Job Code: 2022-ACI-068
Location: VARIOUS
State: California
Program: AmeriCorps Intern
Contract Length: 7 Months

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the USFS, is recruiting Archaeology Crew Members to complete Section 106 Cultural Resource surveys, site recording and monitoring for various projects within the Sierra Nevada mountain range (USFS Region-5 locations). These projects all serve the Basin & Range Forestry program’s greater mission of helping the USFS in their critical goal of improving forest resilience in the face of worsening climate conditions and increased wildfire threats. The work that you will do directly improves the quality of these forests helping ensure they continue to thrive for generations to come.

This work provides professional development and leadership opportunities in cultural resource management including increased exposure and responsibility enacting USFS processes, procedures and compliance measures; assisting in reporting and data entry/quality assurance and control. Expanded opportunities and exposure to additional disciplines (e.g., forestry, wildlife, hydrology, etc.) and projects may exist.

Archaeology technician performs a variety of activities to support all stages of project implementation. Crew size will range between 2-6 people.

Primary archaeology field duties will include:

  • Collaborate with Archaeology crew lead and agency staff to support field safety, communication, planning, logistics, quality assurance, field implementation and reporting efforts;
  •  Complete field surveys to document, assess and characterize the status of new cultural resources;
  • Monitor existing sites and complete site updates and condition assessments;
  • Prepare California DPR site records, GIS maps, and photographic records in addition to inputting data to the USFS heritage database.

Contract Timeline:
Start and end dates may vary according to local conditions and individual projects: Tentatively May-October.
Projects are weather dependent and there is always a chance the season will end earlier if weather prevents safe field operations.

We are hiring for multiple positions in multiple locations. These positions currently include the following National Forests: Tahoe, Sequoia, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Eldorado, Klamath, Lassen, Mendocino, Plumas, Inyo, Sierra, and Stanislaus.
Preferred location placement is not guaranteed and final placement will vary depending on the need of the various Forests.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Crew Members in these AmeriCorps positions will receive a living allowance, the value of which is dependent on the length of service. The living allowance is a fixed amount, not an hourly wage or a salary. The allowance is paid to members in bi-weekly installments throughout their term of service. Upon successful completion of AmeriCorps service, members become eligible for an education award (the amount is dependent on the length of service) The award may be used for past, present, or future educational expenses, including payment of qualifying federal student loans and Title IV accredited college tuition.
    • Living Allowance: Approx. $ 1,400 biweekly
    • Education Awards:
      • 900-hour term – $3,247.50
      • 675-hour term – $2,474.27
  • Student Loan Forbearance: If you are currently paying on any federal student loans, you have the option to put those loans into forbearance during your time as an AmeriCorps volunteer, allowing you to cease payments while in service.
    Interest Accrual Repayment: As an AmeriCorps a
  • Interest Accrual Repayment: As an AmeriCorps alumnus, you will be eligible to have the National Service Trust pay all or a portion of the interest that accumulated on your qualified student loan(s) during your term of service. These payments are made in addition to the Education Award, and are not deducted from your Education Award balance. To be eligible for this service, the loan must have been placed in forbearance for the service period, and you must have successfully completed a term of service and received an Education Award.
  • Health, Dental, Vision Insurance premiums are covered 100% by GBI, ~$350/month. Available on the first day of the month following the start of employment.
  • Shared housing provided! Saving you ~$1200/month.
  • Camping Per Diem: $15/night as necessary.
  • Uniform Stipend
  • Personal Time (Amount is determined by term Length)

Job Qualifications:
At Least one of the Following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, archaeology or related discipline (by position start date);
  • Six months of professional fieldwork experience;
  • An accredited archaeological field school and relevant field methods training coursework.

Other Required:

  • Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license;
  • Ability to work effectively in a team setting with USFS staff, GBI staff, interns, volunteers, academic, state, and federal partners;
  • Ability to work safely and productively in remote field settings under adverse conditions. This includes occasionally overnight camping in remote areas for consecutive nights;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work cooperatively as well as independently;
  • Proficiency in navigation using GPS, topographic map and compass.
  • Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards), (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks, (4) adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5) not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Fieldwork experience & familiarity with the cultural history and forested habitat of the Sierra Nevada region;
  • Familiarity with Section 106/110 NHPA and California and/or Nevada SHPO compliance procedures;
  • Advanced skill using specialized software such as Microsoft Office Suite, ArcMap GIS, and Google Earth;
  • Ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads.

More information and how to apply is available here.