Topic ID #35517 - posted 4/2/2015 2:34 AM

BLM Oregon Archeology/Anthropology Internship

Jennifer Palmer

BLM Oregon Archeology/Anthropology Internship

BLM Roseburg District/OR
 Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Roseburg Field Office is seeking one Archeology/Anthropology Intern to devote 11 weeks conducting archeological surveys of several areas within the BLM Roseburg Field jurisdiction. 
A Direct-Hire Authority (DHA) internship such as this is likely the most effective tool currently available to agencies seeking to expedite the hiring of qualified people in positions that must be filled quickly. It is a competitive and rigorous project based internship.
This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young professionals with a background in in Archaeology, Anthropology, or a closely related field, with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in the public sector outdoor recreation profession, as well as working in one of the most spectacular landscapes in the nation.
Start Date:  June 22, 2015
End Date:    September 4, 2015 (with the possibility of extension)
Location:    Roseburg, Oregon
Public lands of the Roseburg District, located in southwestern Oregon, contain some of the most productive forests in the world, including dense stands of Douglas-fir, hemlock, and cedar. The district is criss-crossed with streams and rivers that support sport fishing and contribute to anadromous (sea run) fish stocks vital to commercial fishing. An important mainstay of the local economy is the wood products industry, which acquires timber from both private and federal lands in the region. With Interstate 5 running through the middle of the district, and east-west state highways connecting Crater Lake to the Pacific coast, the Roseburg District draws many tourists to its scenic and recreation attractions.
Compensation:  $10 - $15 per hour
Position Description: The project will entail planning and conducting a historic resources inventory in the Roseburg District. This work will focus on locating and fully recording 25 linear historic era mining sites that have locational data, but have limited documentation. Many of the sites are miles long and the intern will need to utilize critical thinking and time management to complete this project in 11 weeks.
The intern will be responsible for conducting background research, developing a survey methodology, and conducting field work to survey and record the sites. The intern will also be responsible for reporting the results of this work in internal BLM files, ArcGIS geo-databases, and tabular databases and preparing the data for submission to the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).
The intern will also work with the cultural staff from the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians to gather important data regarding the sites, coordinating field trips, and presenting the results of this work. The intern will be mentored by and conduct fieldwork with a senior archaeologist. Though there will be oversight, the intern is expected to work independently while in the field (i.e. they may survey alone with the senior archaeologist in another location) and in the office.
The intern will work at a GS-0193-7/9 Archaeologist capacity. The project is ambitious and the intern will learn valuable real-world skills through performing research, logistics, reporting, and communicating with multiple stakeholders at BLM, SHPO, and the Cow Creek Tribe. The project will be undertaken in FY15 because several of these sites have the potential to be impacted by proposed district projects and there are concerns that some of the sites are being damaged by erosion and human factors.  
Workload is divided between:
Field inventory
Evaluation of prehistoric and historic cultural resources
Project documentation
Project Background and Objectives: 
Partner Websites:  For more information regarding BLM Roseburg Field Office visit:  For more information on ACE, please visit:
Project Goals: The ACE intern will expected to create high quality tangible products regarding the historic sites that will aid the Roseburg District in cultural resource management. Mapping the physical location of the sites and creating data in several formats that can be used in future background research will directly benefit meeting district project priorities, implementation of the upcoming RMPs for Western Oregon, and complying with National Historic Preservation Act. Products include paper site files, digital site files, and ArcGIS feature classes.    
Project Expectations (to include timeline and expected deliverables):The internship will start June 22 and end September 4, 2015. In these 11 weeks, the intern will physically record the historic sites, complete site forms for each site, create GIS features for each site, prepare this data for submission to SHPO, and communicate with the BLM and SHPO regarding expectations for the quality of the data.  
Education Requirement: This position requires applicants to have a degree in Archeology Anthropology, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, or a combination of education and experience and coursework equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the internship announcement.
Knowledge/Skills Requirement: This position requires applicants to have interest and experience in the field of Archeology.  Further, a Bachelor's degree in Archeology or a related field is required, although a Masters is preferred.  Additionally the applicant must have experience in documenting archaeological resources and cultural resource management in a professional position or field school, preferably in Oregon, familiarity with National Register and Oregon Register Criteria for evaluating cultural resources, and familiarity with documents approved by the Oregon Office of Historic Preservation (OR OHP) such as DPR 523 forms, or Archaeological resource Management Reports (ARMR).  The applicant must be capable of working independently and in groups, act with initiative and operate under minimal supervision.  Moreover, the knowledge and ability write clearly and concisely, think critically, to use various automated data processing systems, including Microsoft Word, Excel, knowledge of or capacity to learn ESRI ARCMap, email, and internet resources is mandatory. In addition, skill in reading and interpreting topographical maps, and using GPS (Trimble preferred) is required.  Experience driving four-wheel drive vehicles over rugged roads is preferred.  Must maintain a HIGH fitness level. 
Required Qualifications:
Interest and experience in Archaeology and archaeology;
Must have a high fitness level and a high comfort level in remote settings;
Internshipi available to US Citizens and Green Card holders only;
Interns must be 18-35 years old (candidates who are 26-29 years old and have recently‚Ä® completed a relevant Masters degree will be considered);
Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, and use of a personal vehicle;
Interns must have personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE;
Experience in documenting archaeological resources and cultural resource management in a professional position or field school, preferably in Oregon;
Experience with interpreting USGS topographic maps of various scales;
Ability to pass a federal criminal background check is required.
Other Requirements: Applicants must have a valid driver's license and clean driving record. Personal reliable transportation is recommended. Also, applicants are expected to be highly motivated and willing and able to perform assigned duties with little direct supervision.
The interns must be willing to represent ACE and the BLM in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.  Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE and the BLM reserve the right to require drug testing. 

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