Topic ID #39669 - posted 6/26/2018 12:17 PM

Archaeological Technician, Zion National Park


Archaeological Technician
Great Basin Institute and National Park Service Zion National Park


Working with the NPS Zion NP, GBI is recruiting an Archaeological Technician to assist park Archaeologists with multiple projects, including assessing archaeological sites in high use visitor corridors to determine visitor impacts to cultural resources; collecting information on Paiute presence and occupation in Zion National Park to gain a better understanding of different uses of the park; contributing to cultural histories for high use visitor areas across the park by analyzing different archaeological site types; and recording reported but unrecorded archaeological sites. Responsibilities and tasks for this work generally include use of standard field methods, data entry, making management recommendations, and generating summary reports. 


Standard field work will entail:  navigating with topographic maps, completing site forms, taking scale photographs, making scale illustrations, conducting condition assessments and fuels assessments, collecting spatial data, producing artifact illustrations, identifying artifacts, and making determinations of eligibility.  Additional field work may include treatment activities and supplementary documentation, such as:  drainage re-routing, barrier installation, social trail eradication, installation of signs, minor stabilization, backfilling, and/or data recovery. Approximately 30% of time will be spent in the field during the course of this position. Temperatures in the summer regularly exceed 90-100° F and monsoons occur during July-September. Occasional camping will be required.


Office-based work will include data management involving use of three databases to enter and organize archaeology records: Intermountain Antiquities Computer System (IMACS), Archaeological Sites Management Information System (ASMIS), and ZION Cultural Resource database.  Determinations of eligibility will have concurrence with the park archaeologist and the Utah State Historic Preservation Officer.  Illustrations will be digitized using graphic programs (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator).  Photographs will be labeled, uploaded, and annotated.  Spatial data will be processed and added to the master archaeology geodatabase.   Site documentation and records will be copied and accessioned into the park museum archive. Reporting will include environmental reviews of park undertakings, as well as other products such as site bulletins, website text, and social media postings to inform the public of the human history and heritage resources at Zion National Park.


The Great Basin Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing environmental research, education, and service throughout the West. GBI’s Research Associate Program provides multidisciplinary capacity for professional support of diverse partnerships across western states while presenting emerging professionals with career-enhancing opportunities in natural/cultural/recreation resource management, ecological conservation, environmental stewardship, and related fields. The Archaeological Technician will gain exposure to policies and approaches for managing cultural resources on public lands. In addition, the technician will acquire experience in standard techniques for archaeological field documentation, management of associated data, and reporting.



Zion National Park is a unique geological, natural, and cultural treasure in southwestern Utah. Opportunities for sightseeing, hiking, and camping abound. Humans have occupied this area for approximately 10,000 years and archaeological sites occur throughout the park. Work will be based out of park offices in Springdale, UT.


Compensation & Timeline: 

  • Rate of Pay: $18.50/hour

o   Field per diem when overnight camping is required

o   Paid health and dental benefits

o   40-week appointment beginning August 2018

o   Full-time, 40 hours per week



  • A Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, Cultural Resource Management, or similar discipline;
  • Relevant field experience in archaeology, anthropology, cultural resource management, or similar discipline;
  • Familiarity with cultural resource management on public lands will be considered a plus;
  • An understanding of basic principles and approaches related to performing archaeological site condition assessments and site recordation,
  • Knowledge of archaeology of the Colorado Plateau is preferred;

o   Experience with standard field techniques to survey and assess cultural resources;

  • Ability to navigate and collect data using handheld GPS units and read a topographic map;
  • Exposure to using GIS software (e.g., ArcMap) to upload, create and manipulate data and maps, preferred;
  • Experience using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator considered a plus;
  • Experience working with Microsoft computer programs;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
  • Capacity to work independently and within a team environment;
  • Must be motivated, self-directed, organized, and detail oriented in order to balance multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Physically fit to work long hours outdoors, carry personal and field equipment, and withstand the climatic rigors of the desert;
  • Willingness and ability to camp for consecutive days, as needed, in backcountry settings; and
  • Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with the ability to safely operate a 4WD vehicle on unimproved roads.


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 this position.


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