Topic ID #38625 - posted 8/21/2017 2:46 PM

CMEC CR 2017-003 - Multiple archeology/history opportunities -- Texas, Oklahoma


Cox|McLain Environmental Consulting, Inc. (CMEC), a small, woman-owned, Austin-based firm with satellite offices in Houston, DFW, and Tulsa, has field technician, crew chief, junior historian, and project archeologist/field director opportunities for multiple ongoing and near/mid-term future archeological and historic buildings/structures surveys in Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana, with particular concentrations in north-central Texas (DFW area), southeast Texas (Houston area), and eastern Oklahoma. 

The primary function of the positions at all levels is to support senior cultural resources staff as needed with archeological and historic-resources fieldwork and subsequent paperwork, artifact processing, site forms, resource forms, etc.  Duties may include performing pedestrian examination of the ground surface, digging shovel test units, recording features of standing buildings/structures, performing archival research (e.g., searching through tax records, pulling deed/plat information, etc.), observing/supervising mechanical excavations, correctly using Munsell soil color charts and other standard field tools/resources, recording units and sites on company- or agency-mandated forms, and other standard cultural resources survey and follow-up tasks at the direction of the PI/PA.  Duties of senior technicians, crew chiefs, and project archeologists may also include supervising technicians, providing direction in field protocols and safety considerations, and performing real-time quality control on project documentation.  All positions may require bending, stooping, carrying field equipment, standing, and walking for extended periods of time, and making visual and tactile distinctions using color, texture, moisture content, depth, and distance.

Compensation varies based on individual project budgets and candidate qualifications but generally ranges from $15/hour for entry-level field technicians to $20+/hour for highly experienced crew chiefs,  junior project archeologists, and junior historians, with other rates negotiable based on individual qualifications and experience.  Minimum per diem or meal expense on projects is $46/day, with GSA rate (currently $51/day in rural areas and much more in urban areas) as applicable.  Qualifying meal expenses are reimbursed per contracts, which usually do not allow cash per diem on public-sector projects.  Where possible (usually private-sector energy projects), cash per diem is issued with no receipts required.  Single-occupancy lodging is provided on multi-day projects.

These positions are temporary positions on a project-specific basis, not on-call contracts.  Benefits and relocation assistance are not available.  Successful application/performance on one or more projects is not to be construed as a guarantee of future part- or full-time work.

Some projects may be associated with disaster-response efforts and may therefore require immediate mobilization to areas with few amenities and difficult conditions (e.g., low-lying zones after flooding).

The successful archeological technician applicant will possess, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree in archeology, anthropology, geology, or a closely related field.  Required: completion of recognized archeological field school; valid driver’s license; survey experience in Texas, Oklahoma, or Louisiana; an overall dedication to excellence; a strong work ethic; a demonstrated ability to work independently; and solid field skills including the ability to work in difficult conditions (e.g., hot, humid environments) and to navigate in remote, rough, and/or heavily vegetated terrain using USGS topographic maps and aerial-base field maps.  Preferred for crew chiefs/project archeologists: experience managing multiple technicians; graduate degree in archeology, anthropology, or closely related field; experience with a range of Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment; experience with historic resources surveys; familiarity with NHPA/NEPA compliance; previous resource-recordation experience in relevant states (as applicable for individual projects); previous safety training/certification (OSHA, CPR/First Aid, etc.).

Required for junior historian positions: meets/exceeds the Secretary of the Interior’s Qualifications Standards for history or architectural history; strong writing skills; survey experience; strong research skills; an overall dedication to excellence; a strong work ethic; a demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively; the ability to work in difficult conditions (e.g., Texas summer heat); and valid driver’s license.  Preferred (please note any expertise with the following): Knowledge of Texas and/or Oklahoma history and architecture; knowledge of preservation laws and processes; familiarity with NHPA/NEPA compliance; previous experience conducting Section 106 report documentation and survey work for DOTs and/or other federal or state governmental agencies; writing National Register nominations or Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER) documentation; conducting FCC cell tower survey and report documentation; prior experience with budgeting, report production/quality control, and/or management of personnel; previous consulting experience; TxDOT precertifications for 2.7.1, 2.8.1 and 2.11.1 or eligibility to obtain them; experience with historic resource database management; experience with large projects; public history experience including developing content for lay audiences, educational materials, and public outreach.

Preferred for all positions: candidates based in the Houston, DFW, Austin, or Tulsa areas to more easily travel with other project staff. 

Please e-mail a resume/CV (Preferred format PDF) that includes contact information for at least three cultural-resource-related professional references to with the required subject line CMEC CR 2017-003.  If you wish to be considered for a crew chief, project archeologist, or historian role, please also include a writing sample (complex site writeup, National Register nomination, thesis chapter, sample senior-authored report, etc.), also as PDF.

CMEC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Due to volume, we may not be able to respond directly to every application.



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