Topic ID #40873 - posted 4/3/2019 12:26 PM

American Conservation Experience USFS Lead Archaeology Technician


Summary:  American Conservation Experience (ACE), a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, Arizona, in partnership with the United States Forest Service (USFS) Tahoe National Forest, is seeking one Lead Archaeology Technician. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young professionals with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in natural resource management and conservation. 

Start Date:  ASAP, 2019 

End Date:  24 weeks after start date

Location: Yuba River Ranger District

The Tahoe National Forest is located in the northern Sierra Nevada (east of Sacramento) and extends from the foothills across the Sierra crest to the California state line. It includes over 850,000 acres of public land interspersed with 350,000 acres of private land in a checker board ownership pattern. Rivers, snow-capped peaks and dense forests offer outstanding recreation year-round. A complex set of ecosystems are found as the terrain ascends from 1,500 feet along the western boundary to over 9,000 feet along the crest. The forest provides a variety of resources and opportunities and is managed by the Forest Service.

Project Partner Websites:  For more information regarding Tahoe National Forest, please visit:

For more information on ACE, please visit: 

Compensation: The technician should anticipate serving 40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $858/wk., for food and incidentals, dispersed bi-weekly. 

Housing: Support with housing could be available.

Position Description:  The Tahoe National Forest is looking to fill a total of one Lead Archaeology Technician position for the 2019 field season. The Lead Archaeology Technician will act as the crew chief for the field survey crew and will oversee the completion of final site records, maps and other data to be presented in the final report. The incumbent will conduct Forest Service projects by providing technical support under the supervision of the District Archeologist. The incumbent will perform a variety of tasks, including analyzing data, making recommendations, adapting ground search strategies, preparing reports, conducting inventories, and completing additional tasks as determined by Forest Service staff. The purpose of the work is to serve as a lead technician on archeological surveys and ensure the work is accomplished within established rules and methods. The work directly affects the design and execution of surveys and the adequacy of long range work plans. 

Specific Tasks Include: 

  • Analyzes archeological data in preparing reports. Compiles and reports information about the nature and extent of known cultural resources. 
  • Adapts ground search strategies as determined by specific project requirements i.e., terrain, vegetation cover, and time frames. Applies scientific methods to survey parcels of land to identify and record cultural resource sites, features and artifacts. 
  • Prepares Cultural Resource Inventory reports and site forms. Enters site and inventory information into databases, especially the NRM cultural resource database, and onto GIS maps. Monitors cultural resource sites to ensure approved standard protection measures are implemented and effective.
  • Conducts inventories of Forest cultural resources in areas of proposed Forest Service projects. Researchers reference materials such as State and National Register files, historic documents, archeological reports, maps and aerial photos, and interviews source individuals concerning project areas. 
  • Ensures that archeology work assignments are carried out in safe, timely manner according to established standards and procedures.
  • Reviews work in progress to see that standards for pre-field research, survey design, site recording, graphics, and final report are being met 
  • Advises other members or FS staff on methods of cultural resource inventory. 

Training Provided:  The Forest Service will strive to provide the technician opportunities to shadow conservation professionals to learn about the archeological discipline, but a strong foundational knowledge of archaeology technician work is required for these positions. 

Project Environment:  The work may include strenuous outdoor activity, such as walking, climbing, riding (ATV), backpacking and overnight camping, often in steep, rough terrain in isolated areas in a forest environment

Qualifications: Qualified applicants will hold a bachelor's degree (Master's preferred) in archaeology, or a similar natural resource field, and have specific archaeological field work experience. This is a highly demanding outdoor job that requires substantial physical fitness and mobility, participate in the field and a tolerance for extreme weather and demanding conditions.


  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident. 
  • Must be 21 years or older in order to drive an agency work vehicle. 
  • Practical knowledge of the basic theories and practices of archeology in order to compile technical reports and make recommendations to the archeologist.
  • Advanced knowledge of the techniques of archeological reconnaissance in order to adapt ground search strategies to access a large variety of artifacts and features.
  • Ability to perform library and archival research and oral interviewing to locate and obtain information.
  • Knowledge of technical report writing to prepare reports.
  • Skill using compass, aerial photos, topographic maps and GPS units to locate sites and survey areas.
  • A valid driver's license and a clean driving record are required (documentation to be provided upon request).
  • Must be willing and able to perform the above fieldwork in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Must be physically fit and able to hike off trail in the backcountry.
  • English proficiency required.
  • Ability to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.

The ACE members must be willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.

To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here:

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received.  This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC USFS National Division Director, George Grygar at


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