Topic ID #36103 - posted 9/3/2015 1:40 PM

Archaeology Technician - Great Basin Institute


Archaeology Technician
Great Basin Institute / Bureau of Land Management Battle Mountain, Nevada District


Working collaboratively with BLM Battle Mountain District, the Great Basin Institute is recruiting to hire an Archaeology Technician to support a variety of activities relating to the Battle Mountain cultural resources database and field survey workload targets. Specific tasks include: (1) Maintain and update an MS Access database that is accessible to Battle Mountain District archaeologists; (2) maintain and update the GIS database as needed; (3) maintain and update cultural paper files as needed; (4) coordinate with the Battle Mountain District Archaeologist to identify sites that will need to be monitored, write up monitoring forms, and update site forms when necessary; (5) coordinate with the Battle Mountain District Archaeologist to identify areas for National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Section 110 inventory: write reports and site forms in compliance with the latest edition of the Guidelines and Standards for Archaeological Inventory as needed; perform NHPA Section 106 inventories for in-house projects, such as grazing permit renewals, gravel pits, and spring exclosures; and (7) support a report scanning project in which BLM reports are scanned and sites are checked for inclusion into an electronic system. Prior experience and knowledge of historic and prehistoric Great Basin archaeology are desired to expedite field data collection.


Compensation and Timeline: 

  • Rate of Pay: $17.00/hour
  • Health insurance (medical and dental)
  • 17-week appointment beginning in October 2015, or upon availability
  • Local applicants with housing and who require minimal relocation time will be strongly considered



Tonopah, NV is located roughly half way between Reno and Las Vegas, NV along Interstate 95. Economic drivers in the Tonopah, NV and surrounding area (pop. ~2,600, ~6,000 ft. elevation) include mining and renewable energy. The Tonopah Field Office manages 6 million acres of public land and has two distinct ecotypes, Mojave Desert and Mojave/Great Basin transition zone.



Technical requirements:

  • Educational and field experiences related to archaeology, anthropology, or indigenous peoples studies – in particular, historic and prehistoric Great Basin archaeology;
  • Experience and understanding of the proper steps required to conduct and assess the condition of archeological site surveys (e.g.: mapping, data recording, site photography, GPSing, figuring out location of and routes in to and out of survey site, and drawing artifacts or structures as needed);
  • Experience using ArcGIS 10.x;
  • Experience operating hand-held GPS units for navigation and electronic field data collection (previous experience operating Trimble units a plus);
  • Experience preparing, reviewing and documenting archeological fieldwork, excavations or historical properties;
  • Ability to read and interpret topographical maps and navigate using a compass;
  • Previous experience working with the BLM, or working in the Central Great Basin region desirable; and
  • Desire to assist with site forms, collecting and cataloging field data, coding sheets, slides, photographs and narrative data to ensure that field data relationships are catalogued, maintained, and entered into appropriate databases.


Additional requirements:

  • Ability to work independently to accomplish project goals and to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse public;
  • Possess good organizational skills and balance competing tasks;
  • Ability to operate basic computer equipment, including scanners, and Microsoft Office programs, including Access;
  • Flexibility and capability to meet the demands of rapidly changing plans and schedules;
  • Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record;
  • Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on and off paved roads, including narrow and steep forest roads, and conducting routine vehicle maintenance; and
  • Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, carry upwards of 40 pounds in a backpack, and otherwise maintain good physical condition.


  • Successful applicant(s) must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to BLM human resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning position.


How to Apply:

Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their résumé, and a list of three professional references to Amy Gladding, GBI HR Coordinator, at In your e-mail response, please include where you found this position posted, as well as where you currently live/work.


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