Topic ID #28951 - posted 5/25/2013 12:48 AM

Archaeologist/College Instructor w/12+ years Southwest Experience




An archaeologist with a proven track record of developing, implementing, leading, and conducting large and small scale archaeology field projects (175+), producing SHPO-approved compliance/technical reports (55+), and completing tasks on schedule, even under extreme conditions in the desert Southwest. Outstanding orienteering, surveying, and mapping skills with both the Trimble Geo XT and compass. Excellent health, endurance, and strength for hiking long distances and carrying heavy packs/equipment. Possess a strong work ethic, exceptional oral and written communication skills, a great sense of humor, and a love of archaeology.


· Knowledgeable: Over 12 years of Southwest cultural resource management (CRM) experience in surveying, testing (with trench facing and profiling), monitoring, and data recovery/excavation projects, including feature and burial excavations. Extensive fieldwork conducted on both historic and prehistoric sites throughout Arizona. 

·  Organized: Developed, managed, and conducted a 6,500+ acre, solo, year-long desert survey and site assessment to locate, map, and document unrecorded archaeological sites and features on State Trust Land; maintained field notes and artifact counts; produced all maps, photos, and site forms.

·  Dependable: All projects and Section 106 Agreement documents and compliance/ technical reports (55+) finished on schedule and SHPO approved. Excellent leadership skills, keen attention to detail, ability to multi-task, and a commitment to carrying any assignment to completion ensures a well-organized and cost-effective project.

Professional Experience

Project Archaeologist (on call) 2016 - present. Amec Foster Wheeler, Inc., Phoenix, AZ
Fieldwork involves surveys and site monitoring during construction; responsible for background research (including AZSITE), writing technical reports, and other duties associated with completing projects.

Adjunct Faculty Instructor 2014 - present. Paradise Valley (PVCC) Community College, Phoenix, AZ

Teach the Buried Cities and Lost Tribes: Old World and Buried Cities and Lost Tribes: New World on-campus classes; developed and teach the online New World course; recently developed a hybrid version of my Old World course to begin Fall 2017. In addition to introducing archaeology, my students learn about cultural resource management, site interpretation, and the impact of looting. Recently completed writing my own textbook (available free to my students).

Archaeology Field Director 2012 - 2013. Arizona Army National Guard and Department of Emergency and Military Affairs w/ Vanir Construction Management, Inc., Phoenix, AZ
Planned, developed, managed, and conducted all facets of a solo, year-long, 6,500+ acre Class III Cultural Resource Assessment Survey and Site Assessment of State Trust Land within the Florence Military Reservation, hiking over 800 miles in six months.  Located, photographed, recorded, identified, and mapped (Trimble Geo XT) 145+ unrecorded archaeological sites, 354 features, and tens of thousands of artifacts.  Prepared detailed, report-ready maps and completed site forms.  Trained volunteers for fieldwork.  Sites ranged in size from 25 to over 430,000 square meters. 

Contract Archaeologist 2011 - 2012. Logan Simpson Design, Inc. and Rio Salado Archaeology, Inc., Tempe, AZ
Worked on the salvage burial recovery at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Complex Construction Site in downtown Phoenix. Re-catalogued, inventoried, and consolidated the artifact collection at the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC)…a delicate undertaking in both the physical handling of thousands of Native American artifacts and in addressing tribal sensitivity associated with them. Conducted Class III archaeological survey, testing, monitoring, and data recovery/excavation projects throughout central Arizona.

Police Officer Recruit 2011. City of Mesa Police Department, Mesa, AZ
Following over a year of processing, qualifying, and eliminations, I was one of 10 individuals selected from 2,000 applicants for the position of Mesa Police Officer. While attending the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy (ALEA) as a recruit in Class 460, a training injury (temporary) required my resignation.

Southwest Region Project Archaeologist 2010 - 2011. EBI Consulting, Inc., Telecom Division, Phoenix, AZ
Managed all areas of archaeological survey work for the telecom division in the Southwest.  Conducted site file reviews (SHPO and AZSITE), site assessments and monitoring, determined the Area of Potential Effect (APE)-Visual Effect (VE) and APE-Direct Effect (DE) for each project, prepared Native American consultation letters, authored and reviewed compliance/technical reports (55+) for submittal to SHPO, prepared online compliance documents for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC Forms 620 and 621), as well as other Section 106 Agreement documents.

Crew Chief/Staff Archaeologist 2006 - 2009. The Louis Berger Group, Inc., Western Regional Office, Phoenix, AZ
As a Crew Chief on the Abandoned Historic Mine Location Project conducted for the National Park Service, my team located, mapped, and recorded 126 historic mines scattered throughout the Tucson Mountains. Identified, inventoried, and entered in Excel 12,000+ artifacts from the massive Carson City Freeway project. Conducted Class III archaeological survey, testing, monitoring, and data recovery/excavation projects in Arizona and Nevada. Proofread and edited reports.

