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Ever dreamt of having the biggest, most innovative transportation project in the country on your resume? That dream can now be your reality. We are hiring for the $1.6 billion High Speed Rail project that is constructing the first high-speed rail system in our nation. Harris & Associates is managing partner of the joint-venture team working for the California High Speed Rail Authority to deliver the first 29-mile segment of this historic project—which has become a model for success across the United States. 


We are actively searching for experienced Senior Archaeologist/Principal Investigator to join our growing team in Fresno, CA.

This position is for a Senior Archaeologist/Principal Investigator who meets the Secretary of the Interior’s (SOI) Standards of Archaeology who will conduct contractor staff training, implement mitigation in accordance with the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (MMRP), and oversee archaeological field staff.  The PI will provide project management expertise for the identification, evaluation and interpretation of mitigation measures. The PI will manage the Programmatic Agreement Among the Federal Railroad Administration, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the California State Historic Preservation Officer, and the California High-Speed Rail Authority Regarding Compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, as it pertains to the California High-Speed Rail Project.

Responsibilities include:

  • Document the results of pedestrian archaeological surveys conducted in the Construction Package (CP)-1A/B, Priority Construction Areas, including San Joaquin River Viaduct, Dry Creek Canal, Top-down/SR180, Tuolumne Bridge and Fresno Trench
  • Complete the required historic properties identification work under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act prior to any ground disturbing activities associated with the high-speed rail project within portions of the Area of Potential Effect
  • Conduct geoarchaeological analyses and historical research
  • Indicate sensitivity for buried prehistoric archaeological or historical archaeological remains
  • Conduct archival and records research
  • Conduct pedestrian archaeological surveys
  • Develop addenda to archaeological survey reports as required
  • Manage cultural resources monitors
  • Lead field surveys, site recording, testing and excavations
  • Conduct laboratory work, including prehistoric and historic artifact identification, cataloging, and analysis


  • Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA)
  • A master’s degree in anthropology or a closely-related field
  • At least 8 to 10 years of experience that includes a comparable level of responsibility and experience in California
  • Demonstrated experience complying with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and CEQA
  • A proven ability to author sections of cultural resource management reports
  • Ability to be on time and on budget 
  • Excellent problem solving skills, particularly in complex CRM projects 
  • Possess proven leadership and management skills of professional staff 
  • Experience with agency and client relationship management 
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Strong work ethic, ability to lead and manage professional staff 
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, communication, and organizational skills
  • This position may require field, lab, and office work in a variety of settings, locations, and environments 

Harris & Associates is an EEO employer committed to excellence through diversity.  We offer competitive salaries and benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance.

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