Senior Cultural Resource Specialist (Mid-Senior Level) at ERM West Inc in Sacramento, California

Posted in General Business 17 days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

ERM is seeking highly motivated Senior Cultural Resource Specialist to join our global consulting firm as part of our Cultural Resources Field Services team. This opening is located in Northern California in either the Sacramento, San Francisco, or Walnut Creek office and is a full-time, salary-based position. Applicants are preferred to be local to California and familiar with the California regulatory processes.  California archaeological field experience including construction monitoring is highly desired. Successful candidates must be flexible and responsive to a challenging and changing work environment where schedules and tasks fluctuate according to the needs of the projects and clients. Based in California, the successful candidate will provide technical assistance for archaeological desk and field studies for clients within the United States. 


  • Conduct research and writing for cultural resource heritage components of CEQA, NHPA Section 106, and NEPA documents for projects for private and government sector clients. 

  • Perform literature review, field reconnaissance, field surveys, and excavation for archaeological studies. 

  • Interact with the California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) and retrieve information using the California Historical Resource Information System (CHRIS).

  • Provide technical consulting skills to support the growth of ERM’s business and client base in the area of archaeology and cultural heritage. 

  • Interact with other ERM practice areas to share multi-disciplinary resources and best practices across the country. 

  • Represent ERM through communications and at meetings with state, federal and local agencies. 

  • Communicate regularly with clients via email and phone conferences. 

  • Oversee field studies and manage subcontractors. 

  • Assist with preparing proposals to meet client needs. 


  • Master’s degree in Anthropology or related field. 

  • Must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Standards for Archaeology to perform duties for NHPA Section 106 and NEPA compliance, pertaining especially to undertakings by multiple Federal agencies. 

  • 7 to 10 years of related experience. 

  • Demonstrated ability to carry research to completion.

  • Must have strong attention to detail in documentation of work.

  • Experience interacting with regulatory agency personnel preferred.

  • Excellent communication and computer skills. 

  • Demonstrated business development abilities. 

  • Ability to work within a team as well as independently. 

  • Extensive travel within California and western United States could be required.

Who We Are:

As the world’s leading sustainability consulting firm, ERM is uniquely positioned to contribute to the environment and society through the expertise and energy of our employees worldwide.  Sustainability is what we do, and is at the heart of both our service offerings and how we operate our business.  ERM and our partners are driven by a dynamic vision: By 2021 we will be the clear leader in our chosen markets, we will double in value and we will deliver on our promises to our clients, our people and our investors.  For our people, our vision means attracting, inspiring, developing and rewarding our people to work with the best clients and on the biggest challenges, thus creating valuable careers.  We achieve our vision in a sustainable manner by maintaining and living our ERM values that include Accountability, Caring for our People, Client Focus, Collaboration, Empowerment, and Transparency. 

Please submit your resume and brief cover letter. 

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ERM is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. 

Thank you for your interest in ERM!