California Field School – Portola Valley Fall Program

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Location: 4411 Alpine Rd, Portola Valley, CA 94028, USA

Season: September 30, 2022 to December 9, 2022

Application Deadline: September 29, 2022

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field School, Volunteer, Staff Position

RPA Certified:

Foothill College

Project Director:
Samuel Connell

Project Description:

The Foothill College Anthropology Department runs a California field school program that offers a suite of hands-on field science courses aimed at having fun learning about archaeology and developing excavation and lab ready employees in the Cultural Resource Management (CRM) industry.  After 12 weeks our students are prepared for a job in CRM.  We have placed hundreds of students over the years in field tech jobs, transfer positions, and graduate schools via our field programs.  Building on our experience this past summer in Lake County, California, the Anthropology Department has developed a local program in nearby Portola Valley that students can enjoy with minimal time commitment and cost. Students meet only on Fridays for the fieldwork and lab classes.

Working closely with Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and State Parks we will provide a student field school experience at Hawthorns Ranch in Portola Valley. What traditionally has been an expensive summer field school experience is being offered during the school year via 4 units of these Fall Quarter courses beginning in September. Contact Dr. Sam Connell for more information or fill out the preliminary application.

After this program you are CRM certified! We will provide you with a certificate of completion to be submitted to your future employer.

Students drive to the field and lab sites.  No accommodations or food provided. No application deadline.

Companies are in need of people with field school experience. Field school experience is key to getting a job in California CRM.

Period(s) of Occupation: Historic and Prehistoric California

• California Cultural Resource Management firms are looking for new employees. • Foothill students are getting jobs. • Why not you? • One quarter of coursework in the field. • No program fees. • Why spend thousands on a field school when it is all available here at home during the school year. • Equitable and Economical

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Age: none

Experience Required: no experience required

Room and Board Arrangements:
Students drive to the site location. Field days are from 8-4 on Fridays. Bring a lunch or purchase at local market.

Academic Credit:
1. ANTH 51 – Intro to Survey (Fridays 8-2; 2 units - 6 field hrs/week) 2. ANTH 16L – Archaeology Lab (Fridays 2-5; 1 unit - 3 lab hrs/week) 3. ANTH 57 - Applied Archaeology Field Methods (TBD; 1 unit) Supplemental Classroom based courses (not required) 1. ANTH 8 – Intro to Archaeology (online)

Contact Information:

Samuel Connell

Foothill College, Dept of Anthropology, 12345 El Monte Road

Los Altos Hills




Phone: (650) 949-7197

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