Archaeological Technician


Reno, NV
United States


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 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 making recommendations for management of resources. Field work will focus primarily on documenting historic mining sites. Data analysis and processing duties include in-field analysis of artifacts, updating databases, and completing 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 extremes of heat and cold. Overnight camping for several days at a time in remote areas is required.


  • Rate of pay: $15.00/hour
  • Medical and dental benefits
  • Field per diem while camping


  • September 17, 2012 – November 24, 2012
  • Opportunity for extension pending funding and positive performance review
  • Full time, 40+ hours per week with some weekend work required


  • 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.
  • 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).



  • Educational and field experiences related to archaeology;
  • Read and interpret topographical maps and navigate using a compass;
  • Experience operating hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and electronic field data collection;
  • 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;
  • Ability to work productively and cooperatively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals and communicate effectively with a diverse public;
  • Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record; and

Helpful but not required:

  • Knowledge of historic and prehistoric resources and artifacts of the Mojave Desert and Great Basin regions;
  • Experience entering data into Access and ArcGIS
  • Experience driving 4WD vehicles on paved and un-paved roads;
  • Have good organizational skills and be detail oriented; and
  • Experience working in the desert southwest, or similar desert climates.

How to Apply:

Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, résumé, and a list of three professional references to Stacy Mitchell, GBI 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: 
Great Basin Institute / Death Valley National Park
Contact Name: 
Stacy Mitchell