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Archaeological Field Crew Technician (Ruby Mountains)
Job Code:2019-ACI-050
Program:AmeriCorps Intern
Contract Length:2 Months

Job Description:
Members will provide national service and archaeological technical support within the Ruby Mountains Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, a host site for Great Basin Institute’s AmeriCorps Program.

The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest (HTNF) is seeking an archaeological survey crew to work on projects located on the Ruby Mountains division of the Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger District. Crew members have the opportunity to contribute to the Overland Pass Habitat Improvement Project and Ruby Lake Estates Hazardous Fuels Treatment Project. The crew will consist of one Crew Chief and three (3) Field Crew Technicians. The Crew Chief will supervise technicians to complete Class III intensive cultural resource survey for the Ruby Lake Estates project area designated for phased pinyon-juniper removal to support hazardous fuels reduction and sage grouse conservation. Technicians will assist with site identification, recording, and documentation in the field and will have some opportunity to learn about site record completion and National Register evaluations. 

Crew members will work with the Forest Service Archaeologist assisting in project inventory and documentation of cultural resources. Field technicians will mostly spend time in survey, but may have some opportunity to help with literature searches, site record completion, and records management. The crew will be expected to complete fieldwork effectively and safely using the training and direction provided. 

Agency housing can be available at no cost to the crew members; however, it may involve a beautiful but remote location outside of town. Crew members will be expected to camp near the project location during field sessions. Candidates interested in these positions should enjoy the outdoors, camping, be able to hike intensively in rugged terrain, and be willing to work in remote locations.  The archaeological technician must possess a basic understanding of anthropological and archaeological field techniques in connection with locating and assist recording cultural sites.

Contract Timeline:
o 9-week appointment beginning June 2019
o Full time, 40 hours per week

The Project Areas are located on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest on the Ruby Mountains division of the Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger District. Project Areas fall in White Pine and Elko Counties, Nevada. The duty station will either be the Elko or Wells, Nevada HTNF district offices. The crew will work out of either the Forest Service office located at 660 S. 12th Street Suite 108, Elko NV 89801 or 140 Pacific Ave., Wells, NV 89835 – the best location will be determined in part by crew dynamics and preferences regarding housing and travel options. Field work will be staged from dispersed camping locations near Harrison Pass on the southeast side of the Ruby Mountains.

Compensation and Benefits:
o Living Allowance: $3,379.20
o AmeriCorps Education Award*: $1,252.91
o Free housing
o Student loan forbearance and interest accrual payment**
o Medical, dental, and vision benefits

* may be used for past, present or future educational expenses, including payment of qualifying federal student loans
** on qualifying federal student loans

Job Qualifications:
  • Educational and field experiences related to archaeology, anthropology, or indigenous peoples studies
  • Map reading experience and ability to use a compass
  • Experience and understanding of the proper steps required to conduct archaeological site surveys, including:
    • Sketching a site map to scale
    • Recording on standard site form (experience with IMACS helpful)
    • Photographing and using a photo log
    • Using GPS (Trimble) equipment proficiently to record artifact and feature locations, as well as site boundaries
    • Figuring out location and routes into and out of project areas
    • Drawing artifacts or structures as needed
  • Experience operating hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and electronic field data loggers
  • Good organizational skills and be detail oriented
  • Good verbal communication and writing skills that reflect critical thinking
  • Timeliness and professionalism when conducting work assignments based upon established standards and timelines
  • Safe behavior following established procedures
  • Assists with site forms, collecting and cataloging field data and photographs and narrative data to ensure that field data relationships are catalogued, maintained, and entered into appropriate databases.
  • Experience working in the Great Basin desirable
  • Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, camp in the backcountry for consecutive days, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, and be in overall good physical condition
  • Must be able to camp in and work out of remote locations for up to eight days per session for the project.
  • Posses a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record; and
  • Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of two in a lifetime, regardless of award amount), and (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks.

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