Position Announcement: Cultural Resources Principal Investigator


Cultural Resources Principal Investigator

Job Summary:

SWCA Environmental Consultants is seeking a Principal Investigator for the Cultural Resources Program in our Honolulu, Hawaii, office.

The ideal candidate will assist the Honolulu Office Director and the California-Pacific Islands (CALPAC) Cultural Resources Program Director, Archaeology and Architectural History Team Leads, and Project Managers with project work, staff mentorship, and business development. Project work will primarily consist of report review and quality control for cultural resource management projects, as well as the development of research designs and scopes of work.

The successful candidate will be experienced and established as a professional archaeologist in Hawaii, and will expand SWCA’s professional reputation in archaeological and historical consulting in the Pacific region. This is a regular, full-time salaried position and will report to the Pacific Islands Director. Salary will be based on individual qualifications and experience.

What you will accomplish:

  • Serve as primary author on large technical reports, research designs, treatment plans, and other technical documents.
  • Conduct content edits of technical reports and site forms.
  • Assist with training and mentoring cultural resources staff in topics including NRHP/HRHP eligibility, implementation of research designs, and site recording protocols.
  • Help maintain the SWCA quality assurance/quality control program and ensure that all fieldwork, analysis, and report production is conducted in accordance with the QA/QC plan.
  • Remain current with agency protocol for conducting cultural resources work, particularly in Hawaii.
  • Oversee technical aspects of field research, data collection, inventory, analysis, and final report production.
  • Take initiative, resolve problems, and create improved procedures to ensure that tasks are completed in the most effective manner.
  • Comply with SWCA and client safety programs, and assist in the development of such programs.
  • Maintain good working relationships with state and federal agency contacts and clients.
  • Work closely with SWCA’s other principal investigators, managers, and directors in the Pasadena office and in all offices throughout the company, to promote SWCA’s business interests in adherence to its mission, vision, and values.
  • Promote SWCA in the scientific community through professional presentations, participation in professional conferences, and coordinating the participation of other staff members in professional conferences.
  • Additional project management duties that may be assigned, as needed: manage budgets, prepare proposals, interact with clients, and manage staff.

Education & Experience:

  • D. or Master’s Degree in anthropology, archaeology, or closely related field.
  • Emphasis in Hawaii/Pacific archaeology and a current technical specialization (e.g., historical archaeology, lithic analysis, GIS, architectural history, osteology, etc.).
  • Exceptional technical writing skills and a record of completing and editing technical reports in a timely fashion.
  • Past peer-reviewed publication record and conference presentation experience preferred
  • At least five (5) years supervisory and fieldwork experience.
  • Listed as a Registered Professional Archaeologist (or qualified for RPA status).
  • Currently permitted by the Hawaii State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD) (Permit to Conduct Archaeological Activities in the State of Hawaii); former permit holders considered.
  • Experience with content edits of reports and a solid background of scheduling and budgeting of projects related to cultural resources.
  • Ability to coordinate personnel and other resources within budgetary constraints.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a team member and to effectively train and mentor junior staff.
  • Experience with NEPA, HEPA, and Section 106; CRM experience in California or other states is a plus.
  • Experience with Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapters 6E ‐ 3, 6E ‐ 7, 6E ‐ 8 and 6E ‐ 42 as amended and implemented through Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR, Title 13, Chapters 13 ‐ 275 through 286 and Chapter 13 ‐ 300).
  • Ability to work independently as well as oversee small or large projects by working closely with Field Directors and Project Managers.
  • Adept at working with a variety of colleagues, clients, and agency representatives.
  • A commitment to fiscal and scheduling responsibilities for projects of all sizes and scopes.
  • Must demonstrate completion, at a PI level, of a minimum of one testing or data recovery excavation project (three or more projects a plus) involving primarily archaeological investigations and preparation of final reports consistent with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation. Projects shall have been performed under the jurisdiction of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Interested candidates are highly encouraged to apply on our website:  https://careers-swca.icims.com/jobs/10210/cultural-resources-principal-investigator/job.

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