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.


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


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.