Archaeological Technician - Death Valley


Death Valley Death Valley , CA
United States
36° 13' 12.4824" N, 116° 52' 54.0624" W
California US
Friday, August 6, 2010

Working cooperatively with the National Park Service’s Death Valley National Park (DEVA), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting two Archaeological Technicians to join our AmeriCorps program and assist DEVA archaeology staff with archaeological field work, lab analysis, and data processing throughout the Park. Field work includes surveying for cultural resources, recording and documenting cultural resources, and testing and excavation of archaeological sites. Lab analysis and data processing duties include analysis and cataloging of artifacts, updating of databases, and filling out site forms in support of SHPO and NHPA reporting requirements. Completing archaeological surveys in the southwest requires the physical endurance to walk over a variety of terrains and in a variety of weather conditions, including extreme heat. Overnight camping for several days at a time in remote areas is required.

o Living Allowance: $23,520
o AmeriCorps Education Award*: $5,350
o Student loan forbearance and interest accrual payment**
o Medical and dental benefits
o Field per diem while camping
o Dorm, apartment and/or group housing options available, depending on availability, for between $150 - $350/month

o October 01, 2010 – September 30, 2011
o Full time, 40+ hours per week with some weekend work required

o Death Valley National Park is located in Nevada and California and boasts some of the hottest and driest climates, and lowest elevation in North America. A superlative desert of streaming sand dunes, snow-capped mountains, multicolored rock layers, water-fluted canyons and 3 million acres of wilderness. Home to the Timbisha Shoshone people and to plants and animals unique to the harshest desert.

o Educational and field experiences related to archaeology, anthropology, or indigenous peoples studies;
o Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, camp in the backcountry for consecutive days, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, and be in overall good physical condition;
o Ability to work productively and cooperatively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals and communicate effectively with a diverse public;
o Posses a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record; and
o Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of two in a lifetime, regardless of award amount), and (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks.

Helpful but not required:
o Knowledge of historic and/or prehistoric history and artifacts of the Mojave desert regions of the southwest;
o Read and interpret topographical maps and navigate using a compass;
o Experience operating hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and electronic field data collection;
o Experience driving 4WD vehicles on paved and un-paved roads;
o Posses good organizational skills and be detail oriented; and
o Experience working in the desert southwest, or similar desert climates.

How to Apply:
Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their résumé, and a list of three professional references to Bridget Walden, at Please include where you found this position posted.

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: 
Great Basin Institute
Contact Name: 
Bridget Walden