Working with the NPS Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument (TUSK), GBI is recruiting one (1) Archaeologist to conduct various park projects under the supervision of the TUSK Integrated Resources Program Manager. These projects are related to archeological duties in compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Primary field work will include archeological site condition assessments, recording and documenting archeological sites, and pedestrian surveys. The Archaeologist will be utilizing GPS units and digital photography for documenting field sites. Office work will consist of typing and updating site forms, writing cultural resource reports, updating databases, organizing legacy data, and other contributions to the preparation of compliance documents (Assessment of Effects Forms for Section 106 and Section 110), and preparation of archeological resource protection strategies and treatment plans specifically related to potential impacts from identified management needs and proposed management actions. The Archaeologist may assist with museum work, lab analysis, historical research, and public outreach events and activities as needed. Projects will often be conducted in coordination with other natural resource staff. Additionally, the archaeologist will be supervising, training, and working closely with volunteers.
Prolonged standing, walking, and bending will be required, as well as lifting and moving of heavy items weighing 50 pounds or more. Completing archaeological work in the southwest requires the physical endurance to walk over a variety of terrain and in a variety of weather conditions, including extreme heat. Approximately 40% of time will be spent in the field during the course of this position. Temperatures in the summer regularly exceed 90-110? F and monsoons occur during July-September.
The Great Basin Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing environmental research, education, and service throughout the West. GBI’s Research Associate Program provides multidisciplinary capacity for professional support of diverse partnerships across western states while presenting emerging professionals with career-enhancing opportunities in natural/cultural/recreation resource management, ecological conservation, environmental stewardship, and related fields. The Archaeologist will gain exposure to policies and approaches for managing cultural resources on public lands and enhance their experience in standard techniques for archaeological field documentation, management of associated data, and reporting.
Las Vegas/Boulder City, NV
Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument is located north of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas, Nevada. The Monument was founded in December 2014 to protect and preserve Pleistocene era fossils within the Upper Las Vegas Wash. The Monument is located near the Desert National Wildlife Refuge (USFWS) and Ice Age Fossils State Park (State of Nevada). Monument offices are located in Boulder City, NV based out of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area Headquarters.
At this location in 1933, quarry workers unearthed a pile of fossilized bones from a mammoth. This discovery led to an expedition led by paleontologist Fenley Hunter of the American Museum of Natural History. Scientists continued to research the area for decades, hoping to find evidence of early contact between early humans and extinct late ice age animals. In 1962, scientists from the Nevada State Museum conducted the Tule Springs Expedition, excavating trenches up to a mile long. During this excavation, scientists discovered an abundance of large animal fossils, such as mammoths, camels, bison, ground sloths, and the Giant North American lion. It was at this site where scientists first applied the technique of radiocarbon dating in the U.S. on a wide-spread scale.
For more information visit:
Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)
Many opportunities for recreational activities are located in the area including sites such as:
Desert National Wildlife Refuge (hiking, camping, and backcountry driving)
Desert National Wildlife Range - Desert - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (fws.gov)
Ice Age Fossils State Park (hiking and future visitor center)
Ice Age Fossils State Park | State Parks (nv.gov)
Mt. Charleston (hiking, camping, and skiing)
Go Mt. Charleston | Spring Mountains National Recreation Area | Las Vegas, NV
o A Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, Cultural Resource Management, or similar discipline;
o Relevant field experience in archaeology, anthropology, cultural resource management, or similar discipline;
o Understanding of basic principles/ approaches related to performing archaeological site condition assessments and site recordation;
o Experience with standard field techniques to survey and assess cultural resources;
o Ability to navigate and collect data using handheld GPS units and read a topographic map;
o Experience with data processing using Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint);
o Experience using GIS software (e.g., ArcMap) to upload, create and manipulate data and maps, in addition to editing geodatabases;
o Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
o Capacity to work independently and within a team environment;
o Must be motivated, self-directed, organized, and detail oriented in order to balance multiple tasks simultaneously;
o Physically fit to work long hours outdoors, carry personal and field equipment, and withstand the climatic rigors of the desert;
o Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with the ability to safely operate a 4WD vehicle on unimproved roads.
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 this position.
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