Topic ID #38687 - posted 9/6/2017 4:56 PM

Archaeology Technicians (Craters of the Moon National Park)



The Great Basin Institute is working cooperatively with the National Park Service (NPS) Craters of the Moon (CRMO) National Monument and Preserve to conduct archaeological surveys and associated reporting in compliance with a Burned Area Rehabilitation (BAR) plan for 800 acres burned by four wildfires in 2016. The BAR plan calls for archaeological surveys and reporting prior to vegetation and other treatments. Participation in this work will provide opportunities to gain professional experience in conducting archaeological surveys in the impacted area of CRMO, producing documentation and reports, and meeting requirements of the National Historic Preservation Act.


Two Archaeology Technicians will be hired to support this work. Specific tasks include:

·         Conducting archeological field surveys according to standard protocol within the region designated in the BAR plan;

·         Site recordation and documentation;

·         During field work, camping for several days at a time in remote areas;

·         GIS data entry and management; and

·         Writing draft reports.


This work will be approached in two phases: 2-3 weeks of field work for surveys will be followed by 4-5 weeks of office-based data management and reporting.


Compensation and Timeline: 

·         Rate of Pay: $19.50/hour

·         Camping per diem

·         Housing stipend provided for NPS housing

·         Starting in mid-September 2017 (firm) and extending for 7.5 weeks

·         Full time, 40 hours per week (overtime may be required occasionally)


Location: Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is located in the high desert of southern Idaho. The scenic area, managed cooperatively by the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management, encompasses lava fields with many volcanic features, and sagebrush steppe grasslands. Opportunities for hiking and exploring unique geologic features, wildlife, and cultural history abound. Office work will be based at the CRMO Resource Management Office; housing is located within walking distance of this office.



  • Master’s degree with coursework and subsequent field experience related to archaeology, cultural resource management, or related field;

·         Experience with archaeological survey techniques, methods, documentation and reporting, as well as requirements of the National Historic Preservation Act;

·         Familiarity with archaeological resources of the high-desert region of southern Idaho or northern Great Basin, preferred;

  • Experience using hand-held GPS equipment for data collection and navigation;
  • Ability to read and navigate using topographic maps and a compass;
  • Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, camp in the backcountry for consecutive days, work in different types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, carry a heavy pack in excess of 35-45 lbs.; prior experience working in the high desert, or similar desert climates, desirable;
  • Experience using GIS software for management of spatial data and mapping;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
  • Valid, state-issued driver’s license and familiarity driving 4WD vehicles on- and off-road; and
  • Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the goals and objectives of the partnership with NPS and the mission of GBI.
  • Successful applicants must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to NPS human resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning the position. If you already have a fully adjudicated BI, please let us know in your application.


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