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Burns & McDonnell Assistant Cultural Resources Specialist - Environmental Services (Atlanta) in Atlanta, Georgia


Burns & McDonnell’s regional office in Atlanta has a need for an Assistant Cultural Resources Specialist to conduct project studies, surveys and associated fieldwork, some historical survey support, archaeological excavation and reporting, and construction monitoring on a variety of projects.

This position supports the growth of Burns & McDonnell’s Environmental Services practice based upon our core values of safety, client satisfaction, commitment, dedication, integrity, and overall outstanding service.

Successful Assistant Cultural Resources Specialists collaborate and coordinate with internal and external clients and are responsible for assisting in proposal development and project planning. Primary responsibilities will be to plan and facilitate activities for the cultural resources components of projects, as well as communicate and coordinate these activities with clients from concept through completion. Project planning includes scoping, budgeting, communicating and managing deadlines, and maintaining schedules, all while establishing and performing critical project objectives.

The Assistant Cultural Resources Specialist will work closely with peers and more experienced staff members while performing in areas of agency consultation, strategic planning, field assessments, and report preparation.

Specific areas of responsibility may include the following:

  • Assist in performing field investigations for the presence of cultural resources.

  • Conduct pre-field work research, including studying the prehistory and history of each project area.

  • Assist in preparation of pedestrian surveys, shovel testing, archival research, and documentation of results.

  • Provide support to senior staff in construction monitoring, archaeological excavation, artifact identification and other various project related activities.

  • Support project studies, field surveys and construction monitoring.

  • Assist with compiling technical and GPS data to be presented to Project Managers and senior staff.

  • Assist in preparation of project status and technical reports for the project team.

  • Provide support to senior staff in government agency and tribal consultations, client coordination, and other client facing activities.

  • Assist in proposal planning and development efforts.

  • Ensure compliance with company and site safety policies.

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's Degree in anthropology, archaeology, history, or a related field from an accredited program is required.

  • Master’s Degree in anthropology, archaeology, or history is highly preferred.

  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA is preferred.

  • 1 - 4 years of related experience conducting background surveys and project studies, archaeological field investigation and associated fieldwork, artifact identification and curation, and construction monitoring activities preferred.

  • Knowledge of federal regulations relating to historic preservation such as the Archaeological Resources Protection Act and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, as well as a broad range of state regulations such as the Georgia Environmental Policy Act and North Carolina’s Archaeological Resources Protection Act preferred.

  • Must have strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, specifically for preparation of technical reports and proposal writing, are required.

  • GIS mapping and analysis experience is highly preferred.

  • Ability to operate various types of GPS equipment.

  • Must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, Access, SharePoint).

  • Knowledge of anthropological and archaeological methods and practices preferred.

  • Demonstrated ability to work as an effective team member.

  • High level of attention to detail.

  • Prior Internship or consulting experience is preferred.

  • Ability to adjust to rapidly changing work environments and research approaches.

  • A valid driver's license is required. Must meet standards to qualify for and maintain the Company's vehicle driving privileges as outlined in the Company's Motor Vehicle Safety Policy.

  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 50%.

  • Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis without requiring future sponsorship for employment visa status.


Job Scientific

Primary Location US-GA-Atlanta

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 50 % of the Time

Req ID: 224128