Topic ID #41933 - posted 1/2/2020 3:57 PM

GIS Technician- Cultural Resources


The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the BLM (NV) Elko District Office (EKDO), is recruiting two (2) AmeriCorps GIS Technicians to support the EKDO cultural resource program. Technicians will qualify for the Public Land Corps (PLC) noncompetitive government hiring status (see below for explanation) upon successful completion of this position. Technicians will use analog records and GIS to insure that cultural resource data from approximately 4,000 records have the correct geospatial data to be stored in the SHPO database. This archaeological archiving and records management project will provide the successful applicants with exposure to federal data, records and database systems, provide insight about how a federal land management agency operates under a multiple-use mission, and will offer the opportunity to develop and sharpen skills related to GIS and data management. Upon completion of this position, Technicians will be better prepared with the geospatial skillset necessary to function in today’s cultural resources field. 

Being a member of the cultural resources team on the Elko District, this program may also involve a variety of cultural resources management activities including but not limited to:  

Carrying out/participating in cultural resources surveys.
Documenting archaeological sites and architectural resources.
Intensively recording previously documented cultural resources.
Monitoring archaeological sites and architectural resources.
Carrying out mitigation for archaeological sites and architectural resources.
Drafting/reviewing/editing cultural resources reports.
Organizing cultural resources data in analog and digital files housed at the District.
Working on geospatial data correction for cultural resources.
Participate in volunteer events designed to increase public participation with public land stewardship.
Participate in the youth program designed to involve youth with cultural resources educational activities.

Work Environment:
Approximately 90 percent of the work is in the office.  Office work involves using GIS to create maps and conduct analysis.  Organizing and correcting analog and digital records and files.  Planning and organizing field projects and educational events.

Approximately 10 percent of the work is in the field.  The fieldwork will involve driving and walking over rough and sandy terrain with wide variations in temperature ranging from below freezing in the fall and winter to above 90 degrees F during the summer.

BLM Equipment Used – training will be provided for all equipment used.  Safety is our first priority: Computers, GPS Units, Utility vehicles, 4x4 vehicles, and Monitoring Equipment (tapes, compasses, clinometer, etc.)

Physical Demands:
Duties in the office will require a significant amount of sitting, focused on computer work as well as working with paper documents.  Duties required for outside work involve walking, bending, climbing hills, lifting and carrying various materials or supplies which are occasionally heavy.  Daily work shifts of 8 to 10 hours are anticipated within a 40 hour work week.  The work week is Monday through Friday.  Occasional circumstances require adjusting the work week to accommodate special cultural resources education events which typically take place on Saturday.
The BLM Elko District Office encompasses 7.2 million acres spread across 12.6 million acres in northeastern Nevada within the Basin and Range Province. Recreation opportunities, including hiking, camping, visiting cultural resource sites, and wildlife viewing, abound in this region. The town of Elko (pop. 18,000) is located along the I-80 corridor and is approximately 230 miles west of Salt Lake City, UT and 290 miles east of Reno, NV. Elko proudly honors its history and culture with events through the year, including the annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and National Basque Festival.

• AmeriCorps Living Allowance: $22,100 (total). This is not an hourly wage and is allocated to the AmeriCorps member every other week (approximately $920 biweekly before taxes) throughout the service term.
• Housing Allowance: $75/week ($150 biweekly)
• Segal AmeriCorps Education Award: $6,095 (upon successful completion). The Education Award can be applied to qualifying student loans, tuition at a Title IV accredited college, and other educational expenses.
• Limited health, dental and vision insurance premiums will be completely paid for at no cost to you by the Great Basin Institute and available starting your first day of service.
The completion of a successful internship under the BLM Elko’s Cultural Resources Youth Assistance Agreement with positive employee performance reviews allows for the BLM to confer non-competitive eligibility for government hiring on the intern for two years following completion of the position.
This non-competitive eligibility allows an individual to apply for Federal non-competitive merit promotion positions (internal government hires). This means that after all program requirements have been met, the intern may apply for a job without having to compete with the general public or people with veteran’s preference. However, the intern will compete with other competitive service employees. Our office vigorously pursues working with interns to enable them to transform non-competitive eligibility into permanent careers with the federal government.

• 48-week appointment
• 2 openings beginning in Winter 2019/2020 (candidate’s earliest availability)
• Full-time, 40 hours per week

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