Working cooperatively with the National Park Service’s Joshua Tree National Park (JOTR), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting two Archaeological Technicians to support cultural resource inventories. The principal objective of this position is to promote cultural scientific research in Joshua Tree National Park. The Archaeological Technician will be responsible for supporting: archaeological field surveys, site recording, mapping, excavations, site condition assessments, monitoring, writing sections of draft reports; database entry; file management; preparation of National Register Nominations and Determinations of Eligibility; and other routine tasks associated with resource division functions. Some ecological restoration tasks may be included such as: planting native plants or vertical mulching for trees. Completing archaeological surveys in the desert southwest requires the physical endurance to walk over a variety of terrains and in a variety of weather conditions, including extreme heat, and carry a heavy pack. Overnight camping for several days at a time in remote areas may be required.
Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, archaeology, indigenous peoples studies, or closely related field; Applicants with advanced degrees are encouraged to apply;
Six months of previous, relevant field experience; OR archaeology field methods coursework AND an accredited Archaeological Field School;
Knowledge of historic and/or prehistoric history and artifacts of the Mojave desert regions of the southwest;
Ability to understand, implement and adhere to established data collection, inventory, recording, and monitoring protocols;
Capacity to collect and maintain field data in an organized manner that is easily understood and accessible to other resources staff (GBI or NPS);
Experience completing archaeological site forms (or portions of site forms) and/or entering site form data into database programs;
Ability to utilize ArcGIS software to build maps, organize and manage data, and manipulate data layers;
Experience operating hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and electronic field data collection; experience post-processing field data, a plus;
Read and interpret topographical maps and navigate using a compass;
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 productively and cooperatively as part of a team focused on accomplishing mutual goals and communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
Possess good organizational skills and be detail oriented; and
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, carry a heavy pack in excess of 40 lbs, and be in overall good physical condition. Prior experience working in the desert southwest, or similar desert climates, desirable.
Successful applicant must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to NPS human resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning position. If you already have a fully adjudicated BI, please let us know in your application. If you already have a fully adjudicated BI, please let us know in your application.
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