Topic ID #42486 - posted 7/8/2020 8:29 AM

Archaeology Crew Lead – Eldorado National Forest - Needed ASAP!


The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with Stanislaus National Forest, Eldorado National Forest, and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, is recruiting an Archaeology Crew Lead to support surveys of cultural resources on the Eldorado National Forest – Amador Ranger District.

The Archaeology Crew Lead will be responsible for coordinating with USFS staff and GBI personnel to conduct Section 106 surveys and to document, assess and characterize the status of new and existing cultural resources, prepare State of California site records, create GIS maps, input data into the Forest Service heritage database, and assist in associated reporting. Field data, collected in accordance with USFS protocols, will be used as a basis for recommending management actions. Each Archaeology Crew Lead, will oversee a two-person crew and will support field safety, communication, planning, logistics, quality assurance, field implementation, and reporting. 

Primary responsibilities will include 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 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.

Timeline and Compensation:

• July – October 2020. Dates are subject to change based on COVID response and project needs.
• Full-time, 40 hours per week, some overtime work including weekends and holidays is possible.
• $20.00/Hour
• Full health, vision, dental insurance coverage provided
• Local Housing available!

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, archaeology or related discipline (including relevant field methods training coursework and/or an accredited archaeological field school);
  • Two years of fieldwork experience including archaeological survey, site recording, monitoring, GPS data collection, and associated reporting, previous field leadership experience is a plus;
  • Ability to recognize and record prehistoric and historic artifacts, features, and architecture;
  • Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with the ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work cooperatively as well as independently;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with diverse audiences;
  • 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. 
  • At least one year of field leadership experience and at least six months of field leadership experience in California, the Sierras, and/or the Great Basin;
  • Familiarity with Section 106/110 NHPA and California and/or Nevada SHPO compliance procedures;
  • Knowledge of cultural resource management issues in the Western United States;
  • Familiarity with cultural history and forested habitat of the Sierra Nevada region;
  • Proficiency in navigating using a GPS, topographic map and compass;
  • Ability to exercise quality control in data collection and management;
  • Advanced skill using specialized software such as Microsoft Office Suite, ArcMap GIS, and Google Earth.

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