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Seattle, Washington, United States of America
JOB #R2203446

Senior Archaeologist

Senior Archaeologist

Seattle, WA

The 2020 pandemic inspired many people to seek new jobs where they could turn their passion projects into a full-time career. 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 restore vital fish habitat in Washington State. In the Pacific Northwest, some of our local passion projects include helping communities understand and accommodate for risks to cultural resources while building resilient infrastructure across Washington and Oregon, assisting transportation agencies with developing meaningful cultural resource mitigation in the Puget Sound, and that cultural resources awareness and protection is integrated into habitat conservation planning in western Oregon. One thing is for sure, being part of ICF’s cultural resources team is #neverboring.

ICF is currently seeking a Senior Archaeologist to be based in Seattle, Washington. The successful candidate will provide regional leadership in a dynamic, fast-paced environment on some of the region’s most influential and complex environmental compliance projects.  The specialist will join a team of collaborative practice leaders, and will serve as a manager and mentor to junior- and mid-level ICF cultural resources professionals. The ideal candidate will have a balance of experience in archeological evaluation and analysis, project and personnel management, as well as business development.

The Senior Archaeologist will provide cultural resource management services as a client-facing technical lead, with capabilities that include project management and senior-level technical expertise. The Senior Archaeologist will also assist on or lead the preparation of proposals, communication with clients, and tracking project budgets and schedules. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in the archaeology of the Pacific northwest and regulatory compliance, and a capacity for managing projects and client relationships.  

Key responsibilities

  • Provide senior-level resource lead and technical support in field and office settings.

  • Develop resource management recommendations, assess project effects on resources, and provide high level support to address complex resource problems and issues that require advanced technical or regulatory knowledge.

  • Provide technical leadership in archaeology for marketing, client management and task order management.

  • Contribute towards business development efforts within subject matter expertise, participation in events and conferences, and outreach to teaming partners.

  • Evaluate resources for National Register of Historic Places and Washington Heritage Register.

  • Perform QA/QC for reports or documents.

  • Develop, direct, and/or implement studies and compliance approaches toward acquisition of permits and clearances (for federal, state, and local laws and regulations) or resource management plans.

  • Manage projects related to environmental compliance and resource management, including client contact, budget control, invoicing, schedule, personnel allocation/planning, public interest facilitation, technical approach development, and subcontractor involvement.

  • Recruit, supervise, and mentor staff.

  • Collaborate on integrated teams with engineers, scientists, planners, regulators, and other stakeholders.

  • Integrate with clients to achieve long-term objectives and efficiencies, such as programmatic strategies from front-end siting and routing analysis and feasibility studies through implementation, operations, and maintenance.


  • Master’s or PhD in Archaeology or related field.

  • Registered Professional Archaeologist certification.

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in cultural resources management.

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience project management with a thorough understanding of cultural resource regulatory compliance.

  • Minimum of 5 years experience managing technical staff.

  • A history working with private, public sector clients, and regulatory agencies.

  • Familiarity with Pacific Northwest cultural resources and associated regulatory environment.

  • Creativity in applying archaeological concepts to address regulatory requirements.

  • Leadership and mentoring skills to contribute to a progressive work environment for employee development and career fulfillment.

  • A desire to excel and passion for rewarding work on complex environmental challenges in a team environment.

  • Working knowledge of SEPA, NEPA, NHPA, and other state and federal environmental regulations.

  • Strong fieldwork skills including pedestrian and subsurface survey, testing and evaluation, as well as a working knowledge of GPS.

  • Use of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

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

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth.

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:  EEO is the law and  Pay Transparency Statement.

Seattle, WA (WA25)


Who is ICF?

A global consulting services company with approximately 8,000 people across 75+ countries, but we are not your typical consultants.

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