Archaeological Technician

Sunday, May 5, 2013


Bridgeport, CA and Carson City, NV
United States
USDA Forest Service, Bridgeport & Carson Ranger Districts
Description: Working collaboratively with the USDA Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest to support survey work related to the East Walker Fuels Project.  The Great Basin Institute is recruiting experienced archeologists to work cooperatively with a team of archaeologists currently conducting Section 110 surveys throughout the Bridgeport and Carson District regions. Section 110 surveys are strictly to gather information on what types of sites are located throughout the area and to determine whether or not they are being affected by resource management activity that is increasing throughout the area. Survey work will involve intensive ground surveys over a variety of terrains and in a variety of weather conditions; some remote areas may require overnight camping. All new survey sites will be recorded using the Nevada IMAC forms (example below). In addition, each team will create site maps that contain clear, concise and detailed information so that the sites can be relocated, will complete and submit all required 
site paperwork including data forms and site reports. 
Compensation: living allowance: $4,800, AmeriCorps education award*: $1,468, student loan forbearance*, student loan interest paid*, paid medical and dental benefits, housing offered in USFS Bridgeport dormitory, and $15 field per diem. * AmeriCorps Education Award may be used for past, present or future education experiences, including payment of qualifying federal student loans. Loan forbearance and accrued interest payment on qualifying student loans is also available.
Timeline: May 20, 2013 (or sooner if available) –August 16, 2013, with potential for extension pending funding and positive performance review, Full time, 40+ hours per week
Location: Bridgeport, CA, Carson City, NV.
Qualifications: Technical requirements: Educational and field experiences related to archeology, anthropology, or indigenous peoples studies, experience and understanding of the proper steps required to conduct and assess the condition of archeological site surveys (e.g.: mapping, data recording, site photography, GPSing, figuring out location of and routes in to and out of survey site, and drawing artifacts or structures as needed), experience operating hand-held GPS units for navigation and electronic field data collection (previous experience operating Trimble units a plus), experience preparing, reviewing and documenting archeological fieldwork, excavations or historical properties, ability to read and interpret topographical maps and navigate using a compass, previous experience conducting Section 110 field surveys –or– working with the U.S. Forest Service –or– working in the Sierra Nevada Great Basin regional desirable but not required.
Additional requirements: Ability to work productively and cooperatively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals and communicate effectively with a diverse public, possess good organizational skills and balance competing tasks, flexibility and capability to meet the demands of rapidly changing plans and schedules, possess a valid, state-issued drivers license and clean driving record, experience operating 4WD trucks on- and off-road, including narrow and steep forest roads, and conducting routine vehicle maintenance, ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, carry upwards of 40 pounds in a backpack, and otherwise maintain good physical condition, meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, and (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of two in a lifetime, regardless of award amount).
How to Apply: Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their résumé, and a list of three professional references to Amy Gladding, HR Coordinator at This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or religion. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Institution or Company offering position: 
The Great Basin Institute
Contact Name: 
Amy Gladding