The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), is recruiting an archaeologist for the Desert National Wildlife Refuge (DNWR). Some overnight travel for fieldwork, research, conferences, and training can be expected. The DNWR archaeologist will create and implement a cultural resources program and will coordinate the cultural resources programs addressing similar issues occurring on neighboring federal lands. The cultural resources program will assure all projects on the DNWR are conducted in compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), the Archaeological Resource Protection Act (ARPA), and other Federal and state cultural resources legislation.
The successful candidate will work under the supervision of the DNWR Refuge Manager, with technical supervision supplied by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Archaeologist in Portland, Oregon. All work will follow guidelines in the Federal Legislation, Regulations, Regional policy, and instructions. Consultation with the Refuge manager or technical supervisor will be necessary when the guidelines must be adapted to specific needs and situations.
o Conduct research at libraries, agencies, and other institutions for documentation of archaeological, historical, and ethnographic information.
o Prepare scopes of works for contracts to conduct cultural resources work on the DNWR. Serve as the Contracting Officer’s representative on cultural resources contracts.
o Conduct archaeological surveys, site identification, and site evaluation using standard archaeological techniques for compliance with Section 106 of the NHPA.
o Research, prepare, and complete archaeological documents (letters; agreement documents; site, project, and evaluation reports) for compliance with the NHPA and academic oriented research using forms and formats acceptable by State Historic Preservation Offices; and manuscripts suitable for professional technical publications.
o Make determinations of effect and provide data, rationale, policy and legal compliance for such determinations. Provide alternatives on cultural resources management for decision-makers.
o Negotiate methods and procedures to adequately address historic preservation legislation and regulations and other cultural resource concerns.
o Update and maintain computer records.
o Prepare collected materials for curation.
o Collaborate with project proponents, partners, and FWS staff, volunteers, Tribes, and other archaeologists. Serve as liaison between the FWS and Tribes. Set up and conduct consultation with Tribes on all cultural resource issues.
o Prepare and conduct educational and outreach activities, presentations, and events that provide information on cultural resources of the Refuge.
o Other duties as assigned.
o Rate of pay: $22.74/hour
o Medical and dental benefits
o Personal leave accumulation
o The duty station is the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, Corn Creek Field Station, Las Vegas, Nevada.
o October 17, 2011 (or upon availability); 1 year contract with potential for extension pending funding and a favorable performance evaluation.
o Full time, 40 hours per week
o Applied professional knowledge of the methods and theories of North American archaeology including the ability to design, conduct, analyze, report, and finish a cultural resources research project that applies current archaeological and anthropological method and theory, and involves the collection and analysis of data from the field, literature, archives, and/or oral testimony. This must be documented by a M.A. or M.S. degree in anthropology or archaeology or closely related discipline from an accredited university or college.
o Applied professional knowledge and ability with laws, regulations, and policies of historic preservation, including Section 106 process of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). This must be documented by project reports or agreement documents produced to comply with NHPA, NAGPRA, and/or ARPA.
o Practical cultural resources management ability and experience in the Great Basin and/or Mohave Desert. This must be demonstrated by field experience and report production on a project involving the archaeology and anthropology of the Great Basin and/or Mohave Desert.
o Demonstrated skill and work experience communicating, working with, and negotiating with Tribes, Federal land managers, municipalities, and historic preservation regulators for the exchange of data, collection of oral history, policy/procedure, and other concerns. Communication ability must include outreach and interpretation for audiences unfamiliar with the technical aspects of the archaeological and cultural resources discipline.
o Ability and skill with personal computers, database, graphics, GPS, GIS, mapping and word processing software.
o Must be physically capable of working in a wide variety of environmental and weather conditions including both office and outdoors. The DNWR is in a hot, dry desert environment and the work will require hiking in rugged trail-less and water-less terrain, climbing, occasional overnight camping, and occasional lifting of heavy objects.
o Must have a valid driver’s license and the ability to drive and care for a 4-wheel drive vehicles on steep and rugged roads for long distances.
How to Apply:
Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their résumé, and a list of three professional references to Bridget Walden, GBI HR Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.