Requisition Number : IE82644
Interest Category : Environmental/Sciences
Interest Sub Category : Archaeology
Job Title : Underwater Archaeologist
Employment Category/Status : full-time
Type of Position : Temporary
Country : U.S.
State : Maryland
City : Germantown
Minimum Requirements : M.A. or M.S., in Anthropology, Nautical Archaeology, or related field, and a minimum 9 years of underwater and terrestrial archaeological experience including shipwreck documentation, ship reconstruction, and archaeological conservation; must meet Secretary of Interior (SOI) standards (36 CFR 61) in archaeology. The candidate will have DAN O2 training, SCUBA First Aid and CPR training with AED, dry suit training, and Advanced Open Water and Rescue Diver certifications. The candidate will be well versed in standard and advanced underwater and nautical archaeological techniques for all phases of archaeological investigations with specific experience with underwater pipelines. The candidate must be prepared for field, lab, and office tasks, including data analysis and report writing within a NEPA or European ESIA regulatory environment. Successful candidate will have demonstrated skills in the successful execution of underwater archaeology and marine remote sensing projects. The candidate must have supervisory experience on all phases of archaeological projects, as well as skills in personnel and project management and must have excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication, data organization, attention to detail, and logistics coordination skills; must be able to mentor and guide staff in underwater/nautical projects. Field projects could be located anywhere in the US and will include overseas deployment; travel will be required. Valid Driver’s License required. Candidate will have demonstrated capability to write technical reports, and writing sample will be required. US Citizenship requirement because of work on federal contracts. Qualified applicants who are offered a position must pass a pre-employment substance abuse test.
Job Description : The Cultural Resources Group of URS is actively seeking a creative, highly talented Underwater Archaeologist for employment through the Germantown, Maryland office, for project work throughout the United States and overseas. The appropriately qualified applicant will be able to demonstrate an established career in Archaeology. URS is proud to provide our employees with exciting, challenging projects.
The Underwater Archaeologist will provide support to cultural resource projects throughout the US and on international work, as available. The Underwater Archaeologist will have extensive knowledge of data collection and field techniques, implement archaeological inventory, evaluation, and data recovery efforts, analyze artifacts, and assist in the scoping of archaeological projects and prepare and quality review compliance reports. The Underwater Archaeologist will provide regulatory compliance support for International, Federal, state, municipal, and/or commercial clients. The Underwater Archaeologist will be able to serve as a Field Director, Task Manager, or Principal Investigator and be experienced in the successful execution of underwater archaeology and marine remote sensing projects as well as in personnel and project management. The Underwater Archaeologist will be working predominantly with the underwater team, but will report to the Archaeology Program Manager. The Underwater Archaeologist will support underwater archaeology projects, work closely with junior and senior staff, and work independently in field situations as necessary. This position supports all phases of archaeological investigation and regulatory compliance.
This position will include manual labor including excavation with hydraulic dredges and moving field equipment while on vessels or underwater. The Underwater Archaeologist should have the ability to perform bending, kneeling, standing, and lifting and carrying objects weighing 50 lbs repeatedly and must have a tolerance for working in outdoor environments in a wide range of weather conditions.
The position may also include project-specific medium to long-term deployments to field sites and/or client offices.
• Performs remote sensing data collection, diving and archaeological fieldwork, laboratory analysis, documentation, and interpretation focusing on the identification and evaluation of archaeological resources, writing determinations of eligibility and assessing effects on historic properties;
• Leads crews and serves as Field Director, Task Manager, or Principal Investigator, including scheduling work and making individual or team work assignments and leading the instruction of others in the use of equipment, technology, and field methods;
• Communicates and coordinates with Historic Preservation Specialists regarding identified archaeological issues;
• Coordinates with governmental agencies and other interested parties regarding applicable state, national, and international laws and regulations;
• Coordinates with clients and International subcontractors or Governments regarding ESIA consultation
• Coordinates with clients and subcontractors;
• Writes and quality review technical archaeological reports and coordinates with involved parties to assist in making decisions about project alternatives and the resolution of adverse effects to historic resources and cultural heritage;
• Collects information and makes judgments through observation, interviews, and the review of documents;
• Works with technical field, lab and office staff, managers and administrative staff to ensure that projects meet URS quality standards.