Topic ID #40749 - posted 3/8/2019 11:06 AM

Archaeology Crew Member- BLM Applegate


Job Description:
Working cooperatively with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Applegate Field Office, the Great Basin Institute is recruiting an Archaeology Crew Member to assist BLM resource specialists with field surveys and site monitoring for grazing allotment permit renewals, fuels reduction, forestry, and wildlife projects. Targeted project areas are known to be rich in archaeological sites, including lithic scatters, prehistoric habitation sites, rock art, historic refuse deposits, homesteads, historic trails, and historic sheep-herding sites. The Crew Member will work with BLM Archaeologists to conduct pre-fieldwork research, survey and record previously undocumented sites, and complete site records. This work supports BLM in complying with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and provides information for Environmental Assessments in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. Fieldwork involves pedestrian surveys and implementation of standard protocols for detecting, identifying, and recording cultural resources. 

Successful candidates for the positions will be familiar with standard methods for archaeological fieldwork. Technicians will be trained to identify local archaeological artifacts and features, and will learn how to complete archaeological site record forms (both Nevada IMACS and California DPR forms). This opportunity provides experience working with federal archaeologists and alongside a variety of BLM staff. Technicians will encounter diverse archaeological resources in both Great Basin and northern California contexts, which will expand their experience in cultural resource management.

Some work is performed in an outdoor environment that ranges from cold and wet to hot and dry. This work may require physical exertion over steep, wet, muddy, slippery, rough, uneven or rocky surfaces; and may include bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, and similar activities. Overnight camping for several days at a time in remote areas may occasionally be required.
The BLM Applegate Field Office is located in Alturas, California, in the vicinity of many outdoor
recreation opportunities, including fishing, mountain biking, hiking/backpacking, and
skiing/snowboarding. The barracks are in the historic town of Cedarville, which is located in
northeastern California, with access to nearby national forests and the Warner Mountains.

•AmeriCorps living allowance: $12,057.50
•AmeriCorps education award: $2,960
•Student loan forbearance*
•Health benefits (medical, dental, vision)
•Full time, 40 hours/week
*AmeriCorps Education Award may be used for past, present or future education experiences, including payment of qualifying federal student loans

Contract Timeline:
25-week appointment beginning 6 May 2019, pending completion of DOI Background Investigation


oBachelor’s degree in archaeology, anthropology, or closely related discipline, and relevant field experience; 
oKnowledge of historic and/or prehistoric cultural resources of northern California;
oAbility to understand, implement and adhere to established data collection, inventory and monitoring protocols;
oExperience in performing archaeological surveys, inventories and assessments;
oCapacity to collect and maintain field data in an organized manner that is easily understood and accessible to other staff (GBI or BLM);
oFamiliarity with completing site forms (or portions of site forms) and/or entering site form data into database programs;
oAbility to utilize ArcGIS software to build maps, organize and manage data, and manipulate data layers;
oExperience operating hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and electronic field data collection; experience post-processing field is beneficial;
oAbility to read and interpret topographic maps and navigate using a compass;
oPossess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads;
oAbility 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;
oPossess good organizational skills and be detail oriented; 
oAbility to work in challenging environmental conditions, camp in the backcountry for consecutive days, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, and perform required physical activities; and
oMeet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards), (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks, (4) adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5) will not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.
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. 

How to apply:


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