Working cooperatively with the National Park Service’s Death Valley National Park (DEVA), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting an (1) Archeological Technician to join our Research Associate (RA) program and assist DEVA archaeology staff with archaeological field work and data processing. The Technician will support a variety of cultural resource projects including: conduct monitoring, complete archaeological surveys and site recordation, produce archeological survey reports, and assist the Park Section 106 Coordinator and/or Archaeologist with compliance documentation and review. As part of the analysis required by the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for potential ground disturbing projects, a Section 106 of NHPA cultural resource evaluation must be completed to evaluate effects to federally owned historic and prehistoric sites. In order to complete these projects, surveys for archaeological resources need to be completed for all proposed projects and some projects at DEVA require monitoring.
The Archaeological Technician RA will implement all stages of the archaeological survey process, including:
- Pre-field review – search of archaeological databases to determine if the area had been surveyed before and if there are any known archaeological sites in the area;
- Intensive archaeological pedestrian surveys to inventory and record cultural properties;
- Site documentation;
- Development of final reports;
- Archaeological monitoring; and
- Review and creation of Section 106 compliance documents.
Compensation and Benefits:
- Wage: $21.00 per hour
- Medical, dental, and vision insurance available at no cost
- Shared housing in the National Park may be available.
- Paid vacation and sick time
- Paid federal holidays
- Training opportunities
- 52 week appointment beginning October 2021 (duration depends on start date availability and available funding), or upon completion of a Department of Interior background investigation; potential for extension pending available funding and positive performance review
- 40 hours per week; some overtime and weekend work may occasionally be 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. The park includes a superlative desert of streaming sand dunes, snow-capped mountains, multicolored rock layers, water-fluted canyons and three million acres of wilderness. Death Valley is home to the Timbisha Shoshone people and to plants and animals unique to the harshest desert environment. The closest cities are Pahrump and Beatty, Nevada (both approximately 1 hour away). Las Vegas is a little over 2 hours away.
Field conditions include hot, arid days with high exposure to the sun, as well as cold, winter weather. Resources of the region include threatened and/or endangered species habitat, big game habitats, abandoned mine lands, and historic and prehistoric cultural sites.
- Degree in Archaeology or related field, Master’s degree desirable;
- Field experiences related to archaeology, anthropology, or indigenous peoples studies – in particular, historic and prehistoric Mojave Desert archaeology;
- Ability to understand, implement and adhere to established data collection, inventory, recording, and monitoring protocols;
- Capacity to collect and maintain field data in an organized manner that is easily understood and accessible to other resources staff (GBI or NPS);
- Experience completing archeological site forms (or portions of site forms) and/or entering site form data in to database programs;
- Experience preparing, reviewing and writing reports;
- Ability to utilize ArcGIS software to build maps, organize and manage data, and manipulate data layers;
- Experience operating hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and electronic field data collection; experience post-processing field data, a plus;
- Read and interpret topographical maps and navigate using a compass;
- Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads;
- Ability to work productively and cooperatively as part of a team focused on accomplishing mutual goals;
- Communicate effectively, both written and orally, with diverse audiences;
- Flexibility and capability to meet the demands of rapidly changing plans and schedules;
- Possess good organizational skills and be detail oriented; and
- 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, carry a heavy pack in excess of 35-45 lbs, and be in overall good physical condition; prior experience working in the desert southwest, or similar desert climates, desirable.
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.