Employment Opportunities

Production Assistant Director

February 9, 2017

Since 1979, Far Western has worked in partnership with private industry, government agencies, tribal organizations, and non-profit groups, to achieve goals surrounding cultural resources management, environmental review, and compliance processes. This position, as part of the Production and Graphics Department, supports more than 25 Ph.D.- and M.A.-level archaeologists within this cultural resources management context.

The Production Assistant Director supports the Production Director in leading the Production and Graphics Department. In a given week you will be assisting with oversight of four to five full-time employees and coordinating the production schedule for the company headquarters and branch offices. It’s your job to assist in ensuring quality control of Far Western work product, developing team members, and guiding learning practices to solve challenges that arise.            

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Consult with project members (principals, project managers, authors, subconsultants, and GIS team members) to: establish production timelines and scope of work; create and ensure timely completion of tasks; facilitate smooth and respectful interactions between parties; and provide for efficient transfer and processing of all report-related content (40%)
  • Manage and track the production process from beginning to end for 100+ technical reports per year, including related graphics, data appendices, and distribution requirements (30%)
  • Mentor department staff not only through direct instruction and guidance, but also by providing opportunities for development and by maintaining a positive and collaborative working and learning environment (30%)

Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills for communicating and collaborating effectively
  • Outstanding organizational and project management skills
  • Exceptional aptitude to balance shifting or conflicting needs with quality and timely output in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Extraordinary ability to manage a group of employees, allocate people resources effectively, and focus on cooperative solutions to maintain a highly productive and positive team environment

Minimum Requirements:

  • Three years of experience in small team management
  • Experience in a long-document production environment
  • Strong editing and technical writing background
  • Expert with Microsoft Word and proficiency with entire MS Office suite
  • Expert with Adobe Illustrator and Acrobat, and proficiency with entire Creative Cloud
  • Experience with color management, prepress processes, and template creation
  • Bachelor’s degree in English or related field
About the Production and Graphics Department

Who we are:

  • Problem solvers
  • Workflow managers
  • Adaptive workers
  • Master organizers
  • Teammates

What we do:

  • Deal effectively with diverse people
  • Uphold work product quality standards
  • Commit to putting in extra effort
  • Ensure the job gets done correctly
  • Enjoy co-workers at all levels

What you can expect working with the Far Western Production and Graphics Team:

  • Open, shared work space with the team
  • Focused, yet personable co-workers
  • Interaction with smart, hard-working authors, project managers, and GIS specialists
  • Challenging projects
  • Positive attitudes
  • Thursday morning breakfasts
  • Casual dress code
  • Work/life balance

Salary and Benefits

Salary level is market-competitive and commensurate with experience. Far Western is an equal-opportunity employer and offers the following benefits:

  • Paid Time Off
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Medical Insurance
  • Life Insurance and Long-Term Disability
  • Dental and Vision
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • 401(k)/Profit Sharing
  • Bonus Compensation
  • Incentive Awards and Spot Bonuses
  • Transit Commuter Benefits
To Apply

Please provide a cover letter stating why you are interested in this position and your resume in PDF format.

Submit to: Erin Eason, Human Resources and Benefits Coordinator Email hr@farwestern.com

Learn more about Far Western at www.farwestern.com and check us out on LinkedIn!


Historical Archaeologist/Project Manager

October 3, 2017

Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc. is seeking an Historical Archaeology Program Lead for our Davis, California office. The full-time Principal Investigator/Project Manager will have the opportunity to develop a program in Historical Archaeology and will manage a wide range of projects while playing a key role in collaborative scholarship.

Far Western is one of the largest cultural resource management firms in the western United States and has a proven track record of doing innovative research within a cultural resource management context. We currently work with clients in the military, transportation, development, and energy sectors. Far Western believes in supporting scholarly research and publication and is an active member in the archaeological academic community of the Western United States.

Benefits include, but are not limited to:                  

  • Competitive salary (based on experience)
  • Health care and dental/vision stipend
  • 401k with company profit sharing
  • Support for conference and training attendance

Responsibilities include:

  • Project Management
  • Principal Investigator on Projects throughout California and Great Basin
  • Business Development (Proposals/Marketing)
  • Supervise and mentor mid-level and junior staff

Job Requirements:

  • An M.A. or Ph.D. in history, anthropology, or archaeology (or related field)
  • Minimum of five years of experience doing historic archaeology in a CRM context
  • Knowledge of the history, archaeology, and ethnography of California and the Great Basin
  • Familiarity with the CRM regulatory environment
  • Experience with business development and staff mentorship
  • Strong writing and organizational skills
  • Project management experience, including ability to positively interact with clients
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, particularly in complex CRM settings

To apply please submit your cover letter, resume and three references to

Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc

2727 Del Rio Place, Davis Ca 95618

or e-mail a PDF to Email hr@farwestern.com


Archaeological Technicians

Far Western routinely hires archaeological technicians on a temporary basis to assist with fieldwork. If you would like to be considered for such work, please email your resume (FW Resume_LASTNAME.doc or .pdf) to jobs@farwestern.com.
Email jobs@farwestern.com


Archaeological Monitors

We have several ongoing monitoring projects for which new positions open up periodically. For these positions, please include MONITOR in the email subject line.
Email jobs@farwestern.com

In addition to the requirements for employment with Far Western, all monitors must:

  • Have a clean DMV record;
  • Pass a criminal background check;
  • Read and understand Far Western’s Safety Program;
  • Conform to Fitness for Duty policies;
  • Conform to our client’s Eligibility for Work requirements;
  • Be willing to monitor at night, when necessary;
  • Be able to use provided field equipment (typical field equipment includes: Ipad, Trimble GPS, Garmin GPS, and digital camera) and/or be willing to learn;
  • Complete and turn in all field documents, timesheets, and reimbursements in a timely manner according to Far Western protocol;
  • Complete and conform to all environmental and safety training (including site specific tailboards and other subcontractor requirements);
  • Maintain all Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to OSHA standards. Far Western will provide Safety glasses, safety vest, and hardhat for the duration of the project but it is the employee’s responsibility to immediately notify Far Western of any problems with their PPE. Steel toe or safety toe boots/shoes are the responsibility of the monitor, when necessary.

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