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Lead Paleontologist  Los Angeles, CA  : 10/19/2022
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Kleinfelder has been connecting great people to the best work since 1961. We are engineers, scientists, and construction professionals providing solutions that improve our clients' transportation, water, energy, and other private infrastructure. As a responsive, cross-disciplinary team of bright, curious, and innovative problem-solvers, we are dedicated to doing the right thing, every day, on every project from over 80 offices in the US, Canada and Australia. 
Built on a foundation of excellence, Kleinfelder is committed to client-focused solutions. Through our depth of experience and thorough understanding of environmental, regulatory, economic, and civic conditions, we identify and address challenges with innovation and common-sense. Kleinfelder's integrated, award-winning experts collaborate with clients to meet their objectives - from project inception through design and execution. Connecting great people to the best work is our purpose - together, we deliver.
Kleinfelder is seeking a Lead Paleontologist to oversee paleontological technical studies and related project permitting documents for public and private sector clients on a flex basis. The individual would report to our Senior Cultural Resources Group Manager located Santa Maria, CA office.  The position is largely remote but may require travel to other offices, primarily in the Los Angeles area.
 Key Responsibilities 
The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:
  • Conduct paleontological record searches, surveys, fossil salvage/data recovery, laboratory and analysis, curation preparation and submittal, and technical reports.
  • Prepare and implement paleontological monitoring and/or data recovery programs
  • Work closely with other archaeologists, biologists, and environmental planners.
  • Provides technical guidance to less experienced staff.
  • Provide enthusiasm and commitment to client service and technical excellence.
  • Successful candidates will be familiar with working within a fast-paced consulting environment and help to develop effective solutions to both expected and unexpected project challenges. 
Requirements and Qualifications
  • MA/MS (PhD preferred) in geology, earth sciences, paleontology, or closely related field
  • Meets or exceeds Society of Vertebrate Paleontology qualifications.
  • Minimum 10 years' experience as lead paleontologist within California.
  • Experience in successful coordination and report approval with state and federal agencies.  
  • Ability to be listed on BLM State-wide permit as a Lead Paleontologist.  
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and management skills.
  • The ability to work closely with clients, engineers and other technical specialists as part of a larger combined project team.
  • Familiarity with digital field technology (GPS, total station, etc.) and GIS applications and software.
  • Technical report and proposal writing experience.
  • Candidates must occasionally be able and willing to travel and work outdoors in remote locations and for extended periods under all weather conditions, sometimes traversing rugged terrain.
  • Valid driver's license and good driving record required. 
The expected salary range for the position is displayed in accordance with the California Pay Transparency Law.  Final agreed upon compensation is based upon individual qualifications and experience. Salary range: $34.44-$57.40/hour.

Kleinfelder is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans (Compliant with the new VEVRAA and Section 503 rules)
Please note that Kleinfelder does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Recruitment Fee Agreement, Kleinfelder will not consider or agree to payment for any referral compensation or recruiter fee. In the event a recruiter or agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement, Kleinfelder explicitly reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency. Any unsolicited resume, including those submitted to hiring managers, are deemed to be the property of Kleinfelder. 



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