Principal Investigator (Archaeology)

United States · PI-2019 expand job description ↓


SEARCH is the largest archaeology and cultural resources management company in the world, and SEARCH2O is the largest underwater archaeology program. Specializing in mega infrastructure projects and emergency response on land and water, SEARCH delivers high capacity cultural resource services directly to every region in the US and globally. Since 1993, SEARCH has completed more than 3,500 projects across 44 US States and 37 countries spanning five continents and three oceans. Commercial and government customers in the Energy & Power, Defense, Federal, Transportation, and Development markets have selected SEARCH for more than $300M in Prime contracts and $2.3B in Team contracts. SEARCH specializes in the full spectrum of cultural services related to Archaeology, Maritime Archaeology, Architectural History, History, Archives, Collections Management, Museum Services, GIS, Documentary Media, and Public Affairs. SEARCH’s staff of 200 employees work from 20 US and Guam offices to conduct 300 projects per year and deploy 20 or more field teams per week; SEARCH has the immediate capacity to exceed client and compliance requirements especially in regard to critical deadlines, high-profile missions, and remote deployments.

Position Information:

SEARCH has immediate openings for a full-time Principal Investigator (Archaeology) to join our terrestrial division for multiple archaeological surveys and excavation projects.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Maintain the highest professional image for our clients, co-workers, media, and general public;
  • Participate in decision making regarding research priorities of the company and provide information on feasibility of prospective projects;
  • Prepare proposals for review by Division leader and Principals;
  • Develop research design and identify and/or provide training to subordinate personnel to carry out background research and archaeological fieldwork;
  • Plan schedule of background research, fieldwork, and report preparation according to company’s or contracting organization’s timetable, and establish daily or weekly routines necessary to meet project timetable;
  • In conjunction with the SEARCH Health & Safety Manager, develop a Health & Safety plan for each assigned project and ensure that it is followed;
  • Provide expertise in field of research to SEARCH colleagues;
  • Prepare reports and papers of completed projects for publication in technical journals, presentation to regulatory agencies or at conferences, or use in further research activities;
  • Develop Business/client relationships for SEARCH and Division;
  • Manage projects to be delivered on time and under budget;
  • Communicate project developments to Division leadership and company Principals;
  • Communicate project developments and regular status updates to clients;
  • Provide oversight or direct supervision to ensure that fieldwork and lab work meet the highest industry standards;
  • Develop innovative field, lab, and reporting approaches;
  • Communicate project goals and schedule to project team;
  • Possess a positive attitude and strong work ethic and promote these values across the company; and
  • Other duties assigned.

Application Requirements

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • References
  • Writing Samples
  • Include the Job Posting code (PI-2019) in the subject line of your email
  • Send all inquiries and additional application materials to: [email protected]

Other Important Need-to-Know Information

  • This position can be based out of any of SEARCH’s offices across the United States.
  • Applicants must be eligible to be employed in the United States.
  • Applicants must have reliable transportation.
  • This position requires some travel.
  • SEARCH offers a competitive total compensation package with strong health and wellness and retirement plans.
  • Pay is commensurate with education and experience.
  • SEARCH is strongly committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where a variety of backgrounds, cultures, orientations, ideas, and talents can flourish.
  • SEARCH is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
  • SEARCH is an Affirmative Action Employer and a Drug-Free

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  • Master's degree in Anthropology, Archaeology or a related field;
  • Minimum five years of supervisory experience encompassing time in the field, laboratory, and office;
  • Experience in cultural resource management and the preparation of deliverables for clients;
  • Experience in Geoarchaeology;
  • Experience with supervision of surveys and assessments from contract award to report submission;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage cultural resource studies in a timely and cost effective manner;
  • Demonstrated client management skills;
  • Superior technical writing skill set to produce high quality technical reports and to prepare acceptable proposals; and
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.


We offer a great benefits package to those who come aboard with us!

  • Competitive Salary
  • Per Diem (for overnight travel)
  • SEARCH-subsidized Group Health Insurance (including Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage)
  • SEARCH-provided Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • SEARCH-provided Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • SEARCH-provided Group Term Life Insurance
  • Voluntary Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Emergency Travel Assistance
  • Generous 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Holidays (10)
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Merit-Based Raises, Bonuses, and Promotions
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Do you have at least a Master's degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, or a related field?
Do you have experience in Geoarchaeology?
I understand that Southeastern Archaeological Research, Inc. (SEARCH) is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment practices, including, but not limited to selection, hiring, promotion, transfers, and compensation to all qualified applicants and associates without regard to age, race, color, national origin, sex, religion, handicap or disability, genetic information, sexual preference, military/veteran status, or any other category protected by law. I understand that this employment application and any other SEARCH documents are not promises of employment. I understand it is SEARCH policy not to refuse to hire a qualified individual with a disability because of that person’s need for a reasonable accommodation as required by the ADA. I understand that all offers of employment are conditional upon my providing timely satisfactory documentary proof of my identity and legal right to work in the United States. I understand that if I am hired, my employment and compensation is terminable at-will and is for no definite period. I further understand that I have the right to terminate my employment at any time with or without cause and/or with or without notice, and SEARCH has the same right. I understand that SEARCH, as a Drug Free Workplace, reserves the right to require me to submit to a drug/alcohol test, prior to employment and at any time during my employment, to the extent permitted by law. I further understand that depending on my position, I may be required to sign a confidentiality or non-competition agreement. I am able to perform the essential functions of the position I am applying for with or without reasonable accommodation, and I understand that I must maintain the ability to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation. I hereby acknowledge that I have read the above statements and understand them. I declare that the facts contained in the application, resume, or any other document submitted are true and complete to the best of my knowledge. I understand that any misrepresentation or omissions will disqualify me from further consideration from employment and will result in my dismissal from employment if discovered at a later date. Please select "Yes" to acknowledge understanding these statements.