Senior Archaeologist

Rapid City, South Dakota
$80,000 to $100,000 per year, based on relevant expeirence
May 02, 2024
Jul 31, 2024
Full Time
Organization Type
Level of Experience

TITLE: Senior Archaeologist

FLSA: Exempt, Salary

STATUS: Full-Time

LOCATION: Rapid City, South Dakota


**This ideal candidate for this position is located in or close to Rapid City, SD. There could be an opportunity for candidates to be located outside of Rapid City with extensive travel based on field needs.**



As a Senior Archaeologist, you will play a crucial role in leading and managing archaeological projects, conducting research, and contributing to the understanding of historical civilizations and cultures. This senior-level position requires a comprehensive understanding of archaeological methods, project management skills, and the ability to mentor and guide junior archaeologists. This role requires a combination of leadership, project management, and regulatory compliance skills to ensure the effective preservation and management of cultural resources in accordance with relevant laws and regulations.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Developing proposals and scopes of work including research design development and preservation planning. 
  • Organize and implement archaeological survey, testing, and data recovery projects in varying environments and weather conditions as well as scheduling staff and field logistics. 
  • Compose detailed notes of conditions, field procedures, and results. 
  • Utilize ArcGIS for planning, fieldwork, and report preparation stages. 
  • Identify historic and precontract artifacts from the Upper Plains and Midwest regions of the United States. 
  • Prepare, supervise, and review preparation of reports on investigations with assistance from staff. 
  • Lead small to large size field crews, and responsible for supervising and managing a small team (4-5 people). 
  • Work independently on projects as needed and demonstrated ability to exercise critical thinking. 
  • Work on multidisciplinary projects involving other Impact7G markets.
  • Able to cross sell all Impact7G’s services.
  • Research and publication of company supported projects. 


Required Qualifications

  • Possesses degree (Master’s level or higher) in anthropology, archaeology, or related field required.
  • Secretary of the Interior qualified in Archaeology. 
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in CRM with one year of project management.
  • Proficient with the Microsoft Office products, including Teams, SharePoint, Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  • Familiarity with Section 106 and National Register processes.
  • Ability to use GPS units and ArcGIS.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry projects to completion.
  • Excellent teaching, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Supervise and manage 4-5 team members.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph. D or Master’s degree in anthropology, archaeology, or a related field. 
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in CRM with two years of project management experience.1 year of previous leadership experience, managing teams of people.  
  • Demonstrated research skills and field experience conducting archaeological investigations. 
  • Basic knowledge of Midwestern and Northern Plains prehistory, history, physiographic regions, cultural processes, and artifact typologies. 
  • An understanding of geomorphological principles. 
  • Basic analytical skills for site interpretation and evaluation, including developing research questions for National Register determinations. 
  • Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) certification. 


Physical/Environmental Requirements

  • Conduct archaeological surveys and testing in varying environments and weather conditions.
  • Walk up to 10 miles a day over uneven terrain.
  • Use of soil probes, hand augers, shovel, and screens for up to 20 subsurface tests a day.
  • Ability to stand, kneel, and crouch while digging excavation units and shovel tests.
  • Carry up to 50 lbs. for up to one mile.


Leadership Responsibilities

  • Recruits, interviews, hires, and trains new staff.
  • Oversees the daily workflow of the department.
  • Provides constructive and timely performance evaluations.
  • Handles discipline and termination of employees in accordance with company policy.


Travel Requirements

  • Moderate, 40-60%, 60-80%, travel will be required for projects that are in state and out of state and will typically be for 1-2 weeks at a time.

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