Job: Archaeology Crew Chief, USFS Ruby Mountains Ranger District, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest (HTNF)


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 Affordable Care Act compliant health benefits provided 
  • 31-week appointment beginning July 5, 2016 (or upon availability) with possibility of extension pending funding and positive performance review.



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.



�·�         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.


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