Topic ID #34435 - posted 1/14/2015 3:45 AM

Archaeology Intern - El Malpais & El Morro National Monuments, NM

Jennifer Palmer

Archaeology Intern
Expected Dates
May 18, 2015 to August 9, 2015
El Malpais & El Morro National Monuments
Position ID
Selected interns will apply scientific methods to survey land for the presence of sites of archaeological or historical interest. Interns will analyze and document the cultural remains as well as prepare site forms to document their findings. Data collected will include GPS information, photographs, sketches and detailed descriptions.
El Malpais National Monument has a wide range of cultural resources including prehistoric trails, pueblos, lithic and ceramic scatters, as well as historic mining, logging and ranching sites. Fieldwork will be conducted on El Malpais’ famous lava flows and open grasslands, through a variety of landscapes and elevations while carrying up to 40 pounds of gear. Fieldwork includes exposure to extreme weather and terrain conditions, poisonous plants, biting insects, wild animals, and hiking over extremely rough terrain.  Fieldwork also includes entering caves where working in darkness and confined spaces is often necessary. The work is rarely sedentary with prolonged standing, walking, and bending often required.  Heavy items must be lifted and carried on a routine basis. Elevations can range from 6000 to 8000 ft above sea level. The primary vegetation is cacti, juniper, pinyon and ponderosa pine. We provide all the necessary field equipment including backpack, GPS unit, camera, compass, recording supplies, etc. Field appropriate clothes such as long pants, good hiking boots, and outerwear for hot, cold, or wet weather are needed and will be the responsibility of the intern. We are looking for individuals that wish to expand their experience with archaeological survey and site recording, and we will train them in our survey protocol and safety measures. The work can be sometimes exhausting, but the rewards of clean air, beautiful landscapes, learning, seeing and working with New Mexico’s past and contributing to its conservation are many. Housing is available.
Spend the summer building your research and reporting skills using our cultural resources as your platform. Your duties will include inspecting federal lands by foot for the presence of cultural resources, and recording descriptive data including text, photographs, sketches, maps, and GPS data.Undo
Location Description
Northwest New Mexico
Training Provided
Archaeological reconnaissance (inspecting federal lands by foot for the presence of cultural resources), and recording descriptive data including text, photographs, sketches, maps, and GPS data.
Educational/Recreational Opportunities
This position provides an opportunity to develop a project around the recording of an intricate prehistoric trail system using 3-D photography and AutoCAD. It is also a great opportunity to explore El Malpais NM.
Handicap Accessible?
Main Area of Focus
Cultural/Historical Resource Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
competent without supervision
Data Entry
some experience
some experience
some experience
Data Analysis
some experience
AmeriCorps Eligible
Driving Logistics
Valid Drivers License Needed
Housing or Stipend Provided?
3 bedroom house close to headquarters, shared with up to 2 additional interns and/or seasonal employees.
US Citizenship

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