Archaeologist, BLM Elko, NV District


Working collaboratively with the BLM Elko District, the Great Basin Institute is recruiting an Archaeologist to support cultural resource management initiatives on the district. Work will include field surveys and inventories, as well as NEPA documentation and reporting. Specifically, tasks will include:
• Completing literature searches and using the NV Cultural Resources Information System to complete Class I inventories
• Determining project cultural needs and completing Cultural Resource Needs Assessments using the information collected during Class I inventories
• Completing field visits and Class II and Class III surveys
• Compiling Class I inventory and Class II or Class III survey information to assist in writing survey reports and drafting Cultural Resources sections in NEPA documents
• Preparing for Interdisciplinary Team project meetings by reviewing materials provided by the project lead prior to the meeting and completing a preliminary records search of the project area
• Properly filing cultural documents to help maintain adequate records
• Drafting letters for the BLM Archeologist for submittal to the Nevada State Historic Preservation
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• Assisting the BLM Archeologist with record maintenance
• Researching Cultural Resources Management laws and regulations for Section 106 compliance and agreement documents
Compensation, Benefits & Timeline:  
• Rate of Pay: $21.00/hour
• Benefits: Health insurance (medical, dental and vision) and paid holidays, sick and personal leave 
• Timeline: Annual appointment beginning in September 2016, or upon availability and adjudication of a Department of Interior Background Investigation
The BLM Elko District in northeastern Nevada encompasses over 12 million acres located within the Great Basin ecoregion, which is generally characterized by a semi-arid climate with hot summers and cold winters. Elko is approximately 230 miles west of Salt Lake City, UT, 295 miles northeast of Reno, NV, and 255 miles south of Boise, ID. 
Technical requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology, Cultural Resources Management or allied discipline;
• Educational and field experiences related to archaeology; familiarity with historic and prehistoric Great Basin archaeology preferred;
• A minimum of 1 year of experience and understanding of the proper steps required to conduct archeological site surveys and assess site condition, desired (e.g., mapping, data recording, site photography, routing access to survey sites, and drawing artifacts, structures, and sketch maps as needed); 
• Experience using ArcGIS 10.x and operating hand-held GPS units for navigation and electronic field data collection (previous experience operating Trimble units a plus); 
• Experience preparing, reviewing and documenting archeological fieldwork, excavations and/or historical properties; 
• Ability to read and interpret topographical maps and navigate using a compass; 
• Prior experience interpreting and or preparing documents for NEPA, CEQA, or related environmental policy highly desirable;
• Strong written and oral communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate in an Interdisciplinary Team setting, and educate a diverse public on BLM land management (multiple-use) principles and cultural resource management concepts;
• Experience conducting research and literature reviews, reviewing and drafting technical reports, and document editing; and
• Previous experience working with the BLM and/or working in the Central Great Basin region highly desirable.
Additional requirements:
• Ability to work independently and in a team setting to accomplish project goals;
• Possess good organizational skills with ability to meet deadlines and produce professional deliverables including draft documents for team review;
• Ability to operate basic computer equipment, including scanners, and Microsoft Office programs, including Access;
• Flexibility and capability to meet the demands of rapidly changing plans and schedules;
• Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record with experience safely operating 4WD trucks on and off paved roads, including narrow and steep forest roads, and conducting routine vehicle maintenance;
• Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, carry upwards of 40 pounds in a backpack, and otherwise maintain good physical condition; and
• Complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI). Applicants who already possess a fully adjudicated BI will be strongly considered.
How to Apply:
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