Topic ID #42033 - posted 1/21/2020 1:48 PM

Cultural Resources Crew Members - Lake Tahoe, CA


The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) of the US Forest Service, is recruiting four Cultural Resource Crew Members to support surveys of cultural resources on the forest in conjunction with fuels reduction projects. The Cultural Resource Crew Members will be part of a five-person crew (one GBI lead plus four GBI crew members). The technicians will be responsible for coordinating with USFS staff, GBI personnel, and the cultural resource crew lead will assist in the following: 

  1. Section 106 surveys to document, assess and characterize the status of new and existing cultural resources;
  2. Collecting field data in accordance with USFS protocols, inputting data into the Forest Service heritage database, and;
  3. Preparing California DPR site records, GIS maps, and other resource data;
  4. Collaborate with lead and all other crew members to support field safety, communication, planning, logistics, quality assurance, field implementation, and reporting efforts.

Please note that the work is physically demanding and involves hiking in steep terrain at high altitudes (6,000 to 9000 ft.) on a daily basis, commonly during extreme or inclement weather conditions such as snow, rain or high wind events.  The candidate will need to bring their own gear for such conditions and have the ability to carry a pack up to 40 lbs.  The position will require working in remote locations and some camping may be required to accomplish project goals. Work schedules are subject to change depending on weather and project needs. This is principally a field-based position. Vegetation management, specifically fuels reduction projects requiring Section 106 compliance, will be the priority. Common resources found in the area include historic logging and railroad camps, landscape features, and pre- and post- contact Native American sites ranging in age and function.


  • Rate of pay: $17.50/hour
  • Full health, vision, and dental insurance, available the 1st of the month after position start date.


  • 26-week position beginning May/June 2020. Exact start date may be subject to change based on winter snow pack and project needs. 
  • Full time, 40 hours per week.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, archaeology or related discipline (by position start date);
  • Six months of professional fieldwork experience, or an accredited archaeological field school and relevant field methods training coursework;
  • 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 effectively in a team setting with USFS staff, GBI staff, interns, volunteers, academic, state, and federal partners;
  • Ability to work safely and productively in remote field settings under adverse conditions. This includes occasionally overnight camping in remote areas for consecutive nights.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Fieldwork experience in California, the Sierras, and/or the Great Basin;
  • Knowledge of cultural resource management issues specific to the western United States;
  • Familiarity with the cultural history and forested habitat of the Sierra Nevada region;
  • Familiarity with Section 106/110 NHPA and California and/or Nevada SHPO compliance procedures
  • Proficiency in navigation using GPS, topographic map and compass;
  • Advanced skill using specialized software such as Microsoft Office Suite, ArcMap GIS, and Google Earth;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work cooperatively as well as independently;
  • Strong communication skills with a diverse audiences, both written and oral.

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