Archaeology Crew Chief

Great Basin Institute

Beatty, Nevada

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $32/hour with overtime at 1.5x hourly rate
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management, is recruiting one (1) Archaeology Crew Chief to complete Section 106 cultural resource surveys, site recording and monitoring for 135 miles of existing animal and two-track trails that are eligible for immediate incorporation into the Oasis Valley Recreational Trails Master Plan near Beatty, NV. Field support will be based on the BLM-Battle Mountain District out of the Tonopah Field Office. This work provides professional development and leadership opportunities in cultural resource management including increased exposure and responsibility enacting BLM processes, procedures, and compliance measures; assisting in reporting and data entry/quality assurance and control; and increased technical experience.

The Archaeology Crew Lead will perform a variety of activities to support all stages of project work. The lead will be responsible for crew safety and oversight, provide or assist in training, and converse with agency and GBI staff as needed. Crew size will be 2-4 people. Primary archaeology field duties will include:

  • Lead archaeology crew to conduct and complete field surveys to document, assess and characterize the status of new cultural resources;
  • Monitor existing sites and complete site updates and condition assessments;
  • Prepare Nevada IMACs site records, GIS maps, and photographic records;
  • Lead and collaborate with agency personnel and all other crew members to support field safety, communication, planning, logistics, quality assurance, field implementation, and reporting efforts.

This physically demanding work, often in remote locations, will provide the Archaeology Crew Lead with rewarding exposure to some of Nevada’s backcountry desert landscapes. These positions require extensive hiking with heavy packs on a daily basis, possibly during extreme or inclement weather conditions such as heat or rain. Work schedules, generally four 10-hour days (Monday-Thursday) with 3 days off each week, are subject to change depending on weather and project needs. Camping in and around Beatty, NV may be required to meet project objectives.


  • Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, archaeology or related discipline (including relevant field methods training coursework and/or an accredited archaeological field school);
  • At least 1 year of field experience in the Great Basin and 4 months experience in the Southwestern Subarea;
  • At least one year of fieldwork experience including archaeological survey, site recording, monitoring, GPS data collection, and associated reporting;
  • Ability to recognize and record prehistoric and historic artifacts, features, and architecture;
  • Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with the ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work cooperatively as well as independently;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with diverse audiences;
  • Ability to work effectively in a team setting with BLM staff, GBI staff, interns, volunteers, academic, state, and federal partners;
  • Ability to work safely and productively in remote field settings under adverse conditions. This includes overnight camping in remote areas for consecutive nights.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in anthropology, archaeology or related discipline and at least one year of field leadership experience;
  • Completion of an accredited archaeological field school;
  • At least six months of field leadership experience in Nevada;
  • Familiarity with Section 106/110 NHPA and Nevada compliance procedures;
  • Knowledge of cultural resource management issues in the Western United States;
  • Familiarity with cultural history and forested habitat of Southern Nevada and the Mojave region;
  • Proficiency in navigating using a GPS, topographic map and compass;
  • Ability to exercise quality control in data collection and management;
  • Advanced skill using specialized software such as Microsoft Office Suite, ArcMap GIS, and Google Earth.

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