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Archaeology Research Associate at Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Job Code:2019-RAP-087
Location:Las Vegas
State:Nevada
Program:Research Associate Program
Contract Length:Over 12 Months
  

Job Description:
The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), is recruiting an archaeology research associate (RA) for the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex.  Some overnight travel for fieldwork, research, conferences, and training can be expected. The RA will implement and continue a cultural resources program and will coordinate the cultural resources programs addressing similar issues occurring on neighboring federal lands. The cultural resources program will assure all projects on the complex are conducted in compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), the Archaeological Resource Protection Act (ARPA), and other Federal and state cultural resources legislation.

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of the Refuge Managers, with technical supervision supplied by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Archaeologist (RHPO) in Portland, Oregon. All work will follow guidelines in the Federal Legislation, Regulations, Regional policy, and instructions. Consultation with the Refuge manager or technical supervisor will be necessary when the guidelines must be adapted to specific needs and situations. 

Duties:
- Conduct research at libraries, agencies, and other institutions for documentation of archaeological, historical, and ethnographic information. 
- In conjunction with RHPO will prepare scopes of works for contracts to conduct cultural resources work on the DNWR complex.
- Conduct archaeological surveys, site identification, and site evaluation using standard archaeological techniques for compliance with Section 106 of the NHPA.
- Research, prepare, and complete archaeological documents (letters; agreement documents; site, project, and evaluation reports) for compliance with the NHPA and academic oriented research using forms and formats acceptable by State Historic Preservation Offices; and manuscripts suitable for professional technical publications. 
- Make determinations of effect and provide data, rationale, policy and legal compliance for such determinations. Provide alternatives on cultural resources management for decision-makers. 
- Negotiate methods and procedures to adequately address historic preservation legislation and regulations and other cultural resource concerns.  
- Update and maintain computer records.
- Prepare collected materials for curation.  
- Collaborate with project proponents, partners, and FWS staff, volunteers, Tribes, and other archaeologists. Serve as liaison between the FWS and Tribes. Set up and conduct consultation with Tribes on all cultural resource issues.
- Prepare and conduct educational and outreach activities, presentations, and events that provide information on cultural resources of the Refuge.  
- Other duties as assigned. 
 

Contract Timeline:
- One year position beginning January 2020 or upon completion of a Department of Interior background investigation (possibility of extension).
- Full time, 40 hours per week; some overtime and weekend work may occasionally be required

Location:
Encompassing six major mountain ranges and seven distinct life zones, Desert NWR showcases the abundance and variety of nature that can be found in Southern Nevada, all just a short drive from Las Vegas.

Created in 1936 to provide habitat and protection for desert bighorn sheep, Desert NWR is the largest wildlife refuge outside of Alaska. At 1.6 million acres (643,000 hectares), the refuge can cover Rhode Island twice - and still have enough room left over for a quarter of a million football fields. Teeming with diversity over a vast landscape, Desert NWR boasts over 500 plant species as it transitions from the Mojave to the Great Basin Desert.

The Research Associate must provide his/her own reliable transportation as the DNWR is located approximately 20 miles from Las Vegas, NV. A government vehicle may be available for work related trips.

Compensation and Benefits:
- Rate of pay: $22.00-28.00/hour, depending on experience and degree
- Health Insurance
- Paid personal leave and holidays

Job Qualifications:
- Applied professional knowledge of the methods and theories of North American archaeology including the ability to design, conduct, analyze, report, and finish a cultural resources research project that applies current archaeological and anthropological method and theory, and involves the collection and analysis of data from the field, literature, archives, and/or oral testimony.  
- M.A. or M.S. degree in anthropology or archaeology or closely related discipline from an accredited university or college, desired. However applicants with a Bachelor’s degree and qualifying experience will be considered.
- Applied professional knowledge and ability with laws, regulations, and policies of historic preservation, including Section 106 process of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). This must be documented by project reports or agreement documents produced to comply with NHPA, NAGPRA, and/or ARPA.  
- Practical cultural resources management ability and experience in the Great Basin and/or Mohave Desert, desired. This must be demonstrated by field experience and report production on a project involving the archaeology and anthropology of the Great Basin and/or Mojave Desert.
- Demonstrated skill and work experience communicating, working with, and negotiating with Tribes, Federal land managers, municipalities, and historic preservation regulators for the exchange of data, collection of oral history, policy/procedure, and other concerns.
- Communication ability must include outreach and interpretation for audiences unfamiliar with the technical aspects of the archaeological and cultural resources discipline.
- Ability and skill with computers, database, graphics, GPS, GIS, mapping and word processing software.
- Must be physically capable of working in a wide variety of environmental and weather conditions including both office and outdoors. Southern Nevada is in a hot, dry desert environment and the work will require hiking in rugged trail-less and water-less terrain, climbing, occasional overnight camping, and occasional lifting of heavy objects. 
- Must have a valid driver’s license and the ability to drive and care for a 4-wheel drive vehicles on steep and rugged roads for long distances.
 

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