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Historical Research Associates is seeking Archaeologists for its Spokane (WA) and Portland (OR) offices. Title and salary grade will be determined based on experience, education, skills, and abilities. The Archaeologist performs research, fieldwork, laboratory, and writing tasks as part of a project team. Based on education and experience, the Archaeologist may be called on to serve as Principal Investigator and take a lead role in planning, managing, and completing projects and may take a more active role in client contact, proposal preparation, and budget development.

Job duties include, but are not limited to, leading field projects, use of GPS and other data collection devices, conducting archival research, technical report writing, and artifact analysis. Under the supervision of a Senior or Principal Archaeologist, duties may include assisting with project management and administration and client, agency, and landowner interactions on multiple projects simultaneously. The successful candidate must have strong technical writing skills and be willing to travel and conduct fieldwork throughout the Pacific Northwest and, on occasion, elsewhere in the U.S.

Required education and experience:

  • Master’s degree or PhD in Archaeology or Anthropology plus a minimum of one year of demonstrated experience working directly with field crews, conducting analysis of research data, and contributing to research reports.
  • Meets the Secretary of the Interior’s professional qualifications standards in Archaeology and any applicable state qualifications (for the Oregon position, the applicant must be included on, or have the ability to be included on, the Qualified Archaeologist list on file at the Oregon SHPO). Experience working in Washington and/or Oregon.


Required skills and abilities:

  • Proficiency in the use of field/GIS tools such as a compass, topographic maps, ArcPAD, Trimble and tablets for GPS data collection, and must possess a strong command of field techniques and ability to teach and supervise others.
  • Familiarity with the Section 106 process.
  • Proficiency in researching ethnographic documentation and soils/environmental/cultural backgrounds, SHPO databases, GLO plats, land patents/historic maps and tax assessments with the ability to recognize the need for and the location of additional resources.
  • Experience with inventory, monitoring, and writing research reports and plans, with the ability to consistently produce high quality products and with the knowledge and understanding of appropriate style for the document requested.
  • Possession and demonstration of strong technical writing skills, interpersonal skills, and verbal and written communication skills.

Preferred education and experience:

  • Five years’ experience with the application of appropriate state and federal legislation. regulations, documents, and procedures
  • Demonstrated field supervisory experience.
  • Experience acting as lead author on CRM reports.

Preferred skills and abilities:

  • Strong understanding of the Section 106 process.
  • Experience with and ability to mentor junior staff.
  • Ability to supervise and provide direction to members of a project team and effectively lead others.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Positions are open until filled and interviews will be conducted as qualified candidates are identified. Competitive salary negotiable based on education, experience, skills, and abilities. Full benefits package includes paid vacation and sick leave, 6 paid holidays, medical insurance with generous employer contribution plus optional discounted dental and vision insurance, 401(k) with generous employer contribution, life insurance, and disability insurances. Please submit a letter of interest and résumé to Human Resources at HR@hrassoc.com. No phone calls, please.

Equal opportunity/veterans/disabled. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

HRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request an reasonable accommodation as part of the employment application and/or selection process, please contact Charity Touchette, HR Manager, at 406-721-1958.