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Terracon Senior Staff Scientist in Tempe, Arizona


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General Responsibilities:

Conduct cultural records reviews, archaeological surveys, Phase I testing, Phase II data recovery, archaeological monitoring, archaeological mitigation, preparation of archaeological plans and reports, and contribute cultural information for environmental documents Identify, evaluate and recommend risk and mitigation strategies/designs to ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations. Prepare applicable risk assessments and technical documents including proposals, reports and regulatory agency correspondence.

Essential Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Follow safety rules, guidelines and standards for all projects. Participate in pre-task planning. Report any safety issues or concerns to management.

  • Be responsible for maintaining quality standards on all projects.

  • Mid-level, experienced scientific professional responsible for conducting site testing and making recommendations for systems design on medium sized projects with a variety of complexity.

  • Participates with more senior scientists on large, more complex projects.

  • Performs survey, monitoring, and excavation fieldwork assignments, often serving as field lead and/or project manager for given assignment.

  • Implements technical requirements to complete client projects by directing and supervising field staff to sample, test and collect data and/or document site activities.

  • Responsible for developing written proposals to clients for both small and large projects including quality control review of proposals written by others.

  • Evaluates complex laboratory and field data and assembles in written reports.

  • May serve as team member or lead in meetings and communications with client pertaining to specific projects/tasks.


  • Master’s degree in Anthropology and a minimum of 5 years’ related experience. Or, in lieu of a Master’s degree, possess a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and have a minimum of 9 years’ related experience.

  • Ability to perform all aspects of archaeological fieldwork outdoors year-round within the U.S. Southwest (Arizona, New Mexico, California, Nevada, and Utah).

  • Meets Secretary of Interior Standards for conducting archaeological fieldwork.

  • Ability to obtain State and Federal permits to conduct archaeological fieldwork within U.S. Southwest.

  • Ability to obtain Principal Investigator status in the US Southwest (Arizona, New Mexico, California, Nevada, or Utah).

  • Ability to author records review, monitoring, survey, testing and data recovery reports.

  • Valid driver’s license with acceptable violation history.

Desired qualifications:

  • Possess Principal Investigator status on an Arizona Antiquities Act permit.

  • Possess General Archaeological Investigation Permit for archaeological investigations on New Mexico state lands.

  • Completion of an archaeological field school in the US Southwest.

Terracon’s health plans make it easy for employees to build their own packages based on their needs.

The following plans are offered to you to protect you and your family:

  • Medical Plans

  • Consumer Driven Health Care Plan or Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) Plan

  • Pharmacy Benefit

  • Dental Plan

  • Vision Plans

  • Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Retirement Plan: 401(k) and Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)

  • Individual Employee Ownership of Common Stock

Terracon also offers plans that help employees make the most of their work and personal lives, including:

  • Short Term Disability

  • Supplemental Disability and Injury Benefit Long Term Disability

  • Life Insurance

  • Long Term Care Insurance

  • Paid Time Off




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Posting Title:

Senior Staff Scientist-(Archaeologist)

Employment Type:

Regular, Full Time

City, State (Office Location):

Tempe, AZ

About Terracon:

Terracon is a 100 percent employee-owned consulting engineering firm providing quality services to clients. Since 1965, Terracon has evolved into a successful multi-discipline firm specializing in environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services. Terracon currently has more than 5,000 employees in more than 150 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon’s growth is due to valued employees exceeding expectations in client service and growing their careers with new and exciting opportunities in the marketplace.

Terracon’s vision of “Together, we are best at people” is demonstrated through our excellent compensation and benefits package. Based on eligibility, role and job status, we offer many programs including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k) plan, paid time off and holidays, education reimbursement, and various bonus programs.

EEO Statement:

Terracon is an EEO employer. We encourage qualified minority, female, veteran and disabled candidates to apply and be considered for open positions. We do not discriminate against any applicant for employment, or any employee because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender, disability, age, or military status.

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Terracon's COVID-19 Safety Response:

Committed to Our Employee Safety!

Terracon is passionate about your safety before, during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic. As Terracon continues to move forward and grow through this time, we are continuing to take every precaution to ensure the safety of our employee-owners. If you are as committed to your success as we are committed to your safety, then Terracon is the company for you!

Our goal has not changed. For Terracon, our guiding principle has been and will continue to be the safety of our employee-owners. It’s that simple. We want our employees to be able to work safely in every situation and go home safely each night. As we continue our vision of being “Best at People,” here are some of the things Terracon is doing to safeguard every employee-owner:

  • On-going communication with ALL employee-owners on a dedicated COVID Response page, and a portal for their families to have access to resources as well

  • Requiring specific COVID-19 Pre-Task Safety Planning Protocols for all tasks and projects

  • Empowering employees to speak up and say “no” to working in unsafe conditions

  • Providing an additional 40 hours of sick leave to anyone impacted by COVID-19, including those impacted by daycare and school closures

  • Offering voluntary reduced work schedule for anyone needing extra time to care for others

  • Load leveling work assignments across regions to maintain high productivity and chargeability

  • Ensuring proper PPE and sanitation on all project sites by providing field employee-owners with mobile hand washing stations and supplies, masks, and sanitizing kits

  • Utilizing technology for more remote work opportunities and innovation using everything from video conferencing to drones

  • Following all CDC guidelines including social distancing on job sites, in offices, and in our labs

  • Implementing a stand-by leave program to ensure our employees continue service and health insurance benefits during regional work shortages

If your passion lies in working with a company that truly cares for your safety, and if you’re interested in belonging to a 100% employee-owned organization that will help you grow and quickly progress in your career, consider Terracon and apply today!