Topic ID #31723 - posted 3/12/2014 2:05 AM

Archaeology Intern - Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests, WY



Jennifer Palmer

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Archaeology Intern
Expected Dates
June 2, 2014 to September 14, 2014
Site
Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests
Position ID
PO-00539486
Interns will apply scientific methods to survey land for the presence of sites of archaeological or historical interest.   Interns will analyze and record the cultural remains as well as prepare site forms to document their findings.  Data collected will include GPS information, photographs, sketches and detailed descriptions.  Approximately 70% of time will be spent in the field and 30% will involve office work/data entry.

The Medicine Bow National Forest has a wide range of archaeological resources including prehistoric lithic scatters and historic sites related to mining, ranching, railroads, and early FS land administration.  The majority of work will be done in the Snowy Range of the Medicine Bow Mountains and in the Sierra Madre Mountains on the Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District.  Field work will be conducted in a forested, mountain environment and require hiking 5-10 miles daily through a variety of terrain while carrying up to 25 pounds of gear.  Elevations can range from 7900 feet above sea level to over 10,000.  The primary vegetation is lodgepole pine which has been hit by the recent Mountain Pine Beetle infestation.  We provide all necessary equipment including hardhat, compass, radio, etc.  Field appropriate clothes, such as long pants, good boots, and outerwear for hot, cold, or wet weather, are needed and will be the responsibility of the intern.  We are looking for individuals that have experience in archaeological survey, and will train them in our survey protocol and safety measures. The work can sometimes be cold, hot, windy, and exhausting; but the rewards of clean air, beautiful landscapes, learning, seeing, working with Wyoming’s past and contributing to its conservation are many!

Interns will live at the Brush Creek Bunk House, a co-ed facility that houses Forest Service summer personnel. The bunkhouse is located approximately 20-25 minutes from Saratoga, WY in the heart of the Medicine Bow Mountains.  There is internet service (slow connection) and limited cell service in the area; however the bunkhouse does have a land-line telephone.  Work hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00 – 5:30 with all government holidays off.  Travel from the bunkhouse to the Forest Service office in Saratoga is the responsibility of the Intern.  Travel from the office to work sites will be done in government vehicles, often on rough dirt roads, so each intern will be expected to get a government issued driver’s license.  To do so they will have to take a safe driving course and have a driver’s license from their home state.

    Location Description
    Field work will be conducted in a forested, mountain environment and require hiking 5-10 miles daily through a variety of terrain while carrying up to 25 pounds of gear. Elevations can range from 7900 feet above sea level to over 10,000. The primary vegetation is lodgepole pine which has been hit by the recent Mountain Pine Beetle infestation.
    Training Provided
    All required government safety and security trainings are provided. In addition, they will be provided training in GPS use, site recording and survey protocols for Wyoming as well as specific for this forest.
    Educational/Recreational Opportunities
    Passport in Time projects, fishing, biking and hiking trails, Wilderness areas, and rafting opportunities.
    Handicap Accessible?
    No

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

History
    degree major or professional experience
Backpacking
    some experience
Field Research
    some experience
GPS
    competent with supervision

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AmeriCorps Eligible
Eligible
Driving Logistics
Valid Drivers License Needed
Personal Vehicle Required
Living quarters are 20 miles from office.
Housing or Stipend Provided?
Yes
Interns will live at the Brush Creek Bunk House, a co-ed facility that houses Forest Service summer personnel.  The bunkhouse is located in the heart of the Medicine Bow Mountains, approximately 20-25 minutes from Saratoga, WY.  There is internet service at the bunk house (albeit slow) and limited cell service in the area.  The bunk house is equipped with a land-line telephone.  Travel from the Brush Creek Bunkhouse to the Forest Service office in Saratoga is the responsibility of the Intern.  Work hours are Monday through Thursday 7:00 – 5:30 with all government holidays off.  Travel from the office to work sites will be in government vehicles.
Indoor/Outdoor
Outdoor
US Citizenship
Required

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