Archaeologist Job Openings

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.

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 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: or

Cultural Surveys Hawai‘i—Cultural Researcher Position

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. For more information about CSH visit

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 as needed
• 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

• 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

• 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
o 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 Please include “[Last Name] Cultural Researcher Position” in the subject heading and be sure all application materials are clearly labeled with your name.