Archaeology Technician for BLM in Battle Mountain, NV



Working collaboratively with BLM Battle Mountain District, the Great Basin Institute is recruiting one of four AmeriCorps members to serve as Archaeology Technicians to support a variety of activities relating to the Battle Mountain cultural resources database and field survey workload targets. Specific tasks include: (1) Perform NHPA Section 106 inventories for in-house projects, i.e. Fuels and vegetation treatment projects, grazing permit renewals, gravel pits, spring ex-closures, etc.; (2) Write reports and sites forms in compliance with the latest edition of the Guidelines and Standards for Archaeological Inventory; (3) Maintain and update the GIS database, shape files will be submitted to NVSHPO for inclusion into NVCRIS, as needed; (4) Maintain and update the cultural paper files as needed.
Compensation and Timeline: � 
�⒠� Living allowance: $11,390
�⒠� Education Award*: $2,865
�⒠� Housing stipend: $75.00/week
�⒠� Field camping � per diem
�⒠� Health insurance
�⒠� Student loan forbearance
* AmeriCorps Education Award may be used for past, present or future education experiences, including payment of qualified federal student loans.
Duration: May 16, 2016-October 21, 2016, or upon availability and completion of a Department of Interior Background Investigation
Battle Mountain, NV is located ~220 miles east of Reno, NV along Interstate 80. Battle Mountain and the surrounding area (pop. ~4,000) is predominantly rural; situated in the high desert (~4,500 ft. elevation) where ranching/mining are the local economic drivers. The Mount Lewis Field Office is responsible for managing approximately 4.5 million acres of public land typically of basin-and-range topography with Great Basin Desert/sage brush steppe ecotype.
Technical requirements:
�⒠� Educational and field experiences related to archaeology, anthropology, or indigenous peoples studies �⒠� in particular, historic and prehistoric Great Basin archaeology;
�⒠� Experience and understanding of the proper steps required to conduct and assess the condition of archeological site surveys (e.g.: mapping, data recording, site photography, GPSing, figuring out location of and routes in to and out of survey site, and drawing artifacts or structures as needed);
�⒠� Experience using ArcGIS 10.x;
�⒠� Experience 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 or historical properties;� 
�⒠� Ability to read and interpret topographical maps and navigate using a compass;� 
�⒠� Previous experience working with the BLM, or working in the Central Great Basin region desirable;
�⒠� Desire to assist with site forms, collecting and cataloging field data, coding sheets, slides, photographs and narrative data to ensure that field data relationships are catalogued, maintained, and entered into appropriate databases.
Additional requirements:
�⒠� Ability to work independently to accomplish project goals and to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse public;
�⒠� Possess good organizational skills and balance competing tasks;
�⒠� 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;
�⒠� 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;� 
�⒠� 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 equivalent of 2 fulltime awards), and (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks; and
�⒠� Successful applicant(s) must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to BLM human resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning position.
How to Apply:
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