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Location: Elko
State: Nevada
Program: Cultural Resources
Contract Length: 7 Months

Job Description:

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service, is recruiting two (2) Archaeology Crew Leads to complete Section 106 cultural resource surveys, site recording and monitoring for impact assessment of forest health projects along the Ruby Mountains front range. Surveys support NEPA requirements for permitting of fuels reduction treatments currently under consideration in the region.

The Archaeology Crew Lead will perform a variety of activities to support all phases of project work. The lead will be responsible for crew safety and oversight, provide or assist in training, and offer project coordination with agency and GBI staff. Crew size will be comprised of a team of ten (10). Primary archaeology field duties will include:

  • Lead archaeology crew to conduct and complete field surveys to document, assess and characterize the status of cultural resources in the project area;
  • Monitor existing sites and complete site updates and condition assessments;
  • Prepare Nevada DPR site records, GIS maps, and photographic records; and
  • Lead and collaborate with agency personnel and all other crew members to support field safety, communication, planning, logistics, data management, quality assurance, field implementation, and reporting deliverables.

This physically demanding work, often in remote locations, will provide the Archaeology Crew Lead with rewarding exposure to some of eastern Nevada’s backcountry forested landscapes. These positions require extensive hiking in steep terrain with heavy packs on a daily basis, possibly during extreme or inclement weather conditions such as heat or rain. Work schedules, generally four 10-hour days (Monday-Thursday) with 3 days off each week, are subject to change depending on weather and project needs. Limited camping may be required in remote locations to meet project objectives.

Contract Timeline:

Start and end dates may vary according to local conditions and individual projects: Tentatively May-November.

Projects are weather dependent and there is always a chance the season will end earlier if weather prevents safe field operations.


The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest offers a setting of classic Western beauty and is known for its many recreational opportunities, scenic vistas, and wild places where visitors can still find solitude. The Forest does not resemble most other National Forests in that it has numerous fairly large but non-contiguous sections scattered across most of the state of Nevada and a portion of eastern California. It is divided into seven uniquely different administrative units. Six of the units are referred to as “ranger districts” and one is a “national recreation area.” Located in northeastern Nevada, the Ruby Mountains area is composed of rocky peaks, glacier-formed lakes, steep narrow canyons, and rolling hills.

Compensation and Benefits:

– Wage: $28/hour with overtime at 1.5x hourly rate. Full time, 40 hours per week.
– Health, Dental, Vision Insurance premiums 100% paid by GBI. Available on the first day of the month following the start of employment.
– Shared housing provided.
– Camping Per Diem: $15/night.
– Uniform Stipend: $150.

Job Qualifications:

Required Qualifications

  • 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 NPS staff, GBI staff, academic, state, and federal partners; and
  • Ability to work safely and productively in remote field settings under adverse conditions. This includes some overnight camping in remote areas for consecutive nights.

 Preferred Qualifications

  •  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 Great Basin region;
  • Familiarity with Section 106/110 NHPA and Nevada compliance procedures;
  • Knowledge of cultural resource management issues in the Western United States;
  • Familiarity with cultural history and forested habitat of the Great Basin region;
  • Proficiency in navigating using a GPS, topographic map and compass;
  • Ability to exercise quality control in data collection and management; and
  • Advanced skill using specialized software such as Microsoft Office Suite, ArcMap GIS, and Google Earth.

We encourage you to explore GBI’s upcoming and current employment opportunities HERE, and reach out to the appropriate GBI staff if you have questions or concerns regarding the application process or eligibility standards.

Thank you for your commitment to GBI’s cause – promoting science-based adaptive management of public lands through field studies programs, conservation practices, public outreach and more.

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