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Burns & McDonnell Senior Cultural Resources Specialist - Principal Investigator (Dallas - Fort Worth) in Fort Worth, Texas


Burns & McDonnell has a need for a Senior Cultural Resources Specialist to lead project studies and surveys, construction monitoring, archaeological excavation and associated field work on a variety of projects. This individual can sit in either our Dallas or Fort Worth office. 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.

Primary responsibilities will be to plan, coordinate, communicate and facilitate activities for the cultural resources components of projects from concept through completion. Successful Senior Cultural Resources Specialists collaborate and coordinate with internal and external clients. They are also responsible for initiating or assisting in proposal development and contract negotiations and coordinating project planning. Project planning includes scoping, budgeting, maintaining schedules, communicating and managing deadlines and establishing and performing critical project objectives.

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

Specific areas of responsibility may include the following:

  • Serving as Client Coordinator for target clients - client coordinators will take primary responsibility for ultimate delivery of services and client satisfaction.

  • Identifying project opportunities early and facilitating go/no-go decisions in cooperation with office leadership and Environmental Services practice leadership.

  • Identifying new market and client opportunities.

  • Identifying key projects and facilitate early sales strategies to maximize our chances of being selected.

  • Supervising field efforts and technical reporting.

  • Adhering to Burns & McDonnell's Quality Control and Safety programs.

  • Other duties as assigned.

This position includes a mix of marketing, strategic planning, field assessments, report preparation, and some travel. The senior cultural resources specialist will also provide leadership, guidance and instruction to less experienced staff members.


  • A Bachelor's Degree in a related field from an accredited program required.

  • Master’s Degree or PhD in anthropology/archeology or related field is required to function as a Principal Investigator on projects.

  • Must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s professional qualifications standards in archaeology and any applicable state qualifications.

  • Registered Professional Archaeologist (preferred).

  • Minimum 8 years of related experience conducting construction monitoring activities; field investigations, surveys and project studies; archaeological excavation, artifact identification and associated field work. A related Master's degree may be substituted for one year of experience.

  • Experience in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and other western states.

  • Ability to obtain permits from Forest Service, BLM, and other entities.

  • Prior consulting experience (preferred).

  • Experience performing cultural resources investigations directly for Federal agencies preferred

  • Knowledge of federal and state regulations relating to historic preservation, e.g., Section 106 National Historic Preservation Act.

  • Knowledge of anthropology and archaeology methods and practices.

  • Must have strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to complete physically demanding tasks in remote areas and/or hot and dry climates, including walking, hiking, carrying loads up to 50 pounds, and excavation.

  • 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.


Job Scientific

Primary Location US-TX-Fort Worth

Other Locations US-TX-Dallas

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 50 % of the Time

Req ID: 225553 Job Hire Type Experienced