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  • 02/07/2018 17:31 | AAC Admin (Administrator)
    ACS has openings for two positions, a Field Archaeologist and a Cultural Resource Senior Project Manager. Information on the positions can be found in the attached job announcements. 



  • 02/05/2018 18:08 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The Arizona Archaeology Expo will be on March 10th from 10 A.M. to 4:00 P.M at the Mesa Grande Archaeological Site. The SHPO needs participants and has extended the due date to February 14th. The form can be downloaded here:

  • 02/03/2018 13:32 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The Arizona House Land, Agriculture and Rural Affairs committee has put House Bill 2498 on their meeting agenda for February 8, 2018, at 10:00 A.M. in Room HHR 3. The AAC invites members and colleagues to attend and speak in opposition of the bill. Members can create an account and register to speak at the below link. Links to HB 2498 and the Arizona House member roster are also provided.

  • 02/01/2018 17:06 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The AAC has drafted a letter response to Arizona House Bill 2498. The bill and letter response are attached. Please direct any comments to AAC President Dave Hart:



  • 01/26/2018 16:20 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Field Director - Archaeology/Cultural Resources Tucson/Phoenix, Arizona

    Tierra Right of Way Services is seeking motivated and experienced archaeologists/cultural resources managers who can fulfill the duties of Field Director in either our Tucson or Phoenix office. The successful candidate must be a team player. He/she must have the ability to multi-task, including supervising multiple small surveys and/or monitoring projects concurrently. Experience directing large block surveys as well as testing and data recovery investigations is also desired. The successful candidate must meet qualifications required for supervisory archaeologists by the State of Arizona, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Forest Service, including the U.S. Secretary of Interior’s standards for archaeologists. The candidates must have knowledge of the literature and practice of prehistoric and historic archaeology in the American Southwest. A moderate amount of travel may be required; a current valid driver’s license is required. The successful candidates must be a United States citizen or hold a federally approved work visa.


    • Seven years’ experience in CRM at increasing levels of responsibility, such as technician, crew chief, assistant field director, field director, at least three years of which has been in southern Arizona, is required.

    • Thorough knowledge of the NHPA Section 106 process and associated federal and state laws and regulations is essential.

    • Graduate degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, or related field is required.

    • Focus in a particular analytic specialty in material culture or an aspect of environmental archaeology.

    Duties include:

    • Directing fieldwork

    • Staffing and scheduling input

    • Writing reports and preparing forms to pertinent agency standards

    • Delegating tasks to junior staff

    • Problem resolutions in field and office settings

    • Training archaeological technicians in field methods, preparation of forms, and report writing

    • Maintaining current knowledge of literature and professional reports

    • Assisting in the preparation of scopes of work and budgets for proposals

    • Analyzing collections of cultural materials that fall within your particular analytic specialty

    Salary and Benefits:

    Salary is competitive, and is based on experience and education. This is a full-time permanent position with benefits, including medical, 401k, and holidays.

    Tierra has been conducting cultural resource projects in the American Southwest for nearly twenty-five (25) years. We are committed to meeting our clients’ land services needs in the highest quality manner, delivered with the highest ethical and professional standards. Tierra is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

    How to Apply:

    Please submit letter of interest and CV/resume to, or mail to:

    Tierra Right of Way Services

    Human Resources Department

    RE: Field Director Tucson/Phoenix - Archaeology/Cultural Resources

    1575 East River Road, Suite 201

    Tucson, AZ 85718

  • 01/03/2018 21:10 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The Fall 2017 issue of the Journal of Arizona Archaeology (Volume 5, No. 1) is devoted to recent research into the archaeology of the Perry Mesa Region, with Will Russell as the guest editor. Members of the Arizona Archaeological Council may obtain their electronic copy of the Journal by accessing the Journal issues on this site. Subscribers to the paper format of the issue will receive their copies in January.

    Non-members may purchase an issue of the Journal for $5 per electronic copy and $15 per paper format (includes postage and handling) by sending a request to Please specify the issue and number you wish to purchase

  • 12/12/2017 16:32 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    The AZ SHPO is hosting a google group to disseminate news and updates from SHPO to the archaeological community.

