Cultural Resource Technician, Durango

Alexus KelleyCultural Resources, Help Wanted

Do you have a passion for Archaeology? Being active and outdoors in the beautiful Colorado wilderness? How about backpacking? 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 Seasonal Technician for our Durango, Colorado office.

ERO is a woman-owned small business with offices in Colorado and Idaho that puts its people first and offers collaboration between diverse environmental professionals, a flexible schedule to maintain work/life balance, and a casual work environment.  Our diverse team of scientists, planners, and subject matter experts have been working together to craft innovative solutions within regulatory framework while balancing change in our region with natural and cultural resources protection for more than 40 years.  We’re always 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.

Position Overview

Cultural Resource Technicians 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 a field and office position.  Applicants for this position are expected to be physically capable of performing fieldwork tasks associated with survey, testing, and excavation. 

Minimum Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in anthropology or related social science field
  • An accredited field school certification is preferred
  • Three months of applicable experience, with preference for Colorado-based experience
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 10 miles a day, collecting digital data, completing standard resource forms, performing in-field artifact analysis, and taking photographs.

Performance Expectations and Responsibilities

Cultural Resource Technicians will conduct the above tasks safely, independently, and efficiently under the immediate supervision of a crew chief, field director, or project manager.  Technicians must be able to work variable hours, long days, early mornings, holidays, and weekends as the work dictates.  Overtime is likely during periods of extensive fieldwork and will be compensated at time and a half. 

Expected Field Duties
  • Support the crew chief, field director, and project manager with all requested field tasks
  • Follow the Safety Plan and guidelines
  • Drive a company vehicle to the project area, sometimes in 4WD situations
  • 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)
  • Hike and survey with a backpack in rugged terrain up to 10 miles a day
  • 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
Expected Post-Field Duties
  • Unload and organize equipment
  • Upload or transfer all field data, as directed
  • Enter site form data into ERO’s Microsoft Access Site Form database
  • Assist with completion of resource documentation, as directed 
  • Perform artifact washing, flotation, data entry, artifact analysis, artifact curation preparation, and other duties, as requested

The hourly wage range is $18.00-$24.00 commensurate with experience.  Colorado residents with in-state experience are preferred. 

Qualified applicants should send an email with a PDF cover letter, and resume to with Cultural Resource Seasonal Technician – Durango in the subject line.

ERO participates in e-verify and pre-employment background screening services.

It is the continuous practice of ERO Resources to encourage inclusion and provide equal opportunities in employment to all employees and applicants. No person shall be discriminated against in any condition of employment because of age 40 and over, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or any other applicable status protected by state or local law. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions are based on job-related factors.

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