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AZTEC Engineering - Principal Investigator

05/11/2024 12:47 | AAC Board Admin (Administrator)

AZTEC is currently seeking qualified Prinicpal Investigators to join our Phoenix, Arizona Cultural Resources Group.

Job Description 

The purpose of this role is to develop and manage archaeological projects of all sizes from start to completion. It also involves managing staff; participating in fieldwork; preparing work plans, research designs, and technical reports; and serving as a technical reviewer. Below is a list of duties for this position.

Primary Duties:

  • Perform archaeological and archival research 
  • Manage projects, including staff, fieldwork, deliverables, schedules, and budgets  
  • Develop, track, and maintain schedules and budgets 
  • Perform archaeological and archival research 
  • Plan for, coordinate, and obtain requisite permitting for all types of field projects and adhere to all applicable agency guidelines/policies 
  • Understand and adhere to project-specific client/agency guidelines and standards for fieldwork and reporting 
  • Direct and participate in all aspects of archaeological investigations, report writing, and administrative duties; oversee analyses 
  • Recruit and manage field technicians 
  • Serve as primary author on technical reports, research designs, treatment plans, and other technical documents 
  • Coordinate effectively with permitting and land managing agencies, as well as subcontractors, and vendors 
  • Foster and maintain positive working relationships with state and federal agency staff, tribes, internal clients and team members 
  • Take initiative, resolve problems, and improve procedures as appropriate to assure tasks are completed effectively 
  • Current understanding of client/agency guidelines and standards for fieldwork and reporting 
  • Assist with business development goals and objectives 
  • Assist with training and mentoring cultural resources staff in topics including Section 106 process, developing historic contexts and research designs, evaluating site eligibility and project effects, and site recording protocols

Job Qualifications (Education, Experience, and Skills): 

  • Minimum of MA or MS in anthropology, archaeology, or a closely related field. PhD preferred.
  • Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA).

  • Meet Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards for Archaeology.

  • Minimum of eight (8) years of experience in Cultural Resource Management (CRM) and a minimum of two (2) years of experience as a principal investigator or project director. 

  • Ability to be permitted as a principal investigator (or equivalent) by federal, tribal, and state (AZ, NV, UT) agencies

  • Ability to keep and maintain accurate and complete records of work conducted

  • Experience organizing and maintaining data, and completing archaeological site and excavation forms

  • Ability to conduct archaeological research and analysis

  • Experience reviewing, writing and editing technical documents and reviewing collected field data (forms, GIS, photographs, etc.) for completeness and accuracy

  • Demonstrated knowledge of federal, tribal, state (AZ, NV, UT), and local cultural resource management and historic preservation regulations

  • Extensive knowledge of cultural resources in the Southwest and/or Great Basin

  • Demonstrated understanding of GPS, GIS (Tablet, ArcGIS 10)

  • Experience obtaining permits for archaeological excavations

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated experience managing and completing projects on time, within budget

  • Ability to work as a team member

  • Ability to walk up to 10 miles per day in adverse conditions (rugged terrain, remote locations, hot and cold temperatures, arid environments, dense vegetation) and carry up to 25 pounds of equipment

  • Ability and willingness to travel overnight and/or out of state 

  • Experience in Southwest and/or Great Basin preferred 

  • A high degree of professionalism and competence in project execution and delivery 
  • Lithic (flaked or ground stone) analyst preferred 
  • Valid Driver's License, with the ability to maintain insurability under the company's insurance carrier

Competencies (To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies):

  • Communicative – interacts openly with others; can maintain relationships, works well independently or with a team.
  • Consultative - Consults with other disciplines as needed; tolerates different perspectives or opinions.
  • Decisive & Action Oriented - Has a high level of energy and stamina; gets things done; makes sound educated but rapid decisions even when short of information; enjoys managing challenging projects and works well in fast-paced and pressure environments. Self-motivated and proactive
  • Flexible - Adapts to new challenges and circumstances; able to multi-task; thrives on variety and frequently changing environments; creative problem solver. Resourcefulness, with minimal direction.
  • Analytical – Uses sound data, and procedures, and follows all laws, rules, and regulations but is a solutionist or problem-solver. 
  • Conscientious and Organized – Believes professional integrity is paramount; understands the importance of project records; responsive to clients and deadline oriented; quality oriented.

Working Conditions and Environment:

This position will require general supervision and will have to use independent judgment within established guidelines. Generally, uses advanced knowledge to analyze, interpret, or make deductions from varying facts or circumstances.

Will need the ability to establish rapport quickly with others working on the same project, and be able to promote a positive team environment.  Working knowledge of dealing with a diverse population while using tact, diplomacy, and respect.

AZTEC Culture:

  • Action oriented and flexible
  • Zealous supporter of clients and teammates
  • Thinking toward future and personal growth
  • Equitable, inclusive, and diverse
  • Collaborative comradery

AZTEC Benefits:

AZTEC offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, life insurance, short and long-term disability, flexible spending accounts, Paid-time-Off, and a 401(k) plan. Minimum pay for this position is $66,560.

AZTEC Overview:

AZTEC Engineering Group, Inc. (AZTEC) is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, and provides diversified technical and consulting services to clients in the United States. AZTEC is part of the TYPSA Group, an international consulting engineering firm with over 3,700 employees and more than 50 offices worldwide providing multidisciplinary consulting services in the fields of civil engineering, architecture, and environment. AZTEC has a diverse culture that focuses on providing rich opportunities for its employees.

AZTEC is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to affirmative action planning and encourages diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, veteran status, housing status, or any other non-job-related characteristic under applicable law.

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