Archaeology Crew Lead-Lassen National Forest (Susanville, CA)

Great Basin Institute
Susanville, CA
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
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Description: The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the USFS is recruiting one Archaeology Crew Lead to complete Section 106 cultural resource surveys, site recording and monitoring for the Harvey Project within Eagle Lake Ranger District on the Lassen National Forest. This work provides professional development and leadership opportunities in cultural resource management including increased exposure and responsibility enacting USFS processes, procedures, and compliance measures; assisting in reporting and data entry/quality assurance and control; and increased technical experience. Expanded opportunities and exposure to additional disciplines (e.g. forestry, wildlife, hydrology, etc.) and projects may exist. These positions will serve USFS fuels reduction efforts, supporting initiatives for healthy, productive, and resilient forest landscapes and resources. Archaeology Crew Leads will perform a variety of activities to support all stages of project work. Leads will be responsible for crew safety and oversight, provide or assist in training, and converse with agency and GBI staff as needed. Crew size will be four people. Primary archaeology field duties will include: ? Lead archaeology crew to conduct and complete field surveys to document, assess and characterize the status of new cultural resources; ? Monitor existing sites and complete site updates and condition assessments; ? Prepare California DPR site records, GIS maps, and photographic records in addition to inputting data to the USFS heritage database. ? Lead and collaborate with agency personnel and all other crew members to support field safety, communication, planning, logistics, quality assurance, field implementation, and reporting efforts. This physically demanding work, often in remote locations, will provide the Archaeology Crew Lead with rewarding exposure to some of California’s backcountry forested landscapes. These positions require extensive hiking in steep terrain at high altitudes (5,000-9,000 ft.) with heavy packs on a daily basis, possibly during extreme or inclement weather conditions such as heat, snow or rain. Work schedules, generally four 10-hour days with 3 days off each week, are subject to change depending on weather and project needs. Camping near a work site for several days may be required to meet project objectives. ​ Project Description: (*NOTE- these are anticipated projects, however project are subject to change as needs are assessed closer to the start of the field season) The Shinning Project: The Shinning Project is in the preliminary stages of development at this time. The Eagle Lake Ranger District received funding in order to accomplish outyear section 106 surveys. This allows for the archaeology program to stay ahead of survey needs for projects that cannot be implemented until Section 106 surveys and compliance has been met. The area surrounding the Shinning Project consists of a mixed conifer forest with grassy valley ecotone transitions and consists of the tributary sources which eventually result in Pine Creek. Pine Creek is the main source of water which feeds Eagle Lake and allows for the trout within the lake to spawn. Prehistoric historic properties consisting of seasonal camps are expected to be identified alongside Pine Creek and the surrounding ecotone transitions. Historic ranching and logging have also occurred within the Shinning Project Area.​ Homer Lake Project: This project involves the management of the Homer/Deerheart Lake Special Interest Area. Use of vehicular equipment is not allowed within this Special Interest Area. However, there has been a significant increase in illegal off highway vehicular use of this area. This has caused natural and cultural resource damage. The Homer Lake area is the most sacred location to the Northeastern Maidu people. The high elevation lakes within this area are being inundated by soil sediment erosion caused by the illegal vehicular use of this area. The Eagle Lake Ranger District proposes to strategize a plan to ensure that the illegal vehicular use of this area will not continue. More aggressive road closures, decommissioning, and gating are being currently considered. Provided the extremely sensitive nature of this sacred area to the Northeastern Maidu people archaeologists will be tasked with surveying the area. This will provide an opportunity to identify the full extent of the illegal use of the area as well as document any historic properties that may have been impacted as a result of the illegal use of the area. This survey may include a week long camping trip where archaeologists will survey during the day and camp alongside the sacred Homer Lake at night. ​​ Harvey Project: This project consists of a ten-thousand-acre area where the Eagle Lake Ranger District is developing a forest resiliency and health project. The project will increase the health of the mixed conifer forest, will reduce fuel loading occurring within the area, and will harvest timber within locations in need of thinning. The USFS is responsible to ensure that this project will be Section 106 compliant. At this time, cultural surveys throughout the project area are in need in order to identify historic properties throughout the project area. This will provide archaeologists the opportunity to setup protection measures which will protect the historic properties from the ground disturbing activities the project will involve. The project largely surrounds the Harvey Mountain area. Prehistorically the Aporige band of the Pit River Tribe frequented the area seasonally harvesting the plant and animal resources within the area. Historically, Harvey Mountain was the location of early 20th century logging efforts which supplied lumber to local communities such as Susanville and Westwood.
Qualifications: Required Qualifications ? Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, archaeology or related discipline (including relevant field methods training coursework and/or an accredited archaeological field school); ? Two years of fieldwork experience including archaeological survey, site recording, monitoring, GPS data collection, and associated reporting; ? Ability to recognize and record prehistoric and historic artifacts, features, and architecture; ? Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with the ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads; ? Strong organizational skills and ability to work cooperatively as well as independently; ? Strong written and oral communication skills with diverse audiences; ? Ability to work effectively in a team setting with USFS staff, GBI staff, interns, volunteers, academic, state, and federal partners; ? Ability to work safely and productively in remote field settings under adverse conditions. This includes the possibility of overnight camping in remote areas for consecutive nights. Preferred Qualifications ? Master’s degree in anthropology, archaeology or related discipline and at least one year of field leadership experience; ? Completion of an accredited archaeological field school; ? At least six months of field leadership experience in California, the Sierras, and/or the Great Basin; ? Familiarity with Section 106/110 NHPA and California and/or Nevada SHPO compliance procedures; ? Knowledge of cultural resource management issues in the Western United States; ? Familiarity with cultural history and forested habitat of the Sierra Nevada region; ? Proficiency in navigating using a GPS, topographic map and compass; ? Ability to exercise quality control in data collection and management; ? Advanced skill using specialized software such as Microsoft Office Suite, ArcMap GIS, and Google Earth. HOW TO APPLY: To learn more and apply, please follow the link below:
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