Topic ID #31658 - posted 3/8/2014 2:36 AM

Archaeological Intern - Shasta Trinity National Forest, CA

Jennifer Palmer

Archaeological Intern
Expected Dates
June 2, 2014 to August 24, 2014
Shasta Trinity National Forest
Position ID
What we typically do is complete the Section 106 process (of the National Historic Preservation Act), so that proposed Federal undertakings are in compliance with the law and able to proceed towards completion.  The cultural resource work we do consists mainly of walking areas, in a systematic pattern, where the government has proposed undertakings that will cause land-disturbing activities.  We document cultural resources that we observe during our inspection, noting them as “isolated” remains or recording them as “sites”.  Recording sites consists of writing descriptions, sketching, mapping, photographing, and collecting Global Positioning System data.  After conducting inspections for a proposed project, we create a report that documents why we looked, where we looked, what we found, and what will happen to our finds if the project is implemented.  Occasionally we perform test excavations, site evaluations and other specialized projects.
Usually one person oversees the crew, directs them through their daily round of reconnaissance, insures all the proper documentation is completed, and that all the places we need to inspect for presence of cultural resources is inspected.  Frequently the “overseer” was also the person who wrote the report that documented where we looked, how we looked, etc.  The crews usually consist of one or two temporary Forest Service employees and two SCA (Student Conservation Association) Interns; the District Archaeologists will be part of the crews as time allows.
We typically plan one or two field trips each summer including a visit to Grasshopper Flat (a very impressive obsidian source).

To work here you must have a pair of hiking boots.  Bring insect repellent, sun screen, long-sleeved work shirts, and long pants.

    Location Description
    The Shasta-Trinity National Forest, located in north central California, is the largest national forest in California. It is comprised of 2.1 million acres ranging in elevation from 1,000 feet to 14,162 at the summit of Mt. Shasta. This forest encompasses five wilderness areas, hundreds of mountain lakes and more than 6,000 miles of streams and rivers. In addition, there are wild and scenic rivers, national trails and scenic byways and a National Recreation Area. For further information on the forest, please see

    The Shasta-McCloud Management Unit is critical to tourism, recreation, and the economy of Siskiyou and Shasta County. This is a land of breathtaking beauty and a place where everyone can enjoy the great outdoors.
    The Shasta-McCloud Management Unit has offices in the town of McCloud and the city of Mt. Shasta, which are about twelve miles apart. The major communities within the area are the towns of Mt. Shasta, Weed, McCloud, and Dunsmuir. These population centers are about 60 miles north of Redding, California and 60 miles south of the California/ Oregon border and 3 ½ hours from the Oregon Coast. All four towns have internet sites with detailed community information.

    The climate has four distinct seasons. Summers are dry with temperatures between 75 and 90 degrees F. Most precipitation falls between mid-October and May, much of it in the form of snow. Average precipitation is 36 inches for Mt. Shasta and McCloud areas. Average temperature is 32 degrees in January and 85 degrees in August.

    McCloud is full service community with a population of approximately 1,500 people. The community has an elementary and high school. College of the Siskiyous, a two-year community college, is located in the town of Weed. Numerous churches of different denominations are in the immediate area. There is an 80-bed hospital with a certified trauma center located in Mt. Shasta. Public transportation is available with a county bus service. Commercial air service is located in Redding, (1.5 hour drive south on I-5) and Medford, Oregon (1.5 and a half hour drive north on I-5). There is a weekly (Mt. Shasta Herald) and daily (Siskiyou Daily News) newspaper. The average 3-bedroom/2-bath house sells for $225,000 plus in the McCloud and Mt. Shasta City area. Monthly rental for a 3-bedroom house is about $800 plus in the McCloud and Mt. Shasta area. Housing and rental costs are somewhat lower in the surrounding communities.

    Recreation opportunities in the area are unlimited. Major attractions include the McCloud and Sacramento Rivers, Mt. Shasta, Lake Siskiyou and McCloud Reservoir, the Mt. Shasta Ski and Board Park and Nordic Center, numerous alpine lakes, hiking and biking trails, lava features and the Shasta Lake National Recreation Area. For those who want a more urban experience, the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland and the Britt Festival in Jacksonville, Oregon are less than 1 ½ hours away.
    Training Provided
    We provide on-the-job training, especially in the first several weeks… teaching the intern how to “do” archaeology for a Federal bureaucracy and how to recognize, describe and treat artifacts/sties.
    Educational/Recreational Opportunities
    We will conduct 1-2 field trips to interesting archaeological sites around the Forest.
    Handicap Accessible?

Main Area of Focus
Cultural/Historical Resource Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected

Social Sciences
    some coursework or experience
    some coursework or experience
    some coursework or experience
Resource Management
    some coursework or experience
    degree minor or extensive experience
Data Entry
    competent with supervision
    some experience
    some experience
    some experience
Orienteering compass skills
    some experience

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AmeriCorps Eligible
Driving Logistics
Valid Drivers License Needed
Housing or Stipend Provided?
You will be living in barracks, most likely a converted house on the McCloud Ranger District compound.  Rooms usually have 2 beds.  Which room you get, who your room-mate will be, which barracks you get, all depend on when you get here and where the unfilled beds are.  Barracks assignments are usually first come, first served, so you may bunk with other volunteers, wildlife biologists, archaeologists, etc. There is a washing machine and dryer at each barracks, basic kitchen supplies (pots/pans/dishes), and a TV/satellite.  Cell phone coverage is spotty, check with your provider.  Internet service is available at most barracks.  The distance to a grocery store in McCloud is less than one mile away.  Natural food and other markets are available in the City of Mount Shasta, approximately 15-20 minute drive.  You will also need to bring or provide your own bedding and/or sleeping bag.  You’ll be able to send and receive mail at the District office where you work.
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