Crew Chief/Archaeologist 2005. Environmental Planning Group, Inc. (EPG), Phoenix, AZ
Conduced Class III archaeological surveys for transmission line projects in northern Arizona. Completed site file reviews and compiled reports.

Contract Archaeologist/Field Technician 2004 - 2006. SWCA Environmental Consultants, Inc., The Louis Berger Group, Inc. Western Regional Office, and Northland Research, Inc., Phoenix and Tempe, AZ
Conducted Class III archaeological survey, testing, monitoring, and data recovery/excavation projects in Arizona, Nevada, and California.


Technical Skills

·         Extensive archaeological surveying, testing, monitoring, and data recovery/excavation experience

·         Site location, identification, and assessment for NR eligibility

·         Excellent in-field and report-ready mapping ability

·         Very Experienced with Trimble Geo XT w/Terrasync and Microsoft Office

·         Outstanding technical writing and editing skills

·         Exceptional public speaking and oral communication skills

·         AZSITE Database Experience

·         Primitive Camping Skills


·         Dust Control Compliance Training Rule 310 Basic Certification, Maricopa County 2008 - present

·         OSHA 10-hour Construction Safety Training, AO Solutions 2012

·         OSHA Excavation Safety/Competent Person Training, ETC Compliance Solutions 2006


Professional Affiliations and Permits

·         Nevada Antiquities Permit (#597), Principal Investigator and Field Director

·         Register of Professional Archaeologists #28576781 (RPA)

Volunteer Work

Maricopa County Sheriff Department
, COMSERV Posse, 2017 - present
Assist deputies in all aspects of law enforcement. Final weapons training will be completed in October 2017 and will begin working patrol with deputies in District 1.

Arizona Rangers, Lieutenant, Internal Affairs Officer
2008 - 2011. Agua Fria and Phoenix Companies
Assisted law enforcement agencies upon request. Investigated reported meth labs. Selected to guard the Declaration of Independence during its 2011 viewing in Phoenix.  The Arizona Rangers are an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) state agency.)

The Angel Tree Project 2005 - present. Foothills Baptist Church, Phoenix, AZ
Participate in the annual Christmas program where children receive presents “from” an incarcerated parent.  Involved with selecting, purchasing, wrapping, and delivering the gifts to children throughout the SE Valley.

Salvation Army Toy Distribution Volunteer 2005 - 2012. The Salvation Army, Phoenix, AZ
Volunteered through the Arizona Republic to assist with the organization, packing, and distribution of thousands of Christmas presents for children throughout the Valley.

Humanitarian Mission Trip Volunteer 2009. Foothills Baptist Church, near Hermosillo, Senora, Mexico
Traveled to a small, poverty-stricken community to help with clothing distributions, maintenance assistance, and other needs.

Guest Speaker 2005 - present. School Districts throughout the Valley, Phoenix and Paradise Valley, AZ
Present talks to primary and secondary school students and faculty about being an archaeologist and why archaeology is relevant. Programs include hands-on artifacts and a question/answer session.

Volunteer Archaeologist 2005. Aviation Archaeology Investigation and Research, Mesa, AZ
Assisted in locating, documenting, and tagging a 1964 small aircraft crash site in a remote, mountainous area of Arizona.


·         Doctoral Program (ABD) Applied Anthropology, University of South Florida

·         MA (summa cum laude) Applied Archaeology, University of South Florida

 (Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society)

·         BA Anthropology with architecture/history minors, Auburn University





Post ID#20228 - replied 6/17/2013 7:47 PM


Sylvia has not only been a colleague of mine for a few years, she is also a good friend.  I have worked with her on several projects throughout Arizona. Sylvia is intelligent, reliable and trustworthy. She is easy to work with and always looking for ways to expand her base of knowledge. Sylvia is also flexible, pragmatic, and above all, handles herself professionally at all times. I offer her my highest recommendation.

Post ID#20563 - replied 9/30/2014 6:48 AM


VSC is seeking a FT Principal Archaeologist Investigator for WSMR NM (Las Cruces area). This is a MON-FRI position with no weekends or holidays required.  All Principal Investigators must meet the qualifications for Archaeologists contained in the Secretary of the Interior Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation (48 FR 44720-44726) OR the New Mexico Administrative Code Qualification for Archaeological, This states that the individual must have a graduate degree in archaeology or anthropology and a minimum of 30 months of full-time professional experience. White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) has the need to complete analysis and documentation for cultural surveys in order to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 as amended and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966. Phase II testing may be required on those sites that need more detailed analysis to assess their National Register eligibility status. Work will comply with WSMR Archaeological Standards and Procedures, Installation Cultural Resources Management Plan and the Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan.  Candidates should submit a resume and cover letter that reflects relevant experience to  This is an urgent fill position.

Post ID#20895 - replied 7/8/2017 9:43 AM


Available for local fieldwork every day or travel fieldwork Wed to Sun. I will likely be teaching Monday evenings 6:30 to 8:30 pm September 25 to December 11, 2017. I will know for sure once the class schedule is decided.


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