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🔗Project Archaeologist / Principal Investigator

  • Full Time
  • Omaha, NE
  • 76,000 - 118,000 USD / Year
  • June 11, 2023
  • Job Reference #: 23894BR
  • Job Qualifications:

    Required Qualifications:

    • Master’s degree in Archaeology, Anthropology or closely related field.
      Experience with writing technical reports that meet and exceed regulatory requirements.
    • A minimum of five (5) years of previous professional archeological experience.
    • A minimum of three (3) years of previous experience at a supervisory level (crew chief, technical lead, Principal Investigator) in Midwest region is preferred.
    • Must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s qualifications as a Principal Investigator (PI) for Archaeology.
    • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely using both written and verbal skills.
    • Ability to multi-task within flexible/fluid schedules and project needs.
      Ability to perform physically demanding tasks such as lifting, and walking on uneven surfaces carrying at least 20 lbs. of equipment, and ability to work in extreme (hot/cold) weather conditions
    • Eligibility to work in the United States without sponsorship
      Ability to travel for overnight (including multiple days away) work assignments
    • Ability to pass drug screening.
    • Possession of a U.S. driver’s license, with acceptable violation history.


    • Working knowledge of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
    • Membership in statewide professional associations and/or other evidence of professional engagement in the larger community.
    • Previous experience with and understanding of curation procedures and requirements according to standards within Nebraska and surrounding states.
    • Experience with ArcGIS and digital recording tools and platforms for use in the field
    • Experience and technical familiarity with at least one artifact category commonly encountered in the Midwest region.
  • How to Apply:

    Company website

  • Job benefits: Based on eligibility, role and job status, we offer many programs including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k) plan, paid time off and holidays, education reimbursement, and various bonus programs.
  • Application URL:

Website Terracon

Terracon is a 100% employee-owned consulting engineering firm, specializing in environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services. Terracon currently has more than 6,000 employees in more than 175 locations, serving all 50 states nationwide.

Terracon seeks a full-time Archaeologist/Principal Investigator in our Omaha, Nebraska, office. The successful candidate must possess a master’s degree or above, meet the Secretary of the Interior Standards for an Archaeologist/ Principal Investigator and have at least five years’ experience in the continental U.S.; experience in the Midwest region is preferred.

Terracon’s cultural resources management services are part of the Environmental Planning Practice Group and focus on compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and applicable state and local regulations. As an Archaeologist with Terracon, the candidate will be responsible for conducting record searches; completing archaeological field evaluations; laboratory analysis; consultation with state and federal agencies, tribal groups, and other stakeholders; National Register evaluations for archaeological sites; completion of site forms; preparation of reports; and other duties, as necessary. This position will also require assistance with preparing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), and other environmental consulting projects as assigned.

If your passion lies in working with a company that genuinely cares for your safety, and if you’re interested in belonging to a 100% employee-owned organization that will help you grow and quickly progress in your career, consider Terracon and apply today!

Essential Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Follow safety rules, guidelines, and standards for projects. Participate in pre-task planning. Report safety challenges or concerns to management.
  • Be responsible for maintaining quality standards and budgets and meeting project deadlines. This includes adherence to Terracon’s quality processes and requirements for document quality control reviews.
  • Perform record searches (both online and in-person) and review archeological and cultural resource surveys made available by State Historic Preservation Offices in Nebraska and surrounding states.
  • Prepare survey reports, resource recording forms, research designs, and other technical documents.
  • Oversee field research, data collection, inventory, analysis, and final report production.
  • Remain current with agency protocol for conducting federal-level cultural resources work. Be able to determine the level of effort for non-federal work nationally.
  • Maintain good working relationships with state and federal agency contacts and clients.
  • Develop budgets, proposals, and statements of qualification.
    May oversee work performed by lower-level scientists/engineers, technicians, and sub-consultants.
  • Develop professional relationships with existing and prospective clients.
  • NCPE Internships: Eligibility & How to Apply


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    As an organization operating under Public Land Corps Act (PLC) authority, many NCPE positions qualify the intern for Federal Hiring Preference if (1) they complete a minimum of 640 hours at one or more qualifying conservation project(s); (2) are between the ages of 16 and 30 years (35 if a veteran); and (3) apply for a Federal position at USAJOBS with PLC noted in the announcement within two years of completing the internship. Find out more about this hiring preference during the interview or contact for details.


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