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Pinyon Environmental - Field Director

06/24/2024 21:50 | AAC Board Admin (Administrator)

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…and we want unique individuals to come learn, grow, and thrive within our 30-year employee-owned company. Pinyon is a purpose-driven firm that does work which matters in the communities we live; our employee-owners are encouraged to drive their career paths towards their career goals; we want you to be the next team member to experience our welcoming culture where work is rewarding.

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About this Position

Pinyon is seeking a full-time, salaried archaeological Field Director with extensive field experience in Arizona (and other four-corner states). A successful candidate will be collaborative, organized, and professional. This candidate will be responsible for conducting and/or assisting in Class I, II and III cultural resources inventories and support permitting and compliance. This position reports to the Archaeological Resources Group Manager and will work closely with Pinyon Principal Investigators and Project Managers. The position will be responsible for ensuring that inventory methods are implemented, and findings documented in accordance with all applicable standards and guidelines.  

Responsibilities will include leading and supervising field staff; recording archeological sites (precontact and historic) identified during inventory; preparing National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) eligibility recommendations; site testing for NRHP evaluations; monitoring fieldwork quality and reviewing paperwork/notes; conducting background research and preparing desktop assessments; analyzing artifacts; construction monitoring; and writing technical reports. Candidates must be able to identify and record archaeological sites, artifacts, features, soil characteristics, and understand site identification, delineation, and documentation procedures. The ideal candidate should be able to manage time independently, adhere to established budgets and schedules, maintain a professional demeanor, and interact productively with team members to meet project deadlines and team goals.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • MS or MA degree in Anthropology or Archaeology
  • Meet the Secretary of Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards for Archaeology (36 CFR 61)
  • communications skills
  • Ability to conduct pedestrian inventory up to 8 miles per day carrying 40 pounds of gear
  • Be able to safely perform physically demanding tasks in adverse environmental conditions
  • Knowledge/experience with anticipated/typical Colorado Plateau, Rocky Mountains, Four Corners, and Great Basin cultural resources
  • Two to six years of experience conducting Class III cultural resource inventories and associated reporting
  • Knowledge of Section 106, Section 4(f) Compliance, ARPA, NAGPRA, Antiquities Act, and relevant state legislation
  • Qualified for listing on federal and state permits as Field Director and/or Principal Investigator in Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and/or New Mexico
  • Knowledge of ASM & ADOT processes from scoping through consultation
  • Knowledge of field data collection and site forms
  • Field crew supervisory or field director experience
  • Technical writing and document review
  • Ability to travel
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with a variety of colleagues, clients, agencies, and other project stakeholders, of all levels and diverse backgrounds
  • Employment is contingent upon the results of a background check

Application Process

To submit your resume and cover letter visit our careers page at, select your desired position, click 'Apply Now' on the right, and complete the submission form. For any accommodation needs during the application process, please reach out to Employee Services via email at or by phone at 303.980.5200. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Summary of Benefits

Pinyon offers a comprehensive range of benefits including accrued vacation, sick, and paid holidays; 100% employer paid premiums for health insurance through United Health, 100% employer paid premiums for base dental and vison insurances through MetLife; long term disability; life insurance; ESOP and employer matching 401k.  Pinyon also offers several bonus programs including an overtime bonus program, profit share program, and a spot bonus program.

EEO Statement

Pinyon is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

About Pinyon

Pinyon was established in 1993 by Lauren Evans, PE, and she has grown Pinyon from a one-woman outfit based out of her garage, to a thriving and growing environmental consulting firm. The firm now employs over 80 environmental professionals and support personnel and has expanded from its headquarters in Lakewood, Colorado (near Denver) to include branch offices in Loveland and Colorado Springs, Colorado, as well as a satellite office in Phoenix, Arizona. Pinyon is a client-centric environmental consulting firm that works towards collaborative solutions to advance our clients’ needs while protecting environmental health and safety. Pinyon supports private and public sector projects for commercial and industrial, energy, public works, federal, and transportation clients. Given the depth and breadth of our technical team, we are the go-to firm for permitting and compliance on the local level and looking to expand our NEPA qualifications across multiple market sectors. Pinyon is committed to continue to expand our portfolio of projects both in our current geographies and elsewhere in the United States.

Job Title:

Archaeological Field Director

Position Type:

Full Time


Archaeological Resources

FLSA Status:



Phoenix / Tempe, Arizona

Rate of Pay:

$55,000-$75,0000 DOE

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