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Location: Seattle, WA
Job Code: NW-092917-PJ-01
# of openings: 1


Environmental Science Associates (ESA) is an environmental science, planning, and design consulting firm committed to the principles of sound science, technical excellence, integrity, and the promotion of outstanding decision making and sustainability. As a 100-percent employee-owned company with offices located in California, Washington, Oregon and Florida, continuing to meet the needs of our clients as well as the strategic aspirations of our employee-owners requires that we look to add the very best professional talent throughout our practices and offices. Specializing in project planning, environmental analysis and assessment, natural and cultural resources management, environmental restoration and design, and regulatory compliance, ESA’s scientists, historians, planners, designers, and technical specialists provide critical thinking and in-depth analysis to guide successful policy development, project planning, and the creation of enduring multi-objective solutions. Joining ESA means becoming part of a family of environmental professionals for whom every day involves growing your career, learning, creativity, fun, and the satisfaction knowing that you’ve contributed to outstanding iconic projects, improved environmental stewardship, and a more sustainable future for our communities and wild places.

About the Position:

ESA is seeking a dedicated and enthusiastic Archaeologist to work with our team of Archaeologists, Historians, and Cultural Specialists in our Seattle office and support Planners, Biologists, Designers, and Engineers. Responsibilities of this position include conducting historic research; preparing cultural resources assessments; documenting archaeological and historic resources on Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation forms/systems; preparing or contributing to preparation of scopes and budgets; preparing archaeological excavation permit applications (federal and/or state); collecting geospatial information in the field and coordinating with GIS team to prepare figures and maps; supporting multi-disciplinary teams (internal and external); interacting with clients and regulatory agencies; and conducting field work independently and leading teams including archaeological survey, excavation, and monitoring.  It is important to note that in this collaborative role the successful candidate will need to be able to function independently and as part of a team.  In addition, this role will be responsible for assisting with proposal writing and business development activities as needed/assigned.


The successful candidate should have a Master of Arts or Master of Science or higher degree in anthropology, archaeology, or a closely related field with a strong technical foundation in pre-contact and/or historical archaeology.   Required technical skills include proficiency in analysis of artifacts or specimens and strong background in archival research at regional repositories. At least seven years of experience in Washington State and Oregon with demonstrated experience working under federal and state regulations; preference give to Puget Sound/Western Washington experience. At least 2-3 years of experience in cultural resources consulting is strongly desirable including preparation of scopes and budgets. Familiarity with curation best practices is strongly desirable. You must have excellent writing skills and the demonstrable ability to verbally communicate effectively with colleagues and clients. You must have demonstrable ability to meet deadlines and work collaboratively. It is anticipated that work will be divided fairly evenly between field and writing.

Work is primarily in Washington and Oregon and can involve some assignments in remote field locations; some travel is required. Occasional night time or weekend work may be necessary. Work in remote locations on steep/uneven terrain, on construction sites around large equipment, around contaminated soil, or along active roads is likely.


ESA is owned entirely by our employees, creating a unique ownership culture rooted in a commitment to do work that matters, technical excellence, outstanding client service, professional development, and life-long learning.  ESA’s comprehensive compensation and benefits program reflects our commitment to our employees. Our benefits include: 401(k) Salary Deferral Plan with company match program, Employee Stock Ownership Plan, medical and dental insurance vision care, paid vacation, sick leave, 9 paid holidays, group term life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, commuter/transit incentives, healthcare and daycare Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), tuition reimbursement assistance, performance bonus plan, and employee referral bonus program.

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

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