Cultural Resources Program Manager

Location: Sacramento or Agoura Hills, CA

Aspen Environmental Group (Aspen) is seeking a Cultural Resources Program Manager in our Sacramento or Agoura Hills offices.

Aspen is a dynamic, interdisciplinary environmental services firm that provides impacts analysis, permitting, and compliance services for a wide variety of federal and state agencies, as well as private groups. Aspen specializes in providing expert compliance services for complex, multi-faceted infrastructure and public works projects. Aspen’s cultural resources group is currently involved in a number of energy and infrastructure projects in desert, coastal and suburban environments.  The group is innovative in the approach and use of new technologies, yet remains well-grounded in the professional understanding of federal and state laws and regulations, in addition to local ordinances and general plans applicable to cultural and tribal cultural resources. Aspen’s cultural resources group provides a supportive and stimulating work environment that a talented senior archaeologist will find rewarding.

Responsibilities

The selected candidate will:

  • Manage and further develop the Cultural Resources Program, including tribal and paleontological resource areas;
  • Manage and direct cultural/tribal/paleontological resources tasks in coordination with Aspen Project Managers;
  • Manage, supervise, and direct archaeological survey, site testing and prepare resource evaluation documents;
  • Control and track various project and project sub-task budgets and delivery schedule with high accuracy, and prepare Cost and schedule Modification Requests on an as-needed basis;
  • Hire and supervise cultural resources and paleontology staff;
  • Prepare or provide senior QA/QC review of cultural and/or tribal cultural sections of environmental documents, technical reports, and other compliance and recommendation documents;
  • Conduct Native American consultation support services;
  • Attend or present at one professional conference annually; and,
  • Participate in marketing and proposal preparation activities.

Education and Experience

Candidates must have either an M.A. or a Ph.D. in archaeology. Minimum of 10 years of supervisory or management experience in California CRM required. RPA certification preferred. In addition, successful candidates must have a strong work ethic and demonstrated leadership ability, excellent communication skills, strong technical writing skills, expertise in California archaeology, and extensive understanding of CEQA, Assembly Bill 52, NEPA, and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Familiarity with U.S. Forest Service Programmatic Agreements, Bureau of Land Management Manuals, and Caltrans standards and requirements related to cultural resources would be a plus.

The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, have excellent organization and supervisorial skills, highly motivated, entrepreneurial,  able to self-direct, be attentive to fine details,  and comfortable in effectively managing and communicating with a geographically dispersed staff. The candidate would also enjoy conducting site visits in remote or challenging physical environments on occasion.

Compensation

Aspen offers a wide range of benefits and a competitive compensation package. Eligibility for benefits is earned with length of service professional development time. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

To apply

Please submit a letter of interest, Curriculum Vitae, a writing sample of a previously published environmental section in which the candidate was the sole or majority author, and three current references’ contact information to Neda Rastegar at nrastegar@aspeneg.com. The subject line must state, “Cultural Resources Program Manager.” Aspen is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment in a non-discriminatory manner.

Senior Associate Energy Economics

Location: Sacramento

Aspen is seeking an experienced consultant to join its Energy Economics practice in Sacramento.  The successful candidate will be able to perform analyses, usually in a senior role, with substantive experience in one or more of the following areas: energy storage, replacements for natural gas storage, electrification, utility revenue requirements and rate design, distributed generation, transmission planning, integrated resource planning, and electricity procurement.  Expert witness experience is a plus.

This position requires:

  • 5 to 10 years of energy utility or consulting experience
  • Ability to prepare cogent analytic assessments to support energy policy or client decisions
  • Ability to express oneself clearly both verbally and in writing
  • Experience building and using complex spreadsheet and ability to assess results from standard industry models
  • Familiarity with production cost modeling and power flow modeling
  • Ability to synthesize facts and integrate concepts across disciplines
  • Ability to dissect complex topics to simplest form and explain them verbally as well as in formal reports and focused presentations
  • Commitment to giving clients sound assessment of critical issues
  • Outstanding analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • High degree of persistence and determination, with the ability to proceed reasonably without direction and to know when doing so is appropriate
  • Willingness to work reasonable number of overtime hours as needed to meet client deadlines
  • Willingness to engage project activities at all levels
  • Good judgement, with the ability to juggle multiple deadlines and prioritize, working collaboratively with the practice director
  • Professional attitude and presence with commitment to on-time, on-budget and as-promised results delivery in a consulting context
  • Demonstrated success in identifying and winning new opportunities, scope projects and develop sound budgets
  • Hands-on production cost modeling, cost of service modeling or due diligence analysis a plus

To apply to this position, please email a resume in either Word or portable document format and a writing sample to Aspen@AspenEG.com; attn: Energy Economics.

