Careers

Tierra accepts resumes on an ongoing basis from motivated professionals with experience in the right of way, cultural resources, environmental, planning, and mapping fields. We are a growing and dynamic company that has provided right of way, environmental, and cultural resources services throughout the western United States for over 28 years. We offer excellent opportunities for career growth and provide a positive work environment. Tierra offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits packages, including medical, dental, and vision insurance; short-term and long-term disability insurance; optional life insurance; dental and Aflac supplemental insurance (at employee cost); 401k retirement plans; and paid time off.

Tierra is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

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Biologist/Environmental Compliance Lead—Albuquerque, New Mexico

Tierra’s Environmental Planning and Cultural Resources Division is seeking a Biologist/Environmental Compliance Lead for our Albuquerque office. This position is a regular, full-time, salaried or hourly position (depending on experience).

Responsibilities:

  • Assisting with the preparation, coordination, review, and management of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance documents, particularly Environmental Impact Statements, Environmental Assessments, and Categorical Exclusions.
  • Planning, coordinating, and reporting on wildlife, native plants, and habitats found in the American Southwest.
  • Preparing Biological Assessments and Evaluations.
  • Evaluating the potential for occurrence of Threatened and Endangered species and other special status species and their suitable habitats.
  • Conducting fieldwork as necessary.
  • Conducting and preparing reports for Waters of the U.S. jurisdictional delineations and determinations under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.
  • Preparing Section 404 permit documentation and compensatory mitigation plans.
  • Preparing Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans and managing their implementation.
  • Working directly with regulatory agency interdisciplinary project teams, clients, and subcontractors.
  • Assist with business development, marketing, and proposal efforts.

Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Planning, or related field required. Master’s/graduate degree is preferred.
  • A minimum of 7 years of experience in environmental planning and consulting in the state of New Mexico.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of the ecology of the Southwest.
  • Strong project management skills and excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Ability to self-start and the flexibility to perform out-of-town fieldwork.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and competence in the application of biological facts, principles, methods, techniques, and procedures necessary for the conservation and management of fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their respective habitats.
  • A solid background in performing Environmental and Biological Assessments, natural resources field studies, and NEPA analyses.
  • Strong working knowledge of Federal, State, and local government environmental regulations.
  • Demonstrated ability in field data collection and survey design methodologies, data analysis, and technical writing.

To Apply: Please email your complete resume and a brief cover letter, including salary requirements, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Field Director—Santa Fe, New Mexico

Tierra is seeking a motivated and experienced archaeologist/cultural resources manager who can fulfill the duties of Field Director in our Santa Fe office. The successful candidate must be a team player. They must have the ability to multi-task, including supervising multiple small surveys and/or monitoring projects concurrently. Experience directing large block surveys as well as testing and data recovery investigations is also desired. The successful candidate must meet the qualifications necessary to be listed in Tierra’s cultural resource investigation permits for the City of Santa Fe, State of New Mexico, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and other Federal agencies. The candidates must have knowledge of the literature and practice of prehistoric and historical archaeology in the American Southwest. The position may involve some travel, and a current valid driver’s license is required. The successful candidate must be a United States citizen or hold a Federally approved work visa.

Duties Include:

  • Directing fieldwork.
  • Staffing and scheduling assistance.
  • Writing reports and preparing forms to pertinent agency standards.
  • Delegating tasks to junior staff.
  • Problem resolution in field and office settings.
  • Training archaeological technicians in field methods, preparation of forms, and report writing.
  • Maintaining current knowledge of literature and professional reports.
  • Assisting in the preparation of scopes of work and budgets for proposals.
  • Analyzing collections of cultural materials that fall within your particular analytic specialty.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Seven years of experience in cultural resources management at increasing levels of responsibility, such as Technician, Crew Chief, Assistant Field Director, Field Director.
  • At least three years of cultural resources management experience in New Mexico.
  • Thorough knowledge of the NHPA Section 106 process and associated Federal, State, and local laws and regulations.
  • Graduate degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, or a related field.
  • Focus in a particular analytic specialty in material culture or an aspect of environmental archaeology a plus.

