Topic ID #40751 - posted 3/8/2019 11:16 AM

Archaeology Crew Technician BLM Eagle Lake


Job Description:
Working cooperatively with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Eagle Lake Field Office, the Great Basin Institute is recruiting an Archaeology Crew Member to assist BLM resource specialists with archaeological surveys and site monitoring within the 400,000+ acre Twin Peaks Grazing Allotment. The allotment is the biggest in the ELFO and is rich in archaeological sites including lithic scatters, prehistoric habitation sites, petroglyphs, historic refuse deposits, homesteads, historic trails, etc. The crew will be surveying and recording previously undocumented sites and monitoring known sites for impacts due to cattle grazing. This will provide a baseline for future monitoring within the allotment. The work will be part of an effort by the BLM as part of the Twin Peaks Grazing Allotment renewal and provide data for the Environmental Assessment. Additionally, the crew will spend up to two weeks assisting in an limited testing project (excavation) at a prehistoric site located around an upland spring. The excavation will be conducted utilizing BLM staff, the interns, and volunteers.  The limited testing will help the BLM determine if there will be any adverse effects as a result of a proposed project at this upland spring location.
Successful candidates for the positions will be familiar with standard methods for archaeological field work. The Crew Member will be trained to identify local archaeology, artifacts and features. This opportunity provides experience working with federal archaeologists and alongside a variety of BLM staff. Technicians will encounter diverse archaeological resources in a Great Basin context, which will expand their experience in cultural resource management.
Some work is performed in an outdoor environment that ranges from cold and wet to hot and dry. This work may require physical exertion over steep, wet, muddy, slippery, rough, uneven or rocky surfaces; and may include bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, and similar activities. Overnight camping for several days at a time in remote areas may occasionally be required.
The BLM Eagle Lake Field Office is located in Susanville, California, in the vicinity of many outdoor recreation opportunities, including fishing, mountain biking, hiking/backpacking, and skiing/snowboarding. Susanville is located in northeastern California, with access to nearby national forests and the Sierra Nevada range to the south.

AmeriCorps living allowance: $12,967
AmeriCorps education award: $2,960
Student loan forbearance*
Health benefits (medical, dental, vision)
Full time, 40 hours/week
*AmeriCorps Education Award may be used for past, present or future education experiences, including payment of qualifying federal student loans.

Contract Timeline:
25-week appointment beginning 6 May 2019

Bachelor’s degree in archaeology, anthropology, or closely related discipline, and relevant field experience;
Knowledge of historic and/or prehistoric cultural resources of northern California;
Ability to understand, implement and adhere to established data collection, inventory and monitoring protocols;
Experience in performing archaeological surveys, inventories and assessments;
Capacity to collect and maintain field data in an organized manner that is easily understood and accessible to other staff (GBI or BLM);
Familiarity with completing site forms (or portions of site forms) and/or entering site form data into 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 is beneficial;
Ability to read and interpret topographic 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;
Ability to work in challenging environmental conditions, camp in the backcountry for consecutive days, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, and perform required physical activities; and
Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards), (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks, (4) adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5) will not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.
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.

How to apply:


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