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Archaeological Technician


Working collaboratively with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Nevada Abandoned Mineral Lands (AML) Program, the Great Basin Institute is recruiting an Archaeological Technician to work cooperatively as part of a two-person archaeology team that will survey AML sites on BLM Nevada lands. The Archeology team will conduct assessments of historic and pre-historic cultural resources that will be impacted by permanently closing mine hazards to protect people, pets, stock, and wildlife on land managed by the BLM. Extensive travel within the state is required for this position. The team typically works an 8-on/6-off schedule and camps in the field up to 6 nights per field session.



  • Living Allowance: $7,568
  • AmeriCorps Education Award: $2,038
  • Student Loan Forbearance and Paid Interest Accrual*
  • Medical and Dental Benefits
  • Field Per Diem
  • Housing options available


* AmeriCorps Education Award may be used for past, present or future educational expenses, including payment of qualifying federal student loans.


o   April 18, 2011 (or upon availability) – August 26, 2011; potential for extension pending funding and positive performance review

o   Full time, 40 hours per week



  • This position will be based out of GBI's Reno, NV headquarters. Project work may be conducted in up to 15 of Nevada's 17 counties, excluding White Pine, and Lincoln County. Project locations are on land managed by the BLM in Nevada. BLM administers nearly 48 million acres of public land making up about 67 percent of Nevada's land base. Field conditions are typical of Great Basin and Mojave Desert topography, geology, climate, and ecosystems.


Technical requirements:

  • Educational experience involving successful completion of a minimum of six hours of college-level coursework in archaeology, anthropology, or a closely related field; archaeological field school highly desirable;
  • Experience in archaeological site inventory methods and recording (e.g.: mapping, data recording, site photography, using a GPS unit for recording features and artifact locations, and drawing artifacts or structures);
  • Experience operating hand-held GPS units for navigation and data collection;
  • Ability to create area and site maps using ArcGIS software;
  • Experience preparing, reviewing, and documenting pre-historic and/or historic archaeological sites (previous experience working in the west and/or Great Basin desirable); and
  • Ability to read topographical maps and navigate using a compass.


Additional requirements:

  • Ability to work productively and cooperatively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals and communicate effectively with a diverse public;
  • Good organizational skills and balance competing tasks;
  • Flexibility and capability to meet the demands of rapidly changing plans and schedules;
  • Possesses a valid, state-issued drivers license and clean driving record;
  • Experience operating 4WD trucks on- and off-road, including narrow and steep roads or sandy washes, and conducting routine vehicle maintenance;
  • Ability to learn and apply techniques for safely working around AML sites;
  • 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; and
  • 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 two full-time terms of service), and (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks.


How to Apply:

Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their résumé, and a list of three professional references to Stacy Mitchell, Recruitment Coordinator at include where you found this position posted.


This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or religion. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Stacy Mitchell
Human Resources Assistant
The Great Basin Institute
16750 Mt. Rose Highway
Reno, NV 89511
Phone: 775.674.5475 ext. 3
Fax: 775.674.5499

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