Topic ID #32350 - posted 4/18/2014 3:45 AM

Volunteer opportunity: Boles Creek Archaeological Survey, Modoc NF, CA

Jennifer Palmer

Modoc NF
New! Boles Creek Archaeological Survey: Rock Rings, Rock Stacks & Rock Art V

June 16-20; July 7-11; 21-25, 2014

Must commit to one entire session; may participate in more

Join us for our fifth year at Boles Creek! This area is an expansive, prehistoric lava flow called the Devil's Garden: home to sparse vegetation, rough, broken lava rock, juniper trees, and sage brush flats in a semi-arid region covering approximately 500,000 acres of the Modoc National Forest. The Boles Creek system cut through this difficult and broken terrain long ago. It was called home by a variety of prehistoric peoples, evidenced by numerous archaeological sites containing rock rings, rock stacks, and rock art (petroglyphs). In 1985 and 1987, inventories of Boles Creek identified many of these sites, but they were limited in scope and superficial in their descriptions. We return to Boles Creek this year to continue our in-depth study of the cultural footprints left behind by the area's prehistoric inhabitants. PIT volunteers and FS staff will, once again, survey and record archaeological sites and features in the area over a period of three (3) weeks. Our collected data will be added to those already gathered to put together a nomination for placement on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). Bring your backpacks and hiking boots, and join us again this summer as we hike through the past in The Devil's Garden!

Number of openings: 30 (10 per session)

Special skills: Must be physically capable of hiking moderate distances over very rough, rocky terrain each day in a variety of weather conditions; previous archaeological survey and/or drawing/sketching skills helpful, but not required

Minimum age: 14 years old, under 18 with a responsible adult

Facilities: Accommodations (motels, camping, RV parks) available in Alturas; facilities vary, reservations recommended; volunteers responsible for lodging/personal camping equipment, food, water, and transportation (we encourage car pooling to reduce the number of vehicles)

Nearest towns: Alturas, 45 miles

Applications due: May 19, 2014

For more information, click here.


Visit our Employment Network websites: - - For information on advertising on this website, contact