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Archaeological Principal Investigator

  1. Atlanta
  1. Corporate, Environment & geoscience, Transportation
Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. Atkins has been providing infrastructure planning, engineering, construction, environmental consulting, urban planning, architecture, and program management services to public and private clients across the United States for more than 50 years.

Atkins has the depth and breadth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time-critical infrastructure projects and the urgent transition to a low-carbon economy.

Atkins seeks an energetic and highly motivated self-starter to join our Atlanta, GA EcoSciences Group as an Archaeological Principal Investigator.


Under direction, applies full competency in conventional scientific solutions related to functional area of assignment and broad knowledge of precedents in specialty area. Plans and coordinates scientific work related to detailed phases of a major project.

  • Working at client’s office as a support service archaeologist providing reviews of consultant deliverables including but not limited to short reports, research designs, Phase I, II and III reports, mitigation plans, etc.
  • As part of support service role, serving as the primary author on technical reports, research designs, and other technical documents.
  • Collaborating effectively with other cultural resource professional, environmental professionals, engineers, and project managers.
  • Overseeing technical aspects of field research, data collection, inventory, analysis, curation, and final report production and ensuring it is conducted in accordance with the Atkins QA/QC protocol.
  • Project and task management duties such as managing scopes and schedules and interacting with clients.

  • B.A./B.S. or M.S. in a field of Science to commensurate with hiring discipline.
  • This level may be achieved by Scientists with minimum five years experience since Bachelor's degree or four years experience with Master's degree; typical incumbent has six to seven years' experience.

  • This position requires a graduate level degree of MS, MA, or higher in Archaeology, Anthropology, Cultural Resources Management, or a closely related field.
  • Experience working with the Georgia SHPO and GDOT is preferable.
  • Training or experience with project management or task management (of cultural resource tasks on larger interdisciplinary projects) is desirable.
  • Excellent technical and interpersonal skills required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Good analytical skills and attention to detail, technical writing, computer and communication skills.
  • Ability to appropriately scope and budget various types and aspects of cultural resource projects for archaeological survey, testing, data recovery, reporting and curation.

  • Professional certification/registration may be required, depending on discipline.
  • RPA certification is desirable for archaeology candidates but not required.

  • Candidates must have knowledge or experience with a sufficient subset or combination of the following activities: Archaeological investigations, surveys, testing, monitoring, and mitigation; historic resource surveys; historic building and structures inventories; historical and archival research; and cultural resource management services.
  • Candidates must meet the Secretary of the Interior's professional qualification standards and must qualify as a Principal Investigator on federal, state, and local cultural resource permits.
  • Candidates must have demonstrated knowledge and experience with National Historic Preservation Act regulations (including Section 106) and other federal, state, and local regulatory requirements pertinent to cultural resources.
  • Candidates must have experience coordinating with SHPOs, THPOs, federal and state agency representatives, and land owners/managers regarding cultural resources.
  • Travel may be required per project requirements.

Atkins offers its employees a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits package including medical/RX, dental, vision, life, disability, legal, hospitalization and other valuable voluntary options; generous time-off programs; flexible work schedules; 401(k) with employer match; professional and career development opportunities through our corporate university, as well as a highly-regarded tuition reimbursement program; and an unmatched culture focused on client-service, quality, and tireless pursuit of excellence in all we do. Atkins is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability.

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