Topic ID #42283 - posted 3/19/2020 4:07 PM

ACE: Lead Archaeology Technician, Tahoe National Forest

ACE EPIC USFS (CA): Tahoe National Forest, Lead Archaeology Technician

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Tahoe National Forest, is seeking multiple Lead Archaeology Technicians. This opportunity is intended for an enthusiastic young professional with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in natural resource management and conservation. 

The Lead Archaeology Technician will support Forest Service initiatives by providing technical support to the heritage resource staff. The members will have a variety of tasks, including conducting cultural resource inventories, organizing and editing GIS data, analyzing data, making recommendations, adapting ground search strategies, preparing reports, and completing additional tasks as determined by Forest Service staff. The purpose of the work is to serve as a senior technician and crew work leader on archaeological surveys and ensure the work is accomplished within established rules and methods.  The work directly affects the design and execution of surveys and the adequacy of long range work plans.

Start Date: April/May

End Date: September/November (Approximately 24-32 weeks after the start date) 

*There will likely be an extension opportunity for high performing individuals. 

Location: American River (Foresthill, CA) and Yuba River (Nevada City, CA) Ranger Districts,  Tahoe National Forest

The Tahoe National Forest is located in the northern Sierra Nevada (east of Sacramento) and extends from the foothills across the Sierra crest to the California state line. It includes over 850,000 acres of public land interspersed with 350,000 acres of private land in a checkerboard ownership pattern. Rivers, snow-capped peaks and dense forests offer outstanding recreation year-round. A complex set of ecosystems are found as the terrain ascends from 1,500 feet along the western boundary to over 9,000 feet along the crest. The forest provides a variety of resources and opportunities and is managed by the Forest Service. 

Project Websites: For more information on ACE, please click here.

For more information about Tahoe National Forest, please click here.

Living Allowance: The member should anticipate serving 40 hrs/wk, with potential to work holidays and weekends. The Member will receive a living allowance of $858/wk for food and incidentals, dispersed bi-weekly. 

Housing: Housing should be available by USFS at $12/day. Available housing is in a typical Forest Service bunkhouse setting. 

Project Tasks: 

  • Serve as a senior technician and crew work leader on archaeological surveys and site monitoring
  • Analyze archaeological data in preparing reports. Compile and report information about the nature and extent of known cultural resources
  • Adapt ground search strategies as determined by specific project requirements (terrain, vegetation cover and time frames). Applies scientific methods to survey parcels of land to identify and record cultural resource sites, features and artifacts
  • Prepare complex Cultural Resource Inventory reports and site forms. Enter site and inventory information into databases, especially the NRM cultural resource database, and onto GIS maps. Monitor cultural resource sites to ensure approved standard protection measures are implemented and effective
  • Conduct inventories of Forest cultural resources in areas of proposed Forest Service projects. Researchers reference materials such as State and National Register files, historic documents, archeological reports, maps and aerial photos, and interviews source individuals concerning project areas
  • Ensures that archeology work assignments are carried out in a safe and timely manner according to established standards and procedures
  • Review work in progress to see that standards for pre-field research, survey design, site recording, graphics, and final report are being met
  • Advises other members or FS staff on methods of cultural resource inventory

Qualifications: Applicants for this position should hold a bachelor's degree in Anthropology, or a similar cultural/natural resource field, and have specific archaeological fieldwork experience. A master's degree is preferred, but field experience is a suitable substitute for education. This is a highly demanding outdoor position that requires substantial physical fitness and mobility, and a tolerance for extreme weather and demanding conditions. 

Preferred Skills:

  • Practical knowledge of the basic theories and practices of archaeology in order to compile technical reports and make recommendations to the archaeologist
  • Advanced knowledge of the techniques of archaeological reconnaissance in order to adapt ground search strategies to identify a large variety of artifacts and features
  • Ability to organize and edit GIS data using ArcMap
  • Ability to perform library and archival research and oral interviewing to locate and obtain information
  • Knowledge of technical report writing to prepare reports
  • Skill using compass, aerial photos, topographic maps and GPS units to locate sites and survey areas
  • Must be able to work alone and lead small groups with minimal supervision, and adhere to instructions, procedure and use initiative in carrying out recurring assignments independently


  • Archaeological fieldwork experience
  • Proven leadership experience, especially with regards to safety. 
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Proficient in English
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request)
  • Ability to pass a federal criminal background checkACE is a drug free workplace and reserves the right to drug test at any time

The member must be willing and able to represent ACE and the Forest Service in a professional, positive and enthusiastic manner.

To Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located in the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here:

Note: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact ACE USFS Recruitment Specialist, Caroline Canter at or 385-249-4740

EEO: American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.


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