John Kuraoka
Why I should be your next archaeological field technician

An archaeology trowel
(619) 465-6100

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So why should we hire you?
Because I’m already doing the job for another San Diego cultural resources management company, and volunteering as an archaeological field technician in California State Parks; I love it, and want to do more of it! As a professional on-call archaeological field tech in CRM, I’ve done everything from site surveying on Palomar Mountain to construction monitoring downtown. I’ve excavated test pits. I’ve done work for a major utility company. I know the job. Just show me how you like to do things, and I’m ready to go.

But wait, your bachelor’s degree is in, what, Communications?
Yes, and that led me to a career in advertising, where I looked for patterns in human behavior in order to create ads that caused measurable changes in those behaviors. I was a practical anthropologist for years, and became an expert in material culture. At a certain point, though, I turned away from using insights into human behavior to sell stuff, and toward using those insights to explore our shared humanity. Which is why I recently returned to school and just earned my associate's degree in Anthropology.

How about a field school?
Beyond my work experience, I’m currently in a 16-week field excavation class, digging, recording, and cataloging finds from Rancho Peñasquitos Adobe. I need just one more class to earn the Certificate in Archaeology from San Diego City College. Contact Dr. Tim Gross for an assessment of my field skills to date: (619) 388-3260 or

What else sets you apart?
Because CRM involves working on construction sites, I independently took the OSHA 10 Construction Site Safety course (my OSHA card number is 14-006187251), as well as a 2-unit Construction Site Safety class at City College that was basically the OSHA 30 course without the card. I am aware and safe around heavy equipment, trenches, and holes.

Also, I took an online course in forensic archaeology that was essentially the Durham University/ICRC short course given to police departments, investigators, and Red Cross volunteers seeking victims of misadventure, crime, or genocide. Plus, a class on Human Osteology at City College. I’m better trained than many at identifying remains. Contact Dr. Tori Randall for a reference: 619-388-3748 or

I used to teach orienteering (so I have old-school map and compass skills as well as the latest GIS), and have helped map caves. And, I’ve led hiking and backpacking trips in San Diego and San Bernardino counties. I am at home in the field.

Finally, I was the recipient of the 2021 Dr. Susan M. Hector Scholarship in Archaeology at San Diego City College. I learn fast and well.

Call me and let’s talk! (619) 465-6100. Or email me at . If the link doesn’t show up, then you have JavaScript disabled; just manually type john @ kuraoka-dot-com into your email program. Let’s work together, it’ll be great!

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