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Archaeological Principal Investigator

  • Job reference: NA-003272
  • Sector: Environment, Infrastructure, Support Services
  • Location: Austin

Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies.  Atkins has been providing infrastructure planning, engineering, construction, environmental consulting, urban planning, architecture, and program management services to public and private clients across the United States for more than 50 years.


Atkins has the depth and breadth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time-critical infrastructure projects and the urgent transition to a low-carbon economy.


Atkins seeks an energetic and highly motivated self-starter to join our Austin, TX Cultural Resources Group as an Archaeological Principal Investigator.

Under direction, applies full competency in conventional scientific solutions related to functional area of assignment and broad knowledge of precedents in specialty area. Plans and coordinates scientific work related to detailed phases of a major project. 

PLEASE NOTE: This position is open to full-time or part-time candidates.

  • Serving as the primary author on technical reports, research designs, and other technical documents.
  • Collaborating effectively with other cultural resource professional, environmental professionals, engineers, and project managers.
  • Overseeing technical aspects of field research, data collection, inventory, analysis, and final report production and ensuring it is conducted in accordance with the Atkins QA/QC protocol.
  • Supervising, mentoring, and supporting field staff in all aspects of their responsibilities.
  • Project and task management duties such as managing scopes and budgets, preparing proposals, interacting with clients, and managing staff.

  • This position requires a graduate level degree of MS, MA, or higher in Archaeology, Anthropology, Cultural Resources Management, or a closely related field.
  • Experience working with the THC including successfully obtaining and completing Antiquities Code of Texas permits and must have obtained TxDOT precertification in 2.10.1 Archaeological Surveys, Documentation, Excavations, Testing Reports, and Data Recovery Plans.
  • Training or experience with project management or task management (of cultural resource tasks on larger interdisciplinary projects) is desirable.
  • Experience with NEPA studies including cultural resource components of Environmental Impact Statements and Environmental Assessments (EIS/EAs).
  • Experience assisting with cultural resource business development and client relations is desirable.
  • Experience with projects and disciplines in sectors that align well to multiple Atkins' business units and service lines
  • is preferable. 
  • Relevant sectors include but are not limited to transportation; energy; water resources; ports; coastal restoration; local, state, and federal government; commercial and industrial development; etc.
  • Experience working in an archaeological laboratory including analysis of artifacts and/or curation of records and artifacts

  • Excellent technical and interpersonal skills required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Good analytical skills and attention to detail, technical writing, computer and communication skills.
  • May be eligible for project management training.
  • Ability to appropriately scope and budget various types and aspects of cultural resource projects for archaeological survey, testing, data recovery, reporting and curation.

  • Professional certification/registration may be required, depending on discipline.
  • RPA certification is desirable for archaeology candidates but not required.
  • TxDOT precertification in 2.10.1 Archeological Surveys, Documentation, Excavations, Testing Reports, and Data Recovery Plans is required.

  • Candidates must have knowledge or experience with a sufficient subset or combination of the following activities: Archaeological investigations, surveys, testing, monitoring, and mitigation; historic resource surveys; historic building and structures inventories; historical and archival research; and cultural resource management services.
  • Candidates must meet the Secretary of the Interior's professional qualification standards and must qualify as a Principal Investigator on federal, state, and local cultural resource permits.
  • Candidates must have demonstrated knowledge and experience with National Historic Preservation Act regulations (including Section 106) and other federal, state, and local regulatory requirements pertinent to cultural resources.
  • Candidates must have experience coordinating with SHPOs, THPOs, federal and state agency representatives, and land owners/managers regarding cultural resources.
  • Travel may be required per project requirements.

Atkins offers its employees a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits package including medical/RX, dental, vision, life, disability, legal, hospitalization and other valuable voluntary options; generous time-off programs; flexible work schedules; 401(k) with employer match; professional and career development opportunities through our corporate university, as well as a highly-regarded tuition reimbursement program; and an unmatched culture focused on client-service, quality, and tireless pursuit of excellence in all we do. Atkins is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability.


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