Topic ID #36052 - posted 8/20/2015 1:19 AM

Archaeologist I, Field Crew - Ridgecrest, CA

Jennifer Palmer

LOCATION: Ridgecrest, California
Basic Function: Perform fieldwork to assist in Cultural Resources Management and assist in report writing and lab work for such endeavors. Applicants meeting the requirements outline below are encouraged to apply through Epsilon Systems’ corporate website at

Minimum Requirements/Job Specification: Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance for access to the base.  Must have a valid driver’s license.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology (or related field) and/or experience in field archaeology.
Job Training: Can be used in lieu of Bachelor’s degree
Work Experience: At least two years of archaeological field experience. 
A.            Supervision Received
Works under general supervision. Interacts with supervisor on a regular basis for direction.   Receives and follows standard practices and procedures.
B.            Supervision for Others
Non-supervisory; May oversee the field work of Archeological Technicians/crew members.
Duties and Responsibilities:
•             Assists senior archaeologists in conducting archaeological and historical site record searches.
•             Performs archival research, field surveys, site mapping, preparing California DPR-523 site forms,
•             Assists in writing reports that record site history, methodology, and artifact analysis results, along with recommendations for conserving                 and interpreting findings.
•             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.
•             Records the exact locations and conditions of artifacts uncovered in diggings or surveys, using drawings and photographs as necessary.
•             Creates a grid of sites and draw and update maps of unit profiles, stratum surfaces, features, and findings.
•             Describes artifacts' physical properties or attributes, such as the materials from which artifacts are made and their size, shape, functions,                 and decoration.
•             Conducts archaeological monitoring, survey, testing and data recovery;
•             Contributes to team efforts during cultural resources field and lab work;
•             Takes initiative, resolving problems, and creating improved procedures to assure tasks are completed in the most effective manner;
•             Assists with mapping responsibilities in the field, including collection of GPS data using Trimble units (knowledge of ArcPad is a plus).
    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 Trimble GPS units.
    Proficient in use of Microsoft office applications.
    Effective oral and written communication skills. 
    Sound 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 problems and to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions; uses scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
    Resourceful and able to complete tasks in the most effective manner.
    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
    Able to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
    Willingness to learn and ability to execute new tasks
    Able to listen, read, and understand information and ideas presented in orally and in writing.
    Ability to see details at close range.
ADA Notations:
Must be able to walk at least 8-10 miles a day with field pack and ample water, over rough terrain in variable weather conditions which 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.
Work Environment:  Some sedentary work is performed in an office setting.  Outdoors.  Rugged to extremely rugged terrain in extreme temperature ranges, often in uninhabited and remote areas.


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