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Hartgen is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Hartgen provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.



Hartgen seeks candidates for Archeological Monitors for immediate work in eastern New York. This full-time temporary position is open to all candidates willing to travel to eastern New York for the duration of the assignment. This position includes paid sick, vacation, and holiday leave. Applicants should send an email to with the earliest date of availability, a curriculum vitae, and three references. Hartgen is an equal opportunity employer.

Length of Assignment

  • The assignment will be for a minimum of 4 consecutive weeks but is expected to continue until November 2024.

  • High-performing individuals may be offered additional work at the conclusion of this assignment.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Archeological Monitors will be assigned a minimum of 40 hours of work per week.

  • An average of 10 hours of overtime per week is expected but may vary. No overtime is guaranteed.

  • Typical work hours will fall between the hours of 6:00am and 9:00pm. The pay rates for work during these hours are:

    • Base rate: $25.00 per hour

    • Weekend work may be required. All weekend work will be paid at 1.5 times the base pay rate.

    • All overtime work will be paid at 1.5 times the base pay rate.

  • Night work, between 9:00pm and 6:00am, is expected to be infrequent. The pay rate for night work is $50.00 per hour.

  • Individuals who remain on assignment through the end of the construction season (anticipated to be in November 2024) or who have completed a minimum of 4 months of service upon being released from Hartgen due to lack of work will be paid a retention bonus of $2,500.

  • Hartgen will provide lodging for individuals who reside outside of the region and a meal allowance of $250.00 per week.

  • The position includes statutory benefits (FICA, workers comp, short-term disability, NYS Paid Family Leave), paid sick and vacation leave, paid holidays.


Job responsibilities
Primary responsibilities:

  • For each work assignment, review background information and coordinate logistics to report at the designated place and time. Most work sites will be located within 60 miles of Albany, New York, though some will be farther.

  • Monitor construction activities within archeologically sensitive areas and document archeological finds.

  • Submit accurate, organized, and complete daily reports and field documentation.

  • Understand safe work practices and ensure that you report unsafe conditions to your supervisor.

  • Respond to shifting work assignments with professionalism.

  • Safely drive, park, and maintain the cleanliness of assigned company vehicle for use in daily travel to and from assigned work areas.


On days when no archeological monitoring is required, you may be given alternate assignments including, but not limited to:

  • Perform archeological tests and excavations and create an accurate, complete, well-organized documentary record of that work.

  • Wash, sort, bag, and label artifacts to assist with artifact cataloging and curation.

Minimal requirements
Meet the minimum qualifications specified in Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation (36 CFR Part 61), including a minimum MA/MS degree in anthropology, archeology, or a related field.

  • Strong organizational and verbal communication skills.

  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and other contractors on the team.

  • Strong time management skills and the ability to accomplish tasks in a timely manner.

  • Ability to rigorously follow procedures and to solve unexpected problems.

  • Ability to work outdoors in variable temperatures and in weather that may include rain.

  • Ability to successfully complete rail safety training and to pass a background check (Hartgen will pay all associated fees).

  • Possession of a valid U.S. driver’s license.


Preferred qualifications
A minimum of 1 year of archeological field experience.

  • Prior experience monitoring construction activity.

  • Experience with GPS technologies and other digital data collection methods and field technology (GPS units, tablets, cameras).

About Hartgen

Hartgen is an award-winning provider of cultural resource management solutions and has served the private and public sectors since 1973 from its headquarters in Rensselaer, New York. We are among the largest cultural resource management firms in the northeast and have completed over 7,000 projects throughout the region for a diverse range of clients, including construction firms, not-for-profit preservation groups, and municipalities. We have a collegial, hard-working staff of 35 professionals that includes archeologists, architectural historians, a historian, laboratory staff, research professionals, and GIS specialists.


Hartgen seeks Field Archeologists for projects throughout New York and neighboring states. This position is seasonal and hourly. Full-time availability is strongly preferred, but not required. Work will be on a project-by-project basis, but is expected to be consistent throughout the calendar year. Preferred candidates will reside in New York State. This position includes paid sick, vacation and holiday leave, and participation in a SIMPLE retirement plan with company match. Strong performers may be awarded discretionary bonuses. Pay will be commensurate with experience. Hartgen is an equal opportunity employer. To apply, send a resume and three references to

Job responsibilities

  • Efficiently perform archeological tests and excavations and create an accurate, complete, well-organized documentary record of that work.

  • Work collaboratively and respectfully with fellow team members.

  • Follow safe work practices.


Minimal requirements

  • Availability to travel for field projects with hotel stays during the work week as needed.

  • Ability to work outdoors in variable temperatures and in weather that may include rain or snow; ability to hike difficult terrain while carrying field equipment, ability to excavate tests and units and to screen soils. 

  • Possession of a valid U.S. driver’s license.

  • Applicants must be able to conduct fieldwork for long hours, sometimes in inclement weather conditions, often in rugged terrain, while carrying equipment weighing up to 40 pounds. Preferred candidates will have completed an archeological field school or will have previous CRM field experience. A valid driver’s license is required.


Preferred qualifications

  • Completed or currently pursuing a BA degree in anthropology or archeology.

  • Completed an archeological field school or has previous archeological field experience.

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Join the Team

Hartgen accepts resumes for Field Archeologist positions on a rolling basis. Resumes are retained for one year. Open positions are routinely filled from resumes on file without advertisement.

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