Archaeological Field Director

Posted Date 4 weeks ago(1/11/2023 7:00 AM)
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US-GA | US-NC-Cary
Regular Full-Time


NV5 (NASDAQ: NVEE) is a provider of engineering and consulting services to public and private sector clients, delivering solutions through six business verticals: Testing, Inspection & Consulting; Infrastructure; Utility Services; Environmental Health Sciences; Buildings & Program Management; and Geospatial Technology. With offices nationwide and abroad, NV5 helps clients plan, design, build, test, certify, and operate projects that improve the communities where we live and work.


As engineers, architects, construction/program managers, environmental professionals and beyond, we play a significant role in shaping our communities through the services we provide. We are looking for passionate, driven individuals to join our team focused on Delivering Solutions and Improving Lives.


NV5 is seeking a full-time Archaeological Field Director to conduct field work out of our Alpharetta, Georgia or Cary, NC office to support cultural resources management and compliance for a variety of clients in the transportation, energy, land development, and municipal sectors. This position will manage day-to-day archaeological fieldwork at Phase I, II, and III levels of investigation, and assist in the processing of maps and data and cultural materials and other samples produced in the field. The Field Director will be capable of both overseeing archaeological technicians, as well as working alone on small projects. The Field Director will contribute to technical reports of investigations including Management Summaries, Archaeological Resource Identification/Survey, Testing and Mitigation Reports, Assessment of Effects, and Archival Research. The Field Director position will include extensive travel, both local and overnight, primarily in the Southeastern U.S. This individual will assist in developing Scopes of Work and other project planning and is expected to complete resulting project tasks within deadlines and budgets. The Field Director reports to the Project Archaeologist (Project Manager) or Senior Archaeologist (Principal Investigator). One or more positions may be filled through this announcement. The most frequent and essential work activities include:

  • Conduct Section 106 and/or due diligence survey and archaeological resource identification primality for infrastructure, land development, and energy projects. As required, the Field Director will assist resource evaluation, and project effects assessment. This may include field assessments, use of background documentation (i.e. property records and archival research, county surveys, maps, site files, context studies, etc.), delineation of site boundaries using GIS mapping, and photography.
  • Manage field projects including supervising archaeological technicians, preparing daily reports, and coordinating with a variety of colleagues, clients, agencies, and the public.
  • Adhere to agency guidelines and project scopes, project schedules, and safety protocols.
  • Maintain equipment and supplies.
  • Process artifacts and samples, including cataloging and curation efforts.
  • Assist in developing work plans and carrying out archaeological testing and mitigation efforts.
  • Maintain effective and successful communication with project team, co-workers, and clients.
  • Assist in business development and marketing efforts, as needed.


  • Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA)-certified or RPA-eligible including Master’s Degree in anthropology, archaeology, or a closely related field
  • Five years of experience as a professional archaeologist, with one-year in a supervisory field role
  • Knowledge of state and federal historic preservation regulations
  • Proficiency in utilization of GPS equipment to assist with site boundary delineations and navigation
  • Experience in scheduling and budgeting projects related to cultural resources investigations
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and ArcGIS software
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Must possess or be able to obtain a valid driver’s license prior to employment

Work environment and physical demand of this position

The characteristics described below are representative of those encountered while performing the essential functions of this position. When properly requested and when feasible (without undue hardship to the organization), reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

  • Work will be in both field and of office settings with some opportunities to be exposed to adverse environmental conditions.
  • Fieldwork will involve long term standing, walking, and hand excavation as well as include common hazards at project sites.
  • Filed work will require work in remote locations, often out-of-sight of other crew members and/or as a lone worker.
  • Must be able to carry, lift and push/pull up to 30 pounds frequently and up to 50 pounds occasionally.
  • Must have the ability to see, smell, hear, talk, climb, balance, stoop, kneel and twist, crouch, crawl, reach, grasp, sit, stand, and walk.
  • Weekend and overtime work and/or overnight work and travel may be required.
  • Additional physical duties may be required as necessary.
  • Office and laboratory work will include working with fingers by picking, pinching, typing and grasping often with repetitive motion.
  • Must have visual acuity for viewing a computer screen, the ability to talk, hear and sit for extended periods of time.

NV5 offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, PTO, 401(k) and professional development/advancement opportunities.


NV5 provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, creed, citizenship status, ancestry, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. NV5 complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.


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