Topic ID #28145 - posted 4/9/2013 10:17 AM

CA archaeologist, 3+ years exp, looking for work.


Lucas Nichols

325 Ellwood Beach Dr.

Goleta, CA. 93117

(805) 459-8351





I am currently looking for an opportunity to work as a field technician, lab technician, or any other experience that lets me further my archaeology career. Work in California would be ideal, however I am willing to temporarily relocate. I have full availability and reliable transportation. I am a hard worker, highly motivated, and I look forward to improving as well as acquiring new skills. After a few more years of field work I plan on attending graduate school.





University of California, Santa Barbara

B.A. Cultural Anthropology  (emphasis in Archaeology) and History, 2011


California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Continuing Education (Archaeology Field School), 2010


Relevant Coursework:


Basic Archaeological Concepts                                                        Ceramic Analysis

Household Archaeology                                                                    Hunters and Gatherers      

Archaeological Lab Methods                                                            North American Indians,

Archaeological Field Methods                                                          Practicum in Field and Laboratory


Work Experience:




Cultural Resource Specialist

 - Environmental Assessment (EA) for Schenectody Air National Guard Base: 2/2013

                -  Prepared cultural resource impact analysis for NEPA compliant EA.

 - EA for Clear Air Force Station: 1/2013

                - Prepared cultural resource impact analysis for NEPA compliant EA.

- EA for Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport: 12/2012

                - Prepared cultural resource impact analysis for NEPA compliant EA.


Applied EarthWorks, Inc.


Field Technician

 - San Luis Obispo Blackstone Building Retrofit: 12/2012 - 1/2013, San Luis Obispo, CA

                - Dug 6, 50 cm diameter shovel test pits, down to a maximum of 60cm.

                - Screened, sorted artifacts, and recorded findings.

 - California Flats Project: 11/2012 – 12/2012, Paso Robles, CA

                - Dug two dozen, 50 cm diameter shovel test pits, down to a maximum of 100cm.

                - Screened, sorted artifacts, and recorded findings.

 - Lost City Project: 10/2012,  Guadalupe, CA

                - Excavated, mapped, photographed, and documented the remains of the set of Cecil B. DeMille's movie “The          Ten Commandments.”

                -  Excavation was filmed for a documentary.


Great Basin Sage, Inc.


Field Technician

 - Fremont Valley Preservation Project: 6/2012 – 8/2012, Mojave Desert, CA

            - Two different Phase I linear surveys looking for prehistoric and historic cultural resources.

                - First survey was a 4,800 acre survey of five separate ranches in Kern County.

                - Second survey was 360 mile transmission line survey around California City, Randsburg, and the city of   Mojave.

                - Used maps and hand-held GPS while keeping a daily journal.

                - Filled out archaeological site records.


Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation:

Laboratory Technician

 - Rancho San Julian excavation: 08/2011 – 5/2012

                - Analyzed archaeological materials from Rancho San Julian.

                - Duties include: sorting, counting, weighing, and cataloging of artifacts in Microsoft Access database.

Archaeology Educator, Living History weekends & Presidio Pastimes events: 2012

                - Educated local elementary school children and other guests about the Santa Barbara Presidio.

                - Set up a archaeology pit with real Presidio artifacts for guests to excavate.

                - Showed the guests how to sort the artifacts they found and explained there significance.


Laboratory Assistant, University of California, Santa Barbara: 09/2010 – 12/2010

                - Duties included the processing of shell midden recovered from Chumash sites off of Santa Cruz Island in the           Channel Islands National Park.


Archaeological Field School: 07/2010 - 08/2010

El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park/Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

                - Six week course in excavation and laboratory analysis focusing on Spanish period historical remains.

            - Set grid lines, dug test pits, probed, dry screened, water screened, weighed and classified findings.

            - Recognized and documented historic archaeological materials in a field setting including: bone, metal, a   variety of ceramic styles, lithic materials, etc.

                - Kept a daily journal of finds, observations, soil colors, etc., for future reference.


Other Work Experience:

Two Peas in a Pod Farming / Mama’s Preserves 2008 – 2013

                - Customer service, sales associate, general labor.


The Old Custom House Restaurant 07/2007 – 05/2009





Erin Enright

Crew Chief – Applied EarthWorks, Inc.


Phone: (805) 291 - 2562


Linda Honey

Crew Chief – Great Basin Sage, Inc.


Phone: (805) 231 - 1149


Michael Imwalle

Archaeologist – Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation


Phone: (805) 962 - 2101


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