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AECOM Senior Archaeologist/ Archaeology Supervisor in Sacramento, California

Company Description

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There has never been a better time to be at AECOM. With accelerating infrastructure investment worldwide, our services are in great demand. We invite you to bring your bold ideas and big dreams and become part of a global team of nearly 50,000 planners, designers, engineers, scientists, digital innovators, program and construction managers and other professionals delivering projects that create a positive and tangible impact around the world.

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Job Description

AECOM is seeking a Senior Archaeologist/Archaeology Supervisor to join our team in our Sacramento, CA office. The Senior Archaeologist/Archaeology Supervisor would coordinate closely with the Sacramento architectural historians and would be a key member of the Northern California Cultural Resources Group which also includes staff in AECOM’s Oakland and San Francisco offices. The successful candidate would be a core member of the AECOM cultural resources practice and would work closely with AECOM’s team of cultural resource specialists in southern California, Arizona, the Pacific Northwest, and Hawaii.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Coordinating and implementing technical work, conducting technical reviews, and expanding our cultural resource team in Sacramento.

  • Knowledge of state and federal environmental regulatory framework, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

  • Business development, including prospective client outreach, participation in interviews, and scope and budget development.

  • Contributing to technical approaches and cost estimates for proposals.

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

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

  • 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.

  • Effectively manage schedules and budgets for several simultaneous assignments.

  • Collection and compilation of cultural resources data in support of CEQA and NEPA, and Section 106.

  • Work closely with Project Managers, staff, agencies, and clients to accomplish project objectives.

  • Successfully manage cultural resources tasks on both large and small projects.

  • Supervise cultural resource staff and project teams in the field, office, and laboratory, as needed.

  • Interview and hire temporary and full-time archaeology staff for the Sacramento office.

  • Complete cultural resource assignments with strong attention to detail.

  • Coordinate with Federal, State, and local agencies on project issues related to cultural resources.

  • Perform technical data analysis and reporting for various CEQA, NEPA and project permitting documents.

  • Obtain permits from federal land management agencies and state agencies to access their confidential records and utilize them in report writing.

  • Work with tribes and support federal, State, and local agency tribal consultations.

  • Work on interdisciplinary teams of subject matter experts and planners.

  • Complete project management training to become a certified AECOM project manager.

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.



  • BA/BS in Anthropology, Archaeology, or related field plus 6 years of relevant experience in demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education in historic and/or prehistoric archaeology and cultural resources management.

  • Current valid driver’s license is required.


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

  • 10 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.

  • Meet the Secretary of the Interior’s professional qualification standards for Archaeology.

  • Experience managing or mentoring staff at all levels.

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

  • Demonstrated knowledge of state and federal environmental regulatory framework for cultural resources, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and California cultural resources rules and regulations.

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

  • Experience managing cultural resources management projects, including budgets, scheduling, and scopes of work.

  • Experience leading/assisting with tribal consultation and familiarity with tribal representatives for California tribes.

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with colleagues, agencies, and clients.

  • Proficiency in the use of GPS receivers and associated devices (e.g. tablets) for GPS data collection.

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

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

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

Additional Information

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

  • Offered rate of compensation (California locations only) will be based on individual education, qualifications, experience, and work location. The salary range for this position is $92,000.00 - $160,000.00.

AECOM is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our employees. Depending on your employment status, AECOM benefits may include medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D and disability benefits, paid time off, leaves of absence, voluntary benefits, perks, wellness and global well-being, and global EAP, Business Travel and Service Awards programs.


AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $13.1 billion in fiscal year 2022. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

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.

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

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

ReqID: J10097406

Business Line: Environment

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: West

Career Area: Science

Work Location Model: Hybrid