Archaeology Field Technician
Chattanooga, TN  / Memphis, TN  / Louisville, KY 
Posted 18 days ago
Job Description

About Us

At HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental, and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts, and artists. That's why we believe diversity is our greatest strength. HDR is proud to be an equal-opportunity workplace and an affirmative-action employer.

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We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward.

Archaeological Field Technician Position

To support its growing CRM program in the KY/TN/AR region, HDR is seeking a qualified, temporary, archaeological field technician. The archaeological field technician performs archaeological field work, lab work, or GIS work under the direction and supervision of the Senior Archaeologist, Principal Investigator, or Project Archaeologist. Archaeological field technicians are responsible for: excavations of shovel test pits (STPs), excavation units (EUs/Tus), block excavations, site documentation via standard field paperwork, feature and artifact identification and analyses; and mapping. At a minimum, archaeological technicians must have:

  • Ability to walk up to 6 miles a day
  • Ability Identify historic and pre-contact artifacts
  • Ability to record cultural resources in the field without any physical assistance (this could include hiking short distances in scrub and native vegetation and uneven ground conditions)
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds without assistance
  • Ability to work hours other than 8 to 5 which may include weekends and/or night shifts
  • Ability to travel
  • Ability to conduct archaeological surveys and testing
  • Ability to use digital/point-and-shoot/DSLR cameras
  • Ability to complete field forms accurately and concisely
  • Ability to use GPS unit



Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, Architectural History, or a closely related field
  • Requires experience identifying and recording prehistoric resources
  • Minimum of three months of field experience (survey, testing, and data recovery)
  • Ability to perform physically demanding tasks in adverse environmental conditions (rugged terrain, remote locations, hot and cold temperatures)
  • Good organizational skills, positive attitude, strong work ethic, and willingness to learn and execute new tasks
  • A current valid driver's license and the ability to safely operate a vehicle on rugged, backcountry roads are required
  • An attitude and commitment to being an active participant in our employee-owned culture

Preferred Qualifications

  • Completion of an accredited archeological field school preferred
  • Preference will be given to those with previous CRM experience. Familiarity with Phase I, II, and/or III work.


At HDR, we know work isn't only about who you work for it's also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other's contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible. When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Chattanooga
Other Locations: United States-Tennessee, United States-Kentucky-Louisville, United States-Kentucky
Industry: Environment/Sciences
Schedule: Part-time
Employee Status: Temporary
BusinessClass: Environmental Sci and Planning
Job Posting: Apr 24, 2023

At HDR, we are committed to the principles of employment equity.

USA: We are a Federal Contractor, Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider all qualified candidates regardless of minority, veteran, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or any other status protected by law.

CANADA: We welcome applications from all qualified individuals.

AUSTRALIA: We consider all qualified candidates regardless of gender, ethnicity, country of birth, political or religious affiliation, health status, or any other status protected by law.

At HDR, health and safety matters.

For some positions, you may be required to provide drug and alcohol testing, before or during employment, based on our Drug Testing and Drug Free Workplace Policy.

If you are required to drive for us, we require a valid driver's license and compliance with our vehicle policy.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
0 to 1 year
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