Location: Tempe, AZ
Title: Archaeological Field Director
Schedule (FT/PT): FT
Travel Required: As Needed
Clearance: Ability to Obtain

Incorporated in 2011, North Wind Resource Consulting’s core capabilities include environmental documentation and permitting; natural and cultural resource surveys; wildlife and botanical expertise; National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) technical services; historic and prehistoric surveys; environmental consultation such as Section 106 for cultural resources, Section 404 for wetlands, and Section 7 for endangered species); and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and mapping capabilities. North Wind Resource Consulting maintains offices across the country.


The Archaeologist Field Director is a mid-level position that will be providing in-field analysis and scientific studies for projects located within the greater Phoenix area, and across Arizona.


  • Leading field surveys for simple to complex projects with accurate information and data collection
  • Organizes fieldwork mobilization/demobilization
  • Assisting and mentoring crews of Archaeological Technicians in survey strategies, organization, artifact identification, data collection, following field protocols and safety practices
  • Participate in project kickoff meetings and project updates
  • Lead activities including (a) collecting data using GPS units (i.e. Trimble, Garmin, and/or IOS Field Collector), (b) taking photographs of project area, project activities, and (c) artifact/feature identification
  • Ensures that projects are completed on schedule and within budget
  • Driving daily to project areas in Arizona using North Wind vehicle
  • Maintaining both North Wind and project-specific safety awareness and practices at all times
  • Regular communication with North Wind Project Manager, field technicians and Line Supervisor
  • Participation in North Wind training


Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Archaeology or equivalent discipline.
  • Must have previously been permitted for work as a field director on state, BLM, and forest lands in Arizona.
  • Must have 2-5 years’ supervisory field experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified and required with the permitting agency.
  • Experience will include higher skill level with artifact identification, in-field documentation, and data collection.
  • Minimum of 5 years of demonstrated experience with Class III archaeological surveys, monitoring, or testing projects in the Southwest.
  • Experience will include higher skill level with artifact identification, in-field documentation, and data collection.
  • Possess site recording knowledge and proficiencies for accurately recording historic and prehistoric sites according to land agency specifications.
  • Experience in and willingness to work in inclement conditions (i.e. very hot, windy, sunny without shade)

Skills and Abilities:

  • Must possess strong technical writing skills demonstrated in completion of Class I and Class III reports
  • Must works well with project members and maintains a high level of communication regarding status of work product
  • Must possess an understanding of following project budgets and the ability to communicate efficiencies and overages
  • Possesses a strong work ethic with a developed and mature understanding of professionalism
  • Possesses strong technical writing skills demonstrated in completion of Class I and Class III reports
  • Demonstrates a strong comprehension of computer programs such as Word, Excel, Adobe, Outlook,
  • Willingness and desire to learn as well as ask questions
  • Ability to follow written and oral instruction
  • Displays excellent communication and interpersonal skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to various field locations, walk and conduct fieldwork for long hours, across rugged terrain
  • Ability to carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 20 pounds
  • Willingness to work irregular hours (e.g., early mornings, late nights, weekends)
  • Willingness and ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic setting, and to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the goals and objectives of North Wind’s commitment to gathering high quality in-field data.

Special Requirements:

  • Ability and willingness to travel to project area
  • Must pass pre-employment background check
  • Must pass pre-employment drug screening
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license with all necessary endorsements
  • Must be able, by reason of experience, training, or both, to operate a 4-wheel high clearance North Wind vehicle (i.e. truck and/or jeep) to complete the work task(s)
  • Applicants are required to have REAL ID ACT compliant documentation at time of hire and nothing on record that would prohibit you from employment on federal government contracts


This position requires long periods of walking, climbing, standing, stooping, kneeling, and bending for periods of up to 10-12 hours per day. Frequent carrying of a backpack with equipment of up to 20 lbs. across uneven terrain.


Work will be performed strictly outdoors in harsh and rapidly changing environments to include all types of weather conditions to include extreme heat or cold environments, traverse uneven terrain.

    North Wind offers a competitive pay and benefits package to include health, life, and disability insurance benefits, 401(k) with company match, generous paid leave and tuition reimbursement for eligible employees. As a company, we are committed to employee wellness, professional development, and work-life balance. We value safety, reliability, and commitment to our people! For more information about our benefits or hiring philosophy, visit the North Wind Career Opportunities Page.

    Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The nature of those accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis. If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process, or are limited in the ability or unable to access or use this online application process and need an alternative method for applying, you may contact our Helpline +1.208.528.8718 or use the Request for Reasonable Accommodation form to get assistance.

    North Wind is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic data, religion, or other legally protected status. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

    Proof of citizenship will be required as a condition of employment.

    Candidates may be required to obtain and hold a Secret or Higher US Government Clearance.