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[ShovelBums.Org] Archaeological Field Technicians - $12/hour + food allowance and lodging - Southern California


Title: Archaeological Field Technician

Positions Available: Several

Date: September 21, 2010

Location: Lancaster, CA


Statistical Research, Inc. (SRI), a multidisciplinary cultural resources consulting firm, has several temporary full-time, hourly positions available for archaeological field technicians for an upcoming archaeological testing project near Lancaster, California. Qualified candidates should possess, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, or a related field and have completed an accredited archaeological field school.  Candidates must also have a minimum of 1–2 years of field experience and be physically fit and able to perform physically demanding tasks in adverse environmental conditions (i.e., extreme heat).  Candidates should also have good organizational skills, a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and willingness to learn and execute new tasks.  Prior experience working on Mojave Desert testing and data recovery field projects will be viewed favorably, as will demonstrated past field experience working with Trimble XT global positioning system (GPS) receivers.


Compensation is $12.00 per hour.  Food allowance is offered at a rate of $35.00 per day, and the company will provide lodging. 


Job Description:


Reporting to the Project Director and Crew Chief, Archaeological Field Technicians are responsible for conducting reconnaissance survey, the establishment of grids, artifact collection, test unit and feature excavation, and documentation.  To this end, archaeological field technicians are required to perform the following tasks in the field:


  • Conduct archaeological survey, testing, and data recovery
  • Point-locate observation and surface collection units as well as surface artifacts using a Trimble XT global positioning system (GPS) receiver
  • Draw features in plan and profile which conform to SRI mapping conventions
  • Clean and straighten the walls of a test unit or trench
  • Complete field forms accurately and concisely
  • Properly label collection bags and samples
  • Must be able to lift up to 40lbs


Field work is tentatively scheduled to begin in October 2010 and will last approximately 3 weeks.


How to apply

Applications can be submitted via e-mail to and should include a resume of relevant experience and references (with contact information, including email addresses and telephone numbers). Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.





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