Archaeological Field Technician – GBI / GBNP – Nevada

Great Basin Institute
Baker, NV
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Last Date to Apply
Working collaboratively with Great Basin National Park (GBNP), the Great Basin Institute (GBI) is recruiting one Archaeological Field Technician to support projects at GBNP: This work will involve: • Surveying, identifying, and documenting cultural resources within Lehman Caves; • Conducting Section 106 and 110 archaeological inventories between 7,000 and 13,000 feet in elevation; • Recording prehistoric and historic sites and districts identified in survey areas; • Assisting with the preparation of Intermountain Antiquities Computer System (IMACS) archaeological site forms, inscription forms, and GIS maps for permanent park records.; • Assisting with the management of GBNP’s electronic cultural resource databases, and; • Performing historical research of inscriptions located within Lehman Caves. The Technician will work with the Park’s Cultural Resource staff to assist with conducting Section 106 and 110 surveys, documenting prehistoric and historic archeological sites and districts, and managing electronic NPS cultural databases. Work will take place in the frontcountry, rugged backcountry, and wild cave settings. An understanding of Great Basin archaeology and past experience navigating mountainous backcountry terrain at high elevations is desirable. Routine office work can also be expected.​
Technical requirements: • B.A. and field experiences related to archaeology, anthropology, or indigenous peoples studies in the Great Basin region; • Experience and understanding of the proper steps required to conduct archeological surveys (e.g., mapping, data recording, site documenting and photography, navigating mountainous terrain, navigating wild caves, and collecting GIS spatial data,); • Ability to work in a cold, wet, and confined cave environment with minimal light for 10 hours a day while wearing all required PPE including face coverings; • Ability to climb, scramble, and squeeze through large and narrow cave passages thousands of feet below ground. Experience with bouldering and/or rock climbing is desirable; • Experience using ArcGIS 10.x, LIDAR, and/or photogrammetry is desirable; • Experience operating hand-held GPS units for navigation and electronic field data collection (previous experience operating Trimble units a plus); • Experience documenting archeological fieldwork, excavations, lithic scatters, rock art, dendroglyphs, mining sites, can scatters, and inscriptions; • Ability to read and interpret topographical maps and navigate mountainous terrain and wild caves using a compass; • Previous experience working with the National Park Service, or working in the Great Basin region is desirable; • Physically fit and able to hike up to 10 miles/day to remote, high-elevation field sites in steep terrain both on and off trail, and accurately complete required field duties, and; • Desire to assist with writing IMACS site forms and managing NPS cultural databases in an office setting. Additional Requirements: • Ability to work independently and within a team to accomplish project goals and to communicate effectively with a diverse public in both a field and office setting; • Possess good organizational skills and balance competing tasks, as well as maintain flexibility to meet the demands of rapidly changing plans and schedules; • Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain at high elevations, carry upwards of 40 pounds in a backpack, and otherwise maintain good physical condition; • Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI and the goals and objectives of the NPS. • Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record, and experience safely operating 4WD trucks on- and off-road, including narrow and steep forest roads, and conducting routine vehicle maintenance, and; • The successful applicant must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to NPS human resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning position. HOW TO APPLY: To learn more and apply, please follow the link below:
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