Topic ID #38256 - posted 4/19/2017 9:34 AM

Archaeological Field Technician (South Lake Tahoe, Ca)


Background and Description:

The Great Basin Institute, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service’s Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU), is recruiting an Archaeological Technician to support a variety of cultural resource projects. As part of the analysis required by the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for potential ground disturbing projects, a Section 106 of NHPA cultural resource evaluation must be completed to evaluate effects to federally owned historic and prehistoric sites. In order to complete these specialist reports, surveys for archaeological resources need to be completed for all proposed projects.


In coordination with the Forest Archaeologist the Archaeology Field Technician will work under the direction of a professional archaeologist learning and then performing archaeological surveying, site recording, artifact identification, mapping, orienteering, archaeological site monitoring, archaeological site protection, as well as the use of GIS and GPS. Office tasks will be a component of this position and will include data processing, report preparation, and filing.


The successful applicant will be enrolled in GBI’s AmeriCorps program and receive all associated benefits.



The base of operations for this opportunity is the Forest Service LTBMU Supervisor’s Office located in South Lake Tahoe, CA.


Compensation and Benefits: 

  • Living allowance: $13,265.00
  • Education Award*: $2,887.50
  • No cost Affordable Care Act compliant health benefits (medical, dental, vision)
  • Field per diem: $15/day when overnight field camping is required


* AmeriCorps Education award may be used for past, present or future educational experiences including, but not limited to, paying off/down federal student loan debt and is valid for up to seven (7) years after completion of a term of service.


Contract & Timeline: 

o   28-week appointment beginning in June 2017; potential for extension up to one year pending availability, funding, and favorable performance

o   Full-time, up to 40 hours per week


  • Flexibility and intellectual curiosity related to the fields of archaeology, anthropology, history or other cultural studies;
  • Previous field or lab experience related to cultural resources, desirable but not required;
  • Computer word processing, data processing and GIS and GPS skills are helpful;
  • Ability to work on a variety of different projects with changing priorities;
  • Ability to work and coordinate with other resource professionals and program managers;
  • Self-motivated with ability to maintain a positive attitude while working in a diverse team environment;
  • Ability to walk long distances in challenging terrain and harsh and rapidly changing mountainous conditions, and otherwise be in good physical condition;
  • Willingness to camp in the field (front or backcountry) for consecutive days;
  • Possess a valid, clean, state-issued driver’s license with the ability to operate a 4WD vehicle on or off paved roads;
  • Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards), (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks, (4) adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5) not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.


How to Apply:

Qualified and interested applicants should upload a cover letter, résumé, and list of three professional references at:


We conform to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit Retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination.


This AmeriCorps position is made possible by a generous grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service.


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