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Posted: 06/05/2015

Applied EarthWorks, Inc.
Historical Archaeology Program

Founded in 1995, Applied EarthWorks, Inc. specializes in history, archaeology, paleontology, historic preservation, and cultural resources management. Current laws and regulations mandate consideration of prehistoric and historical remains. Our company uses a variety of procedures to manage these resources without impeding progress. Through effective communication, technical expertise, efficient project management, and creative solutions, Applied EarthWorks makes it possible to build for the future without sacrificing our cultural heritage.

Associate Historical Archaeologist
Professional Opportunity
San Luis Obispo, CA

Applied EarthWorks, Inc. (∆) has an immediate opening for a Historical Archaeologist. This is a regular, full-time position. ∆ is a consulting firm with several locations throughout California and Oregon that specializes in cultural resource management (CRM), including prehistoric and historical archaeology, paleontology, and architectural history. We recognize that our staff is our greatest asset and we are committed to providing a collegial, professional, and positive work environment. Our high staff retention rate demonstrates our commitment to a fair and equitable workplace where employees can thrive. We take pride in providing a great place to work and are looking to add another Historical Archaeologist to our stellar team.

Required Duties and Skills:

The successful candidate will prepare proposals; develop and implement research designs and treatment plans; supervise field excavations and material cultural analyses; write technical reports; and maintain project schedules and budgets in consultation with the Historical Archaeology Program Manager. The ability to coordinate with clients is essential.†

Applicants should have experience directing testing and data recovery excavations at historic period sites, performing archival research, and preparing technical reports, and should also have an interest in eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and/or twentieth-century research issues and material culture. Experience in urban archaeology, Spanish Mission-era sites, analysis of contemporary historical materials, and familiarity with the Harris Matrix recording system is desired. Having a current Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) certification would be a plus. All applicants must have a minimum of 5 years of prior experience, a strong working knowledge of federal regulations (National Historic Preservation Act [NHPA] and National Environmental Policy Act [NEPA]), and proven written and oral communication skills. Knowledge of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is also important. The successful candidate must demonstrate a strong work ethic, reliability, good communication skills, work well with others, and have the ability to manage multiple projects.


M.A. or PhD degree in historical archaeology and demonstrated ability to manage excavations and reporting of highly complex stratified sites is required. A minimum of 5 years of supervisory or management experience in CRM and a Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) certification in good standing are also required.


∆ offers a wide range of benefits and a competitive compensation package. Eligibility for benefits is earned through length of service and includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, professional development time; 401(k; and health, dental, vision, and life insurance. ∆ is an Employee Owned Firm (ESOP). Salary is commensurate with experience.

Duty Station:†

There is an immediate need for a qualified Historical Archaeologist in ∆s San Luis Obispo office. ∆ has several other offices in California and assignment at another of our California offices may be considered. The applicant must be willing to travel to remote locations.

OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, current vitae, and at least three references to info@appliedearthworks.com to the attention of M. Colleen Hamilton (please reference ďAssociate Historical ArchaeologistĒ in the subject line). Applied EarthWorks is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), creed, national origin, color, disability, disabled veteran status, Vietnam veteran status, religion, age (40 and above), medical condition (cancer-related), marital status, ancestry, or sexual orientation.
M. Colleen Hamilton

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