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Principal Investigator/Project Manager

Job Details

Tierra - Tucson - Tucson, AZ
Full Time
Graduate Degree
Up to 25%


The Principal Investigator/Project Manager serves a dual role with responsibility for the design and oversight of field research and directing the business aspects of cultural resource management projects.  We are seeking a PI/PM for our Tucson, Arizona office and offer a hybrid working environment.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

The PI/PM may supervise the Field Director. The reporting structure may change depending on the location and the needs of the specific project.


Essential Functions and General Responsibilities:

  • Manages budgets, prepares proposals, reports and other technical documents.
  • Administers project timelines and budgets.
  • Markets to existing and new clients by developing marketing proposals, attending marketing functions and maintaining client relationships.
  • Responding to requests for job proposals and price quotes.
  • Interfaces with government agencies regarding project regulatory compliance.
  • Prepares scopes of work and budgets.
  • Coordinates with clients and staff to ensure that project goals are met.
  • Plans, directs and coordinates work activities and schedules.
  • Writing research designs and overseeing research aspects of excavations and large-scale survey projects.
  • Ensures compliance with all required regulations including Section 106 and associated federal and state laws and regulations.
  • Directing large excavation projects.
  • Performs other related responsibilities as needed.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of National Environmental Policy Act, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, Section 106, Section 110, and associated federal and state laws and regulations.
  • Experience working with various municipal, county, state, and federal agencies, tribes, and State and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers.
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact and collaborate with all levels of management and staff.
  • Ability to work as a team player.
  • Attention to organization, detail and accuracy.
  • Knowledge of utilizing MS Word, Excel, and Outlook applications.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work.
  • Ability to work independently and apply decision-making skills.
  • Ability to work within defined schedules and meet deadlines.

Mental and Physical Requirements

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

The PI/PM must be able to express and exchange ideas and meaning with others; adapt well in the face of workplace stressors; understand complex problems and collaborate with others to explore alternative solutions; organize thoughts and ideas into understandable terminology; organize and prioritize own work schedule; make decisions which have significant impact on the department's credibility, operations and services; compute, analyze and interpret data; plan, direct and coordinate the work activities and schedules of others; and be able to work alone and as a member of a team.

The incumbent must be able to operate a computer and other office machinery, operate a motor vehicle, move about to accomplish tasks, have the ability to repeat motions that may include the wrists, hands and/or fingers and transport items weighing 20 pounds or less to move items from one area to another.



This position may require frequent local and occasional overnight travel.

Work Environment:

This position may require occasional visits to project areas and exposure to outdoor elements, rough terrain, and extreme temperatures.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, Heritage Management, or related field
  • Five (5) years experience in cultural, heritage, and/or environmental compliance industry
  • Permitted/permittable in the State assigned (General Archaeological Investigation Permit), State Bureau of Land Management, and the Forest Service
  • Valid Drivers License

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Established relationships in the archaeological and environmental communities.