Topic ID #36053 - posted 8/20/2015 1:21 AM

Archaeologist II, Crew Chief - Ridgecrest, CA

Jennifer Palmer

LOCATION: Ridgecrest, California
Basic Function: Conduct archaeological monitoring, survey, testing, and data recovery. Conduct research to reconstruct record of past human life and culture from human remains, artifacts, architectural features, and structures recovered through excavation, underwater recovery, or other means of discovery.

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: At least two years of archaeological fieldwork is required.
Certifications: Meets or exceeds Secretary of Interior Professional Qualification Standards
Work Experience: 2+ years of experience in archeology. At least two years of experience leading field crews on monitoring, survey, testing, and data recovery projects
A.         Supervision Received
Works under general supervision.  Work is reviewed for soundness of technical judgment, overall adequacy and accuracy.
B.            Supervision for Others
Non-supervisory; May oversee the day to day work of lower level employees (Archeologist I, Archeological Technician and/or crew members).
Duties and Responsibilities:
•             Assists in compiling reports that record site history, methodology, and artifact analysis results, along with recommendations for                 conserving and interpreting findings.
•             Assists in the research, survey, or assessment of sites from past societies and cultures in search of answers to specific research questions.
•             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.
•             Organizes and tracks of all field records and data;
•             Assesses archeological sites for resource management, development, or conservation purposes and recommend methods for site                 protection.
•             Monitors field procedures and contribute to Research Designs, Treatment Plans, and other technical documents.
•             Takes initiative, resolve problems, and implement improved procedures to assure tasks are completed in an effective manner.
•             Creates a grid of sites and draw and update maps of unit profiles, stratum surfaces, features, and findings.
•             Records the exact locations and conditions of artifacts uncovered in diggings or surveys, using drawings and photographs as necessary.
•             Describes artifacts' physical properties or attributes, such as the materials from which artifacts are made and their size, shape, functions,                 and decoration.
•             Ensures that all fieldwork, analysis, and report production is conducted within quality control/quality assurance program.
•             Remains current with Agency protocol for conducting cultural resources work.
•             Oversees all aspects of field research, data collection, inventory, analysis, and final report production.
•             Assists with mapping responsibilities in the field, including collection of GPS data using Trimble units (ArcPad experience is a plus).
    In depth knowledge of archeological field practices.
    Good understanding of theoretical and practical approaches to research design implementation, field preservation techniques, and report preparation.
    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 is a plus
    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.
    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.


Visit our Employment Network websites: - - For information on advertising on this website, contact