ACE: Archaeology Technician, Sequoia National Forest

  • American Conservation Experience
  • Kernville, CA
  • May 21, 2020
Seasonal Conservation/ Natural Resources

Job Description

ACE EPIC USFS (CA): Sequoia National Forest, Archaeology Technician

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Sequoia National Forest, is seeking two Archaeology Technicians. This opportunity is intended for an enthusiastic young professional with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in natural resource management and conservation. 

The Archaeology Technicians will support Forest Service initiatives by providing technical support to the heritage resource staff.  The members will have a variety of tasks, including conducting cultural resource inventories, analyzing data, adapting ground search strategies, preparing reports and making recommendations. The purpose of the work is to serve as a technician and ensure that archaeological survey work is accomplished within established rules and methods. The work directly affects the design and execution of surveys and the adequacy of long range work plans. The workload is divided between field inventory, recordation and monitoring, and documentation of prehistoric and historical cultural resources.

Start Date: Early-Mid June

End Date: 18 weeks after start

Location: Kernville, CA - Sequoia National Forest, Kern River Ranger District

The Kern River Ranger District offers something for every recreationist. The district covers 663,000 acres and offers 25 campgrounds and 10 developed day use areas. Over 578 miles of trails run through the mountains, high desert, along rivers and through the forest, 68 miles of which run through designated wilderness.

Project Websites: For more information regarding Sequoia National Forest, please click here.

For more information regarding the ACE EPIC Program, please click here.

Living Allowance: The member should anticipate serving 40 hrs/wk, with potential to work holidays and weekends. The Member will receive a living allowance of $640/wk for food and incidentals, dispersed bi-weekly. 

Housing: Housing will be the responsibility of the member. Local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Project Tasks: 

  • Analyze archaeological data in preparing reports, for situations where precedents are not fully applicable. Make recommendations to be used in "determinations of effect" and "determinations of eligibility" by the archaeologist. Compile and report information about the nature and extent of known cultural resources.
  • Adapt ground search strategy as determined by specific project requirements and applies scientific method to survey parcels of land
  • Prepares Cultural Resource Inventory reports and site forms in compliance with Section 106 of the NHPA
  • Monitors archaeological projects to ensure sufficiency of fieldwork
  • Conducts inventories of Forest cultural resources in areas of proposed Forest Service projects.
  • Ensure that archaeology work assignments are carried out in a safe, timely manner according to established standards and procedures.
  • Advises other participants of FS staff on methods of cultural resource inventory and provides written instructions, research materials and supplies to all involved.

Training Provided: The Forest Service will strive to provide members the opportunity to shadow conservation professionals to learn about the archaeological discipline, but a strong foundational knowledge of archaeology technician work is required for these positions.

Qualifications: Applicants for this position should hold a bachelor's degree in archaeology, or a similar natural resource field, and have specific archaeological field work experience. This is a highly demanding outdoor position that requires substantial physical fitness and mobility, and a tolerance for extreme weather and demanding conditions. 

Preferred Skills:

  • Advanced knowledge of the techniques of archaeological reconnaissance in order to adapt ground search strategies to access a large variety of artifacts and features.
  • Ability to perform library and archival research and oral interviewing to locate and obtain information
  • Must be able to work alone and in small groups with minimal supervision, and adhere to instructions, procedure and use initiative in carrying out recurring assignments independently

Required:

  • Knowledge of technical report writing to prepare reports
  • Skill using compass, aerial photos, topographic maps and GPS units to locate sites and survey areas
  • Substantial physical fitness and mobility, and a tolerance for extreme weather and demanding conditions.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Proficient in English
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request)
  • Ability to pass a federal criminal background check
  • ACE is a drug free workplace and reserves the right to drug test at any time

The member must be willing and able to represent ACE and the Forest Service in a professional, positive and enthusiastic manner.

To Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located in the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here: https://usaconservationepic.applicantpool.com/jobs/

Note: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact ACE USFS Recruitment Specialist, Caroline Canter at ccanter@usaconservation.org or 385-249-4740

EEO: American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

Job Level

Entry-level  

Sector

Nonprofit- NGO

Salary

$640/Week

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