The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the USFS, is recruiting multiple Archaeology Crew Members to complete Section 106 cultural resource surveys, site recording and monitoring for various projects within the Sierra Nevada mountain range (USFS Region-5 locations). This work provides numerous professional development opportunities in cultural resource management. Crew members will gain an expanded professional network as they interact with agency staff, along with benefiting from exposure to USFS processes, procedures, compliance measures and reporting, and technical experience. Expanded opportunities and exposure to additional disciplines (e.g. wildlife, forestry, hydrology, etc.) and projects may exist. These projects support USFS initiatives for healthy and productive forest landscapes and resources.
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 Archaeology crew lead and 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.
Project Descriptions (*NOTE- these are anticipated projects, however project are subject to change as needs are assessed closer to the start of the field season):
Tahoe National Forest:
Crews working on the Sierraville Ranger District will assist agency personnel with surveying, site recordation and site monitoring on a variety of fuels reduction and vegetation management projects. Crews working on the Truckee Ranger District will assist agency personnel on completing the archaeological pedestrian survey for the Five Creeks project, a forest restoration project on approximately 5000 acres located between Olympic Valley and Truckee along the Highway 89 corridor. Additional projects may include surveys in support of non-motorized trail proposals.
Stanislaus National Forest:
Archaeology crews will assist USFS staff on completing the archaeological pedestrian surveys in preparation of forest resilience treatments in the general area of Prather Meadows, Big Rattlesnake Creek, and Little Rattlesnake Creek (approx. 7,229 acres). The project is located within Tuolumne County, California, northeast of Arnold and south of Cabbage Patch, on the south side of the North Fork Stanislaus River. Efforts conducted by the crew will support project objectives to reduce fire risk by reducing fuel loadings and improve forest health by taking actions to move the various condition categories from existing conditions to desired conditions consistent with the Stanislaus National Forest- Forest Plan.
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit:
LTBMU is looking to bring on a crew of 4 (1 Lead, 3 Crew Members) to assist agency staff with Section 106 monitoring and surveying on various forest health projects.
Lassen National Forest:
A crew of three (1 Lead and 2 Crew Members), will assist agency personnel on the Eagle Lake Ranger District to complete Section 106 monitoring and surveying in preparation for various forest health projects.
Housing: Location-specific housing support provided
Additional Location Descriptions
Tahoe National Forest – Sierraville Ranger District: The historic town of Sierraville, CA is located at the southern end of the huge Sierra Valley and is a short drive from the Tahoe/Reno areas. This quaint ranching town offers outdoor enthusiasts an abundance of activities and access to lakes, streams, trails and more without the crowds often found in neighboring Lake Tahoe. Sierraville is 24 mi. from Truckee, 20 miles to Graeagle and 35 mi to Downieville, CA. Truckee Ranger District: Truckee is a charming and bustling town- once a stop along the Transcontinental Railroad, and now a frequent stop for those traveling the I-80 corridor. Known as a recreational paradise, Truckee offers access to hiking and biking trails, ski resorts, rivers and lakes. Truckee also hosts a vibrant downtown with numerous shops and restaurants. Tahoe National Forest is a vacation destination for many, offering endless outdoor activities including hiking, biking, skiing, rafting, fishing, camping and more while also centrally located for arts, music and sporting events including the Downieville Classic, High Sierra Music festival, Wanderlust and more.
Stanislaus National Forest- Mi-Wok/Summit and Calaveras Ranger Districts- The Stanislaus National Forest spans nearly 900,000 acres on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Central California. Home to a dramatic range in elevation (1,500 to 11,000 feet!) and boarded to the south by the iconic Yosemite National Park, the Stanislaus is home to a vast array of natural diversity. Recreation opportunities abound within and around the Forest including white-water rafting and kayaking on the Tuolumne River, fishing, climbing, backpacking, horseback riding, mountain biking as even snowmobiling. This forest is perfect for those who seek adventure or solitude and encompasses the Emigrant, Carson-Iceberg and Mokelumne Wildernesses. Positions will be based out of the Mi-Wok Summit and Calaveras Ranger Districts, northeast of Sonora, CA. The San Francisco Bay Area is located 3.5 hours to the west and the stunning Yosemite National Park, just 1.5 hours away. 
