Senior Archaeologist
Job Details
Seattle, Portland - ,

We are looking for a Managing Archaeologist in the Seattle or Portland area with 10+ years of relevant experience to lead multi-faceted cultural resource-related evaluations, research, and analyses requiring in-depth knowledge and experience



Who We Are


ESA is a 100% employee-owned environmental consulting firm delivering work that matters.


We plan, design, permit, mitigate, and restore—for projects across our communities, infrastructure systems, open spaces, and wildlands.


Our scientists, planners, historians, archaeologists, engineers, designers, and technical specialists provide critical thinking, in-depth analyses, and committed follow-through to guide successful policy development and project planning and deliver enduring multi-objective solutions.


At ESA, we believe every employee has a unique combination of knowledge, skills, and experience that contributes to our success.


We value diversity and inclusion and celebrate the differences that make each of us unique. Our culture is built on mutual respect, recognizing that the collective sum of our individual differences and life experiences fosters our continued success and achievement for our employee-owners and our clients.


Collaborating with colleagues from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives leads to better solutions and opportunities for everyone. We celebrate the differences—age, color, physical ability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, language, national origin, race, religion, veteran status, and other characteristics—that make each of us unique.


Who You Are


You are a highly qualified and experienced mid- to senior-level Archaeologist with five to ten years of experience in relevant scientific or environmental consulting environment. You can lead multi-faceted cultural resource-related evaluations, research, analyses for a growing group of cultural resources specialists within our Northwest Cultural Resources Group. This position will be in the greater Seattle area (preferred) or Portland.


You have excellent field, writing, time/budget management, and organizational capabilities; agency coordination and client service experience; proficiency in management of archaeological and tribal cultural resources within the context of SEPA, EO 21-02, and Section 106; experience with leading archaeological survey and testing projects, documentation, evaluation, and treatment of prehistoric and historic-period archaeological resources; and experience preparing EIS sections and developing mitigation.


You hold a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree in archaeology or a closely related field. You meet the Secretary of the Interior’s professional qualifications for Archaeology, and are able to hold federal and Washington and Oregon state archaeological permits. You possess the ability to lead survey crews and produce well-written and technically supported cultural resources documents. You have the ability to work collaboratively with clients and interdisciplinary teams to deliver projects on time and within budget in a fast-paced work environment. You have excellent organizational and strong problem-solving skills.  


You demonstrate a clear understanding of project management principles and practices and be responsible for the delivery of high-quality work products. You have the ability and desire to mentor junior staff members. 


You are confident working outside, in remote and rural settings, as well as in urban environments. Physical outdoor work may include, but may not be limited to, extensive field work and site visits in all types of weather, traversing uneven ground and sometimes steep terrain in forested environments, fields, arid lands, along stream banks, and in coastal/intertidal areas. May be exposed to inclement weather and uncomfortable working conditions. 


What You Will Do for ESA


You will manage and carry out archaeological research surveys and technical document preparation on a wide range of interesting projects throughout the region and practice, and will be part of an interdisciplinary team that includes staff from our Water, Energy, Community Development, Transportation, and Airports practices.


You will manage and conduct archival research, archaeological resources assessments, development of historic and cultural contexts, archaeological survey and resource documentation, resource evaluations, and impacts analysis meeting Section 106, EO 21-02, SEPA and other requirements. This will include collaborating with architectural historians, historians and other specialists to incorporate work products into technical reports. 


You will serve as primary author of archaeological resource assessment reports and EIS sections.  You will consistently demonstrate your solid writing skills and attentive listening skills and will participate in and/or lead client meetings. You will present at or provide support at community workshops and public hearings, effectively presenting complex technical information clearly and concisely.


You will supervise project teams, participate in and/or lead client meetings. You will prepare or assist with preparing draft scopes of work and budgets, including providing technical input, contributing to proposal writing, identifying opportunities, and engaging with proposal/interview teams. You may lead marketing and business development pursuits, including developing capture strategies.


You will provide mentorship and support for junior staff, including reviewing their work for accuracy and clarity and providing constructive feedback and career development guidance while working on projects together.


You will thrive in a fast-paced, challenging environment and be able to manage multiple responsibilities and deadlines while working on a team or independently.


What ESA Will Do for You


Joining ESA means becoming part of a close-knit team of environmental professionals who contribute to outstanding projects, improve environmental stewardship, and advance a more sustainable and resilient future for our communities and wild places.


At ESA, we spend our days helping to keep the environment in balance, and we want to help keep your life in balance too—by providing benefits such as medical, dental, and vision insurance (paid at 70% for you AND your family), a 401(k) plan with company match, an employee stock ownership program, and paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays, to name a few.


No matter what stage you are at in your career, we provide opportunities for continued growth, development, and recognition. Whether you want to further your technical expertise, sharpen your business acumen, or help lead the next generation of employee-owners, we want to support you in reaching your career goals, and we believe these efforts will not only benefit you, but will also benefit all ESA colleagues and clients. Specific programs we offer include tuition reimbursement, professional development bonuses, and attendance at conferences.


What’s Special About Our ESA’s Cultural Resources Team 


Our Cultural Resources Team includes prehistoric and historical archaeologists, geoarchaeological specialists, tribal consultation specialists, architectural historians, historians, and paleontologists that provide expertise for many local, state, and federal agencies on the West Coast. Our work matters because we assist agencies in ensuring that our nation’s history and that of the tribal communities we work with are protected where possible and treated with respect when projects encroach on resources. We value creative thinking, teamwork, and multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary engagement and integration. 


In accordance with ESA’s duty and responsibility to provide and maintain a safe workplace that is free of known hazards and to minimize the exposure to potential hazards, any employee who works from an ESA office or conducts any other in-person ESA work-related activity is required to submit their proof of vaccination status or have received an approved exemption and accommodation.


ESA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. (EOE M/V/F/D)