SWCA Environmental Consultants is seeking an experienced cultural resources consultant to lead and develop our Portland cultural resources team. The successful candidate will have experience in the Pacific Northwest and will be a key member of our Portland office leadership group.
As the leader of the office's Cultural Resources practice, you will support office goals by pursuing project opportunities, supervising and mentoring staff, managing large projects and clients, and directing cultural resource fieldwork. The Cultural Resources lead plays an integral role in developing SWCA's Oregon business, creating a sustainable and thriving cultural resources and heritage management program, contributing to a rewarding work environment for all office staff, and guiding the Cultural Resources team to success. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, an accomplished archaeologist, client-focused, and comfortable being a front-facing representative for SWCA with clients, agencies, tribes, and the Pacific Northwest archaeological community.
SWCA offers an enthusiastic, supportive, and casual work environment with flexible schedules and a competitive total compensation and benefits package, including a stock ownership program. Our Portland team is a group of dynamic natural and cultural resource professionals, and the office provides opportunities to work on interdisciplinary projects and support for personal professional development. This position offers a great opportunity for a motivated individual to take leadership of and help grow an excellent cultural resources team, which presently includes a geoarchaeologist, a cultural anthropologist/archaeologist, a museums specialist, and an architectural historian.
The team is committed to employing innovative methodologies and technologies, and to maintaining strong working relationships with tribes, agencies, and non-profit organizations. The Cultural Resources lead will report directly to the Pacific Northwest offices Director and have clear channels of quick communication to SWCA upper management.
Provide strong, positive, forward-looking leadership for your team
Lead and assist with business development efforts in the Portland/Oregon market
Ensure the quality and integrity of the team's technical products
Supervise, mentor, and support staff in all aspects of their responsibilities, including on multi-disciplinary projects
Enhance SWCA's professional reputation and relationships with clients, stakeholders, local/state/federal agencies, and tribal communities
Build client relationships; take initiative and resolve issues to ensure that client needs are met effectively and quickly
Serve as project manager for a variety of cultural resource projects, including survey, monitoring, and data recovery/excavation/mitigation projects involving both archaeological and architectural resources
Author, co-author, and edit technical reports, permit applications, NEPA documents, and proposals
Attend and/or present at local, regional, and national conferences and forums
Work closely with SWCA's other staff in both natural and cultural resources throughout the company to promote SWCA's business interests in adherence to its mission, vision, and values
Act with commitment to the Portland office's core values of integrity, teamwork, and communication
Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in archaeology, historic architecture, or a related field is required; graduate degree strongly preferred
Minimum of five (5) years of experience conducting cultural resource technical work in a consulting context and at a high (e.g., Project Manager or Principal Investigator) level
Current status or ability to immediately obtain status as an Oregon SHPO qualified archaeologist
Extensive working knowledge of federal, state, and local cultural resource laws and regulations in the Pacific Northwest, and particularly with those of the state of Oregon and local governments in the Portland metro area
Experience with tribes and with local, state, and federal agencies in the Pacific Northwest of the sort that is required for successful project completion
Demonstrated business development success and consulting acumen, including established credibility with federal and state reviewing agencies and clients, as well as success in proposal writing
Demonstrated project management skills: developing competitive budgets, using project management software/tools, managing employee time, and tailoring products to project needs
Demonstrated experience in supervising, mentoring, and providing leadership for other professionals
Advanced skills and knowledge in one or more specialty technical areas (e.g., artifact analysis, historic architecture, etc.)
Experience with or ability to quickly learn advanced archaeological technologies such as tablet computer applications, databases, drones, and remote sensing imagery
Prior experience using Trimble GPS units and TerraSync software
Must be able to travel and be able to conduct fieldwork for long hours, in sometimes inclement weather conditions, including walking up to 10 miles per day, often in rugged terrain, and be able to carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds
Prior primary report authorship in a cultural resources consulting context for a variety of project types, in a variety of regions, and with a variety of agencies
Excellent writing skills and ability to record accurate field notes
Ability to conduct library and internet research
PC computer skills including a strong working proficiency in MS Windows and MS Office (Excel/Word/PowerPoint) and Adobe Acrobat
Ability to take initiative, resolve problems, and ensure that tasks are completed in the most effective manner
Flexibility and willingness to learn company procedures, and ability to try new, improved techniques
SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full-spectrum of environmental services. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record's Top 200 Environmental Firms.
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For three decades, SWCA has provided comprehensive environmental planning, regulatory compliance and natural and cultural resource management services to businesses and government clients across the United States. We are an employee-owned firm of scientists, planners, and technical specialists. We combine scientific expertise with sound technical skills to provide solutions to a full spectrum of e...nvironmental projects.
We work to understand the full life cycle of your project, from its early inception to completion. In the face of rapid environmental, economic, and societal changes, SWCA provides a comprehensive approach to the challenges you face. We offer a focused suite of environmental consulting services combined with regional knowledge, professionalism, customer-orientation, and high-quality service. We're proud of the accomplishments of our staff, but our knowledge, skills, and achievements would mean little if we couldn't build long-term, trusting relationships with our clients. With a high percentage of our work stemming from referrals and repeat business, it's clear that clients are confident in our ability to guide their projects to successful completion.
Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, SWCA has 27 offices throughout the United States and the Pacific Islands. With such a large number of geographically diverse offices, we're able to rapidly pool resources in order to serve clients from our main business lines, including energy generation, oil and gas, mining, federal land management, Department of Defense, transmission, and transportation.