Lassen National Forest: Eagle Lake and Hat Creek Ranger Districts- In Far Northern California, Lassen National Forest (LNF) holds some of California’s best kept natural secrets. Hat Creek is a coveted fishing ground for anglers, Caribou Wilderness boasts remote alpine lakes, and encompassed by LNF is the scenic Lassen Volcanic National Park. Those working with the Eagle Lake Ranger District will be stationed in Susanville (Chico, Ca is approx. 2 hrs away) while those on the Hat Creek Ranger District will be located in Fall River Mills (Redding, CA is approx. 1 hr). At the confluence of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Range, LNF is home to some of California’s most unique landscapes and ecosystems.
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit- The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) manages nearly 80% of the land surrounding Lake Tahoe- over 150,000 acres of mountains, meadows, rivers and shoreline of Lake Tahoe. Headquartered in South Lake Tahoe, folks working on the LTBMU will have ample access to all the recreational activities and scenic rewards of the Lake Tahoe Area. And when the Summer crowds get to be too much, one can seek refuge in the surrounding Desolation Wilderness, Eldorado and Tahoe National Forests. South Lake Tahoe is located approximately 1 hour from Reno, Nevada, 2 hours from Sacramento, California, and 3 hours from San Francisco, CA.
May/June 2021-October/November 2021
The timing of these positions are tentative and may be impacted by weather and/or the COVID-19 pandemic. Start and end dates may vary according to local conditions.
Crew Members are expected to work full time; minimum 40 hours per week
900 HR Term: May-October/November 2021
Compensation and Benefits:
Living Allowance and Education Award: Crew Members in these AmeriCorps positions will receive a living allowance, the value of which is dependent on the length of service. The living allowance is a fixed amount, not an hourly wage or a salary. The allowance is paid to members in bi-weekly installments throughout their term of service. Upon successful completion of AmeriCorps service, members become eligible for an education award (the amount is dependent on the length of service) that can be used for paying student loans, paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college, as well as additional certifications such as NOLS courses.
Living Allowance: Approx. $500/week
900-hour term – $3,097.50
Health Insurance: The Great Basin Institute will cover 100% of the premium for Health, Dental and Vision Insurance for each member.
Student Loan Forbearance: If you are currently paying on any federal student loans, you have the option to put those loans into forbearance during your time as an AmeriCorps volunteer, allowing you to cease payments while in service.
Interest Accrual Repayment: As an AmeriCorps alumnus, you will be eligible to have the National Service Trust pay all or a portion of the interest that accumulated on your qualified student loan(s) during your term of service. These payments are made in addition to the Education Award, and are not deducted from your Education Award balance. To be eligible for this service, the loan must have been placed in forbearance for the service period, and you must have successfully completed a term of service and received an Education Award.
- Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, archaeology or related discipline;
- Six months of professional fieldwork experience, or an accredited archaeological field school and relevant field methods training coursework;
- Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads;
- 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 occasionally overnight camping in remote areas for consecutive nights.
- Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI and the goals and objectives of the USFS;
- Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards), (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks, (4) adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5) will not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.
- Fieldwork experience in California, the Sierras, and/or the Great Basin;
- Knowledge of cultural resource management issues specific to the western United States;
- Familiarity with the cultural history and forested habitat of the Sierra Nevada region;
- Familiarity with Section 106/110 NHPA and California and/or Nevada SHPO compliance procedures
- Proficiency in navigation using GPS, topographic map and compass;
- Advanced skill using specialized software such as Microsoft Office Suite, ArcMap GIS, and Google Earth;
- Strong organizational skills and ability to work cooperatively as well as independently; and
- Strong communication skills with diverse audiences, both written and oral.
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