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Burns & McDonnell Assistant Cultural Resources Specialist - Environmental Services (Multiple Locations) in Bismarck, North Dakota


Burns & McDonnell’s has a need for a Staff Cultural Resources Specialist to conduct project studies and surveys, construction monitoring, archaeological excavation and associated field work on a variety of projects. We are a 100% employee-owned firm ranked numerous times on FORTUNE’s List of 100 Best Companies to Work For and voted as a Best Place to Work in cities across the United States.

Responsibilities include the collection of field data, artifact identification, GPS data collection and the preparation of technical reports for multi-disciplined projects in a variety of locations.

  • 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.


  • A Bachelor's Degree in a related field from an accredited program required. Minimum of a 3.0 GPA is preferred and Master’s Degree in anthropology/archeology or related field is preferred.

  • Two years of related professional experience preferred.

  • Prior internship or experience conducting field investigations preferred.

  • Prior experience analyzing artifacts 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.

  • Demonstrated ability to work as an effective team member.

  • High level of attention to detail.

  • Ability to operate various types of GPS equipment.

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

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

  • Willingness to travel.

  • Valid driver's license required. In addition, must meet standards to qualify for and maintain the Company's vehicle driving privileges as outlined in the Company's Motor Vehicle Safety Policy.

  • 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-MN-Minneapolis/St Paul

Other Locations US-ND-Bismarck, US-SD-Sioux Falls, US-MN-Duluth

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 50 % of the Time

Req ID: 230127 Job Hire Type Experienced