Topic ID #39465 - posted 5/2/2018 1:45 PM

Archaeological Field Lead - Great Basin National Park, Nevada


Archaeological Field Lead
Great Basin Institute / Great Basin National Park


Working collaboratively with Great Basin National Park, the Great Basin Institute is recruiting one Archaeological Field Lead to support three projects in the park: Protection, stabilization, and restoration of the Lehman Caves Historic Area, and the High Elevation and Grey Cliffs archaeological surveys. This work will involve:

  • Documenting cultural resources associated with the Lehman Caves Historic Area;
  • Conducting Section 106 and 110 archaeological inventories between 7,000 and 13,000 feet in elevation;
  • Documenting prehistoric and historic sites and districts identified in survey areas;
  • Authoring IMACS site forms and GIS maps for permanent park records; and
  • Assist with preparing National Register of Historic Places eligibility determinations and Section 106 archaeological clearance reports, as needed.


The Lead will work with the Park’s Cultural Resource staff and GBI Archaeology Field Technician to conduct Section 106 and 110 surveys, document prehistoric and historic archeological sites and districts, and manage electronic NPS cultural databases. The projects will take place in both the frontcountry and in rugged and remote areas of Great Basin National Park. An understanding of Great Basin archaeology and past experience navigating mountainous backcountry terrain at high elevations is desirable. Some backcountry camping is likely, and some office work is expected.


Compensation & Timeline: 

  • Rate of Pay: $20.00/hour
  • Health insurance coverage
  • 16-week appointment beginning 25 June, 2018
  • The weekly work schedule will be Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Housing is available, subject to park rates. Background checks are required for park housing (can potentially take 8 weeks). Local applicants who have housing and require minimal relocation time will be strongly considered.


Location: Great Basin National Park, Baker, NV.



Technical requirements:

  • B.S. and field experiences related to archaeology, anthropology, or indigenous peoples studies in the Great Basin region;
  • Experience in leading and conducting archeological surveys (e.g., mapping, data recording, site documenting and photography, navigating mountainous terrain and collecting GIS spatial data);
  • Experience authoring IMACS site forms and/or preparing Section 106 archaeological clearance reports in an office setting; 
  • Experience using ArcGIS 10.x;
  • Field leadership experience, including maintaining safety awareness and practices;
  • Experience operating hand-held GPS units for navigation and electronic field data collection (previous experience operating Trimble units a plus);
  • Experience documenting archeological fieldwork, excavations, lithic scatters, rock art, dendroglyphs, mining sites, can scatters, and inscriptions;
  • Ability to read and interpret topographical maps and navigate mountainous terrain using a compass;
  • Previous experience working with the National Park Service, or working in the Great Basin region is highly desirable;
  • Physically fit and able to hike up to 10 miles/day to remote, high-elevation field sites in steep terrain both on and off trail, and accurately complete required field duties; and
  • Ability to produce technical reports, manage data in both an office and field setting, and ensure electronic NPS cultural databases are properly maintained.


Additional requirements:

  • Ability to work independently and within a team to accomplish project goals and to communicate effectively with a diverse public in both a field and office setting;
  • Possess good organizational skills and balance competing tasks, as well as maintain flexibility to meet the demands of rapidly changing plans and schedules;
  • Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record, and experience safely operating 4WD trucks on- and off-road, including narrow and steep forest roads, and conducting routine vehicle maintenance;
  • Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain at high elevations, carry upwards of 40 pounds in a backpack, and otherwise maintain good physical condition;
  • Ability to camp in remote settings for several consecutive nights; and
  • Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI and the goals and objectives of the NPS.

·         The 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.


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