Compensation is competitive and based on experience and education. 

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Project Archaeologist—Washington

Tierra is seeking a Project Archaeologist for our Environmental Planning and Cultural Resources Division in Washington. The Project Archaeologist assists with cultural resources management projects under the supervision of the Cultural Resources Project Manager. Responsibilities include background research and literature review; conducting survey, testing, monitoring, and data recovery projects; and report writing. Tierra maintains dedicated GIS, editing, and IT departments that support this position.

The successful candidate will work out of our Seattle office, with partial telecommuting options available. We are considering both full- and part-time options. Pay will be commensurate with applicant’s experience and education.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • B.A./B.S. in Anthropology or Archaeology. Preference will be given to those who meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for professional archaeologists (M.A./M.S. or Ph.D. in Anthropology or Archaeology).
  • 5+ years of cultural resources management experience in the Pacific Northwest, preferably in Washington.
  • Ability to use GPS units in the field.
  • Demonstrated report writing experience.
  •  Ability to conduct fieldwork in physically demanding conditions.
  • Ability to travel for fieldwork.

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Field Director—Albuquerque, New Mexico

Tierra is seeking motivated and experienced archaeologists/cultural resources managers who can fulfill the duties of Field Director in our New Mexico offices. The successful candidates must be team players. They must have the ability to multi-task, including supervising multiple small surveys and/or monitoring projects concurrently. Experience directing large block surveys as well as testing and data recovery investigations is also desired. The successful candidates must meet qualifications to be listed in Tierra’s cultural resource investigation permits for the State of New Mexico, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and other Federal agencies. The candidates must have knowledge of the literature and practice of prehistoric and historic archaeology in the American Southwest. A moderate amount of travel may be required; a current valid driver’s license is required. The successful candidates must be a United States citizen or hold a Federally approved work visa.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 7+ years’ experience in cultural resources management at increasing levels of responsibility (such as Archaeological Technician, Crew Chief, Assistant Field Director, Field Director), at least 3 years of which has been in New Mexico, is required.
  • Thorough knowledge of the National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 process and associated Federal and State laws and regulations is essential.
  • Graduate degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, or a related field is required.
  • Focus in a particular analytic specialty in material culture or an aspect of environmental archaeology.

Duties Include:

  • Directing fieldwork.
  • Staffing and scheduling input.
  • Writing reports and preparing forms to pertinent agency standards.
  • Delegating tasks to junior staff.
  • Resolving problems in field and office settings.
  • Maintaining current knowledge of literature and professional reports.
  • Assisting in the preparation of scopes of work and budgets for proposals.
  • Analyzing collections of cultural materials that fall within your particular analytic specialty.

Salary is competitive and based on experience and education. This is a temporary, hourly position with the potential to become permanent. The successful candidate must be based in our established Albuquerque, New Mexico, office.

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Temporary Archaeological Field Technicians

Tierra is seeking temporary Field Technicians for several large survey and excavation projects in Arizona and New Mexico. These projects will be based out of our Tucson and Albuquerque offices. Field Technicians must have a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology or a related field and have experience conducting survey, testing, and data recovery in the American Southwest. Camping may be required for certain survey projects; however, per-diem will be provided. Pay will be commensurate with applicant’s experience and education. All Field Technicians will work under the supervision of a Field Director or Crew Chief.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology or related field.
  • Survey and excavation experience in cultural resource management in the Southwest.
  • Ability to cooperate and function as part of a team.
  • Resourcefulness, motivation, and an organized approach to fieldwork.
  • Ability to use a GPS units in the field.
  • Skills at artifact analysis are an advantage, but not required.

Tierra has been conducting cultural resources management projects since 1993. We are committed to meeting our clients’ land services needs in the highest quality manner, delivered to the highest ethical and professional standards.

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