Archaeology Research Associate - Las Vegas, Nevada

Amy Gladding


The Great Basin Institute, in collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management Southern Nevada District, is recruiting one Archaeology Research Associate for southern Nevada. Prior experience and knowledge of historic and prehistoric Mojave archaeology are desired to expedite field data collection..

This position will be responsible for supporting a variety of activities related primarily to field survey workload targets.

Specific tasks include:

• Assist District archaeologists with field inventories;

• Finish field inventories, report draft, and associated site records for the BLM Burned Area Restoration Project;

• Maintain and update the GIS database as needed;

• Maintain and update cultural paper files as needed;

• Coordinate with the Southern Nevada District Archaeologist to identify sites that will need to be monitored, write-up monitoring forms, and update site forms when necessary; and

• Coordinate with the Southern Nevada District Archaeologist to identify areas for National Historic Preservation Act, Section 110, and inventory, write reports and sites forms in compliance with the latest edition of the Guidelines and Standards for Archaeological Inventory as needed.



  • 6-month appointment starting February 2018, , or pending availability and completion of DOI Background Investigation
  • 40 hours per week; some overtime may occasionally be required



  • $17/hour
  • Paid Health Insurance (medical, dental, and prescription), holidays and personal leave



The Research Associate will be based out of the BLM Southern Nevada District office, which is located in northwest Las Vegas, NV. The Southern Nevada District Office manages more than three million acres of Mojave Desert in Clark and Nye counties. The scenery varies from dramatically colorful geologic landforms and largely unspoiled panoramic vistas of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area to remote and rugged wild landscapes of Gold Butte Back Country Byway. Recreation opportunities abound and viewing sites for desert plants and animals are easily accessible.



Technical requirements:

  • Educational and field experiences related to archaeology, anthropology, or indigenous peoples studies – in particular, historic and prehistoric Mojave archaeology;
  • Experience and understanding of the proper steps required to conduct and assess the condition of archeological site surveys (e.g.: mapping, data recording, site photography, GPSing, figuring out location of and routes in to and out of survey site, and drawing artifacts or structures as needed);
  • Experience using ArcGIS 10.x;
  • Experience operating hand-held GPS units for navigation and electronic field data collection (previous experience operating Trimble units a plus);
  • Experience preparing, reviewing and documenting archeological fieldwork, excavations or historical properties;
  • Ability to read and interpret topographical maps and navigate using a compass;
  • Previous experience working with the BLM, or working in the Mojave region desirable; and
  • Desire to assist with site forms, collecting and cataloging field data, coding sheets, slides, photographs and narrative data to ensure that field data relationships are catalogued, maintained, and entered into appropriate databases.


Additional requirements:

  • Ability to work independently to accomplish project goals and to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse public;
  • Possess good organizational skills and balance competing tasks;
  • Ability to operate basic computer equipment, including scanners, and Microsoft Office programs, including Access;
  • Flexibility and capability to meet the demands of rapidly changing plans and schedules;
  • Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record;
  • Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on and off paved roads, including narrow and steep forest roads, and conducting routine vehicle maintenance; and
  • 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.


Successful applicant(s) must also complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI); applicants already in possession of a fully adjudicated DOI BI should highlight this in their cover letter.



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