Archaeologist Position

Cultural Surveys Hawai‘i, Inc. (CSH) is an island-based company offering expertise in all aspects of archaeological, cultural, and historical research throughout the Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific. CSH has over 30 years’ experience providing quality cultural resource management services that fulfill state and federal regulatory requirements and facilitate land-use planning. CSH has offices on O‘ahu, Maui, Kaua‘i, and Hawai‘i Island.

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. 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. Travel to the neighbor islands is often required for fieldwork. Generally, while you are on the neighbor islands, CSH pays your room and board; living arrangements are typically communal in rented houses or condominiums with kitchen facilities.
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 CSH’s compliance documents are designed to fulfill. Report writing will also involve preparing historical and environmental background sections and previous archaeological work summaries. Besides report writing, office work will also include inputting information into the CSH Access database, digital drafting, various forms of laboratory work, and GIS work.

Requirements

An undergraduate degree in Anthropology/Archaeology is preferred, but candidates with demonstrated experience working in cultural resource management archaeology may be considered. You must have a valid driver’s license. You will need your own transportation to get to various job sites. CSH is looking for a full-time employee, averaging 40 hours per week. Previous experience in Hawaiian archaeology is greatly preferred.

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.

GIS Technician

Cultural Surveys Hawai‘i, Inc. (CSH) is an island-based company offering expertise in all aspects of archaeological, cultural, and historical research throughout the Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific. CSH has nearly 40 years’ experience providing quality cultural resource management services that fulfill state and federal regulatory requirements and facilitate land-use planning. CSH has offices on O‘ahu, Maui, Kaua‘i, and Hawai‘i. Please refer to our website at www.culturalsurveys.com.
GIS Technician—Position Description
Under the direction of a Project Manager and a Project Director, the GIS Technician is responsible for providing GIS support to the various components of cultural resource management conducted by CSH.
The position involves:
• Georeferencing of historic maps and aerial photographs, with overlays of various GIS data layers to support historic background research
• Preparation of GPS equipment for archaeological field crews. Post-processing of field-collected GPS data and GIS map production
• Creation/maintenance of cultural resources GIS data, including digitizing hard-copy data sources and entry of tabular data
• Production of high-quality maps for inclusion in technical reports for submission to the State Historic Preservation or other agencies for review and presentation to project-related stakeholders
• Incorporating client-provided architectural/engineering plans and data (typically in CAD format) for GIS analyses

Requirements

An undergraduate degree in Anthropology/Archaeology, Geography, or related field and/or post-graduate GIS Certificate. Experience with ESRI ArcGIS software, including ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Pro, and ArcGIS Online web mapping. Experience with hand-held (Garmin) GPS and mapping-grade (Trimble) GPS units is preferred. Candidate must be detail oriented with good communication, organizational, and multitasking skills, with high standards for cartographic design. Previous experience working with Hawai‘i cultural resources data and historic maps is greatly preferred.

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.

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):

• Project support
o Assistance with archaeological research
o Assistance with report preparation, editing, formatting and processing
o Assistance with project scheduling
o Correspondence with clients and large agencies
o Facilitate project cost estimating and change orders
o Project coordination and logistics
o Occasional field support
• Administrative support
o Correspondence and scheduling
o File management (physical and electronic)
o Budget tracking
o Meeting attendance and note taking

Desired Knowledge/Skills:

• Must have excellent communication skills, both in speech and writing
• Basic computational skills (to help with project budget management)
• Solid computer skills are critical.
o Most work is done using Microsoft Office (especially Word, Excel, and Outlook; experience with Access, Publisher, 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.
• Must be able to operate with a high level of professionalism
• Must be organized and able to focus on tasks at hand
• Must be deadline driven and respond 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

Minimum Requirements

• Bachelor’s degree
• Full-time availability (35-40 hours per week)
• Availability to attend night and weekend meetings

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
• Medical benefits include basic medical, vision, prescription, alternative medicine, fitness programs

To Apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume or CV, three professional references (with phone and email contacts) to info@culturalsurveys.com.
Please include “[Last Name] Executive Assistant Position” in the subject heading and be sure all application materials are clearly labeled with your name.

Contract/Proposal Administrator Position

Cultural Surveys Hawai‘i, Inc. (CSH) is a locally owned cultural resource management firm with offices on multiple islands. The Contract/Proposal Administrator works with CSH principals to prepare estimates and proposals for archaeological and cultural projects, reviews contracts, and helps monitor project budgets and other contract compliance requirements.

Seeking an individual who is:

  • Detail oriented, eager to learn, motivated, driven, able to balance a multitude of responsibilities, and has strong organizational skills
  • Interested in the archaeological, historical, and cultural resources of Hawai‘i

Position Description

  • Under supervision of management, prepare estimates and proposals, including scope of work and terms, for (archaeological or cultural) consulting services for professional/corporate/and government clientele, often on strict deadlines and with short turn-around time
  • Respond to requests for qualifications by preparing staff resumes, summaries of past similar projects, the company’s safety record, and other pertinent data
  • Work with the company’s budget tracking system to monitor job progress and provide management with updates and assist management with change orders when necessary
  • Correspond with clients and large agencies to ascertain project details, goals, and requirements

Skills and Abilities

  • Intermediate level performance of basic mathematical computation
  • Advanced level use of Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Basic understanding of Microsoft Access
  • Accurate, detail-oriented, ability to proofread own work
  • Good organizational and archiving skills
  • Work well under deadlines and with changing work load and priorities
  • Deadline driven and respond to tasks in a timely manner
  • Ability to interact professionally in an office environment
  • Ability to interact professionally with clientele
  • Excellent communication skills, both in speech and writing
  • Project coordination or CRM experience a plus

Qualifications

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

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

Administrative Assistant 

 Accounting & Human Resources Department  

Cultural Surveys Hawaii, Inc. (CSH) is a locally owned archaeological and cultural consulting firm with offices on multiple islands. This position provides a range of clerical and accounting support to the accounting and human resources department and other departments as needed.

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

  • Process accounts payable
    • Check, verify, and process vendor invoices
    • Sort and enter A/P data
    • Research and reconcile discrepancies and unpaid invoices
    • Maintain vendor files
  • Process monthly receivables
    • Prepare and submit client invoices
    • Prepare and submit supporting documentation
    • Prepare bank deposits
  • Prepare checks, bank deposits, general ledger postings, various financial statements
  • Maintain orderly filing system
  • Provide general accounting support for vendor, client and internal inquiries
  • Maintain human resources filing system
  • Perform basic office tasks including answering phones, responding to emails, processing mail, filing, etc.
  • Occasional meeting attendance and note taking

Desired Knowledge/Skills:

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Acute attention to detail
  • Computer literacy and strong typing skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook), database and accounting software experience a plus
  • Must be organized and able to focus on tasks at hand
  • Must be deadline driven and respond to tasks in a timely manner
  • Able to solve problems independently
  • Ability to take and follow directions

Minimum Requirements

  • 1-2 years administrative experience
  • High school diploma or GED required, higher education in relevant field preferred
  • Equivalent experience considered in lieu of degree
  • Full-time availability (35-40 hours per week)

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