Full-time Archaeologist Technical Writer

Full-time Archaeologist Technical Writer

Beaver Creek Archaeology, Inc., a cultural resource management (CRM) consultancy with offices in Bismarck, ND and Artesia, NM, is seeking a talented individual to join our team as a Full-Time Archaeologist Technical Writer. BCA conducts project work throughout the central-western United States, with a significant focus on the Great Plains region. The primary role is to effectively communicate the findings, methodologies, and significance of archaeological investigations to various interested parties, including state and federal agency reviewers and BCA clients. Our projects involve a variety of pedestrian surveys, shovel testing, excavation, architectural surveys, and various forms of historic documentation.

Position Overview
This position is based out of our Bismarck, ND office. The successful candidate will work 40 hours a week during regular business hours (Central Time Zone) with the possibility for overtime. Compensation will be commensurate with the applicant’s level of education and previous experience.

An Archaeological Technical Writer plays a vital role in preserving the historical and cultural heritage of archaeological sites by creating accurate and accessible records. They contextualize fieldwork data, making archaeological discoveries meaningful and informative to the overseeing agencies, and help to inform agencies’ project decisions and recommended site treatment measures.

Key duties and responsibilities
• Report Preparation: Create comprehensive and accurate technical reports that summarize archaeological fieldwork, including excavation findings, artifact analysis, and cultural context. These reports serve as a critical record of archaeological investigations.
• Historic Research: Utilize diverse sources for research purposes and synthesize the gathered information into easily understandable and concise formats
• Data Interpretation: Translate complex archaeological data into clear, accessible language. Explain the significance of discoveries and their relevance to historical or cultural contexts.
• Compliance Documentation: Assist in the preparation of documents required for regulatory compliance, specifically Cultural Resource Management (CRM) reports, ensuring they meet industry standards and regulations.
• Editing and Proofreading: Review and edit reports and documents for clarity, consistency, and adherence to style guidelines. Ensure that all information is accurate and well-organized.
• Collaboration: Work closely with archaeologists, project managers, and other team members to gather information and ensure that reports align with project objectives, agency mandates, and client requirements.
• Quality Control: Maintain quality control procedures to guarantee the accuracy and integrity of archaeological documentation. Verify that all information is properly cited and referenced.
• Visual Aids: Incorporate maps, illustrations, photographs, and diagrams into reports to enhance the understanding of archaeological findings. Ensure that visual materials are appropriately sized, captioned, and referenced.
• Regulatory Compliance: Stay up-to-date with federal, state, and local regulations and guidelines governing archaeological documentation. Ensure that all reports meet the necessary compliance standards.
• Continuous Learning: Stay informed about developments in archaeological research methods and technologies, as well as evolving best practices in technical writing.
Minimum qualifications
• English language fluency, including proficient writing and grammatical skills
• A Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, or a closely related field
• Strong technical writing skills with the ability to produce accurate and detailed reports
• The ability to communicate with an array of individuals with differing communication styles
• Critical thinking and creative problem-solving abilities
• Proficiency in office software and tools, including Microsoft 365 and Adobe
• Excellent organizational skills and a keen attention to detail
• A passion for cultural resource management and archaeology
• Ability to work collaboratively or independently

Preferred qualifications
• Previous archaeological report writing experience, including CRM
• Previous experience writing and interpreting North Dakota Cultural Resources Survey (NDCRS) site forms
• Knowledge and/or experience with the Public Land Survey System (PLSS) with the ability to list legal PLSS identifications
• Experience working with and interpreting engineering plat maps
• Interest in and drive for continued professional education and growth in the CRM profession

Physical Requirements
• Ability to remain seated or standing at a desk, working on a computer, for hours at a time with repetitive hand motions
• Ability to look at a computer monitor for hours at a time

The above tasks and requirements are not intended to represent or account for every task or duty the employee may be responsible for or assigned to.

If you are a dedicated archaeologist with a passion for preservation, we invite you to join our team at BCA. Please submit your updated resume, a cover letter detailing your relevant experience and why you are the ideal candidate for this position, and desired pay range.