Archaeological Consulting Services, Ltd. (ACS), a 43-year-old environmental planning firm in Tempe, Arizona, is seeking to hire a cultural resource Principal Investigator (PI). The successful candidate will:

  • have a Ph.D. or Master’s degree in Anthropology (Archaeology);
  • qualify as a Project Director and Principal Investigator for our Arizona state permit (requirements are listed here:;
  • have 10 or more years of experience in archaeology (Southwest preferred), with two as a PI;
  • have three or more years of experience managing multiple small and mid-size projects and providing support for larger (>$1M) projects;
  • have an understanding of cultural resource compliance within the framework of state and federal regulations;
  • have a track record for conducting and reporting on relevant research; and
  • ideally, have a close familiarity with the performance of such tasks in Arizona and under ADOT contracts.

The graduate degree and qualifications for the Principal Investigator on an Arizona state permit will be shown preference; we may be able to work with you on achieving the specific combination of experience ASM requires for the PI if you qualify as a Project Director.  Although the other requirements listed are more flexible, keep in mind we are looking for a highly experienced person with local experience preferred. The successful candidate’s experience must include project management; working with clients and regulators; assessing National Register of Historic Places eligibility; preparing research designs, treatment plans, and budgets for proposals of all types; monitoring field progress, coordinating with the lab and with report authors, writing and compiling reports, and drafting consultation documents. Experience managing projects with budgets over $200,000 is desired. Strong supervisory, writing, and verbal communication skills are essential, as is attention to detail. Experience with project budgeting and tracking, as well as the ability to bring projects to successful completion on time and within budget, are essential.

The duties of this position regularly require sitting at a desk and using hands to manipulate a computer keyboard and mouse as well as paper work products. They will sometimes include in-town or out-of-town fieldwork (primarily within the State of Arizona), which could require driving ACS vehicles, standing, walking or climbing into and out of trenches and excavation units, using hands to manipulate items and to lift or carry them, talking, and hearing. They occasionally require crossing uneven terrain, climbing over fences, and stooping, kneeling, or crouching. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. All employees must follow established procedures, ask questions when needed, and be able to work independently as well as cooperatively as part of a team, at both the project and company-wide levels.

This position is salaried with benefits, eligible for the full ACS benefits package, including vacation, 10 paid holidays, sick leave, a significant portion of the employee¹s health and dental insurance paid under the company plan, and participation in a 401(k) program after six months. The pay level is competitive commensurate with experience.

Please send a cover letter identifying the position for which you are applying; your resume, including the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references who can comment on the skills required for this position; your salary requirements; and how soon you could start if offered a position to acs_jobs’at’acstempe’dot’com (substitute words in quotes with @ and .). Please include Principal Investigator in the subject line of your e-mail. No phone calls please. This position will remain open until filled. ACS does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, or disability, or any other characteristic protected under the law.