Topic ID #39179 - posted 2/8/2018 11:58 AM

Archaeology Technicians Fairbanks, Delta Junction, and Anchorage Alaska

CEMML Human Resources


Seasonal Archaeology Technician positions are available with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML). These positions will be located at Fort Wainwright, Donnelly Training Area, and Joint Base Elmendof-Richardson, Alaska.



The Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands is a research, education and service unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University (CSU). CEMML applies the latest and most appropriate science to promote the sustainable management of natural and cultural resources on Department of Defense (DOD) and other public lands. We provide technical support, conduct applied research, and offer career development and learning opportunities to support resource stewardship. We collaborate with our sponsors and within CSU to resolve complex environmental issues, leaving a legacy of science-based decisions that sustain our resources for future generations.


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Work will occur at Fort Wainwright and Donnelly Training Area, both in Interior Alaska, as well as Joint Base Elmendof-Richardson, in Anchorage, AK.


Fort Wainwright is located on the east side of Fairbanks, Alaska. Fort Wainwright encompasses over 900,000 acres, including a main post area of 4,470 acres, 8,825 acres of ranges, and over 890,000 acres of military maneuver areas. Approximately 15,000 people live and work at Fort Wainwright. Fairbanks is the second largest city in Alaska by population and hosts movie theaters, museums, parks, extensive hiking and biking paths, Alaska’s largest university, and numerous outdoor recreational activities.


Donnelly Training Area is part of the Fort Wainwright maneuver range and is located near Delta Junction, Interior Alaska’s agricultural center. Delta Junction is a small town of just under 1,000 residents and is located about 90 miles south of Fairbanks, the closest city. The town has incredible views and access to the Alaska Range, the Delta, Tanana and Clearwater rivers, and basic services (groceries, library, and medical clinic). Summertime climate in both locations is typically sunny with temperatures of 60-90°F.


Joint Base Elmendof-Richardson is located on the north side of Anchorage, Alaska. In October 2010, the Air Force’s Elmendorf Air Force Base and the Army’s Fort Richardson joined to become Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER). The installation is over 73,000 acres, stretching from northern Anchorage to Palmer, Alaska. JBER is located near Anchorage, Alaska, which has a population of nearly 300,000. Its proximity to JBER provides access to an urban center as well as excellent recreation and wildlife viewing opportunities. For more information about Anchorage, visit



Under the direction of installation archaeologists, the successful candidates will conduct archaeological field work that includes monitoring, survey, testing, and data recovery. The work duties will focus on completing archaeological surveys of proposed project areas and may include evaluation of sites for National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) eligibility. Technician crews that are based at Fort Wainwright may also be completing survey projects at Donnelly Training Area. Crew Leads and Technicians based at Joint Base Elmendof-Richardson will attend approximately 1 week of training at Fort Wainwright, then conduct work exclusively at Joint Base Elmendof-Richardson.  



Successful candidates must demonstrate U.S. employment eligibility; CEMML will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.  Knowledge of North American, Arctic or Sub-Arctic archaeology, previous Alaskan experience, and/or previous archaeological field experience is a must. Walking long distances in adverse terrain and weather conditions carrying all necessary supplies and equipment, and ability to camp in remote areas if needed is required. Successful candidates must be extremely flexible, work well with others, and possess a positive attitude. A valid driver’s license is preferred.


Crew Leader Additional Requirements: A BA/BS degree in anthropology or archaeology, including completion of archaeological field school, is required. Graduate work in archaeology is preferred.


Crew Member Additional Requirements: Completion of junior year in an anthropology degree program with emphasis in archaeology, or completion of archaeological field school, is required.


HOUSING AND DURATION (if applicable)

Work will begin in late May and will last approximately 3-6 months. If necessary, time after August may be scheduled based on weather conditions. Crews typically work four 10-hour days each week, and per diem and most camping supplies will be provided if projects require remote camping. Travel expenses to Alaska will not be paid, and no housing or per diem will be provided at any assignment location; applicants are responsible for securing housing and arriving daily at the assigned installation, though transportation will be provided to individual work sites.



Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.



Pay rate is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Crew Leaders salary range is $22-$25 per hour and Crew Members salary range is $16-$22 per hour.  Continuation of the position is dependent on the receipt of funding from the sponsor for archaeological efforts at Fort Wainwright, Donnelly Training Area and Joint Base Elmendof-Richardson, Alaska.



Please read all instructions. To apply for this position, submit the following items in your application package:

1) Cover letter indicating preferred work location

2) Résumé

3) Copy of college transcripts (transcripts do not need to be official, sealed, or sent from college)

4) Name and daytime phone number for three references, including one current or former supervisor


All application materials must be received by February 28, 2018. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Qualified applicants may be contacted after the closing date to schedule an interview. Submit all application materials to the following address (please do not send any materials to CSU):


Send applications to 


For more information, contact Julie Esdale at 907-361-9405 or email


Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce, and complies with all federal and Colorado state laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the department's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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