    Search google groups for AZ SHPO Archaeology and request to join.

  • 11/22/2017 14:28 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    See the below link for details. 

    Project Director-VH 2017-11-15.pdf

  • 11/22/2017 14:20 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Jacobs), an equal-opportunity employer, is seeking experienced archaeological field technicians for upcoming field projects. Duties will include archaeological construction monitoring and archaeological survey, as well as other tasks as assigned. Position requires familiarity with artifact identification, identification of soil stratigraphy, and the identification of archaeological features; as well as the preparation of detailed field notes and archaeological site records. Candidates must be able and willing to work outdoors in remote locations and for extended periods under all weather conditions, often traversing rugged terrain. Must demonstrate awareness for workplace safety; and be willing to work independently when conditions are appropriate or with limited supervision.

    Required Qualifications

    • Knowledge of computers and GPS equipment
    • Ability/willingness to travel
    • At least two years’ experience working around construction crews and working safely in trenches and around heavy equipment
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Organizational and time management skills to effectively complete assigned workload within defined timelines and in accordance with established standards
    • Demonstrated experience in the Southwest, especially Arizona

    Desired Qualifications

    • B.A./B.S. Degree or higher in Anthropology with an emphasis in Archaeology
    • OSHA excavation and trench safety training
    • At least 2 years of field experience in archaeological survey and excavation.

    Please apply online at

    Please contact Glennda Luhnow, Jacobs’ Phoenix Manager of Archaeology/Cultural Resources at or 602-650-4060 with additional questions.

  • 11/02/2017 09:20 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

    Cultural Resource Principal Investigator  

    Established in 1999, Transcon Environmental, Inc., offers environmental consulting services throughout the western United States with offices in Arizona, California, and Utah. Our highly successful team of environmental planners, biologists and archaeologists provides environmental planning, permitting, and compliance as well as infrastructure siting, Class I and Class III studies, Historic Property Treatment Plans, and environmental construction management and monitoring.

    We are seeking a full-time, senior-level archaeologist for assignments located in Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California, and New Mexico. Primary duties include senior review of archaeological reports and other products, writing technical reports, leading and coordinating field projects, overseeing staff assignments, analyzing permitting strategies, interacting with clients, and marketing. Strong writing and review skills are required. Occasional field work may be required, such as assessing specified location(s) for cultural resources and monitoring cultural resources during utility operation and maintenance activities. Candidates applying for this position will be based out of the Mesa, Arizona office.


    • Graduate degree in archaeology, or closely related field
    • Proficiency in Arizona, Utah, and Nevada prehistoric or historic archaeology
    • At least ten years of full-time professional experience in archaeological research or cultural resource management
    • Eligible or previously permitted as a Principal Investigator in Arizona for state and federal agencies (Bureau of Land Management, State offices, US Forests, and Bureau of Reclamation)
    • Ability to perform work duties independently with short deadlines
    • Ability to manage both small and large projects and work with other disciplines
    • Highly organized, motivated, thorough, accurate, dependable and trustworthy
    • Excellent writing and editing skills
    • Strong computer skills
    • Good problem solving skills
    • Interaction with State Historic Preservation Offices and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices
    • Participation in marketing activities including conferences and proposal development


    • Experience hiring and managing archaeological staff (office and field)
    • Experience scheduling projects and adhering to project budgets
    • Eligible to be permitted as Principal Investigator in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah for state and federal agencies
    • Familiarity with typical electrical utility operations and maintenance activities
    • Proficiency with sub-meter GPS
    • Proficiency in New Mexico archaeology and meets qualifications for listing as Field Director on state and federal permits

    This position is exempt (salary), and eligible for full benefits. On multiple day assignments, employee will be reimbursed for meals and lodging. We anticipate that employment will begin in November 2017. Applicants must have a clean driving record for at least 5 years prior to the start of work. Offers of employment will be contingent on the candidate passing drug and alcohol testing.


    Send the following documents to Human Resources at

    • one-page cover letter (mention any archaeological permits you may hold)
    • resume (3-page limit)
    • three references (include a supervisor and a co-worker)
    • writing sample 

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