Cultural Resource Intern – Seasonal Denver

Alexus Kelley Help Wanted, Internship, News

August 2023

Do you have a passion for Archaeology?  Being active and outdoors in the beautiful Colorado outdoors?  How does combining these to solve intricate challenges through teamwork and technical expertise.  Great?  If so, ERO is for you.  We are seeking a Cultural Resource Intern.

At ERO, we have been solving challenges for more than 40 years.  Our diverse team of scientists, planners, and subject matter experts work together to craft innovative solutions within multiple regulatory frameworks while balancing change in our region with natural and cultural resources protection.  Did we mention ERO is a certified women-owned business in Colorado?

We’re looking for dynamic and engaged people to join our team!  Bring your expertise, your ingenuity, and your vision.  Let’s see the impact we can create, together.

ERO will be conducting archaeological excavation at a rockshelter in Douglas County, Colorado and is seeking an intern to assist in the excavation.  In 2022, Douglas County received a SHF Grant (2022-01-51) to test, profile, trench, and perform archaeological data recovery at site 5DA3991.  The excavation confirmed a dense assemblage of Native American archaeological materials from surface to bedrock.  ERO excavated 10 1-meter by 1-meter excavation units (EUs) and recovered more than 22,000 artifacts.  Radiocarbon assays identified five temporal components: Middle Archaic; Early Ceramic; Middle Ceramic; Late Ceramic/Protohistoric Period; and Historic.  ERO will be expanding the 2022 excavation in the 2023 fall season and will be excavating an additional 10 EUs. 

Position Overview

This position is in our Denver office is for fall 2023 through the first snowfall or inability to work at the site.  The work site is in the Denver metro/Front Range area.  No housing or relocation reimbursement is available for this position.

Cultural Resource Interns assist in the identification, evaluation, and treatment of cultural resources.  Technicians are responsible for applying technical skills in archaeology to assist project managers and senior-level staff with all tasks related to fieldwork and reporting in the cultural resources department.  This is primarily a field position and is seasonal through the 2023 fall season as work on the project is available.  Applicants for this position are expected to be physically capable of performing fieldwork tasks associated with survey, testing, and excavation.  Employment may be extended beyond the project for additional fieldwork opportunities if mutually agreeable.

Minimum Education and Experience

• Junior-level coursework toward a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology or related social science field
• An accredited field school certification is preferred

Physical Requirements

The project areas may be located at high elevations in rugged terrain.  Applicants must be physically capable and possess the skills necessary to perform all aspects of fieldwork including strenuous hiking with a backpack in rugged terrain up to 2 miles a day, collecting digital data, completing standard resource forms, performing in-field artifact analysis, and taking photographs.

Performance Expectations and Responsibilities

Cultural Resource Interns will conduct the above tasks safely and efficiently under the immediate supervision of a crew chief, field director, or project manager. Interns must be able to work variable hours, long days, and early mornings. 

Expected Field Duties

• Support the crew chief, field director, and project manager with all requested field tasks
• Follow the Safety Plan and guidelines
• Collect digital and spatial data with tablets, digital cameras, and GPS units
• Complete digital or hard copy field forms (state site forms and artifact analysis forms)
• Assist with testing, including excavating 10 or more shovel tests in a single day, using hand tools and shovels, lifting 50-pound buckets, and conducting in-field sediment analysis and screening
• Record accurate detailed notes, digital photography, and mapping

If you are qualified for this position, please email a cover letter and resume describing your education and experience to opportunities@eroresources.comPDF format is required.  Applicants selected for interviews will be asked to provide at least three references. 

The hourly wage range is $18.00-$20.00 commensurate with experience.  Colorado residents with in-state experience are preferred. 

ERO participates in e-verify and pre-employment background screening services.  ERO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans to apply.  For more information about ERO, visit our website at