Archaeologist Position

Cultural Surveys Hawai‘i, Inc. (CSH) has 40 years’ experience providing quality cultural resource management (CRM) services throughout the Hawaiian islands. CSH seeks to hire multiple archaeologists for its O‘ahu and Kaua‘i offices.

Position Description

At CSH, an archaeologist is expected to be a “jack of all trades.” Regarding fieldwork: under the direction of a project supervisor, you will perform standard archaeological field investigations, including 100 percent pedestrian surveys, archaeological feature identification, mapping, and recording, shovel test excavations, controlled test excavations (test pits), areal excavations, and backhoe testing programs. You will need to work independently as an archaeological monitor on various development projects. You should be comfortable and safety-conscious around heavy machinery and construction sites. You will be expected to provide detailed records of your work on the appropriate survey, site recording, excavation, and monitoring forms. The excavation of human skeletal remains will likely be part of your duties. Fieldwork often involves strenuous physical labor, from hiking over rough terrain and/or through dense vegetation, to vegetation clearance with a machete, to pick and shovel excavations.

Regarding office work: with appropriate supervision you will be expected to write up the results of fieldwork. This will include historic property descriptions, stratigraphic profile descriptions, and assessments of historic property significance. You are expected to become increasingly familiar with the Hawai‘i State and federal historic preservation regulations. Report writing will also involve preparing historical and environmental background sections and previous archaeological work summaries. Besides report writing, office work may also include inputting information into the CSH Access database, digital drafting, various forms of laboratory work and curation, and GIS work.

Requirements

An undergraduate degree in Anthropology/Archaeology and demonstrated experience working in CRM archaeology is required. You must have a valid driver’s license and will need your own transportation to get to various job sites. Applicants with graduate degrees and/or prior archaeological work experience in Hawai‘i and/or other Pacific Islands are preferred. CSH is looking for full-time, permanent, employees to grow and advance with the company.

Compensation

Compensation is commensurate with past experience, skills, education, and productivity. Pay packages include medical and dental insurance, a 401(k) program, a paid time off program, and a company profit sharing program.

To Apply

If interested, please submit a résumé, three references (with phone and email contacts), and a short, preferably technical/descriptive writing sample (for example, an excavation summary or an archaeological site/feature description) to CSH, attention Matt McDermott: mmcdermott@culturalsurveys.com or info@culturalsurveys.com.

 

Proposal Administrator

Cultural Surveys Hawai‘i, Inc. (CSH) is a locally owned cultural resource management firm with offices on multiple islands. The Proposal Administrator works with CSH principals to prepare estimates and proposals for archaeological and cultural projects.

Job Description

  • Under the supervision of management, review specifications and other project related documents. Including scope of work and terms for archaeological or cultural consulting services
  • Correspond with clients and agencies to ascertain project details, goals, and requirements
  • Use estimating software to prepare estimates and proposal documents
  • Review proposal documents internally with management team
  • Prepare proposals with through inclusions and exclusion for submission to professional, corporate and government clientele, often on short deadlines and with quick turn‐around time

Education and Skill Qualifications

  • Cultural Resource Management or Project Coordination background is preferred, but not required
  • Intermediate level performance of basic mathematical computation
  • Must have effective multi-tasking and organizational skills
  • Must have effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must have knowledgeable of Microsoft Excel, Word, Access, Outlook and Adobe
  • Experience with Deltek Vision software is preferred, but not required

Emphasis on

  • Detailed oriented, accurate, organized
  • Proactive and self-motivated
  • Resourceful
  • Ability to effectively communicate with employees/business contacts daily
  • Able to manage multiple proposals simultaneously
  • Responsible and capable of meeting tight deadlines
  • Able to prioritize effectively/efficiently

Qualifications

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree
  • Be available full time (40 hours a week)

Interested applicants please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample as a PDF to info@culturalsurveys.com. Please be sure that all application materials are labeled with your first and last name.

 

Cultural Researcher

Cultural Surveys Hawai‘i, Inc. (CSH) is a locally owned cultural resource management firm with over 30 years’ experience in providing consultation services that fulfill state and federal permitting requirements and facilitate land-use planning. 

