The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the USFS Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) is recruiting an Archaeology Crew Lead to perform cultural resource surveys, site recording, and monitoring for various projects within the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU). This work provides professional development and leadership opportunities in cultural resource management, including increased exposure to enacting USFS processes, procedures, and compliance measures; assisting in reporting and data entry/quality assurance and control; and increased technical experience.
Expanded opportunities and exposure to additional disciplines (e.g., forestry, wildlife, hydrology, etc.) and projects may exist. These positions will serve USFS fuels reduction efforts, supporting initiatives for healthy, productive, and resilient forest landscapes and resources.
The Archaeology Crew Lead will perform a variety of activities to support all stages of project work. The Lead will be responsible for crew safety and oversight, provide or assist in training, and communicate with agency and GBI staff as needed. Crew size will be four people (one lead and three crew members). Primary archaeology field duties will include:
Lead archaeology crew to conduct and 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.
Lead and collaborate with agency personnel and all other crew members to support field safety, communication, planning, logistics, quality assurance, field implementation, and reporting efforts.
This physically demanding work, often in remote locations, will provide the Archaeology Crew Lead with rewarding exposure to some of California’s iconic forested landscapes. This position requires extensive hiking in steep terrain at high altitudes (5,000-9,000 ft.) with a heavy pack 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.
Full time, generally Monday-Thursday
The Lake Tahoe Basin is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range and spans six counties in two states (Placer, Eldorado, Alpine counties in California; Douglas, Washoe, and Carson City counties in Nevada). The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit includes portions of the Eldorado, Tahoe, and Humbolt-Toiyabe National Forests. Opportunities for recreation abound in this region. Project work is based in South Lake Tahoe, CA where housing is also located.
Compensation and Benefits:
Wage: $20.00/hour with overtime at 1.5x the hourly rate
Camping per diem: $15 as applicable
Health insurance: Fully-paid premium for health, dental, and vision insurance
Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, archaeology or related discipline (including relevant field methods training coursework and/or an accredited archaeological field school);
Two years of 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.
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.
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