Seeking Multiple Permanent/Full-Time Archaeologists for O‘ahu Office

Cultural Surveys Hawai‘i, Inc. (CSH) seeks to hire multiple full-time, permanent archaeologists to grow and advance with the company. CSH has 40 years’ experience providing quality cultural resource management (CRM) services throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

Position Description–Archaeologist

The ideal candidate will be a detail-oriented and motivated “jack of all trades,” adept at collecting and reporting data to support archaeological studies. Under the direction of a Project Director or Lead, duties may include:

  • Independently monitoring construction activity on development projects in various environments. This is one of the most common tasks of a CSH Archaeologist
  • Pedestrian survey, including archaeological feature identification, mapping, and recording. This work may involve strenuous physical labor, including hiking over rough terrain and/or through dense vegetation, or vegetation clearing
  • Subsurface survey, including controlled test excavations (test pits), areal excavations, and backhoe assisted testing programs. This work may require excavating by hand using shovels, trowels, picks, or similar tools
  • Working in close proximity to human skeletal remains and assisting Osteologists with tasks related to identified burials
  • Office work, including drafting maps in Adobe Illustrator, fieldwork results write-ups (historic property descriptions, stratigraphic profile descriptions, assessments of historic property significance, etc.), report writing (preparing environmental, background research, and previous archaeology sections)
  • Lab work, including washing artifacts, processing and sorting sediment samples, various curation tasks, and inputting information into the CSH Access database

You should be adaptable, safety-conscious, and willing to work around heavy machinery on busy construction sites. You will be expected to provide detailed records of your work including field forms, hand-drawn profile and plan maps, photographs, and field condition updates in a timely manner.


An undergraduate degree in Anthropology/Archaeology or a related field (e.g., Cultural Resource Management, Hawaiian Studies, History, Historic Preservation, Geology, Geography, Soil Science) is required. Demonstrated experience working in CRM archaeology and completion of an archaeological field school is preferred. Applicants with graduate degrees and/or prior archaeological work experience in Hawai‘i and/or other Pacific Islands are also preferred. You must have a valid driver’s license and will need your own transportation to get to various job sites. Archaeologists are expected to have personal dig kits and survey gear.

Compensation and Benefits

The starting compensation range for this position is $22–$28/hour, commensurate with past experience, skills, and education. Pay packages include medical and dental insurance, a 401(k) program, and a paid time off program.

To Apply

If interested, please submit a resume, three references (with phone and email contacts), and a short technical/descriptive writing sample (preferred examples: excavation summary, archaeological site/feature description, excerpts from academic writing) to CSH, attention Matt McDermott: and

About the Company

Founded in 1982 by Dr. Hallett H. Hammatt, CSH is a growing company with offices on O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, Maui, and the Island of Hawai‘i. Currently, the company comprises over 80 individuals including archaeologists, osteologists, historians, laboratory specialists, cultural researchers, GIS specialists, and a dedicated support staff. This breadth of experience and expertise, along with office locations in all four counties, gives CSH the flexibility to provide qualified personnel for projects through the islands, no matter how large or small. CSH boasts a comprehensive training program, a continuously growing digital library of archaeological, geographical, and historical/cultural references for the Hawaiian Islands and maintains a comprehensive GIS database. Reflecting our commitment to community service, CSH gives public presentations on archaeology, and maintains supportive relationships with many community organizations.


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


  • 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 Please be sure that all application materials are labeled with your first and last name.


Office Assistant Position

Cultural Surveys Hawai‘i, Inc. (CSH) is a locally owned archaeology firm with offices on multiple islands. The Office Assistant will provide on-site support for our Kailua, O‘ahu office.

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

  • Administrative support
    • Answering the office phone and taking messages
    • Making travel arrangements
    • Front desk support (receiving deliveries, welcoming guests)
    • Copying, binding and mailing of hard copy documents
    • Assisting with the company’s Access database
    • Assisting with online meetings (Zoom, Teams, WebEx)
    • Assisting with the production, sharing and organization of digital documents
    • Assisting staff with various tasks (errands, research questions, copies)
    • Assisting accounting department with various tasks
    • Experience with Windows 10

Desired Knowledge/Skills:

  • Microsoft Office (especially Word, Excel, and Outlook; experience with Access, Teams, and PowerPoint)
  • Familiarity with online meeting platforms: Zoom, Teams, WebEx
  • Excellent communication skills, both in speech and writing
  • Able to operate with a high level of professionalism
  • Strong verbatim note-taking skills
  • 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
  • Understanding of Hawaiian history, culture, and language preferred but not required

Minimum Requirements

  • Full-time availability (35-40 hours per week)
    • During business hours (8:00am-4:00pm)
    • Working in-person at our Kailua, O‘ahu office

Email resume or CV to if interested in applying.