Topic ID #41562 - posted 9/27/2019 4:00 PM

Archaeological Technician (Death Valley National Park)


Position Description:

Working cooperatively with the National Park Service’s Death Valley National Park (DEVA), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting an (1) Archeological Research Associate (RA) to join our program and assist DEVA archaeology staff with archaeological field work and data processing. The Technician will support a variety of cultural resource projects. As part of the analysis required by the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for potential ground disturbing projects, a Section 106 of NHPA cultural resource evaluation must be completed to evaluate effects to federally owned historic and prehistoric sites. In order to complete these reports, surveys for archaeological resources need to be completed for all proposed projects.

The Archaeological Technician RA will implement all stages of the archaeological survey process, including: 

  • Pre-field review – search of archaeological databases to determine if the area had been surveyed before and if there are any known archaeological sites in the area;

  • Intensive archaeological pedestrian surveys to inventory and record cultural properties;

  • Site documentation; and

  • Development of final reports.


  • Rate of pay: $20.25/hour

  • Limited Health, Dental and Vision Insurance will be completely paid for at no cost to you by the Great Basin Institute and available starting your first day of service. 

  • Shared park housing may be available (dorm style accommodations/no pets) at an affordable rate.



  • 18 week appointment beginning November 2019, or upon completion of a Department of Interior background investigation; potential for extension pending available funding and positive performance review

  • 40 hours per week; some overtime and weekend work may occasionally be required



Death Valley National Park is located in Nevada and California and boasts some of the hottest and driest climates, and lowest elevation in North America. The park includes a superlative desert of streaming sand dunes, snow-capped mountains, multicolored rock layers, water-fluted canyons and three million acres of wilderness. Death Valley is home to the Timbisha Shoshone people and to plants and animals unique to the harshest desert environment. The closest cities are Pahrump and Beatty, Nevada (both approximately 1 hour away).

Field conditions include hot, arid days with high exposure to the sun, as well as cold, winter weather. Resources of the region include threatened and/or endangered species habitat, big game habitats, abandoned mine lands, and historic and prehistoric cultural sites. 


Technical Requirements-

  • Degree in Archaeology or related field, Master's degree desirable;

  • Field experiences related to archaeology, anthropology, or indigenous peoples studies – in particular, historic and prehistoric Mojave Desert archaeology;

  • Ability to understand, implement and adhere to established data collection, inventory, recording, and monitoring protocols;

  • Capacity to collect and maintain field data in an organized manner that is easily understood and accessible to other resources staff (GBI or NPS);

  • Experience completing archeological site forms (or portions of site forms) and/or entering site form data in to database programs;

  • Experience preparing, reviewing and writing reports; 

  • Ability to utilize ArcGIS software to build maps, organize and manage data, and manipulate data layers;

  • Experience operating hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and electronic field data collection; experience post-processing field data, a plus;

  • Read and interpret topographical maps and navigate using a compass;

  • Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads;

  • Ability to work productively and cooperatively as part of a team focused on accomplishing mutual goals;

  • Communicate effectively, both written and orally, with diverse audiences;

  • Flexibility and capability to meet the demands of rapidly changing plans and schedules;

  • Possess good organizational skills and be detail oriented; and 

  • Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, camp in the backcountry for consecutive days, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, carry a heavy pack in excess of 35-45 lbs, and be in overall good physical condition; prior experience working in the desert southwest, or similar desert climates, desirable. 

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. 

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