Underwater Archaeological Diver


AECOM is actively seeking a highly talented Underwater Archaeological Diver. The underwater archaeological diver conducts field work consisting of scientific archaeological diving; implements archaeological inventory, evaluation, and data recovery efforts; analyzes prehistoric and historic artifacts and prepares notes and reports about the outcome. They may utilize GIS, GPS, remote sensing data, geophysical data, topographic maps, site records, and reports and are adept at underwater archaeological data collection techniques. Field projects are primarily located in the U.S. but could be located anywhere in world.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Performs fieldwork consisting of scientific archaeological diving including monitoring, data collection, and excavation and can perform laboratory analysis and interpretation as necessary.
  • Provides logistical support to field directors (assembles equipment and supplies, organizes paperwork, etc.).
  • Collects information and makes judgments through observation, interviews, and the review of documents and data.
  • Supports field directors and other supervisors as needed in producing reports that record site history, methodology and artifact analysis results, along with recommendations for conserving and interpreting findings (writes report sections, prepares graphics, etc.).
  • Has ability to perform bending, kneeling, standing, and lifting and carrying objects weighing 50 lbs. and have a tolerance for working outdoors in near and offshore environments and on boats/ships.
  • Works with technical field, lab and office staff, managers, and administrative staff to ensure that projects meet AECOM quality standards.


Minimum Requirements:

  • BA/BS with 2 + years of experience in Nautical Archaeology or Anthropology with a specialization in underwater archaeology or demonstrated equivalency of experience and / or education.
  • 2 years of underwater archaeological experience including shipwreck documentation, ship reconstruction, submerged precontact resources, and archaeological conservation.
  • Low or no visibility diving experience
  • Diving physical and/or HAZWOPER physical
  • Rescue Diver or higher certification
  • Valid Driver’s License with Clean Driving Record.
  • Due to the nature of the work US Citizenship is required.

Preferred Requirements

  • MA/MS/PhD in Nautical Archaeology or Anthropology with a specialization in underwater archaeology
  • American Academy of Underwater Science (AAUS) scientific diver certification
  • Emergency O2 training; First Aid and CPR training with AED
  • Full Face Mask experience or certification
  • Cold water diving experience
  • Dry Suit experience or certification

Additional Information

Colorado’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Act requires employers to provide the following compensation and benefits information for positions that may be performed in Colorado:

Offered rate of compensation (Colorado locations only) will be based on individual education, qualifications, experience, and work location. The salary range for this position is: $25 – $45/ HR.

Offered rate of compensation (Washington DC, California, Washington & New York City) will be based on individual education, qualifications, experience, and work location. The salary range for this position is: $25 – $45/ HR.

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.

  • ​​​​​​​Relocation is not available for this position.
  • Sponsorship is not available for this position.

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

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ReqID: J10086523

Business Line: Environment

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: East

Career Area: Science

Work Location Model: Remote

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