Topic ID #42037 - posted 1/22/2020 3:45 PM

Archaeologist - Zion National Park



Working in collaboration with Zion National Park, the Great Basin Institute (GBI) is recruiting two Archaeologists to assist park cultural resources staff with multiple projects, including preparing an amendment to a National Register Nomination for an archaeological district and assessing archaeological sites in high use visitor corridors to determine visitor impacts to cultural resources.  Responsibilities and tasks for this work generally include use of standard field methods, data entry, making management recommendations, and generating summary reports. 


Standard field work will entail:  navigating with topographic maps, completing site forms, taking scale photographs, making scale illustrations, conducting condition assessments and fuels assessments, collecting spatial data, producing artifact illustrations, identifying artifacts, and making determinations of eligibility.  Additional field work may include treatment activities and supplementary documentation, such as:  drainage re-routing, barrier installation, social trail eradication, installation of signs, minor stabilization, backfilling, and/or data recovery. Approximately 60% of time will be spent in the field during the course of this position. Temperatures in the summer regularly exceed 90-100° F and monsoons occur during July-September. Occasional camping will be required.


Office-based work will include data management involving use of three databases to enter and organize archaeology records: Utah Archaeology Site Form (UASF), Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS), and ZION Cultural Resource database.  Determinations of eligibility will have concurrence with the park archaeologist and the Utah State Historic Preservation Officer.  Illustrations will be digitized using graphic programs (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator).  Photographs will be labeled, uploaded, and annotated.  Spatial data will be processed and added to the master archaeology geodatabase.   Site documentation and records will be copied and accessioned into the park museum archive. Reporting will include environmental reviews of park undertakings, as well as other products such as site bulletins, website text, and social media postings to inform the public of the human history and heritage resources at Zion National Park.


Zion National Park is a unique geological, natural, and cultural treasure in southwestern Utah. Opportunities for sightseeing, hiking, and camping abound in the park. Work will be based out of park offices in Springdale, UT. Housing will not be provided. Affordable housing in the surrounding communities could include a 30-45 minute, unpaid commute.


  • Rate of pay: $23.00/hour
  • Full health, vision, and dental insurance, available the 1st of the month after position start date.
  • Personal leave and holidays in accordance with federal schedule.


  • One-year position beginning March 2020 or upon completion of a Department of Interior (DOI) background investigation (BI).
  • Full time, 40 hours per week.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, Cultural Resource Management, or similar discipline;
  • At least two years of relevant field experience in cultural resource management, or similar discipline, with at last one year of experience leading field crews.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • A solid understanding of and ability to perform all aspects of the Section 106 process including conducting background research, planning archaeological fieldwork, completing site recording and condition assessments;
  • Experience writing formal site records and drafting reports;
  • Familiarity with cultural resource management on public lands;
  • Knowledge of Great Basin archaeology including the Colorado Plateau is preferred;
  • Ability to navigate and collect data using handheld GPS units and read a topographic map;
  • Exposure to using GIS software (e.g., ArcMap) to upload, create and manipulate data and maps, preferred;
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office software;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
  • Capacity to work independently and within a team environment;
  • Must be motivated, self-directed, organized, and detail oriented in order to balance multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Physically fit to work long hours outdoors, carry personal and field equipment, and withstand the climatic rigors of the desert;
  • Willingness and ability to camp for consecutive days, as needed, in backcountry settings; and
  • Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with the ability to safely operate a 4WD vehicle on unimproved roads.


***NOTE: The 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 this position.

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