Topic ID #41091 - posted 5/23/2019 12:20 PM

Archeological Field Technicians Needed for Projects in Louisiana

DESCO Environmental Consultants, LP is actively seeking several Archeological Technicians for large-scale projects in Louisiana. These are limited-term positions, where work weeks are determined by project demands and time constraints, however, DESCO foresees the demand for these positions for the next 3-4 months. Candidate responsibilities include but are not limited to:


  • Participates in cultural resource field investigations inclusive of pedestrian surveys augmented by shovel testing, NRHP eligibility testing, data recovery, and resource inventories;
  • Assists in site identification, and in archeological and historic resource documentation and recordation;
  • Accurately prepares daily field journals, shovel test forms, site and feature forms, trench and test unit forms, and monitoring forms as appropriate. Must be able to draw detailed unit profiles and plan view  sketches;
  • Able to excavate shovel test pits, screen soils and provide accurate descriptions of soil matrices; use digital cameras and maintain accurate photo log; and perform post-field data processing of artifacts and field documentation;
  • Professionally communicates with peers and field leads, as well as capable of receiving direction from supervisors;
  • Attends mandatory prefield Health and Safety meetings daily;
  • This position may also require periodic contributions in the completion of archeological and historic resource site forms, narrative site descriptions for compliance documentation, and research;
  • Other duties as assigned.

 Minimum Qualifications

  • B.A. or B.S. in anthropology, archeology, or history from an accredited university, plus one or more of the following:

-Successful completion of a documented archeological field school; or

-6 months of full-time professional CRM experience.

  • Flexibility to travel overnight, including out of state travel, for up to 3+ weeks at a time;
  • Experience with standard compass and tape. Familiarity with topographic maps and aerial photographic imagery a plus; 
  • Knowledge of and experience with Trimble GPS systems and software, data collectors, and/or Total Station is preferred;
  • Candidate must be physically able to work in harsh, outdoor environments that include but are not limited to uneven terrain, inundated elements (bayous, marshes, floodplains), and variable weather conditions such as extreme heat, cold, moisture, or dryness. 
  • Position requires frequent repetitive bending and stooping, standing/walking, and lifting of up to 40 pounds; occasionally working with arms above shoulder level; working at heights; performing repetitive or fine hand movements; working in a construction environment around heavy equipment; operation of company vehicles; performing work in confined spaces; working alone in isolated/remote areas; and/or performing keyboard/mouse operations. Position may require wearing associated personal protective equipment, including safety glasses/goggles, gloves, safety shoes/boots, hard hat, long-sleeve shirts, and tick guards.
  • Previous Basic and/or Wilderness First Aid and CPR Training a plus;
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record, no exceptions;
  • Must pass a State and Federal criminal history/security background check; 
  • Must pass pre-employment drug screen;
  • U.S. Citizenship required.

 Preferred Qualifications


  • General familiarity with cultural resource management protocols and processes, including Section 106 and NEPA compliance, is helpful to understanding cultural resource management.
  • Experience with conducting laboratory analysis of either prehistoric or historic material


DESCO will pay a rate of $165.00 to $230.00 per day, commensurate with experience, plus overtime. DESCO will cover single occupancy lodging, pay a per diem of $50 per day, and reimburse project-related mileage and expenses. 

Qualified applicants, please send resumes to


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