Topic ID #38426 - posted 6/9/2017 1:57 PM

Cultural Resource/Archaeology Lead (Winnemucca, Nevad)



Working collaboratively with BLM Winnemucca District, the Great Basin Institute is recruiting to hire a Cultural Resource/Archaeology Lead to support the District’s Fuels and ESR Program by implementing field surveys and inventories. The central purpose of this project is to survey project areas for cultural resources, identify avoidance zones, as well as collect and enter data using BLM protocols. The primary project focus areas are hazardous fuels, fire management and other vegetation management. The selected individual will be working with a senior BLM archaeologist in the office, but will serve as the lead in the field. Project duties will include:

  • Work among and lead a crew of two field technicians and/or a crew of District Archeological Technicians (DAT) to perform class II/III field inventories for archeological resources per established protocols;
  • identify cultural resource avoidance areas for hazardous fuels, fire management and other vegetation management, among others;
  • perform Class I cultural resource literature reviews;
  • conduct site recordation and provide recommendation of NRHP site eligibility;
  • author Section 106 compliance reports, including IMACS forms; and
  • compile, organize, enter, manage, and analyze photographs, maps and data.


Compensation & Timeline: 

  • Rate of Pay: $24.00-$29.00/hour (Depending on Experience)
  • Affordable Care Act-compliant health insurance (medical, dental and vision)
  • Paid sick and personal leave
  • One-year appointment beginning in July 2017, or upon availability



The BLM Winnemucca District (WD) encompasses roughly 11 million acres, of which 7.38 million acres are public lands managed by the BLM. Elevations range from approximately 4,000 feet to close to 10,000 feet. Winnemucca lies roughly in the northwest part of Nevada, nested in the basin and range province of the western U.S. The WD is approximately 2.5 hours east of Reno, NV and 2 hours west of Elko, NV on I-80, and 4 hours south of Boise, ID on State Highway 95. Local applicants who may require minimal relocation time will be strongly considered.



Technical requirements:

  • Undergraduate or Graduate degree related to archaeology, anthropology, indigenous peoples studies, history, or related field – 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 leading, directing, and scheduling field crews;
  • Experience using ArcGIS 10;
  • 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 and/or historical properties;
  • Ability to read and interpret topographical maps and navigate using a compass;
  • Previous experience working with the BLM, involvement in wildland fire operations, and/or working in the Central Great Basin region desirable; and
  • Ability to prepare site forms; collect and catalog field data; code 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 and in a team setting to accomplish project goals;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience including field technicians, agency personnel, and the general public;
  • Possess good organizational skills with ability to balance concurrent 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 with 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); applicants who have previously received a fully adjudicated BI should articulate this in their application materials.


How to Apply:

Qualified and interested applicants should submit a cover letter, their résumé, and a list of three professional references to:


This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or religion. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 


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