Jennifer M. Sanka, R.P.A.

Project Manager, Archaeologist


    M.A., Religion (Hebrew Bible and Archaeology), Duke University
  • Graduate Certificate, Women’s Studies, Duke University
  • B.A., Anthropology, Classics, and Comparative Religion, Miami University

Registrations and Licenses

    Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA 15927, 2006)

Training and Certifications

    Certified Riverside County (California) Archaeologist (103, 2007)
  • Certified San Diego County (California) CEQA Consultant for Archaeological Resources (2010)
  • Certified Orange County (California) Archaeologist (2017)
  • Meets the Qualifications of the SOI Standards for Archaeology
  • Qualified as a Principal Investigator for the BLM Cultural Resources Use Permit (CRUP) for the State of California
  • Qualified as a Principal Investigator for the BLM CRUP for the State of Nevada, Historic Resources
  • Qualified as a Principal Investigator for the State of Nevada Antiquities Permit

Jennifer Sanka has gained 20 years of archaeological fieldwork and project experience in the U.S., including projects in Alaska, Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, and Wisconsin. She has conducted all aspects of archaeological fieldwork and has authored and provided third party assessments for numerous California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) environmental impact reports (EIR), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental impact statements (EIS), NEPA environmental assessments (EA), constraints analyses, and CEQA initial study cultural resources sections. She has also certified more than 100 CEQA and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) compliant documents.

Ms. Sanka is a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA), meets the Secretary of Interior (SOI) Standards for Archaeology, and has served as a principal investigator on projects reviewed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

As a project manager, Ms. Sanka has obtained over a decade of experience focused on NEPA and CEQA compliance, especially with respect to cultural and visual resource management. She has assisted in the preparation of CEQA EIRs and NEPA EAs. In preparing EAs, she has coordinated directly with the BLM, USFS, USACE, and BIA. Ms. Sanka has also served as a project manager for numerous cultural resource projects, including archaeological, architectural, and paleontological resource assessments and mitigation programs. For these projects she has successfully performed management duties, including organizing projects; delegating work responsibilities; setting deadlines and submittal dates; writing and reviewing documents; and coordinating with clients, subconsultants, lead agencies, and resource agencies.