Archaeological Technician

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Working cooperatively with the National Park Service’s Death Valley National Park (DEVA), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting one Archaeological Technician to join our program and assist DEVA archaeology staff with archaeological field work, lab analysis, and data processing. 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 Stipend:  $11,520
o AmeriCorps Education Award: $2,775
o Medical and dental benefits
o Field per diem while camping
o Housing Stipend
o June 4, 2012 – December 7, 2012
o Opportunity for extension pending funding and positive performance review
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 Shared housing in the park may be available (dorm style accommodations with shared bedroom/no pets), otherwise the closest available accommodations are in Pahrump or Beatty, Nevada (both approximately 1 hour away).

o Educational and field experiences related to archaeology;
o Read and interpret topographical maps and navigate using a compass;
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 Possess 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 four in a lifetime, or equivalent of two full-time terms of service), 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 Experience operating hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and electronic field data collection;
o Experience entering data into Access and ArcMap
o Experience driving 4WD vehicles on paved and un-paved roads;
o Have 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 Stacy Mitchell, GBI HR Assistant, 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: 
Stacy Mitchell