Topic ID #42357 - posted 4/28/2020 3:01 PM

Archaeological Technician - Lassen Volcanic National Park


Archaeological Technician
Great Basin Institute / Lassen Volcanic National Park


Working cooperatively with the Lassen Volcanic National Park (LAVO), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting one Archaeological Technician to support cultural resource inventories. The principal objective of this position is to promote cultural scientific research in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

The Archaeological Technician will be responsible for supporting: archaeological field surveys, site recording, site redocumentation, mapping, excavations, site condition assessments, monitoring, writing sections of draft reports; database entry; file management; preparation of National Register Nominations and Determinations of Eligibility; and other routine tasks associated with resource division functions. Some ecological restoration tasks may be included such as: planting native plants or vertical mulching for trees. Completing archaeological surveys in a mountainous or high-elevation desert environment requires the physical endurance to walk over a variety of terrains and in a variety of weather conditions, including extreme heat, and carry a heavy pack. Overnight camping for several days at a time in remote areas may be required.


  • Rate of pay: $15.40/hour
  • Full health, dental and vision insurance coverage
  • Paid holidays in accordance with the federal schedule
  • Park housing may be available


·        26-week appointment beginning June 2020, or upon completion of a Department of Interior background investigation;

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

·        Some delays in position start date may be implemented in response to COVID-19 concerns.


Lassen Volcanic National Park, a high-elevation park in northern California, is located where the Southern Cascade Mountain Range meets the Sierra Nevada. It's rich in hydrothermal sites like Bumpass Hell, with its acres of bubbling mud pots. The summit of Lassen Peak Volcano offers views over the surrounding wilderness. Nearby, the Devastated Area is littered with lava rocks from its last eruption. A network of trails through forest and around several lakes connects with the Pacific Crest Trail in the north. Cultural resources in the park represent both prehistoric and historic use of the land.

Park housing is available in Mineral, CA. The town offers few amenities, but ample outdoor activities are available, including hiking, backpacking and camping, fishing, rock climbing, cycling, and paddle-boarding.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, archaeology, indigenous people’s studies, or closely related field. Applicants with advanced degrees are encouraged to apply;
  • Six months of previous, relevant field experience; OR archaeology field methods coursework AND an accredited Archaeological Field School;
  • Knowledge of historic and/or prehistoric history and artifacts of the Mojave Desert region of the southwest;
  • 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 archaeological site forms (or portions of site forms) and/or entering site form data in to database programs;
  • 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 and communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
  • 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 40lbs, 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. If you already have a fully adjudicated BI, please let us know in your application.

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