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Lab Director 2110 NWRC

North Wind Group
Phoenix, Arizona, US
Closing date
Dec 8, 2022

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Aquarium / Zoo / Botanical garden
Informatics / GIS
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Job Description
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Title: Lab Director
Schedule (FT/PT): FT
Travel Required: Minimal
Clearance: N

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 Cultural Resource Lab Director is a mid-level position that will be providing management, direction, and oversight of the North Wind, cultural resource lab at the Tempe office. The position will also require the employee to occasionally serve as a Field Director for surveys, and to participate on testing and data recovery projects. The position requires a skilled professional to conduct both in-field and laboratory analysis and scientific studies for projects located within the greater Phoenix area, and across Arizona. The Lab Director should have a minimum of 5 years of demonstrated experience with Class III archaeological surveys, monitoring, testing, and data recovery projects in the Southwest. Experience will include a higher skill level competency with artifact identification, in-field documentation, and data collection. The position requires the applicant to possess site recording knowledge and proficiencies for accurately recording historic and prehistoric sites according to land agency specifications. Additional aspects of the Lab Director position include:

•Continue the development of a cultural resource laboratory facility, including the management and organization and proper safe storage of project materials
•Directs employees in completing lab tasks and analysis
•Possesses a strong understanding of working with various curation facilities, such as Pueblo Grande Museum, Arizona State Museum, SRPMIC, City of Tempe, and Sharlott Hall
•Demonstrates experience following requirements and standards of various curation facilities
•Leads the transportation, organization, and storage of artifacts and data collected in the field during monitoring, testing, and data recovery projects
•Directs the completion and submission of all state, tribal, and Federal permits, including renewals and end of year reports
•Leads Class III surveys as a Field Director for simple to complex projects with accurate information and data collection
•Organizes fieldwork mobilization/demobilization
•Works well with project members and maintains a high level of communication regarding status of work product
•Assists and mentors crews in survey strategies, organization, artifact identification, data collection, following field protocols and safety practices
•Requires participation in project kickoff meetings and project updates
•Provides mentorship for employees for laboratory procedures
•Applicants will possess an understanding of following project budgets and the ability to communicate efficiencies and overages
•Possesses 5-years of experience in Southwest archaeology and is familiar with agency's site recording standards for Arizona.
•Leads field 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
•Possesses strong technical writing skills demonstrated in completion of Class I and Class III reports
•Ensures that projects are completed on schedule and within budget
•Driving daily to project areas in Arizona using North Wind vehicle
•Maintains both North Wind and project-specific safety awareness and practices at all times
•Communicates regularly with North Wind Project Managers, field technicians, and Line Supervisor
•Participates in North Wind training
Skills and Abilities:
•Possesses skills for artifact analysis as a specialty, to include either; ceramics, lithics, groundstone, shell, etc.
•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,
•Demonstrates strong technical editing and document formatting abilities to meet agency requirements
•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)
•Experience in and willingness to work in inclement conditions (i.e. very hot, windy, sunny without shade)

•Master's degree in Archaeology (or in-process) or equivalent discipline and 5 years relevant experience, or Ph.D. An ideal candidate will be permitted for work as a field director on state, BLM, and forest lands in Arizona. The candidate will have supervisory field experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

•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 may require 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.
Certifications and Trainings :
•MS Office 365 Suite
•Adobe Acrobat
•Google Earth Pro
•Avenza Maps App
•Esri Field Maps
•Esri Survey123
•Trimble TerraSync
•Esri ArcMap/ArcPro (optional)

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.
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