Archaeology Field Crew Needed for the USFS in the Ruby Mountains, NV

 

Field Lead and Technician positions available. 


Lead 
Working collaboratively with the USFS Ruby Mountains Ranger District, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest (HTNF), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting to hire an Archaeology Crew Chief to facilitate a variety of activities relating to the district�⒠�s land management plan. As part of the analysis required by the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for undertakings on federally managed lands, a Section 106 of NHPA cultural resource investigation must be completed to evaluate effects to historic and prehistoric sites on federally managed lands. In order to complete the cultural resource reports, surveys for archaeological resources are completed for all proposed projects. 


A single project entitled the Overland Pass Habitat Improvement Project will be the primary focus of this scope of work. The project entails a variety of work experiences including pre-field background research, archaeological survey, site monitoring, report writing, database management and record keeping. All new sites will be documented on site records, photographed, mapped and illustrated as needed. Previously recorded sites will have new site records completed if needed. The Crew Chief will support and manage a crew of two AmeriCorps Archaeology Field Technicians. The crew will conduct Section 106 surveys on approximately 8,700 acres. About 6,900 acres of the treatment area will require Class III intensive cultural resource survey using 30-meter transect spacing while another 1,770 acres will require cultural survey of reduced intensity using 100-meter transect spacing. The crew will assist a Forest Service Archeologist out of the Elko, Nevada district office in completing this project. 


Compensation and Timeline:  
�⒠� Rate of Pay: $18.00/hour with field per diem for nights spent field camping 
�⒠� Paid personal leave, holidays and limited health benefits provided 
�⒠� April 18, 2016-October 28, 2016, or upon availability 


Location: 
The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest (H-T) is comprised of over 6 million acres, which makes it the largest National Forest in the lower 48 states, and is located throughout the state of Nevada and a small portion of eastern California. Many habitats and ecosystems exist within the H-T: sparkling mountain streams and glacial lakes, the high elevation desert of the Great Basin, flower-filled meadows, and snow-covered mountain peaks. The duty station for this project is the U.S. Forest Service office located at 2035 Last Chance Road, Elko, NV 89801. 


Qualifications: 
�⒠� Educational experience with a degree focused on archeology, anthropology, or indigenous peoples studies; applicants with advanced degrees encouraged to apply; 
�⒠� Ability to teach and guide use of Trimble units with ArcPad or TerraSync, and ArcGIS sufficient for mapping surveys and sites to standards recognized by Nevada SHPO and the HTNF; 
�⒠� Possesses background archaeological knowledge of the Great Basin; 
�⒠� Recognizes common artifact types in the central/eastern Great Basin; 
�⒠� Sufficient archaeological knowledge (regional, local and general) to make recommendations of eligibility and project effect; 
�⒠� Ability or willingness to learn how to properly use databases and guide technicians; 
�⒠� Lead author of summary reports, using previously created contexts; 
�⒠� Adapts standard field survey methods and strategies to local conditions; 
�⒠� Lead research of existing data, including GIS data, Government Land Office plats, historic maps, archaeological surveys and site data prior to fieldwork; 
�⒠� Apply regional and local archaeological and historical data for a framework to collect data; 
�⒠� Responsible for facilitating tailgate safety discussions and records, as well as maintaining and providing planning information for emergency medical evacuations; 
�⒠� Possess interpersonal skills required to lead crews, manage risk, and maintain crew productivity; 
�⒠� Must be able to camp in and work out of remote locations for up to eight days per session for the project; 
�⒠� Possess a valid, clean, state-issued driver�⒠�s license with the ability to operate a 4WD vehicle on- or off-road if required; and 
�⒠� Successful applicant(s) must complete an AmeriCorps National Service Criminal History Check (NSCHC) prior to working independently with AmeriCorps members. 


How to Apply: 
Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their r�ésum�é, and a list of three professional references to RA Recruitment at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please indicate �⒠�Ruby Mountains Arch Crew Chief�⒠� in your email subject line. Please include where you found this position posted. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone inquiries, please. 


We conform to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit Retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination. 