Aspen is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity and an inclusive work environment.  Aspen considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, ancestry, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

Staff Archaeologists (On-Call)

Location: Northern, Central, and Southern California regions

Aspen Environmental Group is seeking on-call Staff Archaeologists for field work occurring throughout California. These are part-time positions with work hours variable by project (e.g., some projects may last a few days, others may last several months).

Aspen is a dynamic, interdisciplinary environmental services firm that provides impacts analysis, permitting, and compliance services for a wide variety of federal and state agencies, as well as private groups. Aspen specializes in providing expert compliance services for complex, multi-faceted infrastructure and public works projects. Aspen’s cultural resources group is innovative in the approach and use of new technologies, yet remains well-grounded in the professional understanding of federal and state laws and regulations, in addition to local ordinances and general plans applicable to cultural and tribal cultural resources. Aspen’s cultural resources group provides a supportive and stimulating work environment that many talented junior and mid-level archaeologists will find rewarding.

Responsibilities. The selected candidate(s) may, as needed:

  • Perform pedestrian field surveys using Trimble GPS technology;
  • Monitor construction projects;
  • Respond to initial calls for inadvertent finds;
  • Complete limited site testing;
  • Participate in data recovery excavation under the supervision of a Senior Archaeologist;
  • Conduct worker’s cultural resources awareness training;
  • Write California DPR forms;
  • Assist with archival, ethnohistoric, and historical research; and
  • Assist with final report writing.

Successful candidates must have the ability to maintain high quality field notes, keep good organization of field records, and maintain a professional demeanor in a variety of outdoor and remote environmental work conditions.

Education and Experience. Candidates must have either a B.A. degree in anthropology, or a Master’s degree in archaeology or cultural resources management. In both cases, the candidate must have at least four years of experience working with California prehistoric or historic-aged resources, and be able to identify prehistoric and historic artifacts. Candidates must also:

  • Be certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA), or be familiar with NHPA Section 106, NEPA, and CEQA standards.
  • Should have a good understanding of culture history relevant to California desert regions, or the coastal areas of San Diego/Orange county. Prior experience working with southern California Native American tribal members is a plus.
  • Must have a valid CA Driver’s License with a clean driving record, and be comfortable working in strenuous hiking conditions.
  • Three references must be provided upon application.
  • Selected candidates may be asked to complete drug testing.

The ideal candidate would be enthusiastic, highly motivated, attentive to fine details, well organized, and comfortable working remotely via Skype, cell phone app, cell conferencing, and email exchange. This candidate would be able to transport themselves to the work site and to Aspen’s office locations. The candidate would also enjoy working in remote or challenging physical environments.

Compensation. To be determined based on education, experience, and skill set.

To apply. Please submit a letter of interest, CV, a writing sample, and three references with contact information to Neda Rastegar at nrastegar@aspeneg.com The subject line must state, “Staff Archaeologist – NAME.”

Aspen is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity and an inclusive work environment.  Aspen considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, ancestry, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

 

Staff Paleontologist (On-Call)

Location: Southern California

Aspen Environmental Group is seeking an on-call Staff Paleontologist for field work occurring throughout the California southern desert region, including Imperial, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties. Work locations may also include coastal areas of San Diego and Orange counties. This is an on-call part-time position that begins immediately. Work hours and number of days in the field/office depend on assigned projects. High performing individuals may be considered for part-time or full-time positions at a future point in time.

Aspen is a dynamic, interdisciplinary environmental services firm that provides impacts analysis, permitting, and compliance services for a wide variety of federal and state agencies, as well as private groups. Aspen specializes in providing expert compliance services for complex, multi-faceted infrastructure and public works projects. Aspen’s cultural resources group is innovative in the approach and use of new technologies, yet remains well-grounded in a professional understanding of federal and state laws and regulations, as well as local ordinances and general plans applicable to cultural and tribal cultural resources. Aspen’s cultural resources group provides a supportive and stimulating work environment that many talented junior and mid-level archaeologists will find rewarding.

Responsibilities. The selected candidate(s) may, as needed:

  • Perform pedestrian field surveys using Trimble GPS technology;
  • Monitor construction projects;
  • Respond to initial calls for inadvertent finds;
  • Complete limited site testing;
  • Participate in data recovery excavation;
  • Conduct worker’s cultural resources awareness training;
  • Assist with preparing PRMPs and completing paleontological sensitivity analysis; and
  • Assist with final report writing.