Position Duties

  • Conduct research for, write, and proofread cultural impact assessment (CIA) reports in accordance with the Hawai‘i Revised Statutes (HRS) §343
  • Comprehend and interpret Hawaiian-language primary source documents and translate to English (preferred)
  • Contact, consult and interview community members and cultural/lineal descendants regarding development projects
  • Transcribe and summarize interviews and synthesize research into CIA reports
  • Correspond and consult with various parties including Native Hawaiian organizations, government agencies, developers, and special interest groups

Skills and Abilities

  • Advanced writing and oral communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Able to work around complex, culturally sensitive, controversial projects
  • Familiarity with Hawaiian history, culture, traditional practice preferred
  • Ability to read, pronounce, understand and translate or interpret Hawaiian language strongly preferred but not required
  • Prior experience or knowledge of CIA reporting and HRS §343 guidelines preferred
  • Strong research and interviewing ability

 Requirements

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, Hawaiian Studies, History or other related field
  • Must have valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Must be available for full-time work (approx. 30-40 hours a week)
  • Must be able and willing to travel interisland as needed

 Compensation

  • Starting pay negotiable dependent on experience
  • Benefits include medical and dental insurance, paid time off, retirement savings plans including 401(k) and profit sharing, professional development opportunities (once probation period is completed)
    • Medical benefits include basic medical, vision, prescription, alternative medicine, fitness programs

 To Apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé or CV, three professional references (with phone and email contacts), and a recent writing sample (maximum five pages, preferably demonstrating knowledge in Hawaiian history or contemporary Hawai‘i issues) to info@culturalsurveys.com. Please include “[Your Last Name] Cultural Researcher Position” in the subject heading and be sure all application materials are clearly labeled with your name.

 

Executive Administrative Assistant Position

Cultural Surveys Hawai‘i, Inc. (CSH) is a locally owned archaeology firm with offices on multiple islands. The Executive Administrative Assistant will provide on-site support for one of the company’s O‘ahu-based CSH Project Managers, assisting other project managers and project directors as needed.


Responsibilities (may include, but are not limited to):

  • Administrative support

    • Correspondence
    • File management (physical and electronic)
    • Budget tracking
    • Strong verbatim note-taking skills (minimum 70 wpm)
    • Attend, facilitate and assist with virtual and in-person meetings
    • Answering the office phone and taking messages
    • Travel arrangements
    • Ability to travel to out-of-office meetings, job sites, and research facilities
  • Project support

    • Assistance with archaeological research
    • Assistance with report preparation, editing, formatting, and processing
    • Correspondence with clients and large agencies
    • Facilitate project cost estimating and change orders
    • Project coordination and logistics
    • Occasional field support

Desired Knowledge/Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills, both in speech and writing
  • Basic computational skills
  • Solid computer skills are critical.
    • Most work is done using Microsoft Office (especially Word, Excel, and Outlook; experience with Access, Publisher, Teams, and PowerPoint is helpful), the company’s own database, the internet, and graphics programs. The company is transitioning to the Deltek software program for project and budget management.
    • Familiarity with online meeting platforms: Zoom, Teams, WebEx
  • Able to operate with a high level of professionalism
  • Organized and able to focus on tasks at hand
  • Deadline driven and responsive to tasks in a timely manner
  • Ability to solve problems independently
  • Ability to take and follow directions
  • Ability to interact professionally in an office environment, as well as maintain sensitivity and confidentiality for complex, sometimes controversial projects
  • Background in archaeology, historic preservation, or a related field is a plus; general experience in research and report writing also useful
  • Strong understanding of Hawaiian history, culture, and language preferred but not required
  • Driver’s license and access to a vehicle

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Full-time availability (35-40 hours per week)
    • During business hours (8:00am-4:00pm)
    • Working in-person at our Kailua, O‘ahu office
  • Availability to attend night and weekend meetings as needed

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé or CV, three professional references (with phone and email contacts) to info@culturalsurveys.com.  Please be sure all application materials are labeled with your first and last name.