Paleontological Field Technician

Applied EarthWorks, Inc. (Æ) has an immediate opening for a Paleontological Technician in our San Luis Obispo office location.  Æ is a consulting firm specializing in history, archaeology, cultural resources management (CRM) and paleontology. From our offices in Pasadena, Hemet, Lompoc, San Luis Obispo, and Fresno, California, and Albany, Oregon, the firm performs work throughout California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, and Nevada. Our paleontology program is based in Pasadena, California where we maintain paleontological preparation laboratory facilities.

Key Responsibilities:

Paleontological technicians will be responsible for carrying out pre-construction field surveys and conducting mitigation monitoring during project development. Job duties may also include fossil salvages, matrix washing and picking, and laboratory work (preparation, identification, and cataloging of fossil specimens).  All work will be conducted under the supervision of a qualified Paleontological Resource Specialist.

Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in geology, paleontology, earth sciences, or related field is required;
  • Prior experience in paleontology (museum, research, or fieldwork);
  • Ability to read and interpret geologic maps and record geologic and stratigraphic data;
  • Ability to recognize and record fossil resources in the field;
  • Knowledge of and basic operation of GPS technology;
  • Aptitude for taking detailed and accurate field notes;
  • Strong data management and communication skills;
  • Valid driver’s license, with the willingness to drive in “off-road” conditions; and
  • Prior experience working in California and familiarity with the geology of the Central Coast is preferred.

In addition, applicants must be physically fit and able to handle strenuous field conditions in sometimes adverse weather. Fieldwork may entail hiking on rugged terrain and steep slopes or require standing or walking for long periods of time throughout the day. Pre-employment drug screening may apply for specific project assignments.

Pay will be commensurate with experience. When applicable, per diem and lodging will be provided for out of town work.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, professional CV or resumé, and three professional references to Heather Clifford, Associate Paleontologist/ Geologist, Applied EarthWorks, Inc. at hclifford@appliedearthworks.com. The application period will remain open until all positions are filled. Local applicants and California residents preferred. No phone calls, please.

Æ is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), creed, national origin, color, disability, disabled veteran status, Vietnam veteran status, religion, age (40 and above), medical condition (cancer-related), marital status, ancestry, or sexual orientation.

Opening Date: March 17, 2017
Close Date: April 17, 2017
Location: San Luis Obispo, CA


The successful candidate will participate in cultural resource projects primarily in the Sierra Nevada and Central Valley, but may be required to work throughout California.  We seek a candidate who can supervise fieldwork, manage projects, and author technical reports.  

DUTIES/COMPENSATION:

A candidate with a strong background in lithic analysis is preferred, although not required. Typical job duties will include: organizing and managing field projects; conducting records searches and prefield background research; participating in tribal outreach efforts; supervising field surveys, site testing, and data recovery excavation; archaeological monitoring; conducting significance evaluations according to National and California Register criteria; preparation of all elements of technical reports in support of Section 106, NEPA, and CEQA compliance efforts. The candidate may also assist with proposal preparation, marketing, and new business development.

At Æ, we recognize that our staff is our greatest asset. We are committed to providing a fair, positive, and challenging work environment that fosters employees’ professional development and career growth. We offer a wide range of benefits and a competitive compensation package. Eligibility for benefits is earned with length of service and includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, and professional development time; 401(k); Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP); and health, dental, vision, and life insurance.

key REQUIREMENTS:

  • Proven ability to direct both large and small-scale surveys, testing programs, and data recovery;
  • Strong technical writing skills;
  • Ability to perform lithic analysis (preferred, not required)
  • An understanding of the CEQA, NEPA, and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act;
  • Previous experience managing budgets, supervising personnel, task management, and proposal preparation;
  • Strong communication skills with clients and staff; and
  • Prior experience in California.

Education and Experience:

M.A. degree in anthropology, archaeology, historical archaeology, or closely related field required. Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) certification preferred. This position requires a minimum of five years of experience conducting archaeological fieldwork in support of CRM compliance projects and a minimum of three years of experience as Field Director or Supervisor. Applicants must be able to qualify as Field Director on Bureau of Land Management permits.

how to apply:

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, resume/curriculum vitae, and list of three professional references to Human Resources at mreguero@appliedearthworks.com. Please reference “Associate Archaeologist – Fresno” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Æ is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), creed, national origin, color, disability, disabled veteran status, Vietnam veteran status, religion, age (40 and above), medical condition (cancer-related), marital status, ancestry, or sexual orientation.

associate Archaeologist

Opening Date: October 4, 2016
Close Date: When filled
Location: Fresno, California


Senior Architectural Historian

Opening Date: October 3, 2016
Close Date: When filled
Location: California

The available position is for a senior-level professional architectural historian with project management responsibilities and oversight for junior and mid-level historic preservation specialists. 

DUTIES/COMPENSATION:

The successful applicant must have experience conducting and directing architectural and historical multiple structure surveys and recording and evaluating historic built environment resources according to National Register criteria. The position requires a strong working knowledge of regulatory compliance, familiarity with archival sources, and strong written and oral communication skills. The successful candidate must also demonstrate a positive work ethic, reliability, ability to manage multiple projects, and commitment to serving as an integral team member.

At Æ, we recognize that our staff is our greatest asset. We are committed to providing a fair, positive, and challenging work environment that fosters employees’ professional development and career growth. We offer a wide range of benefits and a competitive compensation package.  Eligibility for benefits is earned with length of service and includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, and professional development time; 401(k); ESOP; and health, dental, vision, and life insurance.

key responsibilities:

  • Evaluate historical buildings, structures, and landscapes to National and California standards;
  • Prepare and oversee professional technical reports (including HABS/HAER/ HALS documentation) to meet National or State-level documentation standards;
  • Develop and implement mitigation for built environment resources for compliance with CEQA, NEPA, and Section 106;
  • Lead business development efforts, identify and track project opportunities, and serve as senior technical lead on proposals;
  • Manage projects and staffing needs to meet project schedules; and
  • Mentor and supervise junior staff.

Education and Experience: 

M.A. degree in history, architectural history, historic preservation, or closely related discipline required. The successful candidate must meet the Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualification Standards for Architectural Historian. This position requires a minimum of six years of professional experience as an architectural historian, with demonstration of progressively increased responsibility in CRM, and at least four years of experience managing historic built environment projects and preparing proposals. California experience preferred.

How To Apply:

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, resume/curriculum vitae, and list of three professional references to Yvette Kearney at ykearney@appliedearthworks.com. Please reference “Senior Architectural Historian” in the subject line. No phone calls please.