Archaeological Field Data Technician Great Basin Institute / Death Valley National Park

Amy Gladding


Working cooperatively with the National Park Service’s Death Valley National Park (DEVA), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting one Archeological Field Data Technician to join our program and assist DEVA archaeology staff with archaeological field data processing. Data processing duties include updating of databases and filling out site forms in support of SHPO and NHPA reporting requirements. Data processing will also include converting legacy data to digital formats, entering data into GIS, and organizing survey reports and site records within an existing data management framework.


Field work includes surveying for and documenting cultural resources, particularly survey and clearance of OHV incursions. Candidates will be trained to conduct field work with a high degree of independence, including planning survey strategies and managing projects. Completing archaeological surveys in the southwest requires the physical endurance to walk over a variety of terrains and in a variety of weather conditions, including extreme heat. Overnight camping for several days at a time in remote areas may be required.  



  • Rate of pay: $15.50/hour
  • Medical and Dental Benefits



o   Five month appointment beginning October 2018, or upon completion of a Department of Interior background investigation

o   40 hours per week; some overtime and weekend work may occasionally be required



Death Valley National Park is located in Nevada and California and boasts some of the hottest and driest climates, and lowest elevation in North America. A superlative desert of streaming sand dunes, snow-capped mountains, multicolored rock layers, water-fluted canyons and 3 million acres of wilderness. Home to the Timbisha Shoshone people and to plants and animals unique to the harshest desert.


Shared housing in the park may be available (dorm style accommodations with shared bedroom/no pets) at an affordable rate, otherwise the closest available accommodations are in Pahrump or Beatty, Nevada (both approximately 1 hour away).




  • Educational and field experiences related to archaeology;
  • Experience conducting research;
  • Ability to perform data management tasks with attention to detail;
  • Experience conducting field surveys and ability to recognize and record cultural resources;
  • Ability to read and interpret topographical maps and navigate using a compass;
  • Experience operating hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and electronic field data collection;
  • 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, and be in overall good physical condition;
  • Ability to work productively and cooperatively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals and communicate effectively with a diverse public;
  • Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record; and


Helpful but not required:

  • Experience managing records;
  • Experience with ASMIS data entry;
  • Knowledge of historic and/or prehistoric features and artifacts of the Mojave Desert and Great Basin regions;
  • Experience entering data into ArcGIS;
  • Experience driving 4WD vehicles on paved and un-paved roads; and
  • Experience working in the desert southwest, or similar desert climates. Physically fit to work outdoors, carry up to 50 pounds of personal and/or field equipment, and withstand the rigors of a mountain and/or desert environment in all seasons; and
  • Familiarity with backcountry, low-impact principles preferred.


Successful applicant 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.



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