HBK is transforming essential infrastructure to achieve a sustainable future and empower the communities where we live and work. 

Since first opening our doors in 1998, HBK Engineering has quickly emerged as a leader in the utility infrastructure space through our experience on smart grid, modernization, resiliency, communications, fiber to the home (FTTH), and microgrid projects. Today, we’re a Quanta Services Company—a team of 43,000 dedicated individuals offering end-to-end solutions for the utility, energy, and construction industries. 

Team members at HBK Engineering are committed to designing the future we want to live in, and safety is at the center of everything we do. HBK Engineering offers a professional environment where you’ll work alongside some of the best talent in the industry. We offer excellent benefits, competitive salary, employee resource groups, and a community-focused environment where our staff members believe in giving back. At HBK Engineering, you’ll discover a culture where the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion are exemplified by all. Better outcomes are achieved when we bring our authentic selves to work daily. 

Our sights are set on the future, and we invite you to rise to the challenge. 

General Description:

Associate performs aspects of the profession to include coordinating and directing a team of archaeologists on a project or a number of small projects. Projects will vary from small surveys to large-scale surveys. Crew Chief will supervise small field crews, and be responsible for the recording, excavation, and mapping of prehistoric and historic archaeological sites. Crew Chief occasionally assists during fieldwork with clients, landowners, agency representatives, and the general public. The Crew Chief directs and mentors entry level associates in professional, technical and operational best practices.

Technical Responsibilities:

  • Participates in pedestrian field survey, putting in shovel tests as needed, and walking up to 10 miles a day.
  • Works effectively as an individual and with the project team, taking positive instructions from the Field Supervisor while conducting archaeological investigations and leading a small field team.
  • The Crew Chief is responsible for the timely completion of daily tasks allotted to a field crew by the Field Supervisor.
  • The Crew Chief is responsible for daily review and quality control of all notes, forms, photographs and other field records. The Crew Chief will review all daily notes and records and make corrections and adjustments if necessary before submittal to the Field Supervisor.   
  • Assists with the archeological collections being processed, cataloged, analyzed, and curated according to the specifications of the research design and the guidelines of the curation facility where collections will ultimately be housed.
  • Maintains a professional demeanor in a variety of often strenuous outdoor and remote environmental work conditions.
  • Maintains a punctual work ethic and is on time ready to work at the designated hour on a daily basis.
  • Typical duties and responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
    • Assist in prefield coordination.
    • Conducts pedestrian field survey..
    • Dig shovel tests up to one meter, screening soil, and identifying cultural material.
    • Assists with GPS Trimble mapping.
    • Flexibility to travel frequently within the United States.

Managerial Responsibilities:

  • Typical duties and responsibilities may include:
  • Supervising small archaeological field crews.
  • Assisting with the planning, scheduling or coordinating the preparation of activities for multiple projects.
  • Works effectively with little to no direct supervision; interface with a variety of people and manage competing demands.
  • The Crew Chief works under the direction of the Principal Investigator and Field Supervisor and makes independent responsible decisions subject for supervisor review.

Communication Skills:

  • Ability to clearly communicate with and supervise a project team.
  • Excellent writing skills for documentation.
  • Serves as a trusted company ambassador while operating in an ethical and safe manner.
  • Effective at communicating problem situations, unexpected occurrences, and safety concerns to the Field Supervisor. 

Education and Work Experience:

  • A Bachelor's degree or higher in Archaeology, Anthropology, or a related field.
  • Completion of an accredited field school.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of supervisory experience in cultural resources fieldwork and documentation.
  • Experience in Texas and surrounding states related to cultural resources, inventory, and data recovery.
  • Experience identifying prehistoric and historic artifacts, materials, lithics, ceramic, and faunal remains.
  • Proficiency in reading the landscape and in discerning a disturbed context from a natural context and identifying soils.
  • Ability to work unsupervised, functioning as an effective, self-motivated, and highly capable individual.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience illustrating site sketch maps and features accurately.
  • A valid driver’s license, a clean driving record, and access to reliable transportation.
  • Working knowledge of Trimble and other GPS devices, and ability to navigate using a compass and topographic maps or handheld GPS units.
  • Working knowledge of Federal and State laws, regulations, and guidelines pertaining to cultural resources.

Professional Activities:

  • Active or recent membership in career-oriented professional or program-related organization with a leadership role, including participation in developing professional papers and presentations.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Required to talk and hear.
  • Frequently required to stand, walk, use hands, and reach with hands and arms.
  • Frequently required to work outdoors for prolonged periods of time under a variety of weather conditions (up to 10 hours).  Specific physical abilities required include walking on un-level grounds in varied topographies and sometimes unfavorable environments.
  • . Must be able to lift and/or move up to 25 lb.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • No smoking or vaping of any kind is permitted on surveys. For larger projects, smoking is permissible in designated areas only.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required at all times on all projects as designated by the Field Supervisor.
  • Wearing safety belts and maintaining safety protocols and professional behavior is required when traveling in all company vehicles. 

Location: Initial work may be in West Texas.

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. Offers contingent upon satisfactory results from our standard background check and receipt of results of a satisfactory drug screening test from a location specified by HBK.