Archaeological Principal Investigator

Westwood Professional Services
Minnetonka, MN
Added: January 18, 2024

Archaeological Principal Investigator

Westwood Professional Services, Inc.

Westwood Professional Services, Inc. is seeking a Archaeological Principal Investigator to join our team. This position offers the opportunity to perform and direct field studies, desktop review, technical studies, and project permitting to a variety of private renewable energy and land development clients. The successful candidate will be seeking opportunity for growth working on a variety of development projects across the country. We are looking for an individual with enthusiasm about his/her work, and with a strong commitment to client service and technical excellence. This individual will directly oversee and conduct projects in a team environment supporting existing cultural resource staff at times and working independently at other times. There will be additional emphasis on cultivating new regional clients and business development. Westwood has a highly experienced and dynamic team of individuals dedicated to providing high-level professional services to our clients.

Duties And Responsibilities

The successful candidate will have experience with background research, field surveys and technical report preparation. There will also be focus on business development as we grow Cultural Resources services throughout the region. The position requires excellent communication, organizational skills, and the ability to independently conduct project tasks. Typical tasks include:

  • cultural resources file reviews
  • assessing site risk profiles
  • drafting proposals and work plans
  • leading document preparation in a team environment
  • preparing or supervising the preparation of cultural resource technical reports
  • coordinating with clients and sub consultants
  • consultation with federal and state agencies
  • direct supervision of field investigations

Required Experience

  • Advanced degree in Archaeology/Anthropology
  • Meets Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards in Archaeology
  • Must meet MnDOT prequalification standards for Achaelogy.
  • Ability to perform cultural resources reviews and become permitted for field investigations in multiple states throughout the Rocky Mountain and Intermountain Regions.
  • 5-10 years of consulting experience minimum
  • Knowledgeable in North American archaeology
  • Knowledge and experience in the energy market as well as with NEPA, Section 106, and federal, state, and local agencies environmental review processes and requirements
  • Experience with state and federal agency and tribal consultation, and excellent reputation within the professional and regulatory communities
  • Ability to prepare scopes and costs for projects as part of business development efforts
  • Able to manage field technicians to successfully complete fieldwork
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Applicants should be highly self-motivated with the ability to multi-task and perform detail-oriented work
  • Demonstrable experience for successful completion of technical reports and research
  • Familiarity with GPS and GIS applications and software
  • Able to travel for project work on a regular basis (typically 2-10 days per trip). Travel will be a mix of regional and national.

Salary range for this role is $70,000-85,000 annually.

Compensation Range Minimum

USD $70,000.00/Yr.

Compensation Range Maximum

USD $85,000.00/Yr.

About Westwood Professional Services, Inc. (Westwood)

Westwood Professional Services Inc. (Westwood) was established in 1972 and has since become a leader in many markets it serves. Westwood is a full-service, multi-discipline professional engineering firm that serves wind, solar, battery storage, EV, power delivery, residential and commercial development, and public infrastructure clients and their projects from over 25 offices across the U.S.

In 2023, Zweig Group ranked Westwood nationally at #12 and #30, respectively on its Hot Firms and Best Firms to Work for lists. Zweig also awarded Westwood two national 2nd place awards for Marketing Excellence. Westwood was recently recognized as #79 in the ENR Top 500 Firms in 2023. The firm consistently ranks on industry top 25 lists and receives recognition for its involvement on award-winning projects nationwide.

Westwood provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. We believe that diverse backgrounds strengthen our business. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.