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Location: VARIOUS
State: California
Program: Cultural Resources
Contract Length: 7 Months

Job Description:

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 National Forest in the Sierra Nevada mountain range (USFS Region-5 locations). These projects all serve Cultural Resources Services 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 technicians perform 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: Tentatively mid-May through mid-November.

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


The Sierra National Forest, located on the western slope of the central Sierra Nevada, is known for its spectacular mountain scenery and abundant natural resources. The Sierra National Forest encompasses more than 1.3 million acres between 900 and 13,986 feet in elevation. The terrain includes rolling, oak-covered foothills, heavily forested middle elevation slopes and the starkly beautiful alpine landscape of the High Sierra. Abundant fish and wildlife, varied mountain flora and fauna and numerous recreational opportunities make the Sierra National Forest an outdoor lover’s paradise.

Placed under Federal protection and management in 1893, when the area was designated the Sierra Forest Reserve, these lands have met public needs for wood, water and outdoor recreation for more than a century. Today, the Forest’s many rugged wilderness areas makes it one of the most popular National Forests in the United States.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Wage: $21-$25/hour with overtime at 1.5x hourly rate. Full time, average 40 hours per week.
  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance premiums are covered 100% by GBI. Available on the first day of the month following the start of employment.
  • Shared housing provided.
  • Camping Per Diem: $15/night as necessary.
  • Uniform Stipend.

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.

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.