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Burns & McDonnell Staff Anthropologist / Archaeologist - Cultural Resources in Denver, Colorado


Burns & McDonnell’s office in Denver, CO, is actively seeking an Anthropologist/Archaeologist to support and conduct project studies and surveys, construction monitoring, archaeological excavation and associated field work. This includes the collection of field data, artifact identification, GPS data collection and the preparation of technical reports for multi-disciplined projects in a variety of locations. Burns & McDonnell is a 100% employee-owned firm ranked on FORTUNE’s List of 100 Best Companies to Work For and voted as a Best Place to Work in numerous other cities across the United States.

This position provides the opportunity to challenge and grow yourself professionally within one of the industry’s leading firms. Be on a team that solves our client’s issues and problems for environmental and engineering practices in the planning, permitting, design, and remediation service space.

The successful candidate should have an established and successful history conducting/or team leading pedestrian surveys for both small and large-scale projects including but not limited to executing project tasks, and assisting with developing strategic field plans, and to be a technical lead/author on cultural resource projects. Areas to be covered include NEPA, resource impact assessment, and permitting for various types of projects, including high-voltage transmission line routing, renewables, power generation construction activities and upstream and midstream oil and Gas.

The Anthropologist / Archaeologist will work within our Environmental Services (ENS) Global Practice to perform the following duties:

  • Perform field investigations, field surveys and project studies for the presence of cultural resources. This includes conducting construction monitoring activities, archaeological excavation, artifact identification, and other various project related activities;

  • Support project efforts to meet obligations under U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permits, the National Historic Preservation Act, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission permits, and other Federal and state regulations;

  • Perform pre-field work research, including studying and reporting the prehistory and history of each project area;

  • Perform preparation and completion of pedestrian surveys, shovel testing, archival research, and documentation of results;

  • Compile technical and GPS data presented to Project Managers and senior staff;

  • Compile project status and technical reports to the project team;

  • Support the cultural resources process for various stakeholders including; government agencies, tribal consultants, client coordinators, and other agencies and clients;

  • Support proposal planning and development efforts;

  • Ensure compliance with company and site safety policies; and

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • A Bachelor's Degree in a related field from an accredited program required; Master’s Degree in anthropology/archeology or related field is preferred. Completion of a master's degree in a related field may be substituted for one year of experience;

  • Minimum 5 years of related experience conducting construction monitoring activities; field investigations, surveys and project studies; archaeological excavation, artifact identification and associated field work;

  • Prior consulting experience a plus;

  • Knowledge of federal and state regulations relating to historic preservation such as the National Historic Preservation Act;

  • Knowledge of anthropology and archaeology methods and practices.

  • Must have strong analytical and problem-solving skills;

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, specifically for preparation of technical reports is required;

  • Demonstrated ability to work as an effective team member;

  • High level of attention to detail;

  • Ability to operate various types of GPS equipment;

  • Must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, Access, SharePoint);

  • Ability to adjust to rapidly changing work environments and research approaches;

  • Willingness to travel;

  • Valid driver's license required.

  • Must meet standards to qualify for and maintain the Company's vehicle driving privileges as outlined in the Company's Motor Vehicle Safety Policy.


Job Archeology

Primary Location US-CO-Denver

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 20 % of the Time

Req ID: 201147