Topic ID #37251 - posted 7/27/2016 4:25 PM

Project Archaeologist - Historical Archaeology - Portland, OR


Position Available


Applied Archaeological Research, Inc.

Project Archaeologist (Full Time)


Founded in 1996, AAR is a multi-disciplinary cultural resource consulting firm based in Portland, Oregon.  AAR has eight fulltime staff members (including five Project Archaeologists) and is mid-size among local CRM firms.  AAR specializes in the archaeology of Pacific Northwest and adjoining regions and has successfully completed over 1,700 projects that have ranged from small-scale surveys to large, complex, multi-site testing and data recovery projects.  AAR is committed to quality research and client services and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Job Description

AAR is seeking to hire a Project Archaeologist with a specialty in historical archaeology.  Project Archaeologist is a professional position requiring advanced knowledge and a varied skill set in archaeology and management.  Project Archaeologists direct field investigations, participate in fieldwork, analyze collected data, supervise support staff, interact with clients, and prepare technical reports.  Project Archaeologists team with AAR’s Principal Investigator and Projects Manager to define project parameters. 

Overnight travel is required and is estimated at 20 percent.

This is a full-time, hourly position.  AAR offers a comprehensive benefit package (medical/dental, personal time off, paid vacation days, long-term disability insurance, and a 401(k) plan) and pay commensurate with credentials and experience.  Annual earnings for the professional staff range between $48,000 and $66,000. 

The successful candidate must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s professional qualification standards for historical archaeology and must have a valid driver license.  Other job requirements include:


Required Qualifications

  • Experience leading archaeological investigations
  • Strong work ethic and teamwork skills
  • Strong historical artifact analysis skills; analysis of late-19th century material culture preferred
  • Strong technical writing and archival research skills
  • Technical fieldwork skills and willingness to work outdoors under varying and adverse conditions


Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally both orally and in writing
  • Ability to use computer programs including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Adobe Illustrator
  • Ability to operate motor vehicles safely, including 4WD vehicles
  • Experience with GPS (Trimble); experience with GIS/ArcMap preferred but not required
  • Previous Oregon and Washington experience preferred
  • Experience with lithic analysis, geoarchaeology, or another sub-field is helpful but not required

How to Apply

Interested candidates should provide a letter of interest, a current curriculum vitae or resume, and references (with contact information).  Electronic submissions preferred with “Job Posting” in the subject line.  Please direct all inquiries and submissions to:


Aimee Finley, Projects Manager

Applied Archaeological Research, Inc.

4001 NE Halsey StSuite 3

Portland, OR   97232

Phone: (503-281-9451)



Opening Date: August 1, 2016

Closing Date: September 15, 2016 (or when filled)

Location: Portland, Oregon


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