ROCKY MOUNTAIN YOUTH CORPS
Partner Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Positions Available: 1
Location: White River Field Office – Meeker, CO
Tentative Dates: May 30th – October 15th, 2022, up to 20 weeks.
Wage: $595/week, $400 boot reimbursement
Plus: AmeriCorps Education Award up to $2,417.14 upon successful completion of the season. (If not staying through October 30th award amount may be smaller)
Upon successful completion of the season the incumbent may qualify for the Public Land Corps
Hiring Authority which gives priority hiring when applying for jobs with the USFS. It would take
two years of year-round work with the USFS to qualify at the same level. In order to qualify for
this, you will need to complete and log at least 120 hours of education in your off-time to reach the minimum 640 hours required.
Archaeology technicians will work with a BLM crew chief to conduct Class III cultural resource inventory on range, realty, and recreation projects within the White River Field Office. As part of the survey, the interns will monitor previously recorded sites within the project area and record newly discovered sites found during inventory. If the BLM decides that site mitigation is required, interns will assist in testing and excavating archaeological sites. These positions will be led by a BLM archaeologist mentor. The BLM archaeologist, as well as a BLM ranger, will provide field and GIS support. Cultural inventory data collected by this crew will be used to make informed decisions pertaining to the BLM White River Field’s Office’s land management decisions. This position provides members with hands-on training in archaeological fieldwork, as well as an introduction to the laws, regulations, and policies that guide cultural resource management in the BLM. The crew will be provided a Trimble unit, a digital camera, and recording forms from the State Historic Preservation Office. On occasion, crews may camp for 1 night during a workweek when surveying in remote locations. These positions are supervised and mentored by a BLM archaeologist. The BLM archaeologist, as well as a BLM ranger, will provide field and GIS support.
Interns must provide some of their own field equipment (pack, boots, compass, and camping gear) and housing. Housing is not provided for this position, but local assistance can be provided to help find options, reduce costs, etc. Rental rates in Meeker, CO currently vary from $400-$600 for a two-bedroom apartment. The opportunity to explore remote public lands, gain professional work experience in cultural resource management, and contribute to an important land management process awaits those selected for this challenging opportunity.
A preference will be given to individuals who have completed an archaeological field school, who are familiar with the archaeology in northwest Colorado, and who can serve the entire season.
The service varies from sedentary in completing office phases of the duties assigned, to field-based service. The fieldbased service requires hiking in remote areas over rough, uneven, or rocky terrain for extended periods of time, carrying equipment such as GPS units, cameras, packs, etc. in a variety of weather conditions. Hiking long distances will be required (8-10 miles per day) with a 20-30 lb. pack.
• A bachelor’s degree in anthropology, archaeology or a related discipline (including relevant field methods training coursework and/or an accredited archaeological field school).
• Valid Driver’s License
• U.S. Citizenship or permission to work in the US
• Must be 16 to 30 years old at the start of the internship – This position is supported by the Public Lands Hiring Authority which requires candidates to be between the ages of 16 to 30.
• Intern must have the ability to serve unsupervised and use computer software including Microsoft Word and Excel.
• Comfortable with driving trucks on 4WD roads in unpredictable conditions. Some experience with UTVs and small engines helpful.
For hiring requirements:
• U.S. Citizenship (required for AmeriCorps)
• Valid Driver’s License with clean driving record
• Must be 16 to 30 years old at the start of the service opportunity (as required per PLC)
• Members will need to pass a Federal Background Check prior to working
CONDITIONS OF AGREEMENT: AmeriCorps members will be subject to all state and federal laws, and the rules and regulations of OSHA and Conservation Corps. The member is expected to fully understand and adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as described in the AmeriCorps member manual. 10/19 Policy violations will result in disciplinary action according to program guidelines, including written warnings, fines, suspension without stipend,
and/or termination. The AmeriCorps member is accountable for meeting or exceeding the responsibilities of this position as described above and will be evaluated at mid-term and end-term by Corps Program Staff, with input from project hosts. Successful completion is contingent on both AmeriCorps education award hours and service through the
agreed upon term end date.
The Crew Member position is classified as Temporary Regular Exempt and is a seasonal position and has no benefits. Crew Members will not have recurring access to vulnerable populations as described by CNCS.
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Rocky Mountain Youth Corps is committed to the inclusion of members with all levels of ability. Reasonable accommodations are available upon request. This program is available to all, without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, or religion.