Topic ID #41542 - posted 9/23/2019 11:57 AM

Field Technician positions-New Hampshire


Archaeological Technician, GS-0102-07, White Mountain National Forest - Campton, New Hampshire

UPDATE - The White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) is advertising two Archaeological Technician positions, one permanent position, and one temporary position for the 2020 season.   You must apply to each separately if you wish to be considered for both positions.

The permanent Archaeological Technician position is open on USAJOBS (  for applications until 9/24/2019.  The announcement number is 19-R9SVAUG-0922-618527DP-TB .   The position is a permanent seasonal position, with eighteen (18) pay periods in pay status (from approximately April – November), and eight (8) pay periods in non-pay status each year.  One permanent position will be filled.

The temporary Archaeological Technician position is open for applications until 9/30/2019.  The USAJOBS announcement number is 20-TEMP1-R9-2362-7DT-AM.  1-2 temporary positions will be filled, with an expected season from mid May-September.
For both positions, the starting pay is $20.15/hour. The duty station is the WMNF Supervisor’s Office located in Campton, NH. These positions work across all three districts on the WMNF, supporting the Forest Archaeologist and Assistant Forest Archaeologist.

Conducts routine field reconnaissance surveys in areas planned for such activities as timber harvest,
wildlife habitat improvement, road construction, and recreational development. Reports findings and
prepares recommendations to be incorporated in environmental analysis reports concerning possible
effects of proposed forest management activities on archaeological remains and/or historic structures.
Required skills include the ability to conduct all aspects of archaeological field work independently
(navigate using compass and topographic maps, identify and record prehistoric and historic resources,
conduct occasional test excavations, use GPS/mobile applications, create site sketch maps, document
daily survey accomplishments including data entry and processing of site forms). Must be capable of
walking 10 miles per day in steep terrain. Basic computer skills are required, experience with ESRI
ArcMap desired. Other desirable qualities include experience in historical or industrial archaeology,
experience or interest in public archaeology and working with volunteers, the ability to be flexible and
adapt to changes in priorities, to work in rugged outdoor settings, to be self-motivated under minimal
supervision, and an excellent work ethic and commitment to following all safety policies and procedures
to promote a safe, inclusive work environment.

The White Mountain National Forest encompasses approximately 800,000 acres in northern New
Hampshire and western Maine. Characterized by rugged mountain peaks and the largest alpine zone in
the East, the Forest has forty-eight summits of 4,000 feet and higher, including Mount Washington, the
highest peak in the Northeast. This dramatic landscape, so close to major metropolitan areas (Boston,
Massachusetts is 130 miles to the south; New York City and Montreal, Quebec are about a half-day’s
drive), has made the White Mountains a destination for people seeking a variety of recreation
experiences for close to two centuries. The WMNF is visited by over 6 million people each year, and is
considered one of the northeast’s crown jewels. Our visitors and local communities have a long history
of caring for the forest in the White Mountains: they were the driving force behind the 1911 Weeks Act,
under which the WMNF was purchased. This strong interest in the management of these lands
continues today, and is demonstrated through the substantial number of partnerships and cooperative
agreements that exist on the Forest.

For further information about the forest, see our website: 

The White Mountain National Forest Supervisor’s Office is co-located with the Pemigewasset Ranger
District Office at the Forest Headquarters in Campton, New Hampshire. Campton and other
neighboring rural towns (including Rumney, Thornton, Holderness, Ashland, Waterville Valley) have
populations of about 1,000-3,000 each. The nearby town of Plymouth has a population of about 7,000
and is a full-service community that is home to Plymouth State University, Speare Memorial Hospital,
and numerous clinics. All towns have public K-8 schools, with a regional high school in Plymouth. There
is also a public charter school in Plymouth (grades 1-8), and nearby private elementary and high schools.
The economy of the area is split between recreation, education, services, and forest products.
The White Mountain Region is a four season recreation destination. Recreational opportunities are numerous, including summer activities of camping, hiking, climbing, fishing, boating,
swimming, wildlife watching, tax-free shopping, the arts and other forms of entertainment too numerous to mention. During the non-summer months, hunting, ice fishing, downhill and crosscountry
skiing, snowmobiling, winter mountaineering, ice climbing and other winter sports are popular. There are several ski resorts within easy driving distance of Campton including Loon, Bretton Woods, Waterville Valley, and Cannon Mountain. The Atlantic Ocean and the city of Boston are both within a two hour drive.
There is no state income or sales tax in New Hampshire, and property taxes are above average. Houses
in the area rent for about $600-$1800 per month and sell for $100,000 to $400,000+. House prices rise
in proximity to ski areas and the numerous lakes. Government-owned housing is not available.

For additional information about the positions: Sarah Jordan, Forest Archaeologist and Heritage Program Manager, (603) 536-6240 or


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