The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with Lake Mead National Recreation Area (LAKE), is recruiting an Archeological Technician (Crew Lead) to join the Research Associate (RA) Program. The RA will work under the direction of the Park Archeologist and Cultural Resource Manager to assist with archeological field work, museum work, lab analysis, data processing, and reporting throughout the park. Field work includes surveying for cultural resources, construction monitoring, recording and documenting cultural resources, condition assessments of known sites, and National Register of Historic Places eligibility assessments in support of Section 106 and 110 compliance and research projects.
52-week appointment beginning Fall 2022; potential to extend pending positive performance review and available funds
Full time (40 hours/week); some overtime and weekend work may occasionally be required
Location: This Research Associate position will be based out of Boulder City, Nevada where the Lake Mead National Recreation Area Headquarters is located. It is a 20-minute drive from the city of Henderson which lies on the outskirts of Las Vegas. Lake Mead National Recreation Area encompasses 1.5 million acres in southern Nevada and northwestern Arizona, in the transition of the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, including mountains, canyons, valleys, and two vast lakes. It hosts 7.5 million visitors per year. From the mouth of the Grand Canyon, the park follows the Arizona-Nevada border along what was formerly 140 miles of the Colorado River. Opportunities for recreation abound.
Compensation and Benefits:
Wage: $21.50 per hour
Paid leave and holidays
Medical, dental, and vision insurance available at no cost
Camping Per Diem: $20/day (when applicable)
Job Qualifications: This position will be expected to learn and draw upon the following in order to accomplish project objectives:
Knowledge of cultural resource management, including laws (National Historic Preservation Act) and National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) criteria;
Ability to implement field projects and maintain productivity with changing priorities and tight timelines;
Accurately completing and submitting forms in a timely manner in support of SHPO and NHPA reporting requirements;
Critically review data collection needs for cultural resource assessments and surveys;
Critically identify and assess potential impacts on cultural resources;
Ability to run an archeology field crew of 2 to 4 crew members and volunteers in remote locations;
Large-scale cultural resource survey experience;
Cultural resource site recording, in field and associated site records;
Artifact identification and age/use interpretation;
Navigate using topographic maps, compass, etc.;
GIS/GPS use and implementation;
Make publishable maps using ArcPro;
Utilize Field Maps with tablet for field site documentation;
Accurate and detailed data entry into variety of databases;
Ability to write reports summarizing current field work, sites documented, previous survey;
Work with current aerial photos, GIS, archival documents (historic maps and literature) to develop historic context;
Back country navigation and driving on primitive roads with 4WD vehicles; and
Back country camp for extended periods of time.
Lab work is partially sedentary with prolonged standing, walking, and bending often required, as well as lifting and moving of heavy items weighing 50 pounds or more. Completing archeological surveys in the southwest requires the physical endurance to walk over a variety of terrains and in a variety of weather conditions, including extreme heat. Overnight camping for several days at a time in remote areas is possible.
Other Job Information (if applicable):
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