The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with Mendocino National Forest, is recruiting Archaeology Crew Lead and two Crew members to support surveys of cultural resources on the Mendocino National Forest. The Archaeology Crew Lead will be responsible for coordinating with USFS staff and GBI personnel to conduct Section 106 survey and to document, assess and characterize the status of new and existing cultural resources, prepare State of California site records, create GIS maps, input data in the Forest Service Heritage database, and assist in associated reporting. Field data, collected in accordance with USFS protocols, will be used as a basis for recommending management actions. Archaeology Crew Lead will oversee a two-person crew and will support field safety, communication, planning, logistics quality assurance, field implementation, and reporting.
The purpose of this project is to collect required resource data needed for project implementation and to complete the necessary analyses and documentation for the U.S. Forest Service approval of the August Fire Restoration Project. The project planning and survey efforts will allow the U.S. Forest Service to implement forest restoration activities. Survey design, methods and reports as required and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) will be completed in collaboration with GBI Senior Archaeologist and Forest Heritage staff.
These are crew-level positions: Crews will receive instruction, guidance and training from GBI crew leads and/or Forest Service supervisors. Crew size will range between 2-6 people.
Primary responsibilities will include the following:
– Collaborate with agency staff to support field safety, communication, planning, logistics, quality assurance, field implementation, and reporting efforts;
– Complete field surveys to document, assess and characterize the status of new cultural resources;
– Monitor existing sites and complete site updates and condition assessments;
– Prepare California DPR site records, GIS maps, and photographic records in addition to inputting data to the USFS heritage database.
This physically demanding work, often in remote locations, will provide Archaeology Crew Members with rewarding exposure to some of California’s backcountry forested landscapes. These positions require extensive hiking in steep terrain at high altitudes (5,000-9,000 ft.) with heavy packs on a daily basis, possibly during extreme or inclement weather conditions such as heat, snow or rain. Work schedules, generally four 10-hour days with 3 days off each week, are subject to change depending on weather and project needs. Camping near a work site for several days may be required to meet project objectives.
Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, archaeology or related discipline (including relevant field methods training coursework and/or an accredited archaeological field school);
Fieldwork experience including archaeological survey, site recording, monitoring, GPS data collection, and associated reporting;
Ability to recognize and record prehistoric and historic artifacts, features, and architecture;
Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with the ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads;
Strong organizational skills and ability to work cooperatively as well as independently;
Strong written and oral communication skills with diverse audiences;
Ability to work effectively in a team setting with USFS staff, GBI staff, interns, volunteers, academic, state, and federal partners;
Ability to work safely and productively in remote field settings under adverse conditions. This includes the possibility of overnight camping in remote areas for consecutive nights.
Crew Lead – Master’s degree in anthropology, archaeology or related discipline and at least one year of field leadership experience;
Completion of an accredited archaeological field school;
At least six months of field leadership experience in California, the Sierras, and/or the Great Basin;
Familiarity with Section 106/110 NHPA and California and/or Nevada SHPO compliance procedures;
Knowledge of cultural resource management issues in the Western United States;
Familiarity with cultural history and forested habitat of the Sierra Nevada region;
Proficiency in navigating using a GPS, topographic map and compass;
Ability to exercise quality control in data collection and management;
Advanced skill using specialized software such as Microsoft Office Suite, ArcMap GIS, and Google Earth.
– $21/hour Crew Member / $26 hour Crew Lead
– $250/week housing stipend
-$15/day Camping per diem
– Health Insurance: The Great Basin Institute will cover 100% of the premium for Health, Dental and Vision Insurance for each member.
Location: Northern California provides many opportunities for recreation and travel. The Mendocino National Forest is located in the Coastal Mountain Range in northwestern California and comprises 913,306 acres (3,696 km2). It is the only national forest in the state of California without a major paved road entering it. There are a variety of recreational opportunities — camping, hiking, mountain biking, paragliding, backpacking, boating, fishing, hunting, nature study, photography, and off-highway vehicle travel. The forest lies in parts of six counties. In descending order of forestland area they are Lake, Glenn, Mendocino, Tehama, Trinity, and Colusa counties. Forest headquarters are located in Willows, California. There are local ranger district offices in Covelo, Upper Lake, and Stonyford.