Position Details

Archaeologist/Cultural Resources Specialist

ID: ACA-019 Location: ANY CITY/TBD Program: ACE
Wage/Hr: $25.00 Hours/Week: 20 Minimum Age: 55


MA/MS Degree in Archaeology, Anthropology or related field. OR Minimum of 15 year(s) of experience in cultural resources work

  • Must meet DOI Requirements for archaeology, and be able to access CA CHRIS Centers.
  • Knowledge of cultural resources processes, including site survey/assessment protocol and report writing.
  • Valid California driver’s license required.
  • Registered Professional Archaeologist accreditation preferred.
  • Experience required with MS Word, MS Excel
  • GPS and GIS skills required for gathering in-field data and map development in ArcGIS.


This position can be done remotely and will be primarily involve work in the Central Valley/Sierra region of California, but may involve travel elsewhere in the state. Provide technical support to the NRCS Archaeologists and Cultural Resources Technicians, utilizing an advanced understanding of anthropological and archaeological field techniques in connection with locating, testing and evaluating cultural resource sites. Conducts pre-field office research, field surveys and site evaluations, using a variety of reference materials, interviews with source individuals, aerial photographs, and technical instruments. Searches areas of proposed projects for evidence of historic and prehistoric remains. Determines exact location of sites and marks them on maps and aerial photographs. Records information on site survey form and prepares an archaeological reconnaissance report needed for evaluation and management of the project. Ensures that work assignments are carried out in safe and timely manner according to established standards and procedures. Prepares timely survey reports to reviewing Cultural Resources Specialists and/or District Conservationists in support of environmental compliance documentation and project management.

  • Works as a team member with the field archaeologist, CRT’s, and District Conservationist’s to schedule work and meet priorities. 50%
  • Conduct record searches and field reviews of conservation practice sites 30%
  • Write reports and prepares site records to document findings 20%


  • Selected candidate required under NRCS policy to complete Cultural Resources Training Modules 1-8. This is a one-time requirement.
  • Training in NRCS CR procedures as well as business tools will be provided as needed
  • Overnight travel: Up to eight nights of travel per month, depending on project locations.
  • Air travel anticipated: Occasional