Submerged Pre-Contact Archaeologist/Geoarchaeologist (OSW)

SEARCH has an immediate opening for a Submerged Pre-Contact Archaeologist/Geoarchaeologist to join our Offshore Wind Sector to support offshore wind projects throughout the nation.

The position will be responsible for processing and interpreting marine geophysical data (including magnetometer/gradiometer side-scan sonar, sub-bottom profiler/seismic, and multibeam echosounder), with a specialization in subsurface data interpretation and paleolandscape reconstruction for the identification of ancient submerged landform features. The position also requires knowledge of the acquisition and processing of geoarchaeological cores from a marine environment, travel to various processing laboratories, and occasional monitoring on a marine survey contractor vessel during core acquisition. The candidate will have solid technical writing skills and the ability to produce reports for review by subject matter experts on behalf of federal, state, and tribal agencies under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. The candidate also will be detail-oriented and organized, work well with others, and be able to work efficiently on simultaneous projects under tight deadlines.

This is a full-time salaried position based out of our Pensacola, FL office, though accommodations for remote work may be considered on an individual basis depending on the candidate’s location and qualifications. We provide a flexible work environment, a professional and collaborative atmosphere, and a wide range of projects and opportunities for our staff. SEARCH offers a competitive total compensation package with strong health and wellness and retirement plans. Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance, group term life insurance, 401(k) plan with match, 10 paid holidays per year, and unlimited paid time off (PTO). Pay is commensurate with education and experience.

In this role, the successful candidate will:

  • Maintain the highest professional image for our clients, coworkers, media, and general public;
  • Complete work under budgetary assignment and project and permitting timelines;
  • Communicate project status and developments with Offshore Wind Sector Leader, Principal Investigators, and Project Managers;
  • Assist with the development of project-specific research designs;
  • Support GIS, data analyses, and reporting for offshore wind projects;
  • Perform offshore wind specific laboratory work and analyses;
  • Extended travel to non-local laboratories to process geoarchaeological cores;
  • Occasional extended time as a QMA monitor on an offshore vessel;
  • Uphold the highest reporting standards; and
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Master’s degree in Anthropology, History, Historical Archaeology, or a related field; Experience within a maritime archaeology environment encompassing time in field, laboratory, and office (graduate field school acceptable);
  • Knowledge in the acquisition, processing, and interpretation of sub-bottom profiler/seismic data;
  • Experience with geophysical acquisition and processing software (e.g., Chesapeake Technology SonarWiz);
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite;
  • Familiarity with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (Title 54 U.S.C. § 306108) and its implementing regulations (36 CFR Part 800); and
  • Superior technical writing ability.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Background/training in sedimentology and stratigraphy, particularly in a marine environment;
  • Experience with the collection, processing, and documentation of sediment cores from submerged environments;
  • Familiarity with geologic ground models;
  • Experience engaging with Native American Tribes/Tribal Nations;
  • Proficient with S&P Global (formerly IHS Markit) Kingdom software (Seismic Direct and Geophysics) and Esri ArcGIS;
  • Magnetometer, side-scan sonar, and multibeam echosounder data acquisition, processing, and interpretation;
  • Experience preparing reports for government agency review; and
  • Familiarity with the National Environmental Policy Act (Title 42 U.S.C. § 4321 et seq.) and NEPA Substitution for Section 106 (36 CFR § 800.8).

Application Requirements:

  • Cover letter;
  • CV/resume;
  • Minimum of three professional references; and
  • Writing sample (upon request).
  • Supplementary materials may be submitted to Please include the Job Posting code (SG-OSW-2023) in the subject line of your email.

Other Important Need-To-Know Info:

  • Must be willing to occasionally travel out of town at a moment’s notice for extended periods of time.
  • Applicants must be eligible to be employed in the United States.
  • Applicants must have a valid Driver’s License and reliable transportation.
  • Pay is commensurate with education and experience.
  • SEARCH is strongly committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where a variety of backgrounds, cultures, orientations, ideas, and talents can flourish.
  • SEARCH is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
  • SEARCH is an Affirmative Action Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace.
  • Employment offers are contingent upon satisfactory verification of criminal, education, driving, and/or employment background checks, as well as passing results from a pre‑employment drug screen.
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