Topic ID #41907 - posted 12/17/2019 9:20 AM

Archaeological Field Technician - Great Basin National Park


Working collaboratively with Great Basin National Park (GBNP), the Great Basin Institute (GBI) is recruiting one Archaeological Field Technician to support three projects in the park: Protection, stabilization, and restoration of the Lehman Caves Historic Area, and the High Elevation and Grey Cliffs archaeological surveys. This work will involve:

  • Surveying, identifying, and documenting cultural resources in a wild cave setting - Lehman Caves Historic Area;
  • Conducting Section 106 and 110 archaeological inventories between 7,000 and 13,000 feet in elevation;
  • Recording prehistoric and historic sites and districts identified in survey areas, and;
  • Assisting with preparation of Intermountain Antiquities Computer System (IMACS) archaeological site forms and GIS maps for permanent park records.

The Technician will work with the Park’s Cultural Resource staff and GBI Archaeology Field Lead to assist with conducting Section 106 and 110 surveys, documenting prehistoric and historic archeological sites and districts, and managing electronic NPS cultural databases. The projects will take place in both the frontcountry and in rugged and remote areas of Great Basin National Park. An understanding of Great Basin archaeology and past experience navigating mountainous backcountry terrain at high elevations is desirable. Some backcountry camping is likely, and some office work is expected.


Great Basin National Park, Baker, NV.

"From the 13,063-foot summit of Wheeler Peak, to the sage-covered foothills, Great Basin National Park is a place to sample the stunning diversity of the larger Great Basin region. Come and partake of the solitude of the wilderness, walk among ancient bristlecone pines, bask in the darkest of night skies, and explore mysterious subterranean passages. There's a whole lot more than just desert here."


Rate of Pay: $16.00/hour

Full insurance coverage (health, dental, vision)

Housing may be available and is subject to park rates. Background checks are required for park housing (can potentially take 8 weeks). Local applicants who have housing and require minimal relocation time will be strongly considered.


16-week appointment with possibility of extension, beginning February 2020, or after successful completion of a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI)

The weekly work schedule will be Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Technical requirements:

  • B.A. and field experiences related to archaeology, anthropology, or indigenous peoples studies in the Great Basin region;
  • Experience and understanding of the proper steps required to conduct archeological surveys (e.g., mapping, data recording, site documenting and photography, navigating mountainous terrain and collecting GIS spatial data,);
  • Comfortable working in a wild cave setting for several hours at a time, which can include cold, dark, and damp conditions in confined spaces;
  • Experience using ArcGIS 10.x preferable but not required;
  • Experience operating hand-held GPS units for navigation and electronic field data collection (previous experience operating Trimble units a plus);
  • Experience documenting archeological fieldwork, excavations, lithic scatters, rock art, dendroglyphs, mining sites, can scatters, and inscriptions;
  • Ability to read and interpret topographical maps and navigate mountainous terrain using a compass;
  • Previous experience working with the National Park Service, or working in the  Great Basin region is desirable;
  • Physically fit and able to hike up to 10 miles/day to remote, high-elevation field sites in steep terrain both on and off trail, and accurately complete required field duties; and
  • Desire to assist with writing IMACS site forms and managing NPS cultural databases in an office setting.  

Additional requirements:

  • Ability to work independently and within a team to accomplish project goals and to communicate effectively with a diverse public in both a field and office setting;
  • Possess good organizational skills and balance competing tasks, as well as maintain flexibility to meet the demands of rapidly changing plans and schedules;
  • Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record, and experience safely operating 4WD trucks on- and off-road, including narrow and steep forest roads, and conducting routine vehicle maintenance;
  • Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain at high elevations, carry upwards of 40 pounds in a backpack, and otherwise maintain good physical condition;
  • Ability to camp in remote settings for several consecutive nights; and
  • Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI and the goals and objectives of the NPS.
  • 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 position.
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