FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS), an ADEC Innovation, is focused on improving the world we live in by advancing sustainable practices globally. It's our goal to improve the lives of all people we work with, whether they are clients, partners or colleagues. By joining FCS, you will work with highly skilled, technical teams that are dedicated to doing what it takes to meet our clients' needs. FCS is focused on advancing the skills and experiences of our staff and has opportunities that expand the globe.
FCS is seeking a Senior Archaeologist / Cultural Resources Specialist to join our expanding team in Northern California. The Senior Archaeologist will be responsible for preparing project proposals, conducting Phase I assessments, performing records searches and field surveys, consulting with Native American tribes, communicating with clients and lead agencies, conducting Phase II/Phase III testing and data recovery, field monitoring, managing teams of field monitors, preparing Phase IV monitoring reports, curating collections, and preparing written documentation of cultural resources studies and impact assessments adherent to California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and/or Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).
Duties and Responsibilities
- Solicits and reviews Request for Proposals (RFP) from clients and lead agencies to determine project needs for cultural resources evaluations and prepares project-specific proposals for the appropriate cultural resources compliance documents
- Conducts records searches in conjunction with the California Historical Resources Information System (CHRIS) Information Centers (IC) and reviews regional literature, historic maps, historic aerial photographs, and assessor parcel information
- Performs field surveys, assembles and manages larger survey teams when necessary, collects and analyses data, and records resources in the appropriate Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) forms
- Carries out field work, consultation, and reporting requirements specifics for various lead agencies including, but not limited to: local city and county lead agencies under CEQA; state lead agencies such as California Department of Transportation (CalTrans); and federal lead agencies such as United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and Bureau of Reclamation
- Authors and reviews Phase I and Phase II Cultural Resources Assessments (CRA), cultural resources components of Initial Studies (IS) or Environmental Impact Reports (EIR), Historical Property Survey Reports (HPSR), and Archaeological Survey Reports (ASR)
- Prepares Data Recovery Programs (DRP) for projects requiring Phase II testing or Phase III excavation
- Conducts Phase II and Phase III investigations to lead agency standards, which may include, but is not limited to: site delineation and GIS/GPS mapping, artifact plotting, drawing site sketch maps and taking field photos, surface collection, excavating Shovel Test Probes (STP), excavating Test Units (TU), recording depth and strata levels with off-set measurements, soil screening and sampling, artifact labeling and packaging, preparing artifact catalogs, artifact and assemblage analysis and interpretation, and artifact curation
- Authors and/or reviews Phase II testing and Phase III excavation reports, with all pertinent field data included and analyzed, to lead agency standards
- Attends pre-construction meetings with contractor, client, lead agency and interested tribal parties in order to determine pre-established Mitigation Measures (MM) or Conditions of Approval (CoA) for grading or excavation projects requiring cultural resources monitoring
- Prepares Mitigation Monitoring Plans (MMP), Paleontological Resource Impact Management Plans (PRIMP), and Unanticipated Discovery Plans (UDP), as needed
- Conducts and/or manages cultural resources monitoring and records resources in the appropriate Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) forms, conducts additional Phase II testing or Phase III excavation if needed
- Educates clients about compliance with cultural resource regulations, advises clients on options to minimize impacts on known cultural resources, and recommends courses of action based on regulatory compliance and professional interpretations
- Authors and/or reviews Phase IV monitoring close out reports, with all pertinent field data included and analyzed, to lead agency standards
- Assists in marketing FCS cultural resources services as well as participates in marketing and business development activities
- Assist in monitoring staff’s workload, schedules, project budgets, and participates in screening and interviewing prospective candidates for technical staff positions in the Cultural Resources Management Division
- Has highly efficient and productive working habits and can handle multiple assignments simultaneously
- Demonstrates excellent analytical and verbal communication skills
- Have superior skills in preparing written documents
- Effectively negotiates sufficient fees and determines contract terms
- Prepares clear and appropriate scopes of work
- Supervises establishment of subcontracts and ensures timely and successful subcontractor performance
- Effectively supervises, trains, and enhances the capabilities of peers and subordinates
- Demonstrates leadership skills by taking initiative, motivating and helping others, sharing pertinent knowledge, emphasizing teamwork, and providing feedback
- Proactively and creatively adapts to new work-related challenges
- Maintains a highly professional image in all work-related activities
- Registration with the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) is a plus, as is involvement with professional organizations and institutions.
- Working familiarity with GIS/GPS programs such as Google Earth, ArcGIS, ArcMap, and use of .kml and .kmz files
- Expertise in MS Word, Excel and Adobe Acrobat with familiarity in MS Access
- Reliable transportation to travel to project sites and meetings as needed
- Familiarity with Deltek Vision a plus.
Education and Experience
- Bachelor of Science/Arts degree in Archaeology, Paleontology, or Architectural History. M.A. preferred.
- Minimum of 5 years’ experience as a professional Archaeologist (SOI Qualified)
- Experience supervising laboratory and/or field crews
- Expertise in northern California Archaeology or Paleontology with recognition among the regional scientific community, and general knowledge of the other Cultural Resources disciplines
- Familiarity with information resources in the scientific community, including other archaeologists and paleontologists, college and university programs, research centers and libraries, and data repositories
- Expertise with sections relating to cultural resources in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the California Public Resources Code (PRC), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA), the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), and the Mitigation Guidelines of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontologists
- Understands field work, consultation, and reporting requirements specifics for various lead agencies including, but not limited to: local city and county lead agencies under CEQA; state lead agencies such as California Department of Transportation (Caltrans); and federal lead agencies such as United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and Bureau of Reclamation (USBR)
The position operates both in professional office settings and in outdoor setting relating to archaeological fieldwork. Staff should be equally comfortable in both environments.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Physical requirements for the position include the ability to lift 50lbs, use archaeological equipment for digging, sifting, sorting, etc. Ability to hike uneven terrain over distances in excess of 5 miles.
FCS International, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
FCS offers competitive salaries with opportunities for personal and professional development. If you want to work in a collaborative, creative work environment where you can provide meaningful contributions while being challenged to grow on the job, then you are encouraged to apply!
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