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Permanent/Full-Time Archaeologist

Website Cultural Surveys Hawai‘i

Seeking Multiple Permanent/Full-Time Archaeologists for O‘ahu Office

Cultural Surveys Hawai‘i, Inc. (CSH) seeks to hire multiple full-time, permanent archaeologists to grow and advance with the company. CSH has 40 years’ experience providing quality cultural resource management (CRM) services throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

Position Description–Archaeologist

The ideal candidate will be a detail-oriented and motivated “jack of all trades,” adept at collecting and reporting data to support archaeological studies. Under the direction of a Project Director or Lead, duties may include:

  • Independently monitoring construction activity on development projects in various environments. This is one of the most common tasks of a CSH Archaeologist
  • Pedestrian survey, including archaeological feature identification, mapping, and recording. This work may involve strenuous physical labor, including hiking over rough terrain and/or through dense vegetation, or vegetation clearing
  • Subsurface survey, including controlled test excavations (test pits), areal excavations, and backhoe assisted testing programs. This work may require excavating by hand using shovels, trowels, picks, or similar tools
  • Working in close proximity to human skeletal remains and assisting Osteologists with tasks related to identified burials
  • Office work, including drafting maps in Adobe Illustrator, fieldwork results write-ups (historic property descriptions, stratigraphic profile descriptions, assessments of historic property significance, etc.), report writing (preparing environmental, background research, and previous archaeology sections)
  • Lab work, including washing artifacts, processing and sorting sediment samples, various curation tasks, and inputting information into the CSH Access database

You should be adaptable, safety-conscious, and willing to work around heavy machinery on busy construction sites. You will be expected to provide detailed records of your work including field forms, hand-drawn profile and plan maps, photographs, and field condition updates in a timely manner.


An undergraduate degree in Anthropology/Archaeology or a related field (e.g., Cultural Resource Management, Hawaiian Studies, History, Historic Preservation, Geology, Geography, Soil Science) is required. Demonstrated experience working in CRM archaeology and completion of an archaeological field school is preferred. Applicants with graduate degrees and/or prior archaeological work experience in Hawai‘i and/or other Pacific Islands are also preferred. You must have a valid driver’s license and will need your own transportation to get to various job sites. Archaeologists are expected to have personal dig kits and survey gear.

Compensation and Benefits

The starting compensation range for this position is $22–$28/hour, commensurate with past experience, skills, and education. Pay packages include medical and dental insurance, a 401(k) program, and a paid time off program.

To Apply

If interested, please submit a resume, three references (with phone and email contacts), and a short technical/descriptive writing sample (preferred examples: excavation summary, archaeological site/feature description, excerpts from academic writing) to CSH, attention Matt McDermott: and

About the Company

Founded in 1982 by Dr. Hallett H. Hammatt, CSH is a growing company with offices on O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, Maui, and the Island of Hawai‘i. Currently, the company comprises over 80 individuals including archaeologists, osteologists, historians, laboratory specialists, cultural researchers, GIS specialists, and a dedicated support staff. This breadth of experience and expertise, along with office locations in all four counties, gives CSH the flexibility to provide qualified personnel for projects through the islands, no matter how large or small. CSH boasts a comprehensive training program, a continuously growing digital library of archaeological, geographical, and historical/cultural references for the Hawaiian Islands and maintains a comprehensive GIS database. Reflecting our commitment to community service, CSH gives public presentations on archaeology, and maintains supportive relationships with many community organizations.

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