The Great Basin Institute, in partnership with the Stanislaus National Forest, is recruiting an Archaeology Lead Technician to support a variety of cultural resource projects. 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, 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 specialist reports, surveys for archaeological resources are completed for all proposed projects.
The GBI archaeology field team will conduct project-area surveys utilizing U.S. Forest Service protocols. The GBI archeology crew will fully document all new sites and any previously recorded sites that need to be updated, they will keep detailed records of survey results using standard archaeological methods, input the data into appropriate databases at the end of each week, and create maps using GIS technology. Data will be collected using the most accurate equipment available. The archaeology crew will also develop the final site records and project reports in preparation for the SHPO consultation.
- Bachelor’s degree in archaeology, cultural resource management or related discipline; educational and field experiences related to archaeology, anthropology, or indigenous peoples studies;
- Experience and understanding of the proper steps required to conduct archaeological site surveys, including: mapping, recording, photographing, GPSing, navigating to sites, and drawing artifacts or structures as needed;
- Knowledge of GIS software; and
- Experience operating hand-held GPS units, reading a map, and using a compass for navigation.
- Self-motivated, with ability to maintain a positive attitude while working in a diverse team environment;
- Experience working in forested landscapes with variable terrain and slope;
- Ability to walk a minimum of 12km/day in challenging terrain and harsh and rapidly changing mountainous conditions, and otherwise be in good physical condition;
- Willingness to camp in the field (front or backcountry) for consecutive days;
- Possess a valid, clean, state-issued driver’s license and ability to safely operate a 4WD vehicle on or off paved roads; and
- 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 USFS.
The Stanislaus National Forest encompasses nearly 900,000 acres on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California. Elevation ranges from 1,500 to 11,000 feet. Located between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park, recreation opportunities abound within and around the Forest. The San Francisco Bay area is located 3 hours to the west.
Limited Health, Dental and Vision Insurance will be completely paid for at no cost to you by the Great Basin Institute and available starting your first day of service.