Topic ID #38937 - posted 11/8/2017 12:31 PM

Archaeological Technician -Joshua Tree National Park


Working cooperatively with the National Park Service’s Joshua Tree National Park (JOTR), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting to hire two (2) Archaeological Technicians. The principal objective of this position is to implement a targeted archeological survey and other activities focused on promoting cultural scientific research related to JOTR in the area of archeological field work. Examples of needed assistance include: archeological field surveys, inventories, site recording, excavations, site condition assessments, and stabilization (e.g. monitoring, mapping, screening soil for and cataloguing artifacts when holes are dug on sites for planting native plants or vertical mulch; conducting minor treatment at damaged sites); writing sections of draft reports; database entry; file management; preparation of National Register Nominations and Determinations of Eligibility; and other routine tasks associated with resource division functions. Completing archaeological surveys in the desert southwest requires the physical endurance to walk over a variety of terrains and in a variety of weather conditions, including extreme heat, and carry a heavy pack. Overnight camping for several days at a time in remote areas requiring packing in all supplies and materials may be required.


o Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, indigenous peoples studies, or closely related field and/or archaeology coursework and field experience; AND an Archeological Field School; applicants with advanced degrees are encouraged to apply;
o Knowledge of historic and/or prehistoric history and artifacts of the Mojave desert regions of the southwest;
o Ability to understand, implement and adhere to established data collection, inventory, recording, and monitoring protocols;
o Capacity to collect and maintain field data in an organized manner that is easily understood and accessible to other resources staff (GBI or NPS);
o Experience completing archeological site forms (or portions of site forms) and/or entering site form data in to database programs;
o Ability to utilize ArcGIS software to build maps, organize and manage data, and manipulate data layers;
o Experience operating hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and electronic field data collection; experience post-processing field data, a plus;
o Read and interpret topographical maps and navigate using a compass;
o Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads;
o Ability to work productively and cooperatively as part of a team focused on accomplishing mutual goals and communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
o Possess good organizational skills and be detail oriented; and 
o Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, camp in the backcountry for consecutive days, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, carry a heavy pack in excess of 35-45 lbs, and be in overall good physical condition; prior experience working in the desert southwest, or similar desert climates, desirable. 
o Successful applicant 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 position. If you already have a fully adjudicated BI, please let us know in your application. 


o 26-week appointment beginning November or December 2017 (dependent upon on availability and completion of DOI Background Investigation)
o Full time, 40 hours/week (some weekend work may be required); potential for extension pending funding and favorable performance review


Joshua Tree National Park is located in southern California, just off I-10, and is a 2- to 3-hour drive from Los Angeles, Phoenix and Las Vegas. Aside from the outdoor recreation opportunities and natural wonders within the park, Death Valley and Grand Canyon National Parks, the Mojave Preserve, as well as Lake Mead and Spring Mountains National Recreation Areas are nearby and afford a diversity of outdoor activities ranging from hiking, mountain biking and rock hounding to fishing, boating and skiing/snowboarding. 


o Rate of Pay: $18.00/hour
o Health and dental benefits 
o $20 field per diem while camping

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