Archaeology Technician at Joshua Tree National Park

The Great Basin Institute

Twentynine Palms, California

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details Up to $20 an hour
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Support archaeological field surveys, site recording, mapping, excavations, site condition assessments, monitoring, writing sections of draft reports;
  • Complete database entry and file management;
  • Assist with preparation of National Register Nominations and Determinations of Eligibility; and
  • Perform other routine tasks associated with resource division functions.
  • Drafting synthesis report for park management projects

Some ecological restoration tasks may be included, such as planting native plants or vertical mulching for trees. Completing archaeological surveys in the desert southwest requires the physical endurance to walk over a variety of terrains and in a variety of weather conditions, including extreme heat, and carry a heavy pack. Overnight camping for several days at a time in remote areas may be required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, archaeology, indigenous peoples studies, or closely related field. Applicants with advanced degrees are encouraged to apply;
  • Six months of previous, relevant field experience; OR archaeology field methods coursework AND an accredited Archaeological Field School;
  • Knowledge of historic and/or prehistoric artifacts preferably of the Mojave and Colorado Desert regions of the southwest;
  • Ability to understand, implement and adhere to established data collection, inventory, recording, and monitoring protocols;
  • Capacity to collect and maintain field data in an organized manner that is easily understood and accessible to other resources staff (GBI or NPS);
  • Experience completing archaeological site forms (or portions of site forms) and/or entering site form data in to database programs;
  • Ability to utilize ArcGIS software to build maps, organize and manage data, and manipulate data layers;
  • Experience operating hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and electronic field data collection; experience post-processing field data, a plus;
  • Ability to read and interpret topographical maps and navigate using a compass;
  • Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads;
  • Ability to work productively and cooperatively as part of a team focused on accomplishing mutual goals and communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
  • Possess good organizational skills and be detail oriented; and
  •  Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, camp in the backcountry for consecutive days, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, carry a heavy pack in excess of 40lbs, and be in overall good physical condition. Prior experience working in the desert southwest, or similar desert climates, desirable.

Successful applicants must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to NPS human resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning position. If you already have a fully adjudicated BI, please let us know in your application.


  • Wage: Up to $20/hour
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance available at no cost to the employee
  • Paid vacation and sick time and paid federal holidays
  • Field per diem for any required overnight camping stays

401(k) retirement plan with up to 4% employer match (fully vested on Day 01)

Contract Timeline 

  • 52-week appointment beginning October 2, 2023, or upon completion of a Department of Interior background investigation.
  • Full time (40 hours/week); some overtime and weekend work may occasionally be required.

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Category General / Stewardship
Tags GIS, Archaeology