Technicians 

AmeriCorps Member(s) will provide national service at Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest�⒠�s Ruby Mountain Ranger District, a host site for Great Basin Institute�⒠�s AmeriCorps Program. 


Description: 
The Great Basin Institute, a Reno-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is hiring two (2) Cultural Resource Field Technicians to join our AmeriCorps Intern Program. The Technicians will provide support to the Overland Pass Habitat Improvement Project. The project entails a variety of work including pre-field background research, archaeological survey, site monitoring, report writing, database management and record keeping. All new sites will be documented on site records, photographed, mapped and illustrated as needed. Previously recorded sites will have new site records completed if needed. The two technicians will be working as part of a three person crew under one GBI Crew Chief. The crew will conduct Section 106 surveys on approximately 8,700 acres. About 6,900 acres of the treatment area will require Class III intensive cultural resource survey using 30-meter transect spacing while another 1,770 acres will require cultural survey of reduced intensity using 100-meter transect spacing. The crew will assist a Forest Service Archeologist out of Elko, Nevada to complete this project. 


Compensation and Timeline:  
�⒠� This is an AmeriCorps position, and members will receive a living stipend of $10,846.80. This is not an hourly wage or a salary and is paid to members bi-weekly throughout their term of service. Upon completion of the 25-week AmeriCorps term of service members shall receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award valued at $2,865 that can be used to pay off qualified student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college or program. 
�⒠� Affordable Care Act-compliant health benefits. 
�⒠� $75 weekly housing stipend; $15 per diem when field camping. 
�⒠� Timeline: 25-week appointment beginning May 02, 2016, or upon availability 
�⒠� Full-time, up to 40 hours per week. 


Location: 
The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest (H-T) is comprised of over 6 million acres, which makes it the largest National Forest in the lower 48 states, and is located throughout the state of Nevada and a small portion of eastern California. Many habitats and ecosystems exist within the H-T: sparkling mountain streams and glacial lakes, the high elevation desert of the Great Basin, flower-filled meadows, and snow-covered mountain peaks. The duty station for this project is the U.S. Forest Service office located at 2035 Last Chance Road, Elko, NV 89801. 


Qualifications: 
�⒠� Educational and/or field experiences related to archeology, anthropology, indigenous peoples studies, or related field; 
�⒠� Map reading experience and ability to use a compass; 
�⒠� Experience and understanding of the proper steps required to conduct archaeological site surveys, including: 
�⒠� Sketching a site map to scale; 
�⒠� Recording on standard site form (experience with IMACS helpful); 
�⒠� Photographing and using a photo log; 
�⒠� Using GPS (Trimble) equipment proficiently to record artifact and feature locations, as well as site boundaries; 
�⒠� Figuring out location and routes into and out of project areas; and 
�⒠� Drawing artifacts or structures as needed. 
�⒠� Experience working in the Great Basin, desirable; 
�⒠� Experience operating hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and electronic field data loggers; 
�⒠� Experience with ESRI�® ArcMap 10, desirable; 
�⒠� Possess good organizational skills and be detail oriented; 
�⒠� Good verbal communication and writing skills that reflect critical thinking; 
�⒠� Timeliness and professionalism when conducting work assignments based upon established standards and timelines; 
�⒠� Self-motivated with ability to maintain a positive and professional attitude while working in harsh and rapidly changing environments, camping in the backcountry for consecutive days, working in all types of weather conditions, and traversing uneven terrain, and be in overall good physical condition; 
�⒠� Practice safe behavior, in both field and office settings, in accordance with established procedures; 
�⒠� Possess a valid, clean, state-issued driver�⒠�s license with the ability to operate a 4WD vehicle on- or off-road, if required; and 
�⒠� 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) will not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement. 


How to Apply: 
Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, r�ésum�é, and list of three professional references to RA Recruitment at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. rarecruitment - at- thegreatbasininstitute.org. Please indicate �⒠�Ruby Mountains Arch Tech�⒠� in your email subject line. Please include where you found the position posted. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone inquiries, please. 


We conform to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit Retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination. 


This AmeriCorps position is made possible by a generous grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service. 



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