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Archaeological Field Crew Lead (Ruby Mountains)
Job Code:2019-RAP-038
Location:Elko
State:Nevada
Program:Research Associate Program
Contract Length:6 Months
  

Job Description:
As part of the analysis required by the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for undertakings on federally managed lands, a Section 106 of NHPA cultural resource investigation must be completed to evaluate effects to historic and prehistoric sites on federally managed lands. In order to complete the cultural resource reports, surveys for archaeological resources are completed for all proposed projects.

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 Field Crew Technicians. The Crew Chief will supervise technicians for a period of 8 weeks 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. With guidance from the Forest Service archaeologist, the Crew Chief will be responsible for completion of final site records and the project cultural resource report. The Crew Chief will also be tasked with finishing site records and a final report for a prior year’s survey related to the Overland Pass Habitat Improvement Project. These site records have already been drafted and completion of project documentation will require review and finalization of these drafts, as well as completion of the cultural resource report. This report would be modelled on a prior report submitted for the same project. 

Agency housing will be available at no cost to the team; 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.  

GBI employees would conduct Class III intensive pedestrian survey of up to 1,800 acres proposed for cut, pile, and burn fuels reduction treatments. This work is related to the Ruby Lake Estates fuels project, also located on the Ruby Mountains Ranger District near the Overland Pass project location. The survey would be conducted using transects spaced no more than 30 meters apart. All revisited or newly-encountered sites would be recorded according to Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest standards and guidelines on Nevada IMACS forms. The crew would be expected to camp in a remote area near the project location during field work sessions, which could range between 4 and 8 consecutive days. Other lodging for non-field days would be available at a remote Forest Service Ranger Station in Ruby Valley.
 

Contract Timeline:
o Duration: 25 week appointment starting June 2019
o Full time, 40 hours/week

Location:
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.

Compensation and Benefits:
o Rate of Pay: $21.25/hour
o Limited Health, Dental and Vision Insurance will be completely paid for at no cost to you by the Great Basin Institute and available starting your first day of service.
o Camping per diem: $15.00
o Agency housing available

Job Qualifications:

The Crew Lead must possess a basic understanding of anthropological and archaeological field techniques in connection with locating and assist recording cultural sites. The candidate must provide documentation for the following qualifications:

Educational and field experiences related to archeology, 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:
1. Sketching a site map to scale 
2. Recording on standard site form (experience with IMACS helpful)
3. Photographing and using a photo log
4. Using GPS (Trimble) equipment proficiently to record artifact and feature locations, as well as site boundaries 
5. Figuring out location and routes into and out of project areas
6. 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
A valid driver’s license and a good driving record
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. 

In addition to the qualifications listed above, the crew lead should have the following experience:

Possesses experience and interpersonal skills required to lead crews, manage risk, and maintain crew productivity.
Adapts standard field survey methods and strategies to local conditions.
Experience to be lead author of cultural resource inventory reports and site records, using previously created contexts.
Leads research of existing data, including GIS data, Government Land Office plats, historic maps, archaeological surveys and site data prior to fieldwork.
Applies regional and local archaeological and historical data for a framework to collect data.
Sufficient archaeological knowledge (regional, local and general) to make recommendations of eligibility and project effect.
Responsible for completing tailgate safety sheets and utilizes available communications and safety plans to manage crew safety and risk. 
Ability to use and teach the use of Trimble units with ArcPad or TerraSync software. 
Skills to use ESRI® ArcMap 10 sufficient for mapping surveys and sites to standards recognized by Nevada SHPO and the HTNF.
Possesses background archaeological knowledge of the Great Basin and recognizes common artifact types of the region, both historic and prehistoric.
Must be able to camp in and work out of remote locations for up to eight days per session for the project (if that field schedule is adopted).

 

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