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AECOM Senior Archaeologist in Orange, California

Company Description

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.

We believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

Our clients trust us to bring together the best people, ideas, technical expertise and digital solutions to our work in transportation, buildings, water, the environment and new energy. We’re one global team – 47,000 strong – driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.

Job Description

AECOM is actively seeking a Project Manager/Senior Archaeologist for immediate full-time permanent employment in the Cultural Resources practice in Southern California. The Senior Archaeologist is a core member of the Cultural Resources Program in California, with responsibility for successfully executing projects and leading all aspects of project implementation. This is a regular, full-time, salaried position that will report to the Cultural Resources Team Manager. The Archaeologist may serve as a Field Director or Principal Investigator, based on work experience and education. Candidate will contribute to growth of department through marketing pursuits including proposal preparation, interviews, and business development. Successful marketing experience required.

AECOM is proud to provide our employees with exciting, challenging projects and career opportunities. Imagine working on rewarding projects within a diverse culture and having access to exceptional training and career development opportunities. Working at AECOM means being part of a global team, working with award-winning professionals across the world. We aspire to be a key player on some of the best projects regionally, with opportunities to work on projects nationally or internationally. Our people bring deep industry knowledge to help you succeed.

The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Managing projects with large-scale field efforts (survey, testing, data recovery, and monitoring) and intensive schedules

  • Managing and executing archival research, technical report writing, state and federal archaeological permitting, data collection and compilation, and/or GIS mapping.

  • Operating as primary author or senior reviewer, as appropriate.

  • Managing large-scale compliance monitoring projects requiring adherence to permit conditions.

  • Supervising personnel in the field, office, and laboratory, as needed.

  • Performing project management duties such as forecasting, tracking, accounting updates, invoicing, progress reports, and scheduling.

  • Reviewing contracts for understanding of scope, fee, schedule, and deliverables, and all other contractual obligations

  • Developing work breakdown structure for control and integrity of work to be performed as and defined by the contract.

  • Monitoring and analyzing project costs, commitments, accruals, and changes, and taking corrective action where necessary

  • Liaising and developing positive relationships with clients and other stakeholders.

  • Knowledge of state and federal environmental regulatory framework, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), National Historic Preservation Act, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

  • Organizing data in an efficient and clear manner.

  • Handling multiple tasks and communicating priorities to manager.

  • Operating as primary point of contact for clients and resource agencies on projects, as needed

  • Performing client management duties such as recurring status meetings, milestone check ins, and day-to-day interfacing

  • Working independently and as part of a team

  • Flexibility and willingness to support multiple projects; including occasional travel.

  • Innovation and a problem solving.

  • Supporting career development of individuals in the practice

  • Successfully preparing competitive proposals

  • Participating in interviews with large or small teams for a variety of clients

  • Contributing to growth of practice through business development

About AECOM’s Environment Business Line

Join AECOM to be part of an expert global team who is connected through a well-developed, worldwide, internal technical practice network through which you can learn from and brainstorm with the best in the world. AECOM is an industry-leading, world class environmental firm, and we want you to succeed within it. We respect and encourage your own pathway to excellence via our Freedom to Grow initiative.

AECOM is known for our award-winning technical excellence, leading-edge science and innovative project delivery. We provide sustainable solutions for some of the world’s most challenging issues. Our global clients and their projects are diverse and interesting. They span market sectors and geographies and require innovative technical solutions to solve wide-ranging environmental problems within diverse community profiles.

AECOM’s Sustainable Legacies program describes our approach to the environment, social equity and governance (ESG.) We embed sustainability throughout our business and help clients embed sustainable practices into their work. We help clients reduce their impact on the environment, achieve compliance and reduce risks.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • BA/BS in Anthropology, Archaeology, History, or a closely related field plus 6 years of relevant experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education.

  • Meets the Secretary of Interior’s professional qualification standards in Archaeology.

  • Must be willing to travel and conduct fieldwork throughout the Southwest.

  • Valid Driver's license is required for this role.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree or PhD in Anthropology, Archaeology, History, or a closely related field preferred.

  • Relevant field experience in the California and/or Western US.

  • Experience with implementing Sections 106 and 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

  • Twelve (12) years of experience in historic and/or prehistoric archaeology and cultural resources management.

  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience in a supervisory capacity in the field or in the office.

  • Experience with career development of junior and mid-level archaeologists.

  • Advanced knowledge in one or more specialty scientific areas (e.g., lithic or faunal analysis; osteology; historical archaeology)

  • Demonstration of excellent technical writing skills, as well as verbal and written communication skills.

  • Experience leading tribal consultation and familiarity with tribal representatives for southern California.

  • Experience supervising large crews and/or multiple crews on a variety of project types and sizes, regions, and agencies.

  • Experience working with interdisciplinary team of subject matter experts and planners.

  • Proven ability to lead proposals and win work.

  • Knowledge of regional and local (southern California) regulations

Additional Information

  • Due to the nature of the work, US Citizenship is required.

  • Offered rate of compensation will be based on individual education, qualifications, experience, and work location. The salary range for this position is $70,000.00 - $129,000.00

With infrastructure investment accelerating worldwide, our services are in great demand, and there’s never been a better time to be at AECOM! Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Join us and let’s get started.

ReqID: J10080125

Business Line: Environment

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: West

Career Area: Science

Work Location Model: Hybrid