual curation facility standards. Knowledge of archival materials and standards for curation, conservation techniques, advanced database construction and use, and artifact photography are essential.

The successful candidate in this role will be a self-starter and detail-oriented individual capable of functioning independently while maintaining communication and collaboration with senior staff. We anticipate the work for this role will be primarily in the office with fieldwork conducted as needed. Pay will be based on individual qualifications and experience.

We offer an informal, team-oriented work environment, competitive wages, and a competitive benefits package, including an employee stock ownership plan (retirement).

Required Skills

• Applicant should have a positive attitude toward diverse work assignments and be team & customer service oriented, self-motivated, flexible, and results driven.

• Applicant should demonstrate a strong work ethic, reliability, and a passion for the organization and precision that deliver consistent high-quality work products.

• Applicant should have strong people skills and reasoning ability to solve practical problems, and must be able to work independently and with project managers, staff, client, and agency representatives.

• Applicant should be able to ‘multi-task’ regularly in a fast-paced environment with multiple deadlines, and possess the ability to anticipate problems early and effectively arrive at resolution.

• Applicant should have demonstrated proficiency in MS-Office, MS-Outlook, Internet/Intranet technologies, and one or more database programs (MS-Access, SQL, etc.).

• Applicant should possess excellent organizational and administrative capabilities, and superior verbal and written communication skills.

• The ability to perform cultural resources technical work in the field, laboratory, and office on an as-needed basis is a plus.

Required Experience

• A bachelor’s degree in anthropology, archaeology, history, or a closely related field. (Master’s degree is strongly preferred)

• Regional experience in California is preferred

• Knowledge of laboratory procedures and state and federal agency permits

• Experience preparing artifacts for museum curation in accordance with federal standards (36 CFR 79)

• At least one area of specialization in analysis (i.e., lithic analysis, faunal analysis)

• An accredited Field School Certification (or equivalent experience) or demonstrated archaeological field experience (with emphasis on knowledge of excavation methods)

• Understanding of relevant regulatory laws and compliance procedures

Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, SWCA has offices throughout the West, Pacific Northwest, and the Pacific Islands. Since its founding in 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. 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
How to Apply: Resumes must be received through our online application system to receive 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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