Topic ID #41903 - posted 12/16/2019 8:54 AM

ACE: Lead Archaeology Technician, Eldorado National Forest

ACE EPIC USFS (CA): Eldorado National Forest, Archaeology Lead Technician

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Eldorado National Forest, is seeking one Archaeology Lead Technician.  This opportunity is intended for an enthusiastic young professional with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in natural resource management and conservation. 

The Archaeology Lead Technician will support Forest Service initiatives by providing technical support to the heritage resource staff.  The member will have a variety of tasks, including conducting cultural resource inventories, organizing and editing GIS data, analyzing data, making recommendations, adapting ground search strategies, preparing reports, and completing additional tasks as determined by Forest Service staff.  The purpose of the work is to serve as a senior technician and crew work leader on archaeological 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.

Start Date: April/May

End Date: September (Approximately 22 weeks after the start date)

Location: Camino, CA -Eldorado National Forest, Placerville Ranger District

The Eldorado National Forest is located in the central Sierra Nevada region within California and encompasses a total of 798,279 acres, which includes 193,027 acres of private ownership.


The Eldorado National Forest is bordered on the north by the Tahoe National Forest, on the east by the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and the Humboldt-Toiyabe, and to the south by the Stanislaus National Forest. The Eldorado is within 3 - 4 hours of the San Francisco Bay Area and about 1 - 1 1/2 hours from Sacramento. It ranges in elevation from 1,000 feet in the foothills to more than 10,000 feet above sea level along the Sierra crest. The mountainous topography is broken by the steep canyons of the Mokelumne, Cosumnes, American, and Rubicon rivers. Plateaus of generally moderate relief are located between these steep canyons.


The forest is also home to 297 lakes and reservoirs (including both public and private acreage), which total 11,994 surface acres. 11 large reservoirs account for 9,000 acres. The rest are mostly small, high mountain lakes. Both the rivers and lakes provide excellent fishing opportunities. The Eldorado National Forest provides diverse recreational opportunities to the public. The Forest offers every visitor the chance to enjoy nature and be outdoors. In addition to two popular wilderness areas (Desolation Wilderness and Mokelumne Wilderness), the forest offers more than 70-day use and overnight developed recreation facilities across the forest for the individual, families and groups.

Project Websites: For more information regarding Eldorado National Forest, please Visit:

For more information regarding the ACE EPIC Program, please visit:

Living Allowance: The member should anticipate serving 40 hrs/wk, with potential to work holidays and weekends. The Member will receive a living allowance of $880/wk for food and incidentals, dispersed bi-weekly. 

Housing: Housing should be available by USFS at no cost to the member. Available housing is in a typical Forest Service bunkhouse setting. 

Project Tasks: 

  • Serve as a senior technician and crew work leader on archaeological surveys and site monitoring

  • Analyze archaeological data in preparing reports. Compile and report information about the nature and extent of known cultural resources

  • Adapt ground search strategies as determined by specific project requirements (terrain, vegetation cover and time frames). Applies scientific methods to survey parcels of land to identify and record cultural resource sites, features and artifacts

  • Prepare Cultural Resource Inventory reports and site forms. Enter site and inventory information into databases, especially the NRM cultural resource database, and onto GIS maps. Monitor cultural resource sites to ensure approved standard protection measures are implemented and effective

  • Conduct 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 a safe and timely manner according to established standards and procedures

  • Review 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

Qualifications: Applicants for this position should hold a bachelor’s degree in archaeology, or a similar cultural/natural resource field, and have specific archaeological fieldwork experience. A master’s degree is preferred, but field experience is a suitable substitute for education. This is a highly demanding outdoor position that requires substantial physical fitness and mobility, and a tolerance for extreme weather and demanding conditions. 

Preferred Skills:

  • Practical knowledge of the basic theories and practices of archaeology in order to compile technical reports and make recommendations to the archaeologist

  • Advanced knowledge of the techniques of archaeological reconnaissance in order to adapt ground search strategies to identify a large variety of artifacts and features

  • Ability to organize and edit GIS data using ArcMap

  • 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

  • Must be able to work alone and lead small groups with minimal supervision, and adhere to instructions, procedure and use initiative in carrying out recurring assignments independently


  • Archaeological fieldwork experience

  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation

  • Proficient in English

  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

  • A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request)

  • Ability to pass a federal criminal background check

  • ACE is a drug free workplace and reserves the right to drug test at any time

The member must be willing and able to represent ACE and the Forest Service in a professional, positive and enthusiastic manner.

To Apply: 

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


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 ACE USFS Recruitment Specialist, Caroline Canter at or 385-249-4740


American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities


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