Education and Experience. Candidates must have a graduate degree in paleontology or geology. The candidate must have at least two years of experience working in Southern California rural and desert geological settings. Candidates must also be able to identify, record, and inventory fossil specimens and localities in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state, or local regulations and standards. Professional Geologist registration license a plus. Candidates must also:

  • Have expert knowledge of professional standards established by the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) and have familiarity with NEPA, FLPMA, PRPA and CEQA standards related to paleontology;
  • Demonstrate experience in collecting, analyzing, and reporting of paleontological findings;
  • Have a good understanding of the geological history relevant to coastal, mountain, and desert regions of Southern California;
  • Be able to recognize fossils and determine significance; have familiarity with broad geology, stratigraphy, and biostratigraphy patterns throughout southern CA;
  • Must have a valid CA Driver’s License with a clean driving record; and
  • Submit three references with contact information upon application.

The ideal candidate is enthusiastic, highly motivated, attentive to fine details, well organized, and comfortable working remotely via Skype, cell phone app, cell conferencing, and email exchange. This candidate would also be able to transport themselves to the work site, and enjoy working in remote or challenging physical environments.

Compensation. To be determined based on education, experience, and skill set.

Successful candidates will have the ability to maintain high quality field notes, keep good organization of field records, and be able to maintain a professional demeanor in a variety of outdoor and remote environmental work conditions.

To apply. Please submit a letter of interest, Curriculum Vitae, a writing sample, and three references with contact information to Diana T. Dyste at ddyste@aspeneg.com. The subject line must state, “Staff Paleontologist– Southern CA.”

Aspen is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity and an inclusive work environment.  Aspen considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, ancestry, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

Senior Wildlife Biologist or Botanist

Location: Agoura Hills

Aspen Environmental Group is seeking a highly motivated Senior Biologist in its southern California office (Agoura Hills).

The Senior Biologist will be responsible for:

  • Completing resource area delineations and functional assessments.
  • Preparing permits in accordance with State, Local, and Federal guidelines.
  • Preparing reports and proposals.
  • Managing project budgets and coordinating project work.
  • Writing and editing technical reports and regulatory applications
  • Participating in interdisciplinary teams for watershed assessment, resource inventory, impact analysis, and natural resource management planning projects
  • Managing teams of biologists
  • Mentoring junior staff on technical, project management, and career development matters
  • Working effectively in both field and office environments.

Experience and qualifications for success:

  • Minimum of ten (10) years of experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in project permitting, impact assessments, proposal preparation, environmental planning and biological delineation/mitigation.
  • Demonstrated experience with local, state and federal wetland permitting programs.
  • Demonstrated experience with CEQA and NEPA document preparation.
  • Relevant experience with California and southwestern ecosystems and knowledge of local southern California flora and fauna.
  • Demonstrated successful client relationships and experience working with subcontractors and regulatory agencies.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to produce high quality written reports and verbal presentations.
  • Demonstrated success in new business development, preferred.
  • Experience with construction monitoring and compliance reporting, preferred.
  • Skills in MS Office, CRAM, ARC GIS and GPS data collection, preferred.
  • Ability to travel regionally.  In addition, as this position could involve field work to remote areas, the applicant must be able to travel to and work in rugged terrain during inclement weather.
  • A bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred)

Aspen is an environmental consulting firm providing a spectrum of environmental services to clients including a wide array of public and private clients. Aspen has about 70 dedicated and enthusiastic employees located mainly across four offices in California. We maintain a collaborative work environment that promotes multi-disciplinary collaboration and rigorous applied science. We pride ourselves on shaping careers in a way that provides a healthy rhythm of work and life responsibilities. Success at Aspen will include a blend of motivated initiative, business acumen, technical expertise, commitment, flexibility, and teamwork.

To apply for this position, please email a resume and cover letter to Chris Huntley at chuntley@aspeneg.com.

Aspen is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity and an inclusive work environment.  Aspen considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, ancestry, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

Aspen employee in the field

Career Opportunities

Aspen Environmental Group is distinguished by highly motivated people in a wide range of disciplines including planning, economics, biology, engineering, and physical sciences. We offer a challenging work environment with competitive salaries and benefits. We are always looking for exceptionally qualified people. Therefore, inquiries and resumes not specific to an advertised position are welcome.