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San Diego, California, United States of America
Irvine, California, United States of America
JOB #R2302030



San Diego or Southern California

We are the Environment & Planning Division of ICF. We are passionate about doing what’s right for our clients, our people, the communities where we live and work, and the environment. We are planners, scientists, program managers, communicators, economists, technologists, and strategists. We are collaborative, curious, and committed to excellence—these are qualities we value that make us who we are and inspire us to grow.  If you perform well in a fast-paced, engaging, and collaborative environment, and would like to work with a diverse team of industry professionals, we encourage you to learn more about ICF ( and consider applying to join our team.      

Here at ICF, we work on passion projects all the time, from helping convert America to clean energy such as solar and offshore wind to helping efforts to improve transportation across the state. In southern California, some of our local passion projects include helping communities understand and accommodate for risks to cultural resources while building resilient infrastructure across San Diego County, assisting transportation agencies with developing meaningful cultural resource mitigation in downtown Los Angeles and the Inland Empire, and that cultural resources awareness and protection is integrated into habitat conservation planning in the Southern San Joaquin Valley. One thing is for sure, being part of ICF’s cultural resources team is never boring. ICF is currently seeking an Archaeologist to be based in Southern California. The successful candidate will thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment working on some of the region’s most influential and complex environmental compliance projects.

Job Description

The Archaeologist position will provide cultural resource field and technical writing support for public agency, utility, and land development/management clients based out of southern California. The ideal candidate will have a solid background in fieldwork and technical writing, and an interest in growing these skills in a collaborative team environment. Positions available in San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles, with the option to work remote or hybrid of office and home.

Key responsibilities 

  • Lead and support field efforts in Southern California and other areas of California and the Western United States as needed. Travel for up to 10 days may be involved, with work occurring outdoors under all weather conditions. 

  • Lead author for small survey and monitoring reports and assist senior ICF staff on larger writing efforts. 

  • Coordinate and communicate effectively with ICF staff and construction personnel. 

  • Meet deadlines, multitask, and produce quality work. 

  • The ability or interest to manage small projects, including fieldwork, report deliverables, and budgets and/or provide specialized services, such GIS (ArcMap and ESRI Field Maps). 


  • Master’s degree in Archaeology or related field. 

  • 3+ years of experience in cultural resources management. 

  • 3+ years of experience conducting field visits at locations primarily  in southern California and also throughout the western United States. 

Preferred Skills/Experience  

  • Registered Professional Archaeologist.

  • 2+ years of experience in project management and/or GIS. 

  • Working knowledge of NEPA, Section 106 of the NHPA, CEQA, and other state and federal environmental regulations. 

  • Familiarity with California cultural resources and associated regulatory environment. 

  • Fieldwork skills include monitoring, pedestrian, and subsurface survey, testing and evaluation. 

  • Knowledge and familiarity with computers, smart devices, and completing data entry in application interfaces and use of GPS technology (such as ESRI Collector or Field Maps). 

  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team in a multi-disciplinary environment. 

This is an outstanding opportunity to work with talented and passionate individuals and to grow with a firm that believes in nurturing talent and developing long-term career success. ICF is a purpose driven company with a strong culture and underlying values that prize diversity, opportunity, equality, and respect. Our core values include Embracing Differences, and we seek candidates who are passionate about building a culture that encourages, embraces, and hires dimensions of differences.

Working at ICF

ICF is a global advisory and technology services provider, but we’re not your typical consultants. We combine unmatched expertise with cutting-edge technology to help clients solve their most complex challenges, navigate change, and shape the future. We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are committed to creating a culture where we embrace our differences in ideas and identities. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. Learn more about what we do and our commitment to inclusion

We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring regardless of any protected characteristic, such as race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status, or military/veteran status. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

Reasonable Accommodations are available, including, but not limited to, for disabled veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination:  Know Your Rights and  Pay Transparency Statement.

Pay Range - There are multiple factors that are considered in determining final pay for a position, including, but not limited to, relevant work experience, skills, certifications and competencies that align to the specified role, geographic location, education and certifications as well as contract provisions regarding labor categories that are specific to the position. The pay range for this position is:

$70,809.00 - $120,375.00

San Diego, CA (CA74)


Who is ICF?

A global consulting and technology services company with approximately 9,000 employees, but we are not your typical consultants.

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