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AECOM Project Archaeologist / Field Director in Germantown, Maryland

Company Description

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.

We believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

Our clients trust us to bring together the best people, ideas, technical expertise and digital solutions to our work in transportation, buildings, water, the environment and new energy. We’re one global team – 47,000 strong – driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.

Here, you will have freedom to grow in a world of opportunity.

We will give you the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

We will encourage you to grow and develop your career with us through our technical and professional development programs and diverse career opportunities. We believe in leadership at all levels. No matter where you sit in the organization you can make a lasting impact on the projects you work on, the teams and committees you join and our business.

We offer competitive pay and benefits, well-being programs to support you and your family, and the development resources you need to advance your career.

When you join us, you will connect and collaborate with a global network of experts – planners, designers, engineers, scientists, consultants, program and construction managers – leading the change toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Join us and let’s get started.

Job Description

AECOM is actively seeking a highly talented Project Archaeologist / Field Director in Germantown or Hunt Valley, MD or Arlington, VA . The Project Archaeologist will provide support to cultural resource projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic, greater US, and potentially international work, as available. The Archaeologist will have knowledge of field excavation techniques, implement archaeological inventory, evaluation, and data recovery efforts, analyze prehistoric and historic artifacts, and prepare compliance reports.

Responsibilities include, but may not limited to, the following:

  • Assist in the scoping of archaeological projects and utilize GIS, site records, and other data sources to identify locations where sites can occur.

  • Keep records and maintain the relevant State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) documentation pertaining to cultural resources.

  • Provides regulatory compliance support for Federal, state, municipal, and commercial clients.

  • Serves as a Field Director and has experience in directing field crews under the guidance of the Principal Investigator including scheduling work and making individual or team work assignments and leading the instruction of others in the use of equipment, technology, and field methods.

  • Supports all phases of archaeological investigation and regulatory compliance.

  • Collects information and makes judgments through observation, interviews, and the review of documents.

  • Writes archaeological reports and/or prepares archaeological site forms and assists the Principal Investigator with making decisions about project alternatives, NRHP evaluations, and effects on historic properties.

  • Works with technical field, lab and office staff, managers and administrative staff to ensure that projects meet AECOM quality standards

  • Performs manual labor including excavation with shovels and moving wheelbarrows filled with dirt.

  • Has ability to perform bending, kneeling, standing, and lifting and carrying objects weighing 50 lbs. and have a tolerance for working in outdoor environments, including prolonged walking or standing on various terrain in a wide range of weather conditions.


Minimum Requirements

  • BA/BS degree and 2+ years of relevant experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education

  • Willingness to travel regionally to various sites in the mid-to-southern Atlantic states

  • Valid US Driver's License is required

  • Experience with one or more of the following:

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS),

  • Global Positioning System (GPS),

  • Total Station,

  • Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop,

  • Statistical Analysis (ex., SAS or SPSS).

Preferred Qualifications

  • MA or MS in Anthropology or related field is preferred.

  • Prefer that candidate meets the Secretary of the Interior Professional Qualification Standards for Archeology or History.

  • Completion of a university-based archaeological field school desired.

  • Minimum two years of supervisory experience (e.g., Crew Chief) helpful.

  • Demonstrated experience using GPS units, Total Stations, GIS (e.g., ESRI products), and graphical illustration software (e.g., Adobe).

  • Demonstrated experience writing technical reports and papers.

Additional Information

  • This position involves bending, kneeling, standing, and lifting and carrying objects weighing up to 50 lbs.

  • In this role, you will be working in outdoor environments, including prolonged walking or standing on various types of terrain under a wide range of weather conditions.

  • Some travel may be required (up to 25%)

  • Work Model is 50% field work / 50% hybrid (home/office)

  • Relocation support is not available for this position

  • Sponsorship is not available for this position

  • All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

With infrastructure investment accelerating worldwide, our services are in great demand, and there’s never been a better time to be at AECOM! Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Join us and let’s get started.

ReqID: J10083546

Business Line: Environment

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: East

Career Area: Science

Work Location Model: Hybrid