Topic ID #35742 - posted 5/21/2015 2:16 AM

Archaeologist I (Field Crew) - Ridgecrest, CA

Jennifer Palmer

Job Description – Archaeologist I (Field Crew)
Epsilon Systems Solutions, Inc. (Epsilon Systems) is hiring for the position of Field Crew in our Ridgecrest, California office.  Applicants meeting the requirements outline below are encouraged to apply through Epsilon Systems’ corporate website at
Required Education:      Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology (or related field) and/or experience in field archaeology
Required Experience:     Minimum of one (1) year of archaeological fieldwork
Minimum Requirements:    Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance for access to the base.
Job Duties:
The Field Crew will assist senior archaeologists in conducting archaeological and historical site records searches; perform archival research, field surveys, site mapping, preparing California DPR-523 site forms; assist in writing reports that record site history, methodology, and artifact analysis results, along with recommendations for conserving and interpreting finding; studies objects and structures recovered by excavation to identify, date, and authenticate them and to interpret their significance; consults site reports, existing artifacts, and topographic maps to identify archeological sites; record exact locations and conditions of artifacts uncovered in diggings or surveys, using drawings and photographs as necessary; create a grid of sites and draw and update maps of unit profiles, stratum surfaces, features, and findings; describing artifacts' physical properties or attributes, such as the materials from which artifacts are made and their size, shape, functions, and decoration; conducting archaeological monitoring, survey, testing and data recovery;  contributing to team efforts during cultural resources field and lab work;  take initiative, resolve problems, and create improved procedures to assure tasks are completed in the most effective manner; assist with mapping responsibilities in the field, including collection of GPS data using Trimble units (knowledge of ArcPad is a plus)
Required Knowledge:
The Field Crew will be required to provide:
•       General knowledge of archeological field practices.
•       Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
•       Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures                 and their history and origins.
•       Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their           physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
•       Knowledge of ArcPad and use of Tremble GPS units.

Required Skills:
•       Effective oral and written communication skills.
•       Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
•       Good learning skills to understand the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
•       Problem solving skills to identify complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions; uses scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
•       Take initiative, resolve problems, and create improved procedures to assure tasks are completed in the most effective manner;

Required Abilities:
•       Able to provide solutions to a variety of technical problems of moderate scope and complexity.
•       Able to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
•       Able to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
•       Ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
•       Able to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
•       Able to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
•       Ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
•       Ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
•       Able to communicate information and ideas orally and in writing so others will understand.
Additional Information:
Candidate must be able to walk 8-10 miles a day with field pack and ample water, over rough terrain in variable weather conditions that likely will include high temperatures in summer months. A portion of the duties require working outdoors under extreme temperature, strenuous physical effort associated with hiking during archeological reconnaissance and surveys, such as climbing steep slopes, and physical labor such as stooping, bending, carrying loads in excess of 50 pounds associated with archeological excavation work.


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