Archaeological Technician at Lake Mead National Recreation Area: Nevada

Agency
Great Basin Institute & the National Park Service
Location
Boulder City, NV
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
$21.25 per hour plus benefits
Last Date to Apply
08/31/2021
Website
https://www.vscyberhosting.com/greatbasin/careers.aspx?rf=TAM&req=2021-RAP-066
Description
Description: The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with Lake Mead National Recreation Area (LAKE), is recruiting an Archaeological Technician to join the Research Associate (RA) Program. The RA will assist NPS cultural staff with archaeological field work, museum work, lab analysis, data processing and reporting throughout the Park. Field work includes surveying for cultural resources, recording and documenting cultural resources, testing and excavation of archaeological sites, and National Register of Historic Places eligibility assessments in support of Section 106 and 110 compliance and research projects. This position will be expected to learn and draw upon the following in order to accomplish project objectives: • Knowledge of cultural resource management, including laws and National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) criteria; • Ability to implement field projects and maintain productivity; • Work with topographic maps, compass, etc.; • GIS/GPS use and implementation; • Large scale cultural resource survey experience; • Cultural resource site recording, in field and site records; • Artifact identification and age/use interpretation; • Ability to write reports summarizing potential effects to eligible cultural resources based on current condition and proposed actions; • Work with current aerial photos, GIS, archival documents (historic maps and literature) to develop historic context; • Critically review data collection needs for cultural resource assessments; and • Ability to run an archaeology field crew of 2 to 4 interns and volunteers in remote locations and camp for extended periods of time. • Accurately completing and submitting forms in a timely manner in support of SHPO and NHPA reporting requirements. Lab work is partially sedentary with prolonged standing, walking, and bending often required, as well as lifting and moving of heavy items weighing 50 pounds or more. 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 possible. Timeline: • 26-week appointment beginning August/September, 2021; potential to extend pending positive performance review and available funds • Full time (40 hours/week) Location: This Research Associate position will be based out of Boulder City, Nevada where the Lake Mead National Recreation Area Headquarters is located. It is a 20 minute drive from the city of Henderson which lies on the outskirts of Las Vegas. Lake Mead National Recreation Area encompasses 1.5 million acres in southern Nevada and northwestern Arizona, in the transition of the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, including mountains, canyons, valleys, and two vast lakes. It hosts 7.5 million visitors per year. From the mouth of the Grand Canyon, the park follows the Arizona-Nevada border along what was formerly 140 miles of the Colorado River. Opportunities for recreation abound. Compensation and Benefits: • Wage: $21.25 per hour • Paid leave and holidays • Medical, dental, and vision insurance available at no cost • Camping Per Diem: $20/day (when applicable) • Training opportunities
Qualifications
Technical requirements: • Educational and field experiences related to archaeology, anthropology, or indigenous peoples studies; • 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; • Ability to use Microsoft Office programs, specifically Access and Excel; • Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record. Additional requirements: • Knowledge of historic and/or prehistoric history and artifacts of the Mojave desert regions of the southwest; • Read and interpret topographical maps and navigate using a compass; • Experience operating hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and electronic field data collection; • Experience using ArcGIS; • Experience driving 4WD vehicles on paved and un-paved roads; • Possess good organizational skills and be detail oriented; and • Experience working in the desert southwest, or similar desert climates. 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. If you already have a fully adjudicated BI, please let us know in your application.
Contact Person
Alissa